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Ponting scores century against Scotland

By Greg Buckle 15/03/2007 05:04:28 AM Comments (0)

Captain Ricky Ponting has grabbed more World Cup glory for himself including the record for the most sixes after cracking 113 in Australia's total of 6-334 against Scotland.

After Australia lost the toss and were sent it to bat at Warner Park, Ponting played some delightful strokes on the small ground before he was bowled by rival skipper Craig Wright in the 46th over at 5-274.

Ponting struck nine fours and five sixes from 93 balls, taking his World Cup tally of sixes to 24, surpassing the 23 hit by India's Sourav Ganguly.

The 32-year-old Tasmanian's fourth World Cup century was his third as skipper, equalling Ganguly's tournament record.

Matthew Hayden (60), returning from a broken toe, and Adam Gilchrist (46) blossomed after a relatively slow start to put on 91 for the first wicket in 17 overs.

Gilchrist went for a mighty swipe in former England medium-pacer Dougie Brown's first over and was lbw after hitting seven fours in his 55-ball innings.

Hayden looked set for a century but the powerful left-hander also fell lbw as university student Majid Haq, who helps out in his family's takeaway business, struck in his first over at 2-139.

The 24-year-old off-spinner, playing his 11th one-day international, deceived Michael Clarke (15) with a quicker ball and rattled middle stump to end a 59-run stand with Ponting.

Brad Hodge was in good touch for his 29 but threw his wicket away with a heave to long-on.

Hodge was caught by Paul Hoffmann, giving a wicket to Hoffmann's fellow Queenslander Glenn Rogers.

Rogers, 29, who lost nine kilograms in January after contracting typhoid while on a tour of Kenya, took 1-52 with his left-arm spinners.

Paceman Hoffmann (1-57) took the new ball and bowled with good control, chipping in late in the innings to have Mike Hussey stumped for four.

Brad Hogg smashed 40 not out from 15 balls to push Australia's score well over the 300-mark, hitting 24 off Dougie Brown (1-86 off nine) in the 50th over.

Star all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been training with the squad but has not fully recovered from bicep surgery and is aiming to play against South Africa on March 24.

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