Cricket fans blown away by bowler's historic first at World Cup

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Seen here, Namibia's Ruben Trumpelmann celebrates a wicket against Scotland at the T20 World Cup.
Namibia's Ruben Trumpelmann became the first man in history to take three wickets in the first over a men's T20 World Cup match. Pic: Getty

Little-known Namibian fast bowler Ruben Trumpelmann has become the toast of the cricket world after a historic moment in his side's stunning T20 World Cup upset over Scotland.

Trumpelmann ripped through Scotland's top order before Namibia held on for a four wicket win in their clash in Abu Dhabi.

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The left-arm seamer (3-17) took three wickets in the very first over of the match, becoming the first man in T20 international history to do so.

No bowler had previously ever taken more than two wickets in the first over of a men's T20 World Cup match, with Trumpelmann clinching the incredible slice of history in style.

The quick's first scalp came off the very first ball of the match as Scotland opener George Munsey - replacing injured skipper Kyle Coetzer - played onto his stumps for a golden duck.

Trumpelmann then had Calum MacLeod caught behind off the third delivery, before trapping Richie Berrington in front off the very next ball.

The wicket left Scotland reeling at 3-2 off the back of three straight ducks, with Trumpelmann's extraordinary spell leaving the cricket world gobsmacked.

"I was nervous out there, but I thought, it's the World Cup, so why not enjoy it - luckily it went my way today," man of the match Trumpelmann said.

Michael Leask (44 off 27 balls) helped Scotland post a modest 8-109 from their 20 overs but it wasn't enough to deny Namibia a famous victory.

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It was another disappointing batting effort by Scotland who were skittled for 60 in a 130-run defeat to Afghanistan in their opening Super 12s match in Sharjah on Monday.

Namibia made tough going of the chase on a tricky pitch before JJ Smit (32 not out) and David Wiese (16) steadied to ensure they secured victory with five balls to spare.

"Ruben sets high standards for himself. He hadn't quite hit the straps earlier, but today he did and he started off well for us to throw the first punch," said Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus.

A second straight loss effectively ends Scotland's hopes of making the semi-finals.

They never really recovered after Trumpelmann's stunning opening burst.

Pictured here, Namibia's Ruben Trumpelmann with his player of the match award after the T20 World Cup win over Scotland.
Namibia's Ruben Trumpelmann was unsurprisingly named player of the match after his stuning spell against Scotland. Pic: Getty

Craig Wallace was bowled by David Wiese (1-22) to make it 4-18 in the sixth over before Matthew Cross and Leask steadied the ship.

The pair put on 39 before Cross was bowled by Jan Frylinck (2-10) for 19.

At 5-57 in the 12th over, Scotland dug in to at least give their bowlers something to defend.

Leask hit four fours and two sixes, putting on 36 for the sixth wicket with Chris Greaves before falling to Smit (1-20).

Greaves was run out for 25.

Namibia made a start to their run chase before opener Michael van Lingen fell to Safyaan Sharif for 18 in the sixth over.

By the 13th over the Africans were 4-67, with Zane Green (nine), Gerhard Erasmus (four) and opener Craig Williams (23) struggling to make an impact.

However, Wiese and Smit carried the side to the brink of victory by putting on 35 for the fifth wicket.

After some anxious moments, Smit finally sealed the win with a six over point off the first ball of the final over to spark jubilant celebrations.

Namibia next face Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, while Scotland take on New Zealand in Dubai on November 3.

with AAP

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