New Delhi: Australia got the better of minnows Scotland on a rain-hit day as the hosts overcame their opponents by seven wickets in Hobart. Mitchell Starc was the trump card for Aussies as David Warner, James Faulkner and skipper Michael Clarke batted well.
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Faulkner gets two leg byes and then a wide is bowled. A six is hit in the next ball over midwicket boundary for a six. It's over! Aussies win by seven wickets.
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Faulkner connects and connects big as he gets a four through right of mid-off. Next ball is hit over cover. What exceptional batting by Australia here. He gets a single of the next ball. Davey is bowling here and has two big players going at him. Outside off and it's called a wide. Warner is on no mood to delay things here as he punishes Davey over straight midwicket boundary for a six. He then hits through the leg side and gets a four.
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Warner has come into bat and will share the crease with faulkner. And what a start for Australia after the delay. Warner smokes one for a six as the ball was full and wide. The next ball is hit for a four through wide long-on boundary. A run is taken off the final ball.
Play is expected to resume in a short while.
WHAT A CATCH!
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Umpires are out on the field and is inspecting the field. Positive signs!
If the game gets called off then both teams will share points. Australia haven't batted 20 overs so a point for both.
Play interrupted due to rain.
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Clarke has played a handy innings and he will not be happy though as he lost his wicket. Other one to fall was Watson. Both wickets fell in a a space of three deliveries. Rain then fell and interrupted the game.
SR Watson c Cross b Davey 24
MJ Clarke c Leask b Wardlaw 47
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Clarke is dealing in boundaries here and gets two fours off Daley's over. One through mid-on and another through cover.
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Davey bowls and gets a maiden over as Clarke defends. Watson then slaps Taylor through square cover for a four. Watson is trying toi find a way of scoring. Taylor is keeping it simple. Watson finally gets another four after slapping the ball through to mid-on region.
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AUSTRALIA'S FIFTY COMES UP!
Watson gets a single. Clarke drives and it is just wide of the bowler. The ball was in the air and it races away to the boundary for a four. Watson gets into the act and drives a ball to the boundary through mid-off for four.
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Taylor bowls and Watson who is the new batsman in plays out the over and just gets a run off the last ball. Next over he gets a single from the first delivery after playing a shot through the on-side. Clarke defends from the crease. Scotland have bowled well in this last few balls. A single is taken by Clarke. He is playing well and it will be a confidence boost for him if he can stay till the end. Watson rotates the strike back to Clarke.
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Clarke top edges a ball and gets a maximum. A bouncer follows and it's a wide. Clarke then cuts one through to the point boundary. Good shot by the Aussie skipper.
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FINCH DEPARTS AFTER QUICK START!
Clarke caresses the ball through covers and mid-off for four. He edges next and gets a run through the third man area. Finch then gets a boundary through the off side. next ball he goes for a drive and finds the cover fielder and departs. Good catch!
AJ Finch c Coleman b Taylor 20 (10b)
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Michael Clarke has opened the innings with Aaron Finch. Two singles are taken before Clarke pulls a short ball across the deep square leg boundary for a four. Next over produces a run off a dropped catch and five dot deliveries. Wardlaw then bowls too straight and Finch hits it through midwicket for four runs. The next ball is hit for a six over forward square leg boundary. Another boundary is hit off the fifth ball through mid-off. Was in the air for a while.
STARC THE DESTROYER!
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Australia need 131 runs to win in 50 overs.
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ALL OVER FOR SCOTS!
Starc comes back after the rain break and finishes Scotland with two wickets. The innings comes to an end, Aussies rule the roost here.
I Wardlaw b Starc 0 (2b)
JH Davey b Starc 26 (35b)
The play has been interrupted by rain.
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Scotland have lost 8 wickets though they have a decent run rate. Patt Cummins has taken all three wickets since the 13th over. The partnership between Leask and Davey is worth 35 runs. Leask hits a four off Cummins' last ball.
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Maxwell is introduced and gets a wicket off his first ball. Half volley and Berrington drives it straight to cover. Machan then hits a brace after a sweep towards sweeper cover. Johnson comes in Cross gets a four. Thats all from the over.
RD Berrington c Warner b Maxwell 1 (6b)
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JOHNSON DAMAGES SCOTLAND FURTHER!
Johnson starts off with a wide and the fifty-run score comes up for Scotland. Johnson then gets his man. Coleman offers a catch to the slips after a back-foot punch. Scotland are throwing it away here. Berrington is the new batsman and leaves the first ball. Johnson is fired up here. Rythm and pace is getting there. Berrington defends before getting a single off the last ball.
FRJ Coleman c Clarke b Johnson 0 (7b)
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Machan pulls Watson and gets a couple. He then lofts Watson off a length ball straight over mid-on for a four. Machan is looking good here and needs to help his side.
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Johnson comes into bowl after replacing Starc. Coleman plays defensive shots as johnson is right on the money. A maiden to start with, Clarke will be pleased.
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SCOTLAND IN SPOT OF BOTHER!
This time Watson gets a wicket. Mommsen goes for a pull shot and offers a top edge straight to backward square-leg fielder. Machan pulls and gets a brace. Machan then goes down the ground and gets a four over mid-off.
PL Mommsen c Starc b Watson 0 (2b)
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MACLOED DEPARTS AFTER BRISK START!
Watson replaces Cummins. MacLeod plays the first two balls towards backward point. He then collects a single through towards third man. Machan then punches through the ground for a four. Starc continues and first ball is flicked through backward square leg for a four. Two singles follow before Macloed defends it straight back to Starc. A rising ball and is very well left by the batsman. Macloed then finds the man in backward point after cutting it straight to the fielder. He departs as Starc gets his second wicket.
CS MacLeod c Warner b Starc 22 (19b)
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Cummins continues and is on the costlier side again. MacLeod crashes two boundaries through point. Nine runs come from the over. A brace is collected from the hips. Machan then drives Starc through point for a four. An LBW appeal follows and the umpire doesn't give it. Seven runs come from the over.
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STARC REMOVES COETZER!
Pat Cummins shares the new ball with Starc. His pace will be key here. Low full-toss and is played back straight to him. MacLeod then plays it straight to backward point. A yorker and an under edge follows. MacLeod then smashes two fours back to back through the off side. Starc then continues and is bowling really well here. An edge falls short, ball beating the batsman, length and line, bouncer, Starc is mixing things up. A zeal here from Starc and he gets his man. Coetzer goes for a loose shot with zero footwork and edges it to third slip. Machan is the new man in and gets a single.
KJ Coetzer c Smith b Starc 0 (11b)
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Starc bowls to Coetzer and the first ball is a bouncer and the batsman ducks to let it go. Coetzer then plays a loose shot away from his body but fails to connect. He then defends from the back of the crease. An inswinging yorker follows and Coetzer manages to dig it out. Another loose shot and another miss next ball. The final ball is defended. Maiden to start with.
The teams are out on the field and the national anthems are being sung at the moment.
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Umpires - IJ Gould (England) and RK Illingworth (England)
TV umpire - JS Wilson (West Indies)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Scotland: Calum MacLeod, Kyle Coetzer, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen(c), Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross(w), Josh Davey, Rob Taylor, Michael Leask, Iain Wardlaw
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke(c), Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin(w), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins
TOSS: Australia have won the toss and have opted to field.
PREVIEW: Australia skipper Michael Clarke pledged no mercy on crisis-hit Scotland as the four-time World Cup champions seek a headline-grabbing performance ahead of a potential quarter-final collision with Pakistan.
Australia have already made sure of their spot in the next stage after last weekend`s 64-run win over fellow title contenders Sri Lanka where they piled up 376-9.
That followed their World Cup record score of 417-6 to rout Afghanistan by 275 runs.
Victory against Pool A`s rock-bottom Scotland on Saturday will ensure the runners-up spot behind New Zealand and a possible last-eight clash in Adelaide on March 20 against old adversaries Pakistan should Misbah-ul-Haq`s side beat Ireland on Sunday.
The only selection issue appears to still revolve around Shane Watson who was dropped for the Afghanistan match but restored to the line-up for the win over Sri Lanka in Sydney.
He certainly responded with a fine innings of 67.
Australia will have little to fear from a Scotland side who have still to win a World Cup match in three appearances.
The two sides have met four times with Australia winning by six wickets in 1999, 203 runs in 2007, 189 runs in 2005 and 200 runs in 2013.
In that last match in Edinburgh, Australia motored to 362-3 based on an opening partnership of 246 between Aaron Finch (148) and Shaun Marsh (151).
Finch will be optimistic of similar carnage on Saturday on the Bellerive Oval`s compact boundaries although Scotland would have breathed a sigh of relief when Marsh wasn`t selected.
Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 4-36 that day as the Scots were dismissed for 162.
Scotland have lost all five games at the World Cup so far and the build-up to their last game has been overshadowed by the banishment of all-rounder Majid Haq who was dropped for Wednesday`s match against Sri Lanka after he posted a racial tweet.
Haq, Scotland`s leading ODI bowler with 60 wickets and three half-centuries to his name, had played in his team`s four earlier matches taking just three wickets and making a top-score of 31 against Afghanistan.
Scotland (From): Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen(c), Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross(k), Rob Taylor, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Safyaan Sharif, Iain Wardlaw
Australia (From): Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke(c), Shane Watson,Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin(k), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins,Josh Hazlewood, George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Marsh