Kiwis deny brave Scots

Poor bowling from Scotland saved New Zealand any blushes as the Kiwis won their first game of the World T20 by seven wickets at The Oval.

After rain reduced the game to just seven overs a side, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first and Scotland’s batsmen came out swinging desperate to pull a Netherlands and topple one of the big boys.

Those fans who endured the bad weather were treated to a feast of big hitting as the Scots posted an impressive 89 from their seven overs thanks to some hefty blows from Ryan Watson, Navdeep Poonia and Kyle Coetzer.

Watson got things going with a quick-fire 27 including six boundaries, Poonia and Coetzer put together a 59-run partnership off just 27 deliveries.

The Scots would have fancied their chances of reaching three figures, had it not been for three wickets for Ian Butler in the final over of the innings.

In response the Kiwis got off to a perfect start as Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum put on 51 for the first wicket. But three quick wickets, including the suicidal run out of McCullum on a free hit, the Scots, with the crowd clearly on their side, were right back in the encounter.

However, Port Elizabeth-born Jan Stander was smashed out the park in the penultimate over as New Zealand in the end coasted to a seven-wicket victory with an over to spare.

Scotland 89-4 (7 overs)
Ryan Watson 27, Navdeep Poonia 27, Kyle Coetzer 33, Ian Butler 3-19.
New Zealand 90-3 (6 overs)
Jesse Ryder 31, Ross Taylor 21*, Brendon McCullum 18,
New Zealand won by seven wickets.

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