DUNEDIN: New Zealand survived a scare as they defeated minnows Scotland by three wickets in their World Cup match at University Oval in Dunedin on Tuesday, ARY Sports reports.
The co-hosts won the toss and opted to field first in the match.
It looked like a one side affair as the Scottish team lost four of their batsmen with just 12 runs on the board but half centuries from Matt Machan and Richie Berrington helped their side get past 100.
The lower order could not provide much of a resistance to the Kiwi bowlers as the team bundled out on 142 runs in 36.2 overs.
Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori and medium pacer Corey Anderson took three wickets while Trent Boult and Tim Southee grabbed two wickets each.
In reply, New Zealand got off to a flying start as openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill decided to hit shots all over the ground.
Scotland managed to dismiss the two openers at the score of 48 on the board.
Ross Taylor made just nine runs whereas Kane Williamson scored 38 from 45 balls with the help of six boundaries.
However, the Kiwis kept losing their wickets due to rash shot selection. Grant Elliott made 29 runs while Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi made 11 and 12 runs respectively for their team.
The Blackcaps managed to reach their target in 24.5 overs with three wickets to spare.
Iain Wardlaw and Josh Davey took three wickets each while Majid Haq took one wicket.
Trent Boult was named Man of the Match due to his performance with the ball.