Christchurch - Moeen Ali's century set up England's opening win in the Cricket World Cup in
Christchurch on Monday when they downed Scotland by 119 run in their
Pool A clash.
Ali contributed a masterful 128 runs towards
England's total of 303 and Scotland were all out for 184 with more than
seven overs remaining.
Although Scotland were outclassed, the win was not as convincing as three-times World Cup runners-up England would have wanted.
hidings by Australia and New Zealand they were desperate for a
confidence-boosting win and the opportunity presented itself against the
But their jubiliation at putting points on
the board was tempered by the lack of fight at the back of the innings
when they lost six wickets for 102 runs in the final 15 overs.
had set themselves up for a big total when Ali, supported by 54 from
Ian Bell, took them to 201-2 with their 172-run stand for the first
wicket the highest opening partnership so far in the tournament.
dropped in the second over when Freddie Coleman failed to grasp a sharp
chance, was untroubled by the occasion as he posted his second career
Having been sent in under overcast skies and with
swing-friendly conditions at the Hagley Oval, he took a fearless
approach to the bowling with a liking for the aerial route to beat the
His 128 included 12 fours and five sixes while the more sedate Bell only reached the boundary twice in his half century.
had an early life when Alasdair Evans' lbw shout was turned down.
Scotland decided not to appeal, although replays showed the ball would
have clipped the leg stump.
He was finally undone driving at
Richie Berrington to be caught by Kyle Coetzer and Ali followed soon
after, undone by the gentle off-spin of Majid Haq.
started a run of three wickets in 10 balls for two runs with Gary
Ballance (10) and Joe Root (one) removed as England slumped from 201 for
one to 203 for four.
James Taylor (17) and Jos Buttler (24) made
starts but could not carry on while captain Eoin Morgan added 46 before
he was among three wickets to fall in four balls as England pushed to
get the score over 300.
Josh Davey, whose first spell only lasted
two overs with the first including four wides and the second conceding
14 runs, came back to claim four wickets for an expensive 68 runs.
304 to win was a huge mountain for Scotland to climb although opener
Kyle Coetzer and skipper Preston Mommsen bravely took up the challenge.
Mommsen boundary took them past the 100 mark in the 22nd over, five
overs slower than England but with a healthy seven wickets in hand.
the game began to slip from Scotland soon after when Root ended the
60-run partnership for the fourth wicket when he removed Mommsen for 26.
who was dropped by Bell in the first over from James Anderson, was back
in the pavillion eight balls after Mommsen for a 71 off 84 deliveries.
From there the last five wickets fell for 62 runs with Steven Finn picking up three for 26.