About the Match
New Zealand won their opening match against Sri Lanka by 98 runs to get off to a reassuring start; they will now host Scotland, which has been impressive, in the upcoming group match on 17th Feb at the University Stadium, Dunedin. Both teams have very strong contenders to win matches but the team that can execute its strategy to perfection will triumph at the end. The Kiwis have remarkable depth in both batting and bowling and are all set to continue with their winning momentum while the Scots are also enthusiastic to perform well and move towards victory. While the hosts are clear favourites here, we expect to see a fierce contest from Scotland too; the match is sure to garner a lot of interest from the fans of both these sides, who will be there to cheer the teams on Tuesday.
They scored an emphatic 98-run win against Sri Lanka to kick-start their world cup campaign on a high after setting a target of a superb 331 runs. Corey Anderson blasted an unbeaten 75 off just 46 balls, Brendon McCullum scored 65 off 49 and Kane Williamson scored 57 off 65 to help the team set a comfortable target. On the bowling front, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori and Corey Anderson took 2 wickets each and they are in top form to repeat their performance. New Zealand has a history of doing well in World Cups, and they have made it to 6 semi-finals in 10 editions but never reached the finals. They are one of the strongest teams here with many experienced players and match-winners; McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are steady with the bat as well as explosive Corey Anderson, who can all single-handedly change the game. Southee, Boult, Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenghan make a formidable combination while Daniel Vettori heads the spin department. Overall the team has the ability, fire-power and determination to overcome crucial situations and move ahead in its campaign.
Scotland with a sequence of impressive performances in recent times is looking good to start their campaign on a positive note; their squad is a mix of young and experienced players like Matt Machan, Hamish Gardiner and Richie Berrington who have been among the run-getters in the recent tri-series. On the bowling front, right-arm medium pacers Iain Wardlaw and Josh Davey have struck form at the right time; Preston Mommsen is their star player, who scored 520 runs in eight innings at an average of 88.66 and his unbeaten 139 helped Scotland win the title by defeating UAE in the finals. Richie Berrington is the first Scotland batsman to score a T20I century against Bangladesh in 2012; in the recent tri-series, he scored a match winning 62 against Afghanistan while batting at No. 6. But this team’s weakness is that the top order batsmen sometimes fail to fire; however, Scotland has always performed well under pressure and we are likely to see a fierce contest here.
It will be tough fight between New Zealand and Scotland because both teams have a well-balanced mix of players in both batting and bowling departments; however, Scotland needs more time to settle down and New Zealand, which is in superb form is well placed to win the upcoming match.
New Zealand, 1.02 @ Bet365