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South Africa annihilate Scotland

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South Africa showed how to play against the minnows as they completely humiliated Scotland by 130 runs to seal their place in the Super Eight stage of the ICC T20 World Cup. Their batsmen were destructive to say the least with AB DeVilliers banging 79 off 34 balls to help his side register a mammoth 211 and the South African bowlers completed the rout rattling out Scotland for just 81.

In the only thing that went right for Scotland today, they won the toss and elected to field first under bright sunshine which was a relief for them considering their rain truncated game against New Zealand yesterday.

Callum McLeod opened the attack and started out well with just four runs coming off the first over. It was a relief for Scotland to see a tight over being bowled after they were plummeted by the Kiwis for 90 runs in just 6 overs. Gordon Drummond too was impressive in his opening over with the South African duo of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis managing just three singles. The shackles were cut loose in the 3rd over by Kallis as he stroked two fours off the first two balls, and this was followed by another expensive over in which both the batsmen helped themselves to a boundary each. Jan Stander was brought in as first change by Scottish skipper Gavin Hamilton and the medium pacer was blown away by Kallis. The right hander smashed five fours in an over which went for 21, one less than his only over bowled to New Zealand! The South Africans were 55-0 after six overs and looked set for a score of around 200.

It was Smith's turn now to get into the action as he struck three fours off Rogers' first over. Spin was introduced in the 7th over in the form of Majid Haq and he made a good start conceding just 3 runs in his first over. But the South Africans compensated for this tight over by taking Rogers for 13 in the 8th over with Smith smashing the first six of the game. The opening stand was finally broken by off-spinner Haq at the stroke of innings break (oh! Sorry it's not the IPL) as he got both the openers dismissed in the 10th over. Kallis was bowled for 48 as he played on to a nicely floated delivery and then Smith was out caught behind for 38. The over brought the Scots back in the game but with Herschelle Gibbs and AB DeVilliers out in the centre the Proteas were still looking strong for a big score.

It was DeVilliers who took charge as he drove Rogers through extra cover for an exquisite four which was followed by a majestic six off Haq. The 100 run mark was breached in the 12th over and it was time now for an all out assault on an inexperienced bowling attack. Haq bowled out with impressive figures of 2-25 and Ryan Watson got the important wicket of Gibbs in the 15th over caught behind for 16 to check the flow of runs temporarily. The scoreboard read 128-3 at the end of 15 overs, but it was all South Africa from there on.

Watson was taken for 22 in the 17th over with both DeVillers and Morkel getting a four and a six each. DeVilliers who was continuing his fine form from the IPL then clobbered his 3rd six by hoisting Drummond over long-on. But in the very same over Morkel's cameo of 24, which took just 11 balls, was brought to an end. DeVilliers meanwhile kept finding the fence with ease as he reached his fifty with the help of a four through mid-on. He then played an outstanding shot for a six over long-off as he scooped MacLeod in an over which went for 17. The right hander then ended the innings in style by smashing two more sixes in the final over to take his team past the 200 run mark. DeVilliers finished unbeaten on 79 off just 34 balls which allowed the South Africans to post an imposing score of 211.


bowled_sco_sa.jpgThe Scots were impressive with the bat in their first outing but they needed a miracle if they were to chase down this mammoth total of 211. Watson opened the innings with skipper Hamilton and got his boundary chart rolling with a flick for four. But Dale Steyn got his revenge off the very next ball cleaning up the middle stump of Watson for 5. The same set of events repeated themselves in the 2nd over with Hamilton getting a boundary but then getting out to Parnell for 5. The Scots were looking out of sorts with the bat and it got worse for them with two more wickets falling in the 3rd over. First to go was Navdeep Poonia as he ran himself out in an attempt to come back for a non-existent third run and then off the very next ball Smith was sent back for a golden duck as he found Steyns' pace too hot to handle. At 13-4 the game was all but over with the minnows being plundered by the powerful South African team.

Coetzer finally brought some cheer to the handful of Scottish fans who had come to spur their team on, as he pulled Steyn for a six over square leg. But the joy was short lived as Johan Botha got among the wickets in his very first over uprooting McCallum's leg stump. The runs were coming in ones and twos with the batsmen looking to just play out the overs knowing that the target was beyond their reach. But they were struggling to even defend the ball as Botha got his second wicket in the person of Stander, leg before for 2. Scotland were 50-6 at the end of 10 overs with only Coetzer putting up a fight, unbeaten on 23.

The spinners were not allowing any freebees with Roelef van der Merwe bowling in tandem with Botha. Botha bowled out his quota of four overs giving away just 17 runs in the process. Morkel was brought into the attack in the 14th over but the pacer bowled a miserable first over with Coetzer helping himself to two maximums. It was Van der Merwe who finally ended the cameo from Coetzer getting him out for 42. He then got rid off Haq, bowled for 15 and Morkel made it 81-9 as he uprooted Drummond's off stump. The demolition was completed later in the same over with MacLeod finding his leg stump rattled and the Proteas had brought the contest to a swift close.

It's the end of the tournament for Scotland while the South Africans would now play the Kiwis and look to carry their momentum into the Super Eight.


South Africa 211-5 (20 Overs)

DeVilliers 79*         Haq 2-25

Scotland 81 (15.4 overs)

Coetzer 42            Morkel 2-15



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