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Scotland impressive despite loss

A day after Associate giants Ireland shocked the cricket world by producing the first major upset of the World Cup stunning West Indies by five wickets, Scotland made life difficult for New Zealand before losing by a slim margin of three wickets.

 

At the University Oval in Dunedin, it all seemed a casual walk in the park for New Zealand when they dismissed the Scots for a lowly 142 in 36.2 overs. However the hosts, who have been a good run of form and are among the favourites, were left stunned when they were reduced to 137-7 in 23.4 overs.

 

It was all left on Kiwi veteran Daniel Vettori who held his nerve hitting the winning runs as New Zealand reached 146-7 in 24.5 overs. New Zealand struggle was compounded by risky shot selection from their batsman but the Scots had their say at the World Cup as Associates once again took the centre stage with their playing prowess.

 

Scotland began cautiously but not before Trent Boult came up with two unplayable in-swingers removing Callum McLeod and Hamish Gardiner in back to back deliveries. Scotland were soon reduced to 12-4 after Tim Southee struck with the back-to-back dismissals of opener Kyle Koetzer (one) and  Preston Mommsen (duck).

 

Scotland’s key performer lived up to expectations combining for a 97-run partnership with Richie Berrington to stop the slide. Machan departed for 56 off 79 after hitting seven boundaries and a six losing his wicket to Corey Anderson.

 

Anderson returned in his next over and had Berrington cauth by Adam Milne as the Scotland slide resumed. After Anderson removed Matthew Cross (14), Daniel Vettori polished off the tail picking up three wickets as Scotland lost their last six wickets for just 33 runs.

 

Anderson finished with the figures of 3-18 and Vettori’s spell read 3-24 from 8.2 overs.

 

New Zealand were closing in on 50-run mark when opener Martin Guptill (17) and Brendon McCullum (15) made some quick runs before losing their wicket to Iain Wardlaw. Ross Taylor (nine) losing his wicket to Majid Haq before Kane Williamson and Grant Eliott began the rebuilding process with a 40-run partnership.

 

Williamson’s departure for 38 brought the Scots back on their feet and they took the most of the opportunity with the scalps of Eliott, Anderson (11) and Luke Ronchi (12) only to see Vettori finish off the things.

 

Williamson made 38 off 45 with six boundaries and Eliott hit five boundaries in his 31-ball 29. Wardlaw was the most impressive Scotland bowler with three wickets but in the process was hit for 57 runs in 9.5 overs. Vettori was eight not out. Josh Dave also picked up 3-40 from seven overs.

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