New Zealand team beat Scotland
New Zealand kept their semi-final hopes alive by defeating Scotland by 16 runs in the T20 World Cup on Wednesday. However, this victory has given a big blow to Team India’s semi-final hopes. According to the equation of Group 2, it was important that Scotland beat New Zealand today, although this did not happen. After losing the toss, the New Zealand team batted first and scored 172 runs for the loss of five in 20 overs. However, Scotland could not achieve this goal.
New Zealand stunned Scotland in a Super 12 stage group two match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here on Wednesday with star batsman Martin Guptill’s (93 runs) half-century and his fourth-wicket partnership with Glenn Phillips (33) following the initial setbacks. A challenging score of 172 runs was made against him for five wickets.
New Zealand had scored 172 runs
Scotland, who lost the first two matches, started well with two wickets in the fifth over. In the fifth over, Safyan Sharif (2 for 28) lbw Daryl Mitchell (13) as the first wicket and then three balls later, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was dismissed for a double blow. Williamson could not even open the account. One ball was wide in this over and no run could be scored. Sharif had two wickets for two runs in two overs.
Guptill added 16 runs in the last over of the powerplay, hitting a four and a six, taking New Zealand’s score of 52 for two in six overs. On the same score, the team lost the wicket of Devon Conway (01), who played only three balls. He tried to play a reverse sweep off Mark Watt’s full length ball and was caught by the wicketkeeper. The pressure of these early wickets fell on the run-rate and New Zealand’s score was three for 70 in the first 10 overs, but Guptill and Phillips persisted.
Scotland scored only 156 runs
While chasing this target, Scotland also gave a tough competition to New Zealand, in which Michael Lisk was the key player, who scored an unbeaten 42 off 20 balls. But New Zealand, thanks to their experienced bowlers, allowed them to score only 156 runs for five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Lisk hit three fours and three sixes in his innings. For New Zealand, Trent Boult took 29 runs while Ish Sodhi took two wickets for 42 runs. Tim Southee got one wicket for 24 runs.
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