All-round Australia crush Scotland by 200 runs

Mitchell Johnson (left) picked up four wickets in Australia’s ODI victory over Scotland © Getty Images

Sep 3, 2013

A disciplined performance from Australia‘s bowling contingent helped the visitors earn a crushing 200-run victory over hapless minnows, Scotland in Edinburgh.

Chasing a massive target of 363, Scotland were pegged back early when Mitchell Johnson sent back opener Freddie Coleman. Coleman had no answer to Johnson’s swinging delivery and was trapped plumb in front of the wicket.  Clint McKay bowled in tandem and struck two overs later to send Hamish Gardiner to the pavilion.

From two for two, Matt Machan and skipper Preston Mommsen came together to put up a fight. However, their resistance didn’t last long as Mommsen was run out after a hesitation between the batsmen. At this stage, Scotland were on 27 for three in the 12th over. Machan then had Calum MacLeod for company. The duo added 42 runs for the fourth wicket and gave the home crowd something to cheer about. In a bid to excite the crowd further, Machan went after James Faulkner but did not pack enough punch in his stroke and was caught by McKay in the deep.

Richie Berrington came in next. He showcased his intent by smashing a boundary off the second ball he faced. Two overs later, Faulkner sent him packing. A back-of-the-hand slower one from Faulkner deceives Berrington and the latter sticks out his bat to give an easy catch to Shane Watson at covers. An over later, MacLeod became Fawad Ahmed’s first ODI scalp. At this stage, half the Scotland side was back in the pavilion with the score at 85 in 24 overs.

The next four batsmen put on a brave face and stood up to the Australian bowlers. David Murphy and Majid Haq played for the next 10.5 overs to add 24 runs to the total, while Gordon Goudie and Haq put on 39 in 34 balls. Johnson, in his second spell, struck to remove Goudie and Haq, taking the hosts closer to the inevitable defeat. They were bowled out for 162, after Johnson picked up the final wicket of Gordon Drummond.

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Brief scores:

Australia 362 for 3 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 148, Shaun Marsh 151) beat Scotland 162 in 43.5 overs (Matt Machan 39; Mitchell Johnson 4 for 36) by 200 runs.

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