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New Zealand picked up its second win of the Cricket World Cup, beating Scotland by three wickets in Dunedin.
The Black Caps started off strongly with the ball when spearhead Trent Boult claimed two wickets in as many balls as he dismissed Calum McLeod and Hamish Gardner in the second over of the match.
Tim Southee then matched Boult’s efforts by disposing of Kyle Coetzer and Scotland captain Preston Mommsen is successive fashion to leave the Scots reeling at 12-4.
A 97-run partnership between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington was broken when Machan was caught behind from a Corey Anderson delivery.
Berrington followed Machan to the Dunedin pavilion shortly after he was caught in the deep by Luke Ronchi.
Scotland wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Cross looked like steadying the sinking Scottish ship before he was caught behind on 18.
The Scottish lower-order provided little resistance to the dangerous New Zealand pace attack, with the minnows crumbling to set a score of 142.
New Zealand were then expected to breeze through and win, but after opener Martin Guptill fell for just 17 it was clear the Kiwis wouldn’t have it all their own way.
The co-hosts were found themselves 48-2 when Brendon McCullum played an uncharacteristically poor shot to be caught behind by Matthew Cross.
Despite losing Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, New Zealand still looked on their way to an easy victory,
However when Grant Elliott was caught behind to leave the Kiwis 117-5, the mood changed amongst the jovial home crowd.
Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi added 30 to New Zealand’s total before being dismissed, and it was left to tail-enders Daniel Vettori and Adam Milne to push their side over the line.
Perhaps summing up New Zealand’s batting performance, Vettori nervously top-edged the match-winning shot for four to hand the Kiwis a somewhat unconvincing win.
Both New Zealand and Scotland face England in their next matches on Friday and Monday respectively.