The Kiwis continued their winning streak and defeated spirited Scotland by three wickets in a low scoring match in the cricket World Cup 2015 at Dunedin. The Kiwi pace attack was led by Trent Boult, as they bundled out Scotland for mere 142 runs in just 36.2 overs.
With the win over Scotland, New Zealand jumped to the top of pool A. Meanwhile, Trent Boult was declared Man of the Match for his efforts.
The wicket provided good pace and bounce for the pacers, which created huge problems for both the teams.
Middle order batsman, Kane Williamson top-scored for the Kiwis with his 38-run knock while Grant Elliot managed 29 a strange collapse. The Kiwis won with 25.1 overs to spare but not in a convincing way, which was expected from them.
Scotland pacemen Iain Wardlaw and Josh Davey shared six wickets between them, making life tough for the Kiwi batsmen.
Winning the toss Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum elected to bowl and minnows Scotland slumped to 12 for 4 against the new shining ball.
The Kiwis are looking in a good shape and were in no mood to take the Scotland lightly.
A 97-run partnership between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington held the innings together but the rest of the batting line crumbled like a pack of card and they were warped up in just 36 overs.
Kiwi opening fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult used the swing and pace offered. Boult claimed Calum Macleod and Hamish Gardiner in his first two deliveries to push Scotland to back foot.
Earlier, the Scottish team had beaten Ireland and created problems for West Indies during their warm-up games.
At the toss, Kiwi skipper suggested the pitch would assist the seamers for the first half hour or so before easing out. Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori, Corey Anderson claimed three wickets each and Tim Southee and Trent Boult scalped two each to sink the Scotland at Dunedin.
The Scotland were bundled out for just 142 runs in their opening tie.