Scotland were on the brink of causing the second upset of the tournament before the Kiwis scampered to a three wicket win. The Kiwis won the match, chasing a paltry target of 143. A solid start by the co-hosts was thrown away, as the middle order collapse raised serious questions about their batting unit.
Trent Boult rips through Scotland top order
New Zealand won the toss and chose to field, keeping in mind the helpful conditions for seamers offered at Dunedin. Trent Boult repaid the captain’s faith in him by destroying the Scottish top order. The first spell from Tim Southee and Trent Boult saw Scotland in dire straits at 12-4. Matt Machan and Richie Berrington were entrusted with the hard task of steadying the ship.
Machan and Berrington steady the Ship
The Scottish duo of Machan and Berrington succeeded in seeing off the new ball as they went on to score half centuries. Withstanding the out swinging deliveries of Boult and the express pace of Adam Milne, Machan and Berrington added an impressive 98 runs for the fifth wicket.
However, the lower order failed to make any significant contributions as Corey Anderson and Daniel Vettori made light work of the tail.
New Zealand begin brightly
Despite losing a couple of wickets, the Kiwis went into the lunch break at 63-2. With Kane Williamson, perhaps their most technically sound batsman at the middle, Mike Hesson had nothing to worry about.
Iain Wardlaw sent the openers back to the hut and was perhaps Scotland’s best bowler for the day. It was after the fall of Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson that the New Zealand batting came under pressure.
The Kiwis Collapse
The fall of Kane Williamson saw the scoreboard at Dunedin read 106-4. Anticipating that another upset was on the cards, the Scots went in for the kill.
Grant Elliot, New Zealand’s go to man also fell following a handy knock of 29.
Corey Anderson was handed a lifeline when Wardlaw put down his catch at third man. The left handed all rounder was not lucky the second time as Wardlaw battled his demons to hold on.
Daniel Vettori’s calmness towards the end eventually saw the Kiwis creep over the line with a three wicket win.
Trent Boult was adjudged man of the match as the New Zealand bowling unit looked better than ever. However, the untimely collapse and terrible shot selection of the Kiwi batsmen will be a serious question that will be posed to Mike Hesson and Craig McMillan.
Scotland 142- Richie Berrington 56, Matt Machan 50, Trent Boult 2-21, Corey Anderson 3-18
New Zealand 146-7- Kane Williamson 38, Grant Elliot 29, Iain Wardlaw 3-57