Shamik Das


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Proteas blast their way into second phase

Makhaya Ntini roars in to bowl against Scotland    Shaun Pollock and Justin Kemp are all smiles after beating Scotland

St Kitts, World Cup, Group A: South Africa 188/3 (23.2 overs) beat Scotland 186/8 (50 overs) by seven wickets

South Africa stormed into the Super Eights taking Australia with them following a routine drubbing of Scotland - chasing down the mediocre target with more than half their overs to spare.

After Andrew Hall (10-2-48-3), Charl Langeveldt (10-1-48-2) and the evergreen Shaun Pollock (10-1-25-1) had restricted Scotland to 186, South Africa's batsmen finished the job with ease, coasting to victory in under two hours.

Graeme Smith (91 off 65 balls) and AB de Villiers (62 of 45) put on 134 for the first wicket at 8.5 an over to set up the victory, which the Proteas dedicated to former coach Bob Woolmer.

The South African support pay their own tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer

New Zealand joined South Africa in the Super Eights with a crushing 148 run win over Kenya in group C.

Ross Taylor top scored for the Black Caps with 85, while Craig McMillan (71), Scott Styris (63) and Stephen Fleming (60) also filled their boots.

For Kenya there were a couple of positives to take into Saturday's decider with England: Thomas Odoyo became the first Kenyan to reach 100 one-day international wickets ...

Thomas Odoyo celebrates his 99th one-day international wicket for Kenya    Daniel Vettori leaps for joy after holding on to a superb return catch to dismiss Ravindu Shah

... and Ravindu Shah scored an immaculate 71 before being spectacularly caught and bowled by Daniel Vettori.

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