Player of the Match
Player of the Match
809dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

NZ stutter to win after dominant bowling

Scotland's batting fell away either side of a 97-run fifth-wicket stand between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington, before New Zealand's casual approach cost them seven wickets in their chase of 143

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MW Machan
MW Machan
56(79) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 12 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
10 1 7 4 9 2 12 11
RD Berrington
RD Berrington
50(80) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 0 5 13 13 1 8 6

Best performances - Bowlers

CJ Anderson
CJ Anderson
O5
M1
R18
W3
Eco3.60
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
DL Vettori
DL Vettori
O8.2
M1
R24
W3
Eco2.88
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

4.35 pm: New Zealand make it two for two as they continue their march through the group stages, despite stumbling the last few steps. Scotland, on the other hand, can take a bow after showing character with both bat and ball. We sincerely hope you enjoyed our coverage of today's match. Don't forget to tune in tomorrow as we have Afghanistan and Bangladesh set to begin their respective World Cup campaigns. That game will be live from Canberra at 2.30 pm local time. Don't forget to also tune in for Match Point which is running live on our homepage. Till the next time though, this is Rohan Sharma signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo, wishing you all a good night, and good luck!

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: Credit to them to posting a good total that was tricky on this kind of surface. Pleased with the result in the end, but we definitely showed nerves towards the end. We will take the result, and points from the game. They are world-class bowlers (Boult, Southee), and they have stood up for a long time in Test cricket for us. It is outstanding when you are able to win the toss, choose to bowl, and then be backed up. Really good performance with the ball and in the field, but we need to improve on our batting. It should be a great challenge when we play the next one as the surfaces and conditions will also change. We are going to have to play incredibly well. This is certainly the strongest side I have ever played in.

Preston Mommsen, Scotland captain: Tough start for us as we were unfortunate to lose a few early ones, but credit to Machan and Richie for batting through that difficult period. It showed that when we put the ball in the right areas we got our rewards. We are very proud of the fight we put up and the character these boys have shown. We are not shy of the fact that we are a very inexperienced team in World Cups. Glad to get this first one out of the way, and now we are ready for England.

4.25 pm: Don't go anywhere just yet folks as we do expect more quotes from the captains in a little bit, plus a live showing of Match Point soon after that.

Trent Boult, Man of the Match: It felt pretty good. I thought the ball came out relatively nicely, plus the wicket assisted a bit too. Everyone contributed and we got the job done in the end. It did swing for a bit longer than expected, plus the pace was there. Glad things fell into place though. Really enjoying my form with the white ball, and I continue to hope to make the most of the opportunities that come my way.

The Man of the Match is Trent Boult for his 2 for 21 in six overs.

4.20 pm: New Zealand make it through in the end, but you can hardly call this one a convincing victory, as they pull through by three wickets. Scotland did remarkably well to keep this chase interesting, despite the lower than par score they had fronted initially. Can't really speak of any specific New Zealand batsmen who stood out, other than Kane who top-scored with 38. Iain Wardlaw and John Davey were the pick of the Scottish bowlers, picking up three apiece.

24.5
4
Wardlaw to Vettori, FOUR runs, and probably the most appropriate manner for this match to end as Vettori gets away a streaky edge which he had no clue about through the slip region as he looked to slam this shorter length out of Dunedin. This one slices over the slips to continue through to the boundary
24.4
1
Wardlaw to Milne, 1 run, and he levels the scores with a deft glide through third man, much to the relief of the University Oval crowd
24.3
0
Wardlaw to Milne, no run, driven straight to mid-off as they search for the tying run

NZ two away now...

24.2
1
Wardlaw to Vettori, 1 run, this time gets away Wardlaw through square-leg as he shuffles over a touch to make the shot possible
24.1
2
Wardlaw to Vettori, 2 runs, Vettori trying to target the cow corner boundary, but ends up hitting more towards midwicket as this one is tracked back by the fielder in the deep

NZ need five for victory, but have just the three wickets in hand. Surely that should be enough?

END OF OVER:
24 | 9 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 138/7 (5 runs required from 25.1 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 0.19)

  • Adam Milne0 (1b)
  • Daniel Vettori1 (1b)
  • Josh Davey7-0-40-3
  • Iain Wardlaw9-0-49-3
23.6
0
Davey to Milne, no run, defended on the front foot to end a very good over for Scotland

4 x Golden duck

4

Number of golden ducks during Scotland's innings. This has happened only twice before in all ODIs.

Still not off the mark

0

World Cup matches won by Scotland. They are the only team to remain winless after playing in two or more World Cups