New Zealand need 143 to beat Scotland
DUNEDIN: Scotland were all out for 142 after being sent into bat against New Zealand in their World Cup Pool A match at Dunedin’s University Oval on Tuesday.
Matt Machan top scored with 56 and Richie Berrington contributed 50, while Corey Anderson and Dan Vettori took three wickets apiece for the Black Caps.
Tournament co-hosts New Zealand named an unchanged side from the one that cruised to a 98-rum win in their first match against Sri Lanka, determined to maintain momentum against Scotland who are playing their first game at the tournament.
McCullum said he put Scotland in to bat because the New Zealanders had found the University Oval wicket was lively early on when they played two one-day internationals at the venue against Sri Lanka last month.
Sunny weather is forecast in Dunedin, a city with Scottish roots known as “the Edinburgh of the south”, where both teams are set to enjoy strong support.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Ross Taylor.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Hamish Gardiner, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen (capt), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wkt), Josh Davey, Rob Taylor, Majid Haq, Iain Wardlaw.
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV Umpire: S. Ravi (IND)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Weather: Fine and dry with north-easterly breezes. Maximum temperature of 25. AFP