About the Match
Australia is currently third in Pool A with 7 points and will go up against Scotland, who failed to make it to the next stage, on 14th March at Bellerive Stadium, Hobart. Australia made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament after winning three of the five matches and settling for a point with Bangladesh for the tie that was washed out by rain. If they beat Scotland in the forthcoming match they will move to the second place on the table; Scotland on the other hand has lost all its matches and will try to use this last chance to prove themselves and make a mark in the World Cup before bowing out.
Australia registered a morale boosting 64 runs victory over Sri Lanka in their last match after setting a mammoth target of 377; Glenn Maxwell’s maiden ODI century came in his 102 off just 51 balls, which is the second fastest century in world cup. Skipper Michael Clarke blasted 68 while Steven Smith’s 72 and Shane Watson’s 67 helped the four-time champions to amass the highest total against Sri Lanka. On the bowling front, James Faulkner deserves a lot of credit for the way he mixed it up and snared 3-48 while Mitchell Starc’s 2-29 ensured that Australia held on to the win. They bossed around against an inexperienced Afghan unit in the 4th match, beating them by a big margin of 275 runs. David Warner’s 178, Steven Smith’s 95 and Glenn Maxwell’s 88 helped Australia compile 417, the biggest total in World Cup history. Bowlers, Mitchell Johnson scalped 4-22 while Starc took 2-18 and bowled out Afghanistan for just 142; the team is riding high on a wave of enthusiasm and they will try to keep the winning momentum going.
Scotland’s dismal performance continued as they lost their previous match against Sri Lanka by 148 runs, failing to chase down the target of 364. Freddie Coleman made 70 off 74 while Preston Mommsen scored 60 off 75; they showed some resistance with a 118-run stand but once that was broken, other batsmen failed to reach the target. On the bowling front, Josh Davey took 3-63 which takes his total scalps to 14 in the tournament; Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington took 2 wickets each. In the match against Bangladesh, they suffered defeat by 6 wickets despite Kyle Coetzer’s heroic 156 that took them to a sizeable total. They will try to fight back against Australia in the upcoming match with players like Kyle Coetzer, Preston Mommsen, Matt Machan and Freddie Coleman being strong enough to set a big target; bowlers Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington are capable of restricting the opponents by taking wickets at regular intervals and will be eager to give a stiff challenge to the Aussie batsmen.
Undoubtedly, Australia is one of the best teams in the tournament, exhibiting all-round performance; it will be a tough examination for Scotland against the hosts and though they will put extra efforts on the field, Australia is better placed to emerge victorious an surge ahead.
Australia, 1.010 @ Bet365