ICC WT20: New Zealand Avoid Scotland Upset
New Zealand 90-3 (Ryder 31, Watson 1-4) beat
Scotland 89-4 (Coetzer 33, Butler 3-19) by seven wickets
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ICC World Twenty20 Group D, The Oval
New Zealand were pushed hard by Scotland but eventually beat them by seven wickets with an over to spare in a seven-over match that opened Group D of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 at The Oval.
After rain pushed the match back and then lopped off 26 overs worth of play, Scotland smashed their way to 89 for four but New Zealand's class enabled them to reach 90 for three in six overs.
Scotland gave a superb account of themselves, the shortened game narrowing the gap between the two sides and they will rue three no balls and two dropped catches that could have taken the match right down to the wire.
As it was, a couple of massive sixes over midwicket by Ross Taylor enabled the Black Caps to get home comfortably after Brendon McCullum (18) and Jesse Ryder (31) had done the groundwork.
Taylor closed unbeaten on 21 in ten balls, the pick of the bowlers Ryan Watson, who in one over, took one for four.
Watson himself had given Scotland a dream start by hitting 27 in ten balls, hitting the New Zealanders across the line with disdain as they served up plenty of length balls.
Ian Butler was more on the mark and he returned three for 19 but not before Kyle Coetzer (33) and Navdeep Poonia (27) had put Scotland in with a chance.
However, New Zealand's batsmen, aided by some mediocre bowling and those dropped catches, were good enough to take full advantage and end the prospects of a second upset in 24 hours.
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