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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Australia win as expected: World Cup Day 2

"Ponting sets up 203- run demolition" says Cricinfo describing the hardly unexpected margin of Australia's victory over Scotland at Basseterre, St Kitts . Ricky Ponting's 113/ 93b built on the 91 run/102b Gilchrist - Hayden opening stand while Watson (18/11b) and Hogg (40/15b) made very merry in the closing overs.

6/334 was way too many for Scotland, whose top order batters couldn't cope with some hostile and (except for Shaun Tait) accurate bowling, including 3/14 in 6 vintage Glenn McGrath overs. Wicketkeeper Smith (51/76b) led a fightback of sorts from 5/42 but when he was 9th out at 131 that was the end of the game, as the injured last man was not standing.

In the day's other game, played in St Lucia, Kenya beat Canada by 7 wickets with 40 balls remaining thanks to a great performance by Steve Tikolo (72/76b and 2/34 from 9 overs).

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