Scotland blown away by de Villiers
South Africa made a blistering start to its Twenty20 World Cup campaign, beating Scotland by 130 runs on Sunday to qualify for the Super 8 stage. Venkat Ananth reports. See Full Coveragecricket Updated: Jun 08, 2009 02:15 IST
South Africa motored to a clinical 130-run win over minnows Scotland at the Oval on Sunday. While Jacques Kallis (48) and Graeme Smith (38) began the rout for the Proteas, it was AB de Villiers who stole the show with an unbeaten 34-ball 79, taking them to an eventually insurmountable 211/5 off 20 overs.
Chasing 212 for an unlikely win, Scotland were 13/4 to begin with, all at sea against Dale Steyn and Co. Once the top-order fell apart, Scotland hardly recovered before being bowled out for 81, handing SA the second-highest victory margin in T20Is.
Even though South Africa got off to a steady start, it was Kallis who upped the ante, taking Jan Stander for 21 runs off his only over. That over was the perfect catalyst for South Africa who raced along to their fifty in the 5th over. Adding 87 for the first wicket with skipper Smith, Kallis eventually bowed out for a 31-ball 48.
de Villiers, then walked in and led a charge that was too much for the Scots. He scored freely, hitting fours and sixes at will and the Scots simply had no answer to the onslaught they were under. The only consolation for the minnows was a stunner of a catch by Kyle Coetzer that sent back Mark Boucher.
South Africa: Smith c Smith b Haq 38, Kallis b Haq 48, Gibbs st Smith b Watson 16, de Villiers not out 79, Morkel c Coetzer b Drummond 24, Boucher c Coetzer b Drummond 2, Duminy not out 0; Extras (w-1 nb-3) 4; Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 211
Fall of wkts: 1-87 2-88 3-125 4-176 5-195
Bowling: MacLeod 4-0-37-0, Drummond 4-0-40-2, Stander 1-0-21-0, Rogers 4-0-52-0, Haq 4-0-25-2, Watson 3-0-36-1.
Scotland: Hamilton c Duminy b Parnell 5, Watson b Steyn 4, Poonia run out 0, Coetzer c & b van der Merwe 42, C. Smith b Steyn 0, McCallum b Botha 8, Stander lbw b Botha 2, Haq b van der Merwe 15, Rogers not out 1, Drummond b Morkel 1, MacLeod b Morkel 0; Extras (lb-1, w-2) 3; Total (all out, 15.4 overs) 81
Fall of wkts: 1-6 2-10 3-13 4-13 5-35 6-41 7-79 8-79 9-81
Bowling: Steyn 3-0-21-2, Parnell 2-0-6-1, Kallis 1-0-4-0, Botha 4-0-17-2, van der Merwe 4-0-17-2, Morkel 1.4-0-15-2
First Published: Jun 07, 2009 19:57 IST