Australia thrash Scotland by 203 runs
Glenn McGrath and Shaun Tait break Scotland's backbone after skipper Ricky Ponting piles misery on them, reports Anjali Behl.cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2007 03:09 IST
Australia thrash Scotland by 203 runs in the first Group A tie of the Cricket World Cup at St Kitts on Wednesday.
Scotland prolonged the inevitable by continuing for 40.1 overs before the Australian bowlers bundled the minnows for 131.
The Scottish bowlers failed to put the Australians under pressure as the latter set a massive target for the minnows. Displaying an array of shots, skipper Ricky Ponting struck the first century of World Cup 2007.
Glenn McGrath and Shaun Tait broke Scotland's backbone by ripping apart the top and middle order.
Following Tait's double strike to uproot Majid Haq (16) and Navdeep Poonia (1), Glenn McGrath removed Fraser Watts (9). The ace pacer struck back to scalp Shane Watson (6) and Gavin Hamilton (3).
After McGrath's three quick scalps, Bradley Hodge removed Dougie Brown (19). Tait picked his third wicket of the match when he trapped skipper Wright at four making Scotland reel.
The last three wickets tumbled under the Aussies bowling attack. Bracken initiated Rogers' wicket as he was run out at six. The next ball brought about the end of the one-sided battle as Hogg removed the highest run-getter of the Scottish innings, Smith at 51.
Earlier, Scottish skipper Craig Wright won the toss and elected to field against defending champions Australia.
Openers Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden paired together to increase the woes of the minnows, hitting some fabulous shots.
Scotland got their first breakthrough as Dougie Brown broke the 91-run partnership between the openers to pack off Gilchrist (46). Skipper Ricky Ponting replaced him.
Spinner Majid Haq provided some solace to the Scottish side as he dismissed Hayden for 60. Haq struck back to remove Michael Clarke (15).
Despite the occasional blows, Australia stood tall in the game moving past the 200-run milepost at a steady pace.
After torrential rains stopped the play for a while, Australian batsmen continued to dampen Scottish hopes as skipper Ricky Ponting struck his fourth World Cup ton.
But the skipper did not last long as he followed Hodge back to the pavilion on 113. Rogers claimed Hodge's wicket while Wright scalped Ponting. Soon, Hoffmann dismissed Hussey for four.
Australia: AC Gilchrist, ML Hayden, RT Ponting, MJ Clarke, BJ Hodge, MEK Hussey, SR Watson, GB Hogg, NW Bracken, SW Tait, GD McGrath.
Scotland: DF Watts, RM Haq, RR Watson, GM Hamilton, DR Brown, NS Poonia, CJO Smith, CM Wright, GA Rogers, JAR Blain, PJC Hoffmann.