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!
Just one needed now
huge cheer from the crowd as he bowls the dot ball, punched back to the bowler on the bounce
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
low full toss on the off, struck down the ground to long-off
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
Makes their job much easier now. 14 off 11
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
massive mistake, oversteps, concedes a freehit, low full toss, driven down to long-on
Stander to bowl now. 22 needed off 12. Will we have a Super Over?
Just four off the over, and all those four runs came off the spilled chance by Drummond
droppped by Smith, short and wide, went for the cut, got a thick edge that the keeper failed to latch onto, excellent over
Still, three dot balls
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
a swing and a miss, shortish outside off, has a massive heave at it, misses
Styris to face
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
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?
good start, flat on the off stump, charges forward but has to adapt to the length, pushes it back to the bowler
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.
nicely done, in the blockhole outside off, dug out wide of extra cover for a single
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
was in the slot but he didn't strike it well enough, hit down to long-on, one more
lands on leg stump, drives it firmly down the ground to long-on
Oram comes in
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
oversteps, its freehit time, short on middle, gets the top edge as he goes for the pull, lands safely wide of fine leg
poor length, full on middle and leg, clips it into the gap between long-on and deep midwicket for a one-bounce four
39 needed off 24. It's New Zealand's game to lose now