New Zealand survived a late scare to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a victory over Scotland at University Oval at Dunedin today.
New Zealand’s bowlers got off to a flyer and Scotland were restricted to 4-12 after just five overs before a professional partnership between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington steadied the ship slightly for Scotland.
Machan was dismissed by Corey Anderson in the 28th over and Berrington soon followed, while the Scottish tail was unable to offer any real resistance and the side was bowled out for just 142 runs.
New Zealand were expected to cruise to an easy victory and they got off to a fair start, but the dismissal of Brendan McCullum just before the lunch break gave Scotland some momentum and they carried that on when they dismissed Ross Taylor shortly after the resumption.
Kane Williamson looked in good touch early, but he gifted Scotland his wicket on 38 and a constant loss of wickets meant that were delicately poised at 7-137, but Daniel Vettori and Adam Milne were able to maintain their composure and get the remaining runs for New Zealand.
Talented bowl Trent Boult, who was named man of the match after taking 2-21 from his six overs, admitted at the conclusion of the game that the run chase did not going exactly to plan for New Zealand, but said that the side was simply glad to have won the potentially tricky fixture.
“It got a little bit scarier than we wanted,” Boult said.
“When I’m rushing around the change room trying to chuck the pads on it means we might be in a little bit of trouble.
“The Scots bowled really well.
“They came out there and gave it everything and knew they could try and defend that and put some decent pressure on us so I don’t think we’ll be to fazed as a batting unit.
“We got there in the end and we got the points and we got the job done, so it’s pretty satisfying.”
New Zealand continue their busy start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup when they take on England at Westpac Stadium on February 20, while Scotland will face the same side at Hagley Oval on February 23.
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