Kiwis overcome spirited Scottish challenge

Pratik Dogra/Zeecric Bureau

London, June 06: New Zealand overcame the spirited challenge posted by Scotland to race away to a 7 wicket victory in the rain-truncated second match of the ICC World Twenty20 Championships at The Oval on Saturday.

Chasing a formidable target of 90 runs in the seven a side encounter, New Zealand held their nerves to crave out a facile victory with 8 balls to spare.

Brendon McCullum (18 runs off 7 balls), Jesse Ryder (31 runs off 12 balls) and Ross Taylor (21 unbeaten runs off 12 balls) displayed great composure to ensure that the Kiwis come out the tricky tie with flying colours.

Earlier, less than 24 hours after the unfancied Netherlands handed out a stunning defeat to hosts England in the ICC World Twenty20 Championships’ opener, Scotland looked set to keep the ball rolling for the underdogs blasting New Zealand, one of the pre-tournament favourites, for 89 runs, after the match was restricted to just 7 overs-a-side following incessant rainfall.

Put into bat by New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, Scotland came out all guns blazing, plundering runs at a ferociousity one seldom expects from a so-called minnow.

Opener RR Watson ignited the spark with a quick-fire 27 runs off just 10 balls as he single-handedly propelled Scotland to a flying start. After he fell at team score of 30 in the first ball of the third over to Ian Butler, fellow opener NS Poonia and KZ Coetzer joined forces to spell further agony on the Kiwis.

A hat-trick for New Zealand in the final three balls of the innings (one run-out) from Butler, saw Scotland fall short of the 3 figure mark, ending at 89/4 from 7 overs.

While Poonia hit 27 runs from 15 balls, Coetzer managed 33 from same number of balls as New Zealand were left with a mountain to climb if they wished to avoid a fate similar to England.

Butler finished with figures of 3/19 from 2 overs.

Unfortunately for the Scots, their bowlers and fielders failed to rise to the occasion, as their quest for glory remained unfulfilled.

South Africa is the third team in the group.