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Australia v Scotland live & preview World Cup 2015

If Australia complete an expected victory over Scotland in their final Pool A qualifying match at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday, they will secure second spot behind the Pool winners India.

Second place in the Pool will set up a match against the country finishing third in Pool B, which will be the winners of the Pakistan against Ireland contest.

The Baggy Green Caps have been in impressive form during much of the qualifying stages, but were beaten by their fellow co-hosts New Zealand in Auckland.

Their rain affected match in Brisbane which ended with both sides taking one point apiece, has ensured that they are unable to catch the Kiwis at the top of the Pool.

Scotland are bottom of the Pool having lost all five matches to date, and although they have failed to register a win, they pushed both Bangladesh and Afghanistan right to the final few balls of the match, before succumbing. However, the matches that they have played against the senior Test playing nations have not been such close run affairs.

The Scots do at least having the leading wicket taker in the tournament, with 24 year old medium pacer Josh Davey having taken 14 wickets in his first five matches.

The two countries have met twice previously in World Cup competition, with the four times title winners Australia victorious on both occasions. In England in 1999 the margin was 6-wickets at Worcester, but eight years later in the West Indies, the Scots were crushed by a massive 203 runs.

In two other ODIs, both played in Edinburgh during Ashes tours, Australia have also thrashed the Scottish team. in 2009 they won by 189 runs, and in 2013 went even better with a victory margin of 200 runs.

Irrespective of the outcome, Australia will play their quarter-final the following Friday at the Adelaide Oval.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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