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S Africa send Scots crashing out

ICC World Twenty20, Group D, The Oval
South Africa 211-5 beat Scotland 81 (15.4 overs) by 130 runs

Match scorecard

South Africa's AB de Villiers

Highlights - South Africa thrash Scotland

By Oliver Brett
BBC Sport at The Oval

AB de Villiers
De Villiers put on 51 in only 19 balls with Albie Morkel to boost South Africa

Scotland became the first team to be eliminated from the ICC World Twenty20 following a 130-run defeat by South Africa at The Oval.

AB de Villiers thrilled a crowd looking forward to the England v Pakistan evening showdown with an unbeaten 79 off just 34 balls.

His brilliant Indian Premier League form continued as he blasted six sixes in his innings, taking the hotly-tipped Proteas to a total of 211-5.

Scotland were then dismissed for 81 in 15.3 overs, going down to the second heaviest defeat by a runs margin in Twenty20 internationals.

In an otherwise untidy Scottish display in the field, Kyle Coetzer's stunning one-handed effort at long-on in the final over to remove Mark Boucher was an early contender for catch of the tournament.

Making two changes from the team which gave New Zealand a fright on Saturday, Scotland brought in the specialist spinners Majid Haq and Glenn Rogers.

And when Gavin Hamilton won the toss, he opted to give his new-look attack first use of the same square on which the two winning teams had won chasing targets on Saturday.

The six powerplay overs yielded 55 runs - and no wickets for the underdogs. Eight of the 11 fours were from the blade of Jacques Kallis, and all but one of them came from authentic shots against some generously wayward bowling.

Graeme Smith, a shade lucky not to fall lbw to Calum MacLeod for a duck, then got into his stride with three boundaries in Rogers' first over, though the first was down to some dreadful fielding by MacLeod at long-on.


Rogers had further bad luck in his second over, when Hamilton dropped Smith at midwicket. The batsman responded by lifting the next ball into the stands.

After nine overs, South Africa had advanced to 88-0, but Haq dismissed both Kallis and Smith in his second over, both paying the price for poorly-executed sweep shots.

Haq returned an excellent 2-22 from his four overs, and the Scots received another boost when Gibbs was stumped by yards off the third spinner, Ryan Watson.

Scotland persisted with spin, perhaps for too long, and that was a cue for De Villiers and Abie Morkel to entertain the crowd with a series of eye-catching sixes.

Scotland's Kyle Coetzer
Coetzer scored over half of Scotland's runs and took a sublime catch

Morkel and Boucher eventually fell to catches in the deep off the returning seamer Gordon Drummond, the second of which was Coetzer's outrageous effort, and in the end every Scottish bowler bar Haq was left to reflect on some messy analyses.

If the game was still a realistic contest at that point, it quickly became anything but. Dale Steyn bowled fast and straight to rattle the stumps of Watson and Colin Smith, while Hamilton pulled Wayne Parnell to square-leg, and Navdeep Poonia attempted a crazy third run.

From the horrors of 13-4, Coetzer established something of a foothold for the Scots, but soon lost partners Neil McCallum and Jan Stander to Johan Botha's accurate off-breaks.

It became an exercise in damage limitation for the remaining Scottish batting, but the talented Coetzer, a Durham pro, was good enough to hit Morkel for a couple of sixes.

Attempting another maximum off Roelof van der Merwe, he gave the bowler a steepling catch to depart for 42.

Van der Merwe's next ball finished off Haq's innings, and it was "start the car" time when Morkel bowled Drummond for the ninth wicket with the first ball of the 16th over.

Two balls later Morkel also bowled MacLeod and the job was done.

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