Written by Staff Writer
23 Feb, 2015 | 12:48 pm
The 14th match of the ICC Cricket World cup got underway at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday morning as the neighbouring nations England and Scotland went head to head following toss winner England’s decision to bat first.
English opener Ian Bell scored a half century before being dismissed for 54 runs, ending the mammoth 172 run partnership as fellow opener Moeen Ali went on to socre a magnificent 128 runs in 107 deliveries before being dismissed by Majid Haq.
Following the dissmisal of Ali, the Scottish bowling attack managed to claim the next two wickets within just two runs.
Forty six (46) runs off 42 deliveries by Eoin Morgan assisted by James Taylor and Jos Buttler brought the English total to 303 runs for the loss of eight wickets at the end of the 50th over.
At the Scottish bowling camp, Iain Wardlaw, Alasdair Evans, Majid Haq and Richie Berrington managed to bag a wicket each as medium-fast bowler Josh Davey claimed four wickets during his 10 over spell.
Scotland took up the batting gear, ready to reply to the English 303 for 8 only to see the wicket of Calum MacLeod fall early as the opener was dismissed by James Anderson for 4 runs.
Kyle Coetzer claimed his 6th Half Century before being dismissed by Moeen Ali for 71 runs off 84 balls.
English bowlers made good work of the Scottish batting line up as they restricted all but four batsmen from reaching double figures as James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali claimed 2 wickets each while Steven Finn bagged 3 wickets during his 9 over spell while maintaining an economy of 2.88 runs an over.
England’s destructive bowling attack claimed all of the Scottish wickets for 184 runs to end the match with a massive 119 run victory for England.
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