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Scotland out of WT20 after loss to SA

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Sat, Jun 13, 2009 1:41 PM


Scotland out of WT20 after loss to SA
Scotland out of WT20 after loss to SA
South Africa made a blistering start to its World Twenty20 campaign, beating Scotland by 130 runs on Sunday to qualify for the Super 8 stage.

A.B. de Villiers hit 79 not out off 34 balls, smashing six sixes and five boundaries to help South Africa post 211-5 at The Oval - its highest Twenty20 score and the fifth best in the short history of the format.

Openers Jacques Kallis made 48 and Graeme Smith 38, while Albie Morkel scored 24 in 11 balls.

"Credit to the openers, because they gave us a platform to go out and express ourselves," De Villiers said. "We had good fun out there today."

Scotland never looked like chasing it down, slumping to 13-4 before being bowled out for 81 in the 16th over with only Kyle Coetzer (42) and Majid Haq (15) reaching double figures.

Morkel took 2-15, while off-spinners Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe each took 2-17 and Dale Steyn 2-21.
South Africa plays New Zealand at Lord's on Tuesday.

Scotland has been eliminated from the tournament.

"Today was just about confronting early tournament nerves and playing high-intensity cricket," Smith said. "We probably had a few more nerves after watching the opening few days of the tournament, but we knew today was about sending a message.?

"I think the first six overs and the last six overs of the innings are crucial, and with someone like A.B. at the crease you're always going to get a big total."

Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton won the toss, but his decision to field looked rash as Kallis hit five fours in a single over.

The Scots didn't help themselves with some erratic fielding. Kallis was dropped on 43 when he chipped a ball from Glenn Rogers to Hamilton, who initially took the catch but then lost control of the ball as he hit the ground.

Haq briefly halted the South African charge when he removed both openers in the space of three balls in the 10th over.
Kallis dragged a delivery on to his stumps to make it 87-1. Smith was out attempting to sweep, the ball looped into the air and was easily caught by wicketkeeper Colin Smith.

Herschelle Gibbs was stumped for 16 off Ryan Watson, making it 125-3 in the 15th over, but De Villiers and Morkel reignited the innings with a 50-run partnership from only 19 balls.

The pair hit 22 from the 17th over before Morkel was caught by Coetzer off Gordon Drummond for 24 in the 18th over.
De Villiers reached his 50 from 25 balls.

In the final over, Coetzer produced a diving catch to remove Mark Boucher for 2, but De Villiers responded with two successive sixes.

Scotland made a disastrous start to its reply.

Watson was bowled by Steyn for 4 and Hamilton was caught by J.P. Duminy off Wayne Parnell for 5 inside two overs.
South Africa then took two wickets in a many balls. Navdeep Poonia was run out for 0 and Steyn then bowled Colin Smith.

Neil McCallum made 8 before he was bowled by Botha, who then trapped Jan Stander lbw for 2.


At 41-6, Scotland was in danger of posting a lower total than the Twenty20 International record of 67 scored by Kenya against Ireland last year.

But Coetzer hit 42 before he was caught and bowled by Van der Merwe, who then bowled Majid Haq with his next ball.
Gordon Drummond was bowled by Morkel for 1 and the victory was completed when Morkel bowled Callum MacLeod.

"These are some of the best batsmen in the world," Hamilton said. "They are a fantastic outfit and didn't give us any breathing space at all. The momentum was continually with South Africa from the second over onwards and chasing over 10 an over you need to be at the top of your game - which we clearly weren't."



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