New Zealand knocked off Scotland to keep their chances of reaching the semis alive after a dramatic T20 World Cup match.
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|Dubai International Cricket Stadium, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup|
|Guptill 93 (56), Phillips 33 (37), Sharif 2-28 for New Zealand in 20 overs.|
|Leask 42* (20); Boult 2-29; Scotland 156-5 (20 overs)|
|New Zealand won by a margin of 16 runs.|
Scotland was knocked out of the Men’s T20 World Cup after losing by 16 runs against New Zealand.
New Zealand rebounded from 52-3 to record 172-5 in Dubai, with to opener Martin Guptill’s 93 off 56 balls.
Scotland put up a valiant fightback, reaching 100-3 after 14 overs but falling short despite Michael Leask’s unbeaten 42 off 20 balls.
The victory boosted New Zealand’s chances of qualifying for the Super 12s semi-finals from Group 1.
The Black Caps will advance to the final four with victories against Namibia and Afghanistan, who were hammered by India in Abu Dhabi later on Wednesday.
Scotland has a lot of positives to offer.
While Scotland has lost all three Super 12 games, they probably outperformed expectations by winning Group B in the qualifying stage, which featured a fantastic victory against Bangladesh.
In the Super 12s, Scotland’s poor performances against Afghanistan and Namibia hinted that it would be another one-sided match against New Zealand, but Scotland held their own.
Safyaan Sharif was rewarded for his hard effort and disciplined bowling with two wickets in the fifth over, including New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who was dismissed for a four-ball duck.
Mark Watt, the spinner, has had a strong campaign, averaging 5.22 runs per over in six matches, and he had another good stint with the ball, ending with 1-13 from four overs.
Scotland’s hitters were also considerably better, with Matthew Cross hitting New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne for five straight fours in the fifth over of their chase, possibly their most memorable moment of the tournament.
Scotland’s last two games are against India in Dubai on Friday and Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday.
Guptill is the driving force behind New Zealand’s success.
After defeating pre-tournament favorites India on Sunday, New Zealand cruised to victory once again, with starter Guptill leading the way.
He had six fours and seven sixes, and he and Glenn Phillips had a 105-run fourth-wicket stand.
Guptill battled in the heat at times, crouching between deliveries on many occasions, but he became just the second player behind India’s Virat Kohli to surpass 3,000 runs in T20 internationals.
New Zealand’s destiny is now in their own hands after losing to Pakistan in their first game, and they may be peaking at the perfect moment.
‘Scotland can be proud of itself,’ they remarked.
“It was very close, but not quite good enough in the end,” Scotland coach Shane Burger said. We know we could have, and should have, done more to cross the finish line.
“We put up a terrific show, but we also recognize that there are areas where we can improve.”
“There were a couple places where we weren’t quite on the money, but given more chances in circumstances like this, the only way you can see our guys growing better is if they get more opportunities.”
“A wonderful effort by Scotland, gaining a little of dignity back after the first two losses,” former Scotland bowler John Blain said on Test Match Special.
“It was critical that they returned full of self-assurance and conviction. It’s more than commendable to reach within 16 runs of New Zealand.”
“After two defeats previous to today, it was about going out and trying to play as best we could against a very tough New Zealand team,” Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said.
“We could have transformed the game if we had been able to limit Guptill early in the innings.”
Martin Guptill, Player of the Match: “I was pretty much done. We have a day off tomorrow, so I won’t be doing anything.”
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