March 14,Hobart, AUS v/s NZ, Pool A
Australia finished their run in the league stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc stood out with excellent figures of 4/14 help registering a comfortable seven-wicket win against Scotland at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.
Aus skipper Michael Clarke won the toss opted to bowl first, Australian pacer bowled in with good line and length packed off Scotland for 130 in 25.4 overs.
In reply, the hosts chased the 131-run target set by Scotland with 34.4 overs to spare, with David Warner and James Faulkner remaining unbeaten on scores of 21 and 16 respectively. Finishing at the second spot in Pool A.
Scotland’s innings featured five ducks and this latest loss left the non-Test nation still looking for a maiden World Cup win in 14 matches across three editions. Australia captain Michael Clarke, who promoted himself to open in a bid to gain batting practice ahead of Australia’s quarter-final in Adelaide on March 20, made a run-a-ball 47. Warner, batting down the order, smashed 21 not out off just six balls as Australia finished on 133 for three in 15.2 overs.
In a knock out round AUS play against Pakistan the third place team in Pool B .
MATCH SUMMARY–Australia 133 for 3 (Clarke 47) beat Scotland 130 (Machan 40, Starc 4-14, Cummins 3-42) by seven wickets
MAN OF THE MATCH- Mitchel Starc