ICC World Twenty20 - 2nd match, Group D

New Zealand v Scotland

New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

This game moves at a frenetic pace. Before we know it, the New Zealand batsmen are out. Ryder and McCullum are out in the middle. Hamilton arranges his field, wears a pretty confident look. Calum McLeod will open the bowling. Here we go! The keeper is up

0.1

MacLeod to BB McCullum, 1 wide, false start, too wide outside the offstump, the batsman lets it go, New Zealand have opened their account

0.1

MacLeod to BB McCullum, 1 run, goes for the shot straightaway, length ball on the off, tries to beat mid-off but gets a thick inside edge towards mid-on, single taken

0.2

MacLeod to Ryder, 1 run, fullish on the off stump, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

0.3

MacLeod to BB McCullum, FOUR, creams it through the off side, attempted yorker, full and wide, makes room and drills it between point and cover

0.4

MacLeod to BB McCullum, FOUR, nicely done, full again, stays his ground and slices it over point for another boundary

The fully clad cheerleaders are on their feet again

0.5

MacLeod to BB McCullum, FOUR, the best of the three, short on the off, cut back in, targeting his chest there but he made room, opened the face and guided it between short third and point for his third sucessive four

0.6

MacLeod to BB McCullum, FOUR, four in a row, New Zealand have bettered the Scots in the first over, length ball on the off, slices it over point, gets some god elevation on that, gets a one-bounce four, 19 off the over, their opponents had managed 18

McCullum improved his form towards the latter half of the IPL, and he's looking good today as well

End of over 1 (19 runs) New Zealand 19/0 (71 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 19.00, RRR: 3.73)
BB McCullum    17* (5b 4x4)      CS MacLeod    1-0-19-0
JD Ryder    1* (1b)     

1.1

Drummond to Ryder, 3 runs, fullish on middle and leg, poor line, flicked away between deep square leg and fine leg, three more

1.2

Drummond to BB McCullum, 1 run, full on middle, gets to the pitch, presents the full face and drives it down the ground wide of long-off

1.3

Drummond to Ryder, 1 no ball, poor stuff, full tosss outside off, what's worse, he's overstepped, driven to mid-off, but freehit time

1.3

Drummond to Ryder, no run, misses out, banged in short on leg stump, goes for the pull, tries to clear square leg, is hit on the shoulders

1.4

Drummond to Ryder, FOUR, superb shot, makes up for the lapse the previous ball, overpitched outside off, gets to the pitch and plays a perfectly executed off drive between mid-off and cover

1.5

Drummond to Ryder, 2 runs, and again but its well fielded at cover, gets his fingers to it, takes off some pace and keeps them down to a couple

1.6

Drummond to Ryder, 1 run, targeting leg stump, flicked away to deep square leg, just a single

The powerplay is done, but New Zealand are on course here

End of over 2 (12 runs) New Zealand 31/0 (59 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 15.50, RRR: 11.80)
JD Ryder    11* (7b 1x4)      GD Drummond    1-0-12-0
BB McCullum    18* (6b 4x4)      CS MacLeod    1-0-19-0

2.1

Wright to Ryder, SIX, picks it up beautifully, in the slot on leg stump, gets forward, bends low and smacks it miles over the deep square-leg boundary

2.2

Wright to Ryder, FOUR, the previous one was sheer class, this was pure power, length ball on leg stump, smashes it wide of long-on for four more

2.3

Wright to Ryder, FOUR, Wright's getting punished, fullish on leg stump again, drives it between long-on and deep midwicket, the run-chase is well on

2.4

Wright to Ryder, SIX, the best of them all, pure timing on this one, pitches it full outside off, makes just a bit of room and lofts it clean over deep extra cover, just clears the ropes, this is a battering

2.5

Wright to Ryder, OUT, finally, the Scottish bowlers have something to cheer. Another length ball, the only problem this time was that Ryder couldn't get the desired elevation, struck it cleanly but straight down long-off's throat where McLeod judged it well

JD Ryder c MacLeod b Wright 31 (13m 12b 3x4 2x6) SR: 258.33

Taylor walks in. If he lives up to his form in the IPL, New Zealand will win this comfortably. Ryder played a useful hand though

2.6

Wright to BB McCullum, no run, fullish outside off, gets forward , and for once, pushes it gently straight to the fielder at point

End of over 3 (20 runs) New Zealand 51/1 (39 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 17.00, RRR: 9.75)
BB McCullum    18* (7b 4x4)      CM Wright    1-0-20-1
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      GD Drummond    1-0-12-0

39 needed off 24. It's New Zealand's game to lose now

3.1

Drummond to Taylor, FOUR, poor length, full on middle and leg, clips it into the gap between long-on and deep midwicket for a one-bounce four

3.2

Drummond to Taylor, (no ball) 2 runs, oversteps, its freehit time, short on middle, gets the top edge as he goes for the pull, lands safely wide of fine leg

3.2

Drummond to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, there's only one way you can get out off a freehit and that's by way of a run out, fullish outside off, tries to clear extra cover who runs back and spills it but returns an accurate throw to the keeper who takes off the bails to find McCullum well short as he attempts to go for the second, only to receive a delayed response from Taylor

BB McCullum run out 18 (18m 7b 4x4 0x6) SR: 257.14

Oram comes in

3.3

Drummond to Oram, 1 run, lands on leg stump, drives it firmly down the ground to long-on

3.4

Drummond to Taylor, 1 run, was in the slot but he didn't strike it well enough, hit down to long-on, one more

3.5

Drummond to Oram, 2 runs, decent stuff, low full toss on the off stump, driven wide of long-off, a poor throw to the keeper's end gives them ample time to come back for the second

3.6

Drummond to Oram, 1 run, nicely done, in the blockhole outside off, dug out wide of extra cover for a single

End of over 4 (13 runs) New Zealand 64/2 (26 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 16.00, RRR: 8.66)
JDP Oram    4* (3b)      GD Drummond    2-0-25-0
LRPL Taylor    8* (4b 1x4)      CM Wright    1-0-20-1

Scotland need one good over here. They've committed the same error as the New Zealanders did, gifting the batsmen with too many length balls. Watson, who did well with the bat, comes to bowl his offies.

4.1

Watson to Oram, no run, good start, flat on the off stump, charges forward but has to adapt to the length, pushes it back to the bowler

4.2

Watson to Oram, FOUR, dropped, what a miss, flat on middle, goes for the slog-sweep, gets the top edge and Drummond at short fine makes a meal of it, spilling it and kicking it away to the boundary, is that the decisive moment?

4.3

Watson to Oram, OUT, or is it this one? Tossed up on middle and leg, Oram is tempted, connects a slog-sweep well this time but finds the fielder at deep midwicket, didn't get the elevation there, a crucial wicket

JDP Oram c Stander b Watson 8 (3m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Styris to face

4.4

Watson to Taylor, no run, a swing and a miss, shortish outside off, has a massive heave at it, misses

4.5

Watson to Taylor, no run, appeal for a stumping, coming round the wicket, quick and wide outside off, goes for the cut as he steps out, misses, the keeper takes off the bails but has he dragged his foot back in? Yes, just in. Smith took it way to his right, and took some time to take off the bails

Still, three dot balls

4.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, droppped by Smith, short and wide, went for the cut, got a thick edge that the keeper failed to latch onto, excellent over

Just four off the over, and all those four runs came off the spilled chance by Drummond

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 68/3 (22 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 13.60, RRR: 11.00)
LRPL Taylor    8* (7b 1x4)      RR Watson    1-0-4-1
SB Styris    0* (0b)      GD Drummond    2-0-25-0

Stander to bowl now. 22 needed off 12. Will we have a Super Over?

5.1

Stander to Styris, (no ball) 1 run, massive mistake, oversteps, concedes a freehit, low full toss, driven down to long-on

5.1

Stander to Taylor, SIX, what a costly lapse, length ball on the off, Taylor stays his ground, gets under it and dispatches it over long-on for a big six

Makes their job much easier now. 14 off 11

5.2

Stander to Taylor, SIX, That almost seals it, they haven't learnt from New Zealand's mistakes these Scot bowlers, full outside off, drags it and connects it powerfully to clear deep midwicket with ease

5.3

Stander to Taylor, 1 run, low full toss on the off, struck down the ground to long-off

5.4

Stander to Styris, SIX, game almost over, the fourth successive length delivery, gets to the pitch, has a decent swing and it sails over long-on, 21 off the over already

5.5

Stander to Styris, no run, huge cheer from the crowd as he bowls the dot ball, punched back to the bowler on the bounce

Just one needed now

5.6

Stander to Styris, 1 run, all over, fullish on middle and leg, flicked away wide of short fine

One can say it's a comfortable win for New Zealand, especially as they've won with an over to spare in a seven-over game. Scotland bowled poorly, and dropped catches at crucial times. Too many length balls, and add to that two spilled chances amid some fiery New Zealand batting sealed their fate. They gave a good fight though, but one would have expected a stronger effort after posting a commanding total. At the end of their innings an upset could not have been ruled out. But in the end, New Zealand proved they were no England, keeping their nerve and making full use of the opportunities at hand.

Hamilton: "We had plenty of runs. We had a plan of around 75-80, but it just didn't come off in the end. We were well aware of New Zealand's potential but we didn't execute our plans quite well. "

McCullum: "We were pretty nervous at around half time. They put us under pressure, we need to rectify our bowling a bit. We didn't have a lot of time to get ourselves in, but Ryder struck the ball really well. We needed a 11-an-over towards the end, but in the context of the game that's pretty under-par. Hopefully, we can put our best performance against South Africa."

Ian Butler is the Man of the Match. Why not Watson?

Butler: "We were just trying to restrict their batsmen. The next game is a massive one for us."

That's all we have from this game, folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us all your feedback. Hold fire, as Sriram Veera takes you through the next game on the cards, between West Indies and Australia, also at The Oval. Hopefully, there won't be any problems with the rain for that one.

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Until the next time, it's Siddhartha Talya signing off from the commentary and Binoy George from the scoring desk. Enjoy the rest of the day. Adios!

End of over 6 (22 runs) New Zealand 90/3 (RR: 15.00)
SB Styris    8* (4b 1x6)      JH Stander    1-0-22-0
LRPL Taylor    21* (10b 1x4 2x6)      RR Watson    1-0-4-1
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Jun 6, 2009

Jesse Ryder makes room to carve one over the off side, New Zealand v Scotland, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 6, 2009

Jesse Ryder makes room to carve one over the off side

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Ross Taylor goes over his favoured on-side region, New Zealand v Scotland, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 6, 2009

Ross Taylor goes over his favoured on-side region

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