New Zealand has beaten Scotland by 3 wickets in a low-scoring affair at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Dunedin on Tuesday. The Black Caps won the toss and sent the Scots in and it had immediate rewards as the batting side was reduced to 12/4 after 4.2 overs. Tim Southee and Trent Boult picked up two wickets each before Matt Machan and Richie Berrington knuckled down and took the Scots to 109 before Corey Anderson had Machan caught by Brendon McCullum for 56.
Berrington was next to go when he was caught by Adam Milne off Anderson for 50 as the Scottish side crumbled to 142 all out. Anderson would take 3/18 as Daniel Vettori grabbed 3/24 in the 36.2 over innings. In reply the co-hosts stumbled losing wickets at regular intervals.
Every batsman in the top seven save for Ross Taylor reached double figures but only Kane Williamson (38) and Grant Elliott (29) passed 20. Iain Wardlaw (3/57) and Josh Davey (3/40) proved the Scots can bowl at this level as they made life hard for the Kiwis, who crossed the finish line with 25.4 overs to spare, but with only three wickets in hand at the University Oval.