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New Zealand vs Scotland: Black Caps Win Run-Fest

By on June 6, 2009

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New Zealand 90 for 3 (Ryder 31, Taylor 21*) beat Scotland 89 for 4 (Coetzer 33, Poonia 27, Watson 27) by seven wickets…

New Zealand beat Scotland by seven wickets as both sides displayed their big-hitting capabilities in a truncated match at the Oval.

Scotland ensured the Black Caps would have a battle on their hands by posting 89-4 from their seven overs after being put into bat.

A sloppy fielding display from the Scots then allowed their opponent to get home with an over to spare thanks to some power batting from their top order.

Persistent showers from early in the morning meant play was delayed by two hours 20 minutes from the scheduled 10.00am start.

Stand-in New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, deputising for Daniel Vettori who was absent with a shoulder problem, made his side’s run-chase all the easier by taking Calum MacLeod’s opening over for 19.

Jesse Ryder followed on from his opening partner by taking 12 from Gordon Drummond’s first over as the Kiwis took 31 from their Powerplay.

The left-hander then clubbed three on-side boundaries, one of those a six, at the start of Craig Wright’s over before driving another maximum over long-off. Ryder was finally caught at long-on next ball following a blistering innings of 31 off 12 deliveries.

Ross Taylor carried on the onslaught in Drummond’s second over before a comedy of errors resulted in the run out of his batting partner. The right-arm seamer’s earlier no-ball gave Taylor a free-hit to take advantage off, from which Poonia dropped a ‘catch’ at extra cover. Hesitation by the batsmen over a second run ended up with McCullum (18 off 7 balls) being well short of his crease when the fielder returned to wicketkeeper Colin Smith.

Drummond then suffered an embarrassing lapse when he not only put down a skier from Jacob Oram behind square but then proceeded to kick the ball to the boundary as it fell to the floor.

The fielder’s slip was not too costly, however, as Oram (8) then picked out long-on off Ryan Watson’s next ball.

Watson’s over turned out to be the most economical of the match – costing just the four runs that could have been avoided – to leave New Zealand with 22 to get off the last two overs.

Ultimately it was Scotland’s overstepping that settled the match in New Zealand’s favour – the third of which from Jan Stander resulted in Taylor bludgeoning the ‘free hit’ for six. Taylor picked the next ball over midwicket for another six to leave the Black Caps with a relatively simple equation of eight from 10 balls. The right-hander brought the scores level with one final six over long-on before a single left Taylor on 21 off 10 balls at the end.

Scotland had earlier put themselves into a strong position as they attacked the New Zealand bowlers with vigour.

Watson top-edged an attempted pull over the wicketkeeper to the boundary off Iain O’Brien’s first ball and followed that with three more convincing fours off the last three balls of the opening over.

The Zimbabwe-born batsman continued to plunder until the third over, by which time he had amassed 27 off 10 balls, when he sliced a drive off Ian Butler to Ross Taylor at deep cover.

The in-form Kyle Coetzer picked up from where he left off during the warm-up matches with a four off his first delivery before McCullum, who handed over the wicketkeeping gloves to Peter McGlashan for the day, dropped a steepling catch running back from mid-on next ball.

Scotland’s 50 came up off 25 balls, with eight fours, at the start of a fifth over that also contained the first six of the innings – a scintillating off-drive by Coetzer. In all, Ryder’s single over cost 19 – the most expensive of the innings.

The 50-partnership for the second wicket (off 22 balls) was hurried along by Navdeep Poonia, who clubbed a slower ball from Oram over midwicket for six.

Coetzer (33 off 15 balls) then registered the third six of the innings, during the final over, when he top-edged Butler to fine-leg. The Durham batsman was dismissed next ball, however, when he edged to McGlashan, who then effected the run out of Poonia (27 off 15 balls) next ball as the batsmen attempted a bye to the keeper. Butler then bowled Smith off the final ball of the innings as wickets fell off each of the last three deliveries.

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