NZ beat SCO: Guptill returns to form as New Zealand register 16 runs win over Scotland, solidifies chances for the semi-finals

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand is back on the track as they secured 16 runs win over Scotland on the back of Martin Guptill’s 93 here in Dubai. Put into bat, New Zealand posted a huge total of 172/5. Scotland never looked like chasing it down, finishing on 156/5, still 16 runs short. The Kiwis now have registered their second win on the trot in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 and have further solidified their chances for the semi-finals from Group 2.

After being put in to bat, New Zealand posted a huge target of 172/5 on the board with the help of Martin Guptill’s 93. Guptill returned to form for Kiwis at the right moment as they were reduced to 52/3 at the powerplay. Guptill then build up a 100 runs partnership with G Phillips (33 off 37) and resurrected New Zealand’s innings. He slammed 6 Fours & 7 Sixes in his vital knock. For Scotland, Bradley Wheal & Shafyan Sharif picked up two wickets each.

Coming to chase, Scotland never looked like chasing it down, finishing on 156/5, still 16 runs short. Chasing 173, Scotland lost their openers but ensured they didn’t fall well behind as they reached 76/2 at the halfway point of their chase.

Matt Cross struck five fours in a row off Adam Milne to ease some pressure on Scotland. Tim Southee then removed Matthew Cross in the 11th over.

Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington went back to the dressing room in 15th and 16th over respectively as Scotland slumped to 106/5. In the end, Scotland fell short 16 runs short of the target.

Earlier, as for team news, Scotland made two changes while New Zealand remained unchanged for the match i.e., Tim Seifert stayed out and Devon Conway donned the gloves. Josh Davey and Craig Wallace out, Alasdair Evans captain Kyle Coetzer came in for Scotland.

Playing XI: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway (WK), James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Playing XI: Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Matthew Cross(w), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal

“We would have bowled as well, looks like a good surface. It’s important to do the job. We are playing with the same team. For us it’s about maintaining the standard. There are match winners in every side, so we need to focus. The guys in our side can play a variety of roles, so we are sticking to the same side,” Williamson said at the Toss.