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Summary

  1. England win by 119 runs in Christchurch
  2. England's first victory in Pool A
  3. England 303-8: Moeen 128, Bell 54
  4. Moeen & Bell put on 172 for 1st wicket
  5. Scotland 184: Coetzer 71, Finn 3-26

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Close of play

    Chris Gayle, West Indies

    The next match in the tournament is at 03:30 GMT on Tuesday in Pool B when West Indies take on Zimbabwe, two teams who have one win and one defeat. As for every game in the tournament, there will be a text commentary team in place for that one.

    Scotland continue their quest for that all important first victory against Afghanistan in beautiful Dunedin on Thursday, late Wednesday UK time, and don't forget England against Sri Lanka is on Saturday night UK time, starting at 21:45 GMT on 5 live sports extra. The BBC live text will be up and running from 21:30 GMT so please join the team then. From us for now, it's cheerio.

  2. Review of the day

    Moeen Ali and Ian Bell

    So no shock today as England record their first victory of the tournament, inspired by a composed 128 from 107 balls by Moeen Ali, who shared 172 for the first wicket with Ian Bell after Scotland chose to field first.

    Skipper Eoin Morgan, who had only 22 ODI runs in five previous innings, added 46, with four fours and two sixes, while paceman Steven Finn recovered from his mauling by the New Zealand batsmen to claim 3-26.

  3. Review of the match

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad

    "I think Stuart Board has lost confidence batting because of Mitchell Johnson swinging round his ear hole last summer. Bowling wise, he needs some bowling because he has been out for a long time with injury."

  4. More quotes from the captains

    England captain Eoin Morgan on TMS: "I am proud of the guys and how they fronted up and performed today. To get a result and through a potential banana skin and get points on the board is brilliant.

    "Any runs and time in the middle is invaluable, especially considering the lack of runs I have had."

    On Steven Finn: "I don't think we can look into Wellington too much. It was the worst time to bowl and the worst batsman to bowl to but he bowled really well today. I have shown faith in the guys I have selected the last two games as I feel they are the strongest we have and the best chance we have of winning games of cricket."

  5. Review of the match

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will wake up tomorrow relieved. They have played below par. Now they will feel they are in with a chance. All they have to do is win a couple more matches and get through to the quarter-finals. I think they have a good chance of beating Sri Lanka as I don't think they are the force they used to be. The key is for individual players to help the captain by playing to their potential."

  6. Review of the match

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    England cricket team

    "The only slight concern is that Steven Finn bowled a good line but his pace is down from what it has been and when better batsmen are coming at him, like McCullum, will he be able to do it?"

  7. Review of the match

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England had lost three wickets for 50 there would have been some real jitters in the dressing room but that didn't happen and Moeen Ali played beautifully. Ian Bell had to work hard for his half-century. Fortunately at the other end Ali made it easy because he played so fluently.

    "On another day when confidence is high they would probably have got another 30 or 40 runs. But 300 is pretty good for an nervous side."

  8. Pool A standings

    Pool A table
  9. More quotes from the captains

    Scotland captain Preston Mommsen on TMS: "We are disappointed. We didn't take the game as deep as we would have liked to. Going in at half-time we thought we were in it. We threatened but that is as far as it got. Kyle [Coetzer] batted beautifully for us but unfortunately he couldn't go on to a big one.

    "England had the perfect platform so I think we can take a lot of confidence from how we handled the last 25 overs. We had good plans and the guys executed them well at the death.

    "There was a good feeling in the camp and preparation was spot on. We were hoping to capitalise on England's poor recent form but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. England are still a high ranked team and are a full member nation. We had nothing to lose today and gave it our best shot.

    "There is a lot of quality on display from the 11 we had out and I know that first victory is not far away."

  10. Text 81111

    Josh in Bedford: Solid bowling performance from England but we still refuse to bowl yorkers. These tail enders won't hit them.

  11. Unwanted record

    So the plucky Scots remain without a win against a Test nation and have now lost their first 10 World Cup matches, joining the Netherlands as the only teams to have suffered that fate.

  12. Quotes from the captains

    Scotland's Preston Mommsen: "We would have liked a few more early wickets. We came back well but then unfortunately with the bat we just couldn't quite get going. We knew we needed a partnership up front, we slowly started to get that but it wasn't enough. It's a huge step up from county cricket to international cricket, the ball is coming quicker and doing more but we are standing up to it and not shying away."

  13. Quotes from the captains

    England's Eoin Morgan: "It was important for us to focus on what we do. Losing the toss and batting first when the ball could move about a bit, the two openers set a great platform. Losing batsmen set us back but we recovered really well and got a good score.

    "Today was all about a win, it was nice for me to get some runs and I thought we were really good with the ball. We didn't sit and sulk about past performances, guys put in performances."

  14. Player reaction

    Moeen Ali celebrates

    England batsman Moeen Ali on Test Match Special: "It is the most important thing that we won. It is nice to get a hundred in a winning side. These games can be tough, as we have seen in the tournament so far.

    "I had a good chat with our assistant coach Paul Farbrace and we got on the mental side of it to look positively and concentrate on doing a job for the team. It is not easy, it is in the press and it feels like everyone is against us but it is important that we take that away. Teams lose, and we have not played well but what we need to do is stay together as best as we can.

    "There was a point when we thought we might get 340 but we have not being playing well lately so we will take 300. Hopefully we will get on a run now and we can qualify and we will see after that."

  15. How's stat?

    This is England's largest victory margin by runs in a World Cup match since they beat East Africa by 196 runs at Birmingham in 1975.

  16. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Job done. England have been professional. Man for man England are the better team on paper and quite frankly Scotland were not in the game. It was a possible banana skin if England lost early wickets after they'd been beaten heavily by Australia and New Zealand, but it never happened.

    "Moeen Ali played splendidly and the other big plus is Eoin Morgan scoring runs. It was all plusses. Scotland, to me, didn't look in the same ability as England, who will sleep better tonight and wake up feeling better and refreshed for their next game against Sri Lanka. I think they will take Sri Lanka."

  17. How's stat?

    This is just the fifth time in their last 18 ODIs against Associates sides that England have bowled the opposition out.

  18. Man of the match

    Moeen Ali: "It's nice to get a bit of form going into the next game. It's nice to get a winning hundred. Hopefully now we can get on a run and win the next three.

    "I didn't feel like I bowled that well. It was nice just to get some wickets and bowl 10 overs."

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    James Taylor (not THAT one): Good professional game by England! Much needed win! Batting was still poor other than Ali.

  20. Final scorecard

    Scotland 184 from 42.2 overs

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (MacLeod 4), 47-2 (Coleman 7), 54-3 (Machan 5), 114-4 (Mommsen 26), 122-5 (Coetzer 71), 128-6 (Berrington 8), 150-7 (Davey 9), 160-8 (Cross 23), 184-9 (Evans 9), 184-10 (Haq 15)

    Not out batsman: Wardlaw 0

    Bowling figures: Anderson 6-0-30-2, Broad 7-0-24-0, Woakes 5.2-0-25-2, Finn 9-3-26-3, Moeen 10-0-47-2, Root 5-0-27-1

    England 303-8: Moeen 128, Bell 54, Morgan 46

    Record: Moeen and Bell's stand of 172 is England's highest World Cup opening partnership of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

    Scorecard

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  21. Post update

    Next up for England is Sri Lanka on Sunday, late Saturday night UK time. They made rather heavy weather of it against Zimbabwe yesterday didn't they, only winning by four wickets?

  22. WICKET

    Haq c Ballance b Woakes 15 - Scotland 184 all out (England win by 119 runs)

    England team celebrate

    No time for Jimmy to get another as Woakes captures his second, Haq going for glory and finding fine-leg. In delightful afternoon sunshine England leave the field looking very contented, a far cry from the other day when they sloped off having lost in 12.3 overs against New Zealand.

  23. WICKET

    Evans c Buttler b Anderson Sco (184-9)

    Jimmy could do with a late brace here, he's only got 1-133 from his three matches in the tournament thus far. And sure enough, he strikes. Fabulous delivery too, 'too good for thee lad' as the late, great Fred Trueman was said to be fond of saying. Away movement, pitches on middle, finds the edge, and Buttler takes a neat catch diving forward behindthe timbers.

  24. Sco 183-8 (required rate 13.44)

    Evans picks up two more boundaries in typical tailender fashion off Woakes, fending a short one down the leg-side and scything wildly over the wicketkeeper's head where you very rarely find a fielder.

  25. Scorecard update

    Scotland 175-8 after 40 overs (target 304)

    Batsmen: Haq 14, Evans 9

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (MacLeod 4), 47-2 (Coleman 7), 54-3 (Machan 5), 114-4 (Mommsen 26), 122-5 (Coetzer 71), 128-6 (Berrington 8), 150-7 (Davey 9), 160-8 (Cross 23)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-0-29-1, Broad 7-0-22-0, Woakes 4-0-17-1, Finn 9-3-26-3, Moeen 10-0-47-2, Root 5-0-27-1

    England 303-8: Moeen 128, Bell 54, Morgan 46

    Record: Moeen and Bell's stand of 172 is England's highest World Cup opening partnership of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

    Scorecard

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  26. Sco 175-8 (Majid 14, Evans 1)

    Super shot from Majid. Stand and deliver, a free swing of the bat and down the ground she goes for four-penneth. He's played 52 matches, averaging 17 and has a best of 71. Combined with an inside edge and a lofted cut, the left-hander collects three boundaries in the over, the first Finn has conceded.

  27. Umpire review

    Sco 163-8 (required rate 12.81)

    Steven Finn

    Finn is up to second in the list of World Cup wicket-takers now with eight, three behind New Zealand's sultan of swing Tim Southee, who will surely add quite a few more. Broad has only two and after being incredulous his lbw appeal is not granted, he uses the England review, as he often likes to. It is clipping leg stump for height and width so it's umpire's call and Haq remains.

  28. WICKET

    Cross c Root b Finn 23 (Sco 160-8)

    Steven Finn celebrates

    But big Finny is back in the wickets in style. Those visions of a charging McCullum must have faded and he has 3-14 now in his eighth over. Cross is the personification of his name when he tries to leave a rising delivery and it simply flies off the face of the bat to Root at slip.

  29. Sco 160-7 (required rate 11.07)

    Now I don't like to criticise but let's talk about SCJ Broad. He has only taken four or more wickets 10 times in his 116 ODIs and the last of those was in March 2011. He's played 40 matches since then. It is not going to be significant in this match but it might be if England are going to challenge the big boys. Also his pace, it is barely 80mph. Cross has plenty of time to pick up two off the back foot and then keeps the bowling with an easy paddle to mid-wicket.

  30. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "After the savage beating Finn took from McCullum against New Zealand he has come back and looked lively, bowled a decent line and got good bounce. He has had all the batsmen struggling to get runs from him."

  31. Sco 156-7 (Cross 20, Majid 1)

    The powerplay begins, and much like an England batting powerplay there is hardly a flurry of runs. None in fact. There were only two maidens in the England innings and this is only the second of this one, both to Finn.

  32. Sco 156-7 (required rate 9.86)

    The Scots have reached 300 on two occasions - and one was on this very ground when MacLeod made that record 175 I told you about some hours ago. They scored 341-9 from their 50 then against Canada but they are likely to get around half of that here. Moeen concedes a fourth boundary as Cross swats away to leg, but he returns 2-47 from his 10 and has 19 ODI wickets from his 20 matches.

  33. How's stat?

    Moeen 128 and 9-0-41-2

    The last player to score a century and take two wickets in the same ODI for England was Jonathan Trott (102 & 2-31) v Australia at Adelaide on 26 January, 2011.

    The only player to score a 100 and take three wickets in the same ODI for England is Paul Collingwood (112* & 6-31) v Bangladesh at Trent Bridge in 2005.

  34. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Christchurch

    "It never fails to amaze me how much a streaker captures the imagination of ex-cricketers. This particular streak, however, was something special. Our invader avoided the portly security with speed and nimble feet, making it all across the outfield, past our commentary box and over the fence at the back - the perfect crime. 'Wonderful athleticism,' says Geoffrey Boycott."

  35. WICKET

    Davey c Buttler b Finn 9 (Sco 150-7)

    Steven Finn celebrates

    I don't think my suggestion for the streaker graphic was passed by the BBC governors but we have one on the field - a streaker, not a BBC governor. He made a brave, scattergun run, rather like a pheasant surrounded by an invasion of game hunters, but there is no time to vault over the bails before he is apprehended.

    Another wicket, Finn has Davey caught behind with a routine edge, and the big paceman has 2-14. He's enjoying this rather more than his two overs for 49 against the blazing blade of Brendon McCullum's New Zealand.

  36. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ali has been impressive, bowling into a breeze, he has looked lively and has got good revs on the ball. The ball does things in the air for him and he is getting it to drift in the air and then grip.

    The other thing he did was to bowl with enough speed to prevent the batsmen making room to hit on the on side. The batsmen lost their options and could only score on one side."

  37. Sco 148-6 (Moeen 2-41 from 9)

    A leg slip in place for Moeen in the pleasant late afternoon sunshine. These views across the emerald turf are just a delight. He's not giving it much flight, Moeen, but England are rattling through the overs and watching the required rate escalate. It has gone above nine now.

  38. Sco 144-6 (Cross 11, Davey 7)

    The first wide of the innings as Root strays down the leg-side. The Scots bowled 15 of them and conceded 21 extra in total. An old school short-arm thump from Cross, a little like a hockey stroke, superbly stopped on the rope by Anderson prevents the four and saves one run, but was it really worth risking injury for England's premier bowler? One run is hardly going to matter is it? Is it?

  39. Sco 136-6 (required rate 8.64)

    Steady the buffs fellas I have to get some detail into these descriptions as well you know. Four routine singles is the gist of this Moeen over. So his best ODI figures remain 2-34 against India last year.

  40. Scorecard update

    Scotland 132-6 after 30 overs (target 304)

    Batsmen: Cross 3, Davey 1

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (MacLeod 4), 47-2 (Coleman 7), 54-3 (Machan 5), 114-4 (Mommsen 26), 122-5 (Coetzer 71), 128-6 (Berrington 8)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-0-29-1, Broad 5-0-18-0, Woakes 3-0-9-1, Finn 5-1-12-1, Moeen 7-0-33-2, Root 3-0-16-1

    England 303-8: Moeen 128, Bell 54, Morgan 46

    Record: Moeen and Bell's stand of 172 is England's highest World Cup opening partnership of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

    Scorecard

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  41. Sco 132-6 (target 304)

    England content with their spin twins and Root, who has a best of 2-15 against the West Indies, has only conceded the one boundary in his opening four overs, just the three singles in this one. So 172 from the final 20 overs and only four wickets remaining.

  42. WICKET

    Berrington c Morgan b Moeen 8 (Sco 128-6)

    Moeen Ali celebrates having bowled out Scotland's Richie Berrington

    But the skipper is in the right place to pouch this one at mid-wicket. Moeen has his best ODI figures currently, 2-33. What a spell I've had since replacing Phil, I've taken 3-14 in 21 balls.

  43. Sco 127-5 (required rate 8.04)

    Some spin there for young Joseph Edward Root. It deceives new man Matthew Cross who spoons it upwardly but short of the in-field. For all talk of Morgan's innovations, the fields are fairly routine.

  44. WICKET

    Coetzer c Woakes b Moeen 71 (Sco 122-5)

    Moeen Ali celebrates

    Not much doubt who the man of the match is going to be. The last remaining hope of preventing Moeen picking up the award is on his way. Aberdeen-born Coetzer is no stereotypical large hirsute redheaded Scotsman brandishing an agricultural claymore, he is a composed character with a beautifully straight bat. But he knew the required rate was nudging eight and he tried to loft over long-on, did not time it at all and found mid-on.

  45. Sco 118-4 (Root 1-12 from 2)

    Richie Berrington is the new man, he's made an ODI century too, an unbeaten 101 against Ireland last September. Four off the over.

  46. WICKET

    Mommsen c Broad b Root 26 (Sco 114-4)

    Preston Mommsen leaves the field dejected

    Thanks Phil, well if this was New Zealand chasing this total we'd all be home by now. The Scots HAD been going well, adding 40 in the last five overs, but Mommsen departs, hoisting Root to the mid-wicket boundary where Broad takes a comfortable catch.

  47. Sco 114-3 (run-rate 4.56, required 7.60)

    Moeen continues and Scotland are contained after their recent little flurry. Halfway through the overs and there is still life in Scotland. They need 190 more runs to cause a major upset. I've been commanded to take my sweater and so I leave you in the very capable hands of Mr Jamie Lillywhite, who will see you through to the close.

  48. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Hagley Oval

    "We all know what can happen if a partnership can start to blossom. This England side has not got much variety and Root is the only 'sixth' option I can see out there. I'm sure the Scots will see Joe Root as time to take the attack to the opposition."

  49. Sco 111-3 (Mommsen 24, Coetzer 67)

    After Woakes' poor over, Eoin Morgan turns to the off-spin of Joe Root. It doesn't stem the tide of boundaries, though, as Mommsen sweeps him for four. Four singles on top of that take Scotland to Nelson.

  50. Sco 103-3 (Coetzer 65, Mommsen 18)

    England almost hit back immediately as Mommsen punches a lofty shot just past the outstretched hands of Moeen off the spinner's bowling. Mommsen makes the most of the let-off with a drive down the ground for another four. Scotland are on the charge. This pair have put on 49 and are in a positive mood.

  51. Sco 97-3 (Mommsen 13, Coetzer 64)

    Kyle Coetzer batting

    Coetzer has found his groove again. He smashes three more fours - the first down the ground, the second a flick to fine leg and the third a pull through square leg - off Woakes. Has Scotland's danger man decided it is now or never? It would appear so.

  52. Sco 85-3 (run-rate 4.04, required 7.55)

    Scotland are back in the boundary game as Coetzer fires one through midwicket to the boundary. Anderson dives and looks to have stopped it but the third umpire decrees he was touching the boundary rope when he pushed the ball back. Mommsen follows this up by hammering a drive down the ground for another four. Scotland needed that.

  53. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There are three teams who are better than England on paper - Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but better people than me say on paper doesn't win a competition. If England start performing well they'll be a force to be reckoned with."

  54. Scorecard update

    Scotland 74-3 after 20 overs (target 304)

    Batsmen: Coetzer 50, Mommsen 8

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (MacLeod 4), 47-2 (Coleman 7), 54-3 (Machan 5)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-0-29-1, Broad 5-0-18-0, Woakes 3-0-9-1, Finn 5-1-12-1, Moeen 2-0-6-0

    England 303-8: Moeen 128, Bell 54, Morgan 46

    Record: Moeen and Bell's stand of 172 is England's highest World Cup opening partnership of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

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  55. Sco 74-3 (Finn 1-12 from 5)

    England are not blowing Scotland out of this game, they are slowly strangling the life out of their challenge. Finn bowls the innings' first maiden, as Mommsen is pinned at the striker's end.

  56. Sco 74-3 (Mommsen 8, Coetzer 50)

    Coetzer reaches his 50 from 64 balls with a flick to leg from Moeen. At one stage it looked as though he would reach it much quicker. Scotland take just three from the over and the required run-rate creeps up again.

  57. Sco 71-3 (Mommsen 6, Coetzer 49)

    If Scotland are to win this game they need to make something happen soon. Coetzer has looked the most likely man to do that so far but after a flurry of early boundaries he is now struggling to get the ball away. Credit to England's bowlers for this. Finn goes for four from his fourth over to leave him with figures of 1-12.

  58. How's stat?

    Chris Woakes

    Chris Woakes has taken a wicket in his first over in each of the last two games. In his previous 28 ODIs he had struck only once in his first over conceding 142 runs in total in those overs.

  59. Sco 66-3 (run-rate 3.88, required 7.21)

    Moeen Ali brings some spin into the attack to add a different dynamic to England's attack. Scotland are dealing almost exclusively in singles at the moment, much to England's liking. Three more are added to the total and Scotland reach 66-3 before drinks are brought on.

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Anthony Shaw: I'm worried that if I sleep before the end I'll wake up to a headline of 'Scots thrash England in stunning comeback!'

  61. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "They'll get these 304 if they bat until 10 o'clock tonight...probably halfway through their second innings as well. England are just a little bit better, they're not giving them the easy short ball or the wide one to drive. And that's what you should expect."

  62. Sco 63-3 (Coetzer 45, Mommsen 1)

    Better pace and better line is giving England the advantage. Finn keeps it tight and restricts the Scots pair to a couple of singles. Yes, the batsmen are not of the quality of Australia and New Zealand but it is an improvement nonetheless.

  63. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a relatively successful transition from the 10 over mark from Anderson and Broad to Woakes and Finn. The run-rate hasn't escalated in any way. If Scotland are going to threaten in any way they are going to have to score off the back foot without a horizontal bat."

  64. Sco 61-3 (Coetzer 44, Mommsen 1)

    Woakes offers an appeal for an lbw against Coetzer, but the ball was only just clipping leg stump (leading to an umpire's call on DRS) and the appeal is turned down. The pressure is increasing on Scotland as the over goes for just a single.

  65. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    JC Wiggly: You may take our wickets but you'll never take our freedom.

  66. Sco 60-3 (run-rate 4.28, required 6.77)

    Steve Finn bowls

    Finn continues and continues well, going for just a couple of singles. Coetzer's early boundary blitz has been stemmed and Scotland are finding it much harder to score now.

  67. Sco 58-3 (Mommsen 0, Coetzer 42)

    England look much livelier in the field now. Woakes' second over is a good one and would have been a great one had a top-edged pull from Coetzer carried to Finn at fine leg and not skipped just past the fielder's outstretched hand and gone for four.

  68. Text 81111

    Gavin: As an Englishman living in Scotland, I'd like clarification on whether Norman Tebbitt's infamous 'cricket test' equally applies *against* supporting England!

  69. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Christchurch

    Hagley Oval

    Not bad - the view from the back of the TMS box. The box itself is sitting atop a structure of scaffolding, which I hope is secure.

  70. Sco 54-3 (runs required 250)

    Steven Finn went for 49 runs from two overs against New Zealand. He currently has 1-3 from six balls. I'd call that a significant improvement. The new man for Scotland is captain Preston Mommsen.

  71. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The dangerman in a sense has gone. It was just a little nibble outside the off-stump, it may have got a wee bit of bounce. England have now made a large step forward in preventing Scotland getting anywhere near this total."

  72. WICKET

    Machan c Buttler b Finn 5 (Sco 54-3)

    Steven Finn celebrates

    Steven Finn is into the attack in place of Broad and he makes a much better start than he did against New Zealand. A shortish delivery to Machan catches the outside edge and is easily taken by Buttler. England are starting to take control of matters.

  73. Text 81111

    Dave Ramshaw: Sir Geoffrey says England would have to bowl terrible to lose this. That's exactly what they've done for the last six months.

  74. Matt Machan

    Matt Machan's ODI record in numbers
  75. Sco 51-2 (Coetzer 36, Machan 4)

    The new man is left-hander Matt Machan, who looks nervous and almost prods his first ball straight to Buttler. He does a better job with his third ball, a short-pitched effort which he pulls for four to bring up Scotland's 50.

  76. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I guess the width was the thing that lured Coleman into it. Maybe he felt he didn't want the run-rate climbing too much, but the stroke wasn't on. Not a difficult chance but Morgan had to leap to make it comfortable. England don't want Scotland to stay in the game for too long."

  77. WICKET

    Coleman c Morgan b Woakes 7 (Sco 47-2)

    Eoin Morgan celebrates

    Chris Woakes brings his golden arm to the party as his first ball after replacing Anderson is driven straight to Morgan at cover by Coleman. England would have preferred it to be Coetzer, but they won't grumble. From England's point of view, the quicker Scotland are played out of this game the better.

  78. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian: The boundaries are coming thick and fast. Looks like my hope of an early night has gone.

    Kishin Mahtani: Scotland surely cannot be thinking of winning this. For the good of ICC, who want to limit the Associates, please lose this game.

  79. Scorecard update

    Scotland 47-1 after 10 overs (target 304)

    Batsmen: Coetzer 36, Coleman 7

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (MacLeod 4)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-0-29-1, Broad 5-0-18-0

    England 303-8: Moeen 128, Bell 54, Morgan 46

    Record: Moeen and Bell's stand of 172 is England's highest World Cup opening partnership of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

    Scorecard

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  80. Sco 47-1 (Coleman 7, Coetzer 36)

    Stuart Broad bowls

    Broad is proving the more economical of the England bowlers as he concedes three runs. His second ball draws a pull from Coetzer and a half-hearted appeal from Buttler, which the umpire stares down without response. That is the end of the first powerplay. England were 58-0 at this stage in their innings.

  81. Sco 44-1 (Coleman 5, Coetzer 35)

    Steady away from Scotland who add three to the total from Anderson's fifth over. The Lancashire bowler has taken the innings' only wicket but gone for 29 from his 30 deliveries.

  82. Sco 41-1 (run-rate 5.12)

    It is pretty much boundaries or dot-balls for Coetzer, who flicks Broad's first ball down through third-man for his seventh four. He has 35 from 32 balls. You can't fault him or his team - they have nothing to lose here. They might as well swing hard on anything in the slot.

  83. Sco 37-1 (Coetzer 31, Coleman 2)

    Coetzer is on fire at the moment. He moves to 26 with a lovely back-foot drive through cover and then follows that up with another boundary, through the same area, this time off the front foot. The longer this goes on, the more memories of a certain Kevin O'Brien might start to creep in.

  84. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's not much margin for error, its a good pitch. Coetzer is middling the ball nicely. If you get through the first overs with the new ball it looks a good pitch to bat on."

  85. Sco 27-1 (Coleman 1, Coetzer 22)

    Kyle Coetzer

    Coetzer continues his one-man assault on the England openers with another standing slash that brings him four through backward-point. He may not be moving his feet but he must be seeing it like a football.

  86. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Anthony Shaw: We scored 303 and that still might not be enough... against Scotland. What a terrible tournament for the Barmy Army.

    George Hayward: Now time for England to show us what they can pull out of the bag! No silly drops in the field!

  87. Sco 22-1 (Coleman 0, Coetzer 18)

    There isn't a lot of footwork going on from Coetzer. He is standing and waiting for Anderson to deliver. It keeps him in the game for five balls before the sixth is flicked to deep midwicket for four.

  88. Sco 18-1 (Coetzer 14, Coleman 0)

    That wicket has checked Scotland, who are tied up by some tidy stuff from Stuart Broad, who goes for just one run. The Notts man hits the treble 20 with regularity and Coleman has no answer other than a flat bat.

  89. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian: The longer Scotland can keep the run rate up the more confident they will become and more nervous England will be.

    Josh Payne: I just don't see the logic behind Broad bowling with the new ball.

  90. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "MacLeod went for a big shot, quite an ambitious one to play early on. McCullum has ruined everyone's batting technique. Down he came, trying to swat it over mid-off or somewhere having watched McCullum do it, and a bit of early relief for England."

  91. Sco 17-1 (Coetzer 13, Coleman 0)

    Freddie Coleman is the new man. He fails to score from his first ball and Scotland's early momentum hits its first hurdle.

  92. WICKET

    MacLeod c Buttler b Anderson 4 (Sco 17-1)

    Calum Macleod looks dejected

    Scotland had made a good start but after Coetzer had hammered Anderson through cover for three, the bowler hits back to dismiss his opening partner. MacLeod dances down the track trying to smash the ball away to off a la McCullum but succeeds only in edging the ball to Jos Buttler. That will settle England's nerves somewhat.

  93. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paddy Emmerson: The way England have bowled in this World Cup so far, I'm not sure 303 is enough. Fear I'll be waking up to another defeat.

    Bernard Whittaker: Is Balance really an ODI player ? Stokes has to come into ODI asap. Paul Collingwood has changed Scotland.

    Ryan Stokes: If England can take a bit of confidence and a win it's a start. Major tournaments in any sport are all about momentum.

  94. Sco 14-0 (Coetzer 9, MacLeod 4)

    Stuart Broad charges in and Coetzer hammers his first ball back past him for four. Broad rallies and concedes just one more run, whilst also drawing a few false strokes from the Scotland opener. One way or another, you sense this innings is going to be all action.

  95. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think I've seen enough to say you can't take victory for granted if you're English. England will be extremely disappointed if they can't defend 303. Their bowlers are certainly quicker than the Scots, whether that proves to be an advantage we'll see."

  96. Sco 9-0 (Coetzer 5, Macleod)

    Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod are the openers for Scotland. The former (who scored 96 in that warm-up game against West Indies) flicks Jimmy Anderson's third ball (over-pitched on leg-stump through midwicket for four. He then nicks the next ball to second slip, where he is dropped by the diving Ian Bell. MacLeod compounds England's woes by hammering the final ball through cover to the boundary. Not the ideal start for Morgan's men.

  97. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Allen Cooper: Surely Hales has to come in for Bell or Ballance in the next game? Or maybe Bopara in too and both those out.

    Alex Sim: Eoin Morgan is always welcome back to Ireland if England lose tonight. He can captain the reserves.

  98. Post update

    Play is about to resume in Christchurch. The England players are poised to take their place in the field. If you're still awake, you might want to hang in to see how this innings starts. It could well be an uncomfortable one for England unless they get a grip early on.

  99. How's stat?!

    Ian Bell and Moeen Ali

    This total is only the sixth time since the last World Cup four years ago that England have scored over 300.

  100. How's stat?!

    England have reached 170 or more in the first 30 overs (of full 50 over matches) 13 times since 1 January 2002 before today. Their results in these matches are: Won six, lost six, tied one.

  101. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "From England's point of view a very satisfying situation, After getting beaten up by Australia and savaged by New Zealand a number of players got in. Moeen Ali played particularly well and Bell and Morgan made runs.

    "It's a good total, a winning total, you can say they should have got 350 but that's different, if they'd been on a winning run they probably would have. But the jitters have gone, the banana skin gone, Scotland will have to play out of their skin and England would have to bowl terrible."

  102. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rich: Yes, it's 300+, but difficult to imagine any of the other Test nations scoring fewer against this bowling attack today.

    Rowland P: Part of Bell's job is to support Mo's attacking stylings. Could have scored quicker himself but a good partnership is valuable.

  103. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Christchurch

    "On the face of it, 303 is perfectly acceptable from England, but the devil is in the detail. With all 10 wickets in hand, they managed only 131 from the final 20 overs of the innings (imagine posting 131 in a T20 game) and, from 172-0, they are about 40 runs short of what they should have achieved. Still, you suspect it's too many for Scotland."

  104. Post update

    Josh Davey ended the pick of Scotland's bowlers, with 4-68 from his 10 overs, helped by those two wickets in two balls in his final over. There was a wicket apiece for Iain Wardlaw, Alasdair Evans, Majid Haq and Richie Berrington. Scotland will be happy with the way they were able to hole England back after Morgan's men had set up what looked like a huge score in the first half of their innings. Scotland's batting is stronger than their bowling and they fell just three runs short of West Indies' 313 in a warm-up game 11 days ago. Can they pull this off? We will find out soon...

  105. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Scotland's Matthew Cross now has 28 dismissals in 13 ODIs as wicketkeeper. His dismissals per match rate of 2.16 is the highest of anyone with 25 or more dismissals. Second is South Africa's Quinton de Kock with 1.72 (64 in 37 ODIs)."

  106. Edwards the trailblazer

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    During lunch you can hear from England women's captain Charlotte Edwards as she prepares to lead the team for the 200th time in the third T20 international against New Zealand on Tuesday (22:00 GMT on Monday).

    We hear about the highlights of her career as captain, how long she will go on for and her thoughts on the start of a Women's Big Bash next year, something she describes as "huge" for the game.

  107. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Kent: England can't win on this game, even if they smashed 500 it would be due to an inferior bowling line up from Scotland!

    Rob Porter: Bar Cook, this is pretty much England's Test line-up. Selectors need to realise there is an important difference between formats.

  108. End of innings - England scorecard

    England 303-8 after 50 overs (Scotland won toss)

    Run rate: 6.06 per over

    Batsmen: Broad 0, Finn 1

    Fall of wickets: 172-1 (Bell 54), 201-2 (Moeen 128), 203-3 (Ballance 10), 203-4 (Root 1), 252-5 (Taylor 17), 297-6 (Buttler 24), 300-7 (Morgan 46), 300-8 (Woakes 1)

    Bowling figures: Wardlaw 10-1-60-1, Davey 10-0-69-4, Evans 10-0-46-1, Haq 10-0-51-1, Berrington 5-0-43-1, Machan 2-0-11-0, Coetzer 3-0-19-0

    Record: Moeen and Bell's 172 is England's highest World Cup opening stand of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

    Scorecard

    Test Match Special commentary

  109. Eng 303-8 (Broad 0, Finn 1)

    Davey fails in his hat-trick attempt as he concedes a leg bye. The new batsmen Stuart Broad and Steven Finn are unable to add much more to the total, despite a couple of hefty swings. England have a 300+ total, but it is way short of what they could (and should) have scored.

  110. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Woakes makes good runs batting properly but trying to slog is not something he does well. That went up a long, long way and that was a good catch in the end, he caught it easily, well judged."

  111. WICKET

    Woakes c Mommsen b Davey 1 (Eng 300-8)

    Preston Mommsen catches

    Woakes follows next ball and it is another skier for Mommsen (an even higher one this time) but he makes no mistake by running round from extra-cover to get under and claim it. I should add that a wide from the first ball gave England their 300th run. For now, though, Davey is on a hat-trick...

  112. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Morgan played quite nicely. He has good hands, can slog it and improvise, but he's had a run of low scores and confidence with him is bound to be down. That will do him the world of good."

  113. WICKET

    Morgan c Mommsen b Davey 46 (Eng 300-7)

    Preston Mommsen catches

    The England skipper's innings comes to an end as he skies one off Davey and is caught by Mommsen. It has been a useful innings, both for the team and himself. It might not be 50, but it is a handy 46.

  114. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andrew Morris: Noticed England batted back two maidens so far... how common are maidens in one day cricket these days?

    Ian: From the position we were in we should have aimed for 150 of the last 15 overseas. How many will we be short of it?

  115. Eng 299-6 (Morgan 46, Woakes 1)

    Chris Woakes is the new man and he claims a single before Morgan does likewise from the last ball. Wardlaw finishes with 1-60 from his 10.

  116. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler was trying to give himself a bit of room to leg so the bowler bowled him an off cutter wide of off stump. He finished up having to reach for it and didn't get as much power behind it as he wanted."

  117. WICKET

    Buttler c Davey b Wardlaw 24 (Eng 297-6)

    Morgan hammers Wardlaw's first ball straight down the ground for six (with a red t-shirted man just failing to grasp it one-handed beyond the ropes) and then smashes the next ball for four. Buttler is handed strike but is caught out at long-off attempting a big hit down the ground. It is a shame to see him go, but he has done a job with 24 from 14 balls.

  118. Eng 286-5 (Morgan 34, Buttler 24)

    More fireworks from Buttler, who gets his reverse sweep out to claim another boundary as part of a Davey over that goes for 10. It begs the question as to why Buttler wasn't sent in earlier?

  119. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Scott Lennon: That's what Buttler is capable of. Having him only batting five overs is a pathetic bit of game management.

    Sam Wilson: As much as I like Bell, he's a test batsman, period. Wastes too many overs in ODI format. We need explosive players at the top.

    Will McKay: Buttler showing how foolish it was not to promote him up the order... not got enough time to do real damage now.

  120. Eng 276-5 (run-rate 5.87)

    Buttler makes Wardlaw regret his drop by scampering two before smashing a drive through extra cover for four. England edging towards a triple-century.

  121. Dropped catch

    How vital will this be? Buttler slaps one back towards Wardlaw but the bowler fails to hold on and England's key man survives.

  122. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Christchurch

    The England bench at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch

    The England bench looking happier than it did half an hour so ago. Still, you think that England should be in a much stronger position given the start they had.

  123. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sam Wilson: Boycott spot on about Hales. He should be opening to give England a platform with Ali, move Bell to three and drop Ballance.

    Aylet H Lushkov: At a minority, but England don't nurdle enough. Look at how India go between the wickets. Play to your strengths.

    Amrit Bola: What does Balance bring other than a boring 10 runs innings? At least Hales is interesting to watch and hits boundaries!

  124. Eng 267-5 (Morgan 31, Buttler 11)

    Wides have been a problem for Scotland (13 now this innings) and they gift England a couple more at the start of the 46th over, with Berrington losing his radar. Buttler then takes over with an inventive scoop over the keeper for four before swinging away for two from the last ball. The Lancashire man is the key to a 300 total here.

  125. Eng 256-5 (Morgan 29, Buttler 4)

    Buttler does indeed do his stuff first ball with a whip through leg for four. We've got five overs left and England need 44 more to reach 300.

  126. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was good bowling, the bowler saw Taylor coming down the wicket, shoved it wide with a yorker and it was clever cricket by the bowler and wicketkeeper. You can't blame the batsmen for going on the attack at this stage."

  127. WICKET

    Taylor st Cross b Davey 17 (Eng 252-5)

    Josh Davey celebrates

    Morgan smashes a four to cow corner, but two balls later Taylor goes as he dances down and is undone by a wide ball from Davey, which Cross gathers and whips off the bails before the England batsman can get back. Jos Buttler time. Can the big-hitter do his stuff and salvage a good score for his team?

  128. Not out

    Rightly, the review is given not out. Game on.

  129. Umpire review

    James Taylor

    Scotland call for DRS as Taylor drops low to try and whip a Davey ball to square leg. Replays show that the ball hit Taylor on the glove. So what is this? Arm before wicket?

  130. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Wear: I'm going to have to take a long cold shower. Don't think I've ever been this angry about a sporting performance. Seething.

    Jon Evans: With the standard of our bowling recently we are going to be short of runs here unless we speed up. A bit worrying really.

    John Sawdon: This is really pretty pathetic! We should be spanking this dross all over the place! Very poor!

  131. Eng 246-4 (Haq 1-51 off 10)

    There are no more big hits, but England manage to work Haq's last over around the pitch to plunder another five runs. It is a good finish from Haq to what has been a slow but solid 10 overs.

  132. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sally Smith: Hales and Carberry should be playing. Both good attacking players, perfect for ODI's. Carberry should be in the squad.

    Will McKay: England showing why they're so far away from winning the World Cup, no ruthlessness. Imagine Aussies nudging singles!

    Martin Allott: Why are we surprised? England are unimaginative, inflexible and generally woeful.

  133. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Eoin Morgan

    "I think this is perfect for Morgan, with a few overs left, he is a finisher. He has the range of shot to deal with it. I think he's better at six. I'd have Hales opening and Bell at three. If I was Hales I think I'd be wanting my ticket home if I couldn't get in this team."

  134. Eng 241-4 (Taylor 12, Morgan 23)

    The first ball of Wardlaw's eighth over almost spells the end of Morgan, who pulls a ball that looks to be going straight to Coleman but ends up clearing the fielder by inches for six. The skipper follows it up with a lofted drive for four. Wardlaw tightens his line, though, and only two more runs follow. Still, a much better over for England and Morgan, who has 23 from 27 balls. England need to go at nine-an-over from now to reach 300.

  135. 229-4 (Morgan 11, Taylor 12)

    Return of the Haq. Majid is back in to the attack, Morgan chips and nurdles, Taylor nudges and swipes and England add three. Eight overs to go.

  136. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This really speaks of the lack of confidence in the England team that they are really biding their time before they launch their assault. Well time is ticking by."

  137. Eng 226-4 (Morgan 9, Taylor 11)

    Iain Wardlaw is back in to the attack, post powerplay. It is a decent return as well, with his over going for just one. England need to get a move on or they could well end up falling short of what looked like an absolutely nailed on 300+ total, which would be an utter crime against cricket.

  138. Scorecard update

    England 225-4 after 40 overs (Scotland won toss)

    Run rate: 5.63

    Batsmen: Morgan 8, Taylor 11

    Fall of wickets: 172-1 (Bell 54), 201-2 (Moeen 128), 203-3 (Ballance 10), 203-4 (Root 1)

    Bowling figures: Wardlaw 6-1-27-0, Davey 7-0-46-1, Evans 10-0-46-1, Haq 8-0-43-1, Berrington 4-0-32-1, Machan 2-0-11-0, Coetzer 3-0-19-0

    Record: Moeen and Bell's 172 is England's highest World Cup opening stand of all time and the highest by any team at this World Cup

    Scorecard

    Test Match Special commentary

  139. Eng 225-4 (Evans 43-1 off 10)

    Some good scurrying from Taylor in the over (Evans' last) sees England accumulate a few more runs, including three through cover. England would have liked to have been launching it now, with more wickets in the tent, but beggars can't be choosers. They have taken nine and eight from the last two overs but 22-2 hardly goes down as one of the great powerplays.

  140. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Gary Ballance

    "Gary Ballance has scored 10 in each of his first three innings in this World Cup and I can't resist checking this!

    "The only other players to be dismissed for the same score in their first three World Cup innings are Nicholas de Groot (Canada 2003) and Shem Ngoche (Kenya 2011) who both made ducks in their first three innings.

    "The only other player to make three consecutive scores of 10 in ODIs is Brad Hogg of Australia in 2006-07.

  141. Eng 217-4 (Taylor 5, Morgan 6)

    Having seen off Root in his previous over, Davey continues. England massively boost their powerplay run-rate by taking nine from the over. Yep, it has been that bad. Morgan is the main beneficiary, lofting a drive over extra-cover for four. How the England skipper could do with some runs here. He and Taylor have 11 overs in which to get some.

  142. Eng 208-4 (Taylor 3, Morgan 1)

    There is a nervy moment for Morgan as an early Evans ball strikes him on the pads, leading to big lbw cries. But the skipper survives. Morgan's nerves are clear to see, although at least he avoids a potential fourth duck in six innings with a flick to fine leg for a single. The powerplay is being wasted. England are 5-2 in it so far.

  143. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Callum Johnstone: Pathetic management here, had Bell and Ali set but no power play, now they take it and the wickets tumble...clueless!!

    WD4: Imagine Finch, McCullum or AB just nudging singles. No way. We have nobody at the moment that is intimidating to a bowler.

    Pete: Game seems tailor/Taylor made (sorry) for a lower-middle order attack. Get Buttler and co in there, even Morgan could get a few.

  144. Eng 204-4 (Taylor 1, Morgan 0)

    Somehow, England have managed to produce a run of 10 balls, featuring no runs and two wickets at the start of the powerplay. New man James Taylor breaks that with a single, which is the only run of Davey's sixth over, from which he has taken 1-37.

  145. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Christchurch

    "'That's the best ball I've seen all day,' says Geoffrey Boycott as Josh Davey has Joe Root caught behind. Root departs to the soundtrack of You'll Never Walk Alone on the PA. England losing momentum."

  146. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Game back on, take nothing for granted. Root was just defending and clearly nicked it because he walked off. England are playing with such little confidence overall. We were taking 300 for granted but not so sure now."

  147. WICKET

    Root c Cross b Davey 1 (Eng 203-4)

    Josh Davey celebrates

    Game back on. Root offers the most nervous, tentative of forward defences to a Davey ball and catches a slim edge, which keeper Cross gobbles up. England have lost three wickets for two runs and the same old problems have come rushing to the surface again.

  148. Powerplay - Eng 203-3 (Root 1, Morgan 0)

    England have never been very good at powerplays. They do little to alter that as Evans pins new man Morgan to the striker's end and bowls a wicket maiden.

  149. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ballance hasn't looked in good nick and it was a mild surprise he came in at three in these circumstances. He got a little inside edge and the ball trickled on to the stumps. You needed to see him hitting the ball with authority. It was quite a big call to put Ballance at three so how long do you stick with him?"

  150. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam Tillsley: England so frustrating to watch. Nudging it around where Aus/SA/NZ would be smashing it to all corners and aiming for 350+

    John: Would Moeen have gone for that if he had a partner with any sort of attacking intent down the other end? Spiritless batting.

    Luke Howles: Despite the previous two games, England have a long batting line up and with 15 overs to go they should be using it!

  151. WICKET

    Ballance b Evans 10 (Eng 203-3)

    Gary Ballance looks dejected

    Scratch that. Ballance goes as he looks to guide Evans down to third man but succeeds only in nicking the ball on to his own stumps. It is another failure for Ballance, who has scores of 10, 10 and, er, 10 in this World Cup. Speaking of good nick, here comes captain Morgan...

  152. Eng 203-2 (Ballance 10, Root 1)

    The return of the Haq brings a wicket and Root to the crease, who gets off the mark with a single. England's acceleration may now be delayed for an over or two longer than planned. Neither of these men are in brilliant form, but this is the perfect chance to find that.

  153. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali has launched the innings, he's gone for the big one an over before the powerplay. He played fluently from the word go. There are still question marks about him, particularly against high-class opening bowlers, but this innings was just what the doctor ordered. Two fresh batsmen and the powerplay coming up, still work to be done but they should get at least 300."

  154. WICKET

    Moeen c Coleman b Haq 128 (Eng 201-2)

    Majid Haq celebrates

    Moeen will not be pushing on to a double-century as he plants his foot and swipes the ball straight down the throat of Coleman on the deep leg-side boundary off the bowling of the returning Haq. We are on the verge of the powerplay as well. Oh well, over to you Joe Root.

  155. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There has not been a threat from the Scottish bowlers. They are really just slightly quick dobbers. Bell found it difficult because he is a touch player. But manipulation after 30 overs is not good enough. I'm not sure about Ballance at number three at this stage. This is an opportunity for England to practise, they can do a lot more, they've got to extend themselves."

  156. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Aashish: Ballance should not be out there, he should watching this at home like the rest of us.

    Football Scout: Why aren't England flexible enough to change their batting order? This situation is made for Buttler?

    Pat O'Hara: Hales would have hit 120 from 83 balls. We'd have only had 25 overs though because we'd be looking for the ball in the car park.

  157. Eng 200-1 (Evans 0-34 from 7)

    Alasdair Evans comes round the wicket, putting it down at around 130km/h, which poses little difficulty. Moeen bides him time and then whips the last ball away to the backward point boundary for four. And on come the drinks. Scotland need the regroup far more than England, who have brought up their 200.

  158. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Christchurch

    The view from TMS box

    "The flamethrowers that have been a feature of the tournament are attached to a sightscreen below the TMS box. When they go off, the heat can be felt even though the windows are closed. Vic Marks tells me that in Dunedin, my next destination, the flamethrowers are even closer. I never liked my eyebrows, anyway."

  159. Eng 195-1 (Ballance 7, Moeen 124)

    Berrington's fourth over goes for a procession of singles before Moeen hammers a drive down the ground for four, which takes him to 120 and past his previous highest ODI score (in Sri Lanka last November). He then smashes another four through extra cover. Moeen will be eyeing a big, big score now. Double figures from that over. It is a rarity this innings.

  160. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The value of a game like this is the element of pushing yourself as a batsman towards the edge. That's what Ali has got out of this innings, I can't really remember anything other than a couple of shots from Bell. Get into a habit to push yourself to get better."

  161. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Nick Turner: Why stick Ballance in now. Moores has lost the plot get Morgan or Buttler in crying out loud man!

    Jacob Webster: As far as I'm concerned, that's 85 balls wasted by Bell. What was the point of that? And now the same from Ballance no doubt.

    Chris Jones: Strange 50 by Bell. Looks out of touch, as soon as he moved up the gears he was a walking wicket

  162. Eng 184-1 (run-rate 5.75)

    Moeen picks his length, rocks back and smashes a pull over the boundary for his fifth six off Coetzer. England are pushing towards 200. You would suspect that the 35th over might be your magic number to slam the foot on the accelerator? Modern thinking often states that doubling your score in the last 15 is the aim.

  163. Post update

    Moeen Ali
  164. Eng 175-1 (Ballance 3, Moeen 108)

    Ballance is off the mark with an easy two through cover. It is a very pleasant welcome for the new man. Here you go son, have a couple. He adds another with the final ball of Berrington's six to keep strike.

  165. WICKET

    Bell c Coetzer b Berrington 54 (Eng 172-1)

    Ian Bell walks

    The partnership is broken and Bell is gone as he looks to hammer a ball from the returning Richie Berrington through the covers and is caught by Coetzer. It has not been the classiest and attacking of innings Bell has played but it has done a job. Gary Ballance is the new man and he will surely look to push England on with some more aggressive play.

  166. Scorecard update

    England 172-0 after 30 overs (Scotland won toss)

    Run rate: 5.73 per over (projected score of 287)

    Batsmen: Moeen 108 from 97, Bell 54 from 84

    Bowling figures: Wardlaw 6-1-27-0, Davey 5-0-36-0, Evans 6-0-29-0, Haq 7-0-40-0, Berrington 2-0-18-0, Machan 2-0-11-0, Coetzer 2-0-10-0

    Scorecard

    Test Match Special commentary

  167. Eng 172-0 (Coetzer 0-10 from 2)

    I was wrong. Another steady over - off the bowling of Coetzer - sees a few singles take England past 170. It is no risk cricket and is setting England up for a charge past 300.

  168. Eng 168-0 (Moeen 106, Bell 52)

    Small signs of an England acceleration as Bell looks to drive one down the ground after Moeen's big six. It takes England to 168-0. Could things be about to get more exciting?

  169. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Nice innings from Moeen, fluent, his timing has been good, he's played his off drives nicely, and anything short he has pulled it well. The fact the bowling hasn't been threatening is not his fault."

  170. 100 - Moeen Ali

    Moeen Ali celebrates

    Moeen Ali takes a big swipe at Majid Haq and dispatches him into the car park for his fourth six, which brings up his 100 from 91 balls. It is his second ODI ton, following on from the 119 he scored against Sri Lanka last November. Like his partner, there has barely been a bead on his forehead.

  171. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ian Bell and Moeen Ali

    "Bell was helped by Moeen scoring quicker at the other end. There's no threat in the bowling, it gets the form going and that's important because there are bigger games to come."

  172. 50 for Bell - Eng 157-0

    Simon Mann has described the Scotland attack as "friendly" on TMS. I think that's kind. Kyle Coetzer is the latest man to try his arm but it is the same trundling medium pace, which enables Bell to move to his 50, off 80 balls. It is his 33rd ODI half-century. He has barely broken sweat.

  173. Eng 151-0 (Moeen 93, Bell 48)

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