Scotland crash out of the tournament


Scotland gave New Zealand a reasonable scare in their first outing. So, SA would have done well to not take them lightly. Graeme Smith and his men after a good run of IPL came to England with great hopes. Scotland won the toss, putting in South Africa. Kallis opened with Smith with Gibbs being sent in the middle order. They were cautious in their first few balls but opened up grandly. Kallis got a handful of boundaries through the covers and he was the more attacking partner. Smith was no less charging on to the spinners and smacking them out of the park. They gave a 85 run foundation to the side before both departed to the guile of Scotland spinner Majid-Ul-Haq. This infact slowed down the tempo for quite a while. A B Devilliers showed his class and gave no respite for the Scottish bowlers. Gibbs was done in by flight of Watson and was easily stumped. Morkel and Devilliers had an outstanding partnership. A B Devilliers lost his partner Morkel who mistimed a shot and got out. Boucher came in and he was out due to a fielding gem by Coetzer in what we can call the catch of the tournament. South Africa annihilated Scotland to post a healthy total of 211/5 Devilliers top scoring with a 34 ball 79.

Scotland’s reply had nothing to particularly discuss about.They collapsed to13/4 inside 3 overs and that was it for Scottish. All bowlers chipped in with wickets and their ground fielding as usual was world class. Coetzer played a gutsy hand scoring 42 off 32 in a beleaguered chase. Scotland gave up even before getting a three figure total.It was an ultimate collapse quite contrasting to their first showing.As a result they bid good bye to the T-20 world cup with a huge 130 run loss…..

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