Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia thrash Scotland in last group game

By Justin GouldingBBC Sport
Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is the leading wicket taker in this World Cup, with 16 at an average of 6.5
World Cup Pool A, Hobart:
Scotland 130 (25.4 overs): Machan 40; Starc 4-14
Australia 133-3 (15.2 overs): Clarke 47
Australia won by seven wickets
Scorecard. Tables

Australia raced to a seven-wicket win and condemned Scotland to a sixth straight defeat in the final World Cup Pool A game.

Mitchell Starc took 4-13 and Pat Cummins 3-42 to bowl Scotland out for 130 in 25.4 overs in Hobart.

Michael Clarke, promoted up the order, hit 47 as Australia won with 34.4 overs to spare after a 90-minute rain delay.

Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia's Mitchell Starc dismantles Scotland

They face a quarter-final against Pakistan or Ireland, who meet on Sunday, in Adelaide on 20 March.

Australia captain Clarke said: "We had one little hiccup against New Zealand, but now it's the knockout stages.

"We need to play at our best and I think if we do, we can win."

Scotland finished bottom of the group, having extended their unwanted record of World Cup games without a win to 14 since their debut in 1999.

But captain Preston Mommsen said: "We take a huge amount of positives from the past six games, and we leave the World Cup a better team."

The batting problems which have undermined this campaign - Scotland have been bowled out in all but one game - were evident again as five players made ducks.

Ten-pin bowler
In removing Iain Wardlaw, Australia left-armer Mitchell Starc claimed a 10th wicket bowled, breaking Wasim Akram's record from the 1992 World Cup.

Matt Machan's 40 off 35 balls was the height of Scottish resistance as Australia, the pre-tournament favourites, exploited helpful seam-bowling conditions after Clarke won the toss at the Bellerive Oval.

The brilliant Starc bookended a miserable Scotland innings, removing openers Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod in his first four overs and cleaning up Josh Davey and Iain Wardlaw in three balls with the sort of yorkers which are becoming his trademark.

In between, Cummins accounted for Machan, Matthew Cross and Rob Taylor, and Scotland were grateful for a ninth-wicket stand of 35 between Josh Davey and Michael Leask.

Home comforts
Australia have won 11 of their past 12 ODIs in Hobart, losing only to Sri Lanka in 2012.

Australia's rapid pursuit was initiated by Aaron Finch, who hit 20 off 10 balls, while Clarke weighed in with seven fours and two sixes he sought time at the crease before the knockout stages.

Although the hosts failed to clinch victory before the rain which interrupted the Scotland innings returned, James Faulkner and David Warner needed only 12 balls to plunder the remaining 39 runs when play resumed.

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Pool A
QNew Zealand6600+2.5612
QSri Lanka6420+0.378
Preston Mommsen
Scotland became the first side to have five ducks in an innings twice in a World Cup
James Faulkner
James Faulkner catches Matt Machan, one of only four Scotland batsmen to reach double figures
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke had batted only twice in the tournament before making a run-a-ball 47 against Scotland
David Warner
David Warner flayed 21 not out off six balls as Australia wrapped up victory in 15.2 overs

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