South Africa crush sorry Scotland

Published: Monday, June 8, 2009, 10:05 [IST]
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Scotland thrashed by South Africa

Oval: South Africa virtually annihilated Scotland by 130 runs in the T20 World Cup match at the Oval on Sunday.

A.B. De Villiers smashed 79 not out off 34 balls, hitting six sixes and five boundaries to help South Africa post 211-5 at The Oval - its highest Twenty20 score and the fifth best in the short history of the format. De Villiers got good support from Jacques Kallis (48) and captain Graeme Smith (38) to post the record score.

This victory was the second biggest margin in Twenty20 history, topped only by Sri Lanka's battering of Kenya in the inaugural World T20 in 2007.

Only Kyle Coetzer's aggressive 42 averted an even bigger margin of defeat as Scotland were dismissed inside 16 overs. Scotland could score only 81 runs, a total which was only marginally better than the worst ever in this event of 73 recorded by Kenya against New Zealand in Durban two years ago.

It was also the seventh worst total in Twenty20 international history.


Johan Botha (2-17), Roelof vander Merwe (2-17) and Dale Steyn (2-21) overpowered Scotland batsmen and rushed the South Africans to a rapid win.

South Africa plays New Zealand at Lord's on Tuesday. Scotland has been eliminated from the tournament.


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