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Smith solid and smooth

March 20, 2007
Graeme Smith led from the front with a smashing 91-run knock as South Africa cruised into the World Cup's Super Eight stage after routing Scotland by seven wickets and 26.4 overs to spare in a Group A match on Tuesday.

South Africa now meet Australia in another crucial group A match on Saturday to determine which team will move to the Super Eight with two extra points in their pocket.

The South Africans got off to a flying start and maintained the tempo right till the end.

Chasing a paltry winning target of 187, Smith and his opening partner AB de Villiers (62) looked in tremendous hurry as they unleashed an unrelenting attack from both ends with the Scotland bowlers running for cover.

Smith made his intentions quite clear in the first over itself. The left-hander took just two balls to settle down before he straight-drove Paul Hoffmann for a boundary and one ball later, flicked the bowler for the same result.

He needed just 36 balls to complete his half-century.

Needing nine runs for a hundred as well as victory, Smith charged down the track but this time was caught at mid-wicket. He fell nine runs shy of a well-deserved ton.

His blistering knock, which included 13 boundaries besides a six, saw him walk away with the Man of the Match's award.

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