Match factsSaturday, June 6, 2009
Start time 10.00 (09.00 GMT)
Big PictureThe sides have been playing warm-up matches for the past week and realistically this should be little more than another training run for New Zealand. Scotland have never beaten a Test-playing nation in either an ODI or a Twenty20 international and that is unlikely to change at this tournament, if their recent form is any indication.
Form guide (last five Twenty20s, most recent first)New Zealand WWLWT
Watch out forBrendon McCullum launched last year's IPL with a spectacular 158 not out and against a relatively weak attack he could light up the opening stages of this event. His IPL form this year was patchy with flashes of his best and the other teams won't thank Scotland if they bowl him back into touch.
Team newsNew Zealand will be without Kyle Mills after he was ruled out due to a back injury, although he was responding well to treatment. "His condition will be monitored over the next few days before a decision is made on whether he plays in the game against South Africa on Tuesday," the coach Andy Moles said. Ryder was battling a niggling groin injury in the lead-up but he is expected to play.
Pitch and conditionsDaniel Vettori should enjoy a surface expected to suit the slow bowlers. There could be light rain in London on Saturday with a forecast top of 17C.
Stats and Trivia
- Scotland have never beaten a Test-playing nation in an ODI or Twenty20 international
- They have never met New Zealand in a Twenty20 and the two ODIs between the sides resulted in enormously one-sided wins to New Zealand
- Scotland is the home of the "Mac" surname but they are outnumbered by New Zealand - McCallum and MacLeod compared to McCullum, McCullum and McGlashan
Quotes"It is probably the most nerve-racking game we can have first up. We do not want to be the team who slips up against an Associate team. We have seen it happen at World Cups in the past."
Gavin Hamilton after losing to Netherlands