South Africa sent a clear message to the rest of the competition as they cruised to a 130-run victory over Scotland in their opening game of the ICC World T20.
The Proteas produced a clinical performance as they first smashed the hapless Scots to all ends, and then whittled them out for just 81 to secure a comprehensive victory.
Man of the Match AB de Villiers was the chief destroyer with the bat as he hammered an unbeaten 79 from 34 balls including 11 boundaries to help South Africa to a mammoth 211-5 from their 20 overs – their highest T20 international total.
Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis laid the foundations early on with an 87-run first-wicket partnership. Kallis was in wonderful former hitting eight fours on his was to 48 before he was bowled by Majid Haq. Just three balls later and Smith joined Kallis in the pavilion.
While Herschelle Gibbs went soon after, the dismissals did little to stifle South Africa’s momentum as first Albie Morkel and then De Villiers smashed the minnows to all parts of The Oval.
De Villiers was in supreme form striking boundaries with consummate ease including two sixes off the final over to help the Proteas to an imposing total.
Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn had too much pace for the for the Scots early in their run chase, removing their top order before Johan Botha ripped the heart out of the middle order.
Kyle Coetzer offered the only form of resistance with a cameo 42, before Roelof van der Merwe struck twice in an over to leave the Proteas on the verge of victory.
In the end it was left to Morkel, who struck twice in the sixteenth over to secure an comfortable 130-run victory.
South Africa 211-5 (20 overs)
AB de Villiers 79*, Jacques Kallis 48, Graeme Smith 38, Majid Haq 2-23.
Scotland 81 all out (15.4 overs)
Kyle Coetzer 42, Roelof van der Merwe 2-17, Johan Botha 2-17, Dale Steyn 2-21.
South Africa won by 130 runs.
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