6th Match, Pool A, Dunedin, February 17, 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(24.5/50 ov, T:143) 146/7

New Zealand won by 3 wickets (with 151 balls remaining)

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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.

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

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

Wardlaw to Milne, no run

driven straight to mid-off as they search for the tying run

NZ two away now...

Wardlaw to Vettori, 1 run

this time gets away Wardlaw through square-leg as he shuffles over a touch to make the shot possible

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 249 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 138/7CRR: 5.75 RRR: 0.19
Adam Milne0 (1b)
Daniel Vettori1 (1b)
Josh Davey 7-0-40-3
Iain Wardlaw 9-0-49-3
Davey to Milne, no run

defended on the front foot to end a very good over for Scotland

Davey to Vettori, 1 run

sensibly glances away this back of a length off his hips to bring new boy Milne on strike

NZ 137 for 7 as Adam Milne makes his way to the middle. Vettori on strike as NZ are within a blow of winning this

Davey to Ronchi, OUT

now Ronchi has to go as NZ are really making a shambles of this chase. Looking to get away as many hits as possible now to finish the game, but his aggressiveness spells his demise as he slams a high, straightforward catch to deep midwicket, who is able to take it quite comfortably in the end

Luke Ronchi c Gardiner b Davey 12 (10b 2x4 0x6 12m) SR: 120
Davey to Ronchi, FOUR runs

Ronchi not concerned about the previous dismissal as he flicks this fuller length over cow corner, with this just beating the boundary rider coming in from deep midwicket

NZ 133 for 6 as they look to knock off the final 10. Will another wicket fall in the process though? Daniel Vettori is the new batsman

Davey to Anderson, OUT

and Wardlaw redeems himself after his earlier blunder at fine leg to remove the dangerous Corey Anderson, who top-edges this attempted flick through fine leg, with this one going higher than farther. Able to run to his right and take the catch in the end

Corey Anderson c Wardlaw b Davey 11 (16b 1x4 0x6 25m) SR: 68.75
Davey to Anderson, FOUR runs

overpitched and in the slot as he was searching for the yorker, as Anderson is able to work this wide of mid-on to get four more

end of over 237 runs
NZ: 129/5CRR: 5.60 RRR: 0.51
Luke Ronchi8 (8b 1x4)
Corey Anderson7 (14b)
Iain Wardlaw 9-0-49-3
Josh Davey 6-0-31-1

Cramel: "NZ really need to step up if they need to stay to their billing as a tournament favourite. They cannot afford a performance like this against SA, Aus, India etc"

Wardlaw to Ronchi, FOUR runs

short and even wider now from the bowler as Ronchi is able to slice this over the point fielder to get away a boundary

Wardlaw to Ronchi, 2 runs

short enough outside of off as Ronchi is able to glide this away through backward point

Wardlaw to Ronchi, no run

back of a length and parried away towards cover

Wardlaw to Ronchi, no run

leans forward before playing this full delivery back to the bowler

Wardlaw to Ronchi, no run

full just outside of off as this is struck straight to long on

Wardlaw to Anderson, 1 run

fullish length which is driven hard to mid-off

NZ just 21 away now, but have lost five wickets in the process, which Scotland will be mighty pleased with

end of over 225 runs
NZ: 122/5CRR: 5.54 RRR: 0.75
Luke Ronchi2 (3b)
Corey Anderson6 (13b)
Josh Davey 6-0-31-1
Iain Wardlaw 8-0-42-3

Justin: "HAGGIS! More Haggis!!"

Davey to Ronchi, 2 runs

clubs away this short of a length over cow corner, as he is not able to get enough on it to get all the way to the rope

Davey to Ronchi, no run

defended away to the leg side

Davey to Ronchi, no run

defended away by Ronchi as he looks to get in

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