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T20 World Cup: England Enters Super 8, As Australia Beat Scotland

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St Lucia: In a pulsating encounter with surprising ramifications, Australia edged past a spirited Scotland by five wickets to maintain their unbeaten record in the T20 World Cup group stage. However, the real story lies in the impact this victory has on a team not even playing today – England.

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Scotland, fueled by a blistering half-century from Brandon McMullen (60 off 34), set a competitive target of 181. Australia’s chase started wobbly with early wickets, but a sensational partnership between Marcus Stoinis (59 off 29) and Travis Head (68 off 49) turned the tide. Their 80-run stand in just 44 balls put Australia firmly in control, securing victory with two balls to spare.

This win, however, wasn’t just about Australia’s dominance. England, despite their own win over Namibia, needed Scotland to lose to progress to the Super 8s due to a quirk in the group standings. In a remarkable turn of events, Australia’s arch-rivals found themselves cheering on their traditional foes, a scenario pre-match comments from Josh Hazlewood suggesting they’d relish knocking England out, would have made unthinkable.

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Scotland’s fight shouldn’t be overshadowed. McMullen’s knock was the second-fastest fifty of the tournament, and George Munsey’s aggressive batting provided early momentum. However, their scoring slowed considerably in the death overs, allowing Australia’s disciplined bowling attack to restrict the total.

With this victory, Australia heads into the Super 8 stage with a perfect record and a four-day break to prepare for their next challenge. Scotland, despite their valiant effort, departs the tournament with their heads held high. The cricketing world now eagerly awaits the next chapter, where England, thanks to Australia’s heroics, gets a second life in the tournament.

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