Martin Guptill. (Source: Twitter)

In the ICC T20 World Cup, New Zealand beat Scotland by 16 runs in the Super 12 match being played at the Dubai International Stadium here on Wednesday. Batting first after losing the toss, New Zealand had set a target of 173 runs. In reply, the Scotland team, chasing the runs, could only manage 156 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Michael Leask (42) scored the most runs for the team. Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi got two successes each for New Zealand. At the same time, Tim Southee got a wicket.

Chasing the target, Scotland had a good start, they scored 48 runs for the loss of one wicket in the powerplay. During this, Kyle Coetzer was dismissed for 17 runs in 11 balls with the help of four fours. After this, George Muncy (22) and Matthew Cross (27) returned to the pavilion after scoring runs.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand bowlers started wreaking havoc on the Scottish batsmen. Due to which the wickets kept getting out one after the other. The team’s score could reach 100 in 15 overs. At the same time, Callum McLeod (12) scored his wicket and gave his wicket.

Richie Berrington, who came in at number four, scored a few short games at a brisk pace. He got out after scoring 20 runs in 17 balls with the help of a four and a six. The team was still struggling to win and scored 134 runs in 18 overs for the loss of five wickets. After which Lisk scored 42 not out in 20 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes and Chris Greaves (8) scored an unbeaten run. Due to which Scotland could score only 156 runs for five wickets.

Earlier, the New Zealand team, who came out to bat, had a satisfactory start. The team scored 52 runs in the powerplay itself for the loss of two important wickets. During this, Daryl Mitchell (13) and Kane Williamson (0) returned to the pavilion after scoring runs. At the same time, Devon Conway, who came after this, got away cheaply by scoring (1) runs.

Phillips, who came in fifth place, formed a long partnership with Guptill and took the team’s score forward. Meanwhile, Guptill completed his half-century and the two together took the 100-run mark in 15 overs. After this, Phillips got out after scoring 33 runs in 37 balls with the help of a four in the 19th over.

In this over, Guptill also missed a century by scoring 93 runs in 57 balls with the help of six fours and seven sixes. After this, New Zealand’s score reached 172 runs due to James Neesham (10) and Mitchell Santner (2). Safyan Sharif and Bradley Wheel took two wickets each for Scotland. At the same time, Mark Watt got a wicket.

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