Hobart - Mitchell Starc continued his impressive Cricket World Cup campaign with a
four-wicket haul as Australia overpowered Scotland by seven wickets in
Hobart on Saturday.
Left-arm paceman Starc took four for 14 in 4.4
overs as Scotland, in their last Pool A match of this tournament,
collapsed to 130 all out in barely half their alloted overs after losing
the toss at Bellerive Oval.
There were five ducks in the innings,
with fast bowler Pat Cummins, recalled in place of dropped spinner
Xavier Doherty, taking three for 42 in seven overs.
who plays for English county side Sussex, top-scored with 40 and Calum
MacLeod made 22 but at 79 for seven there was a real chance Scotland
would be dismissed for under 100.
However, bold hitting from the
ninth-wicket duo of Josh Davey (26) and Michael Leask (23 not out) took
the non-Test side to three figures.
Australia captain Michael
Clarke - passed fit after missing training in midweek to rest his
hamstring injury - then decided to give himself some batting practice
ahead of the quarter-final in Adelaide on March 20 by making a
run-a-ball 47 opening the innings.
There was a worrying moment for Australia, when with 39 still needed for victory, rain stopped play.
when the match resumed, new batsman David Warner -- usually an opener -
settled Australia's nerves with a straight six and a four off the first
two balls he faced.
Warner finished on 21 not out, off just six
balls, while James Faulkner (16 not out) ended the match with a six as
Australia finished on 133 for three in 15.2 overs.
still to win a World Cup match, having now taken part in three editions
-- a run of 14 games -- and all four of their previous one-day
internationals against Australia had ended in thumping defeats -- by six
wickets in 1999, 203 runs in 2007, 189 runs in 2005 and 200 runs in
Opener Kyle Coetzer - who made 253 runs in Scotland's first
four matches of this tournament - fell for nought, his second
successive duck, when his flat-footed drive off Starc was caught by
Steven Smith at third slip.
Wickets fell in clusters and 36 for
two became 37 for three when Scotland captain Preston Mommsen fell for a
second-ball duck when he mishooked a Shane Watson bouncer to Starc at
deep backward square leg.
Then 50 for four was soon transformed
into 51 for five when off-spinner Glenn Maxwell struck first ball,
Richie Berrington chipping tamely to cover.
enterprising 35-ball innings, including six fours, ended when he turned a
short ball from Cummins to James Faulkner at long leg.
were 130 for eight off 25 overs when rain fell and their innings was
finished four balls after the resumption, with Davey and Iain Wardlaw
(nought) both undone by Starc yorkers.
Australia lost Aaron Finch early in their chase before Clarke and Watson (24) put on 58 for the second wicket.
Watson became Davey's 15th wicket of the World Cup when he top-edged a sweep and was caught by wicket-keeper Matthew Cross.
quickfire innings, including seven fours and two sixes, came to end
when a pull off Wardlaw was brilliantly caught by the diving Leask,
running round the boundary.