The rain gods weren’t smiling today either.The rain poured down for over 2 hours destroying the most part of the match.Finally there was some respite for the crowds and the match was reduced to 7 overs by the umpires.Newzealand lead by Mc Cullum in the absence of Vettori put Scotland into bat in rainy conditions.This reduced match truly provided some hope to clinch an upset again and they almost did.Scotland began a counter attack and runs flowed heavily.They were going at a great pace of 10+ runs an over.Thanks to their top 3 RR Watson, NS Poonia and KJ Coetzer.Every bowler got a thrashing by the Scottish players.Vettori was truly missed.A good last over by Butler helped them to at least not worsen the damage done.Scotland managed a huge 89/4.
Mc Cullum and Ryder got Newzealand off to a memorable start.Scotland were left spell bound by the NZ openers.Ryder especially scored 33 of 12 setting the run rate up for the chase.Mc Cullum too did a good job scoring 18 off just seven.The departure of these two players created a sense of nervousness in the dug out.Oram too couldn’t last long either.Scotland looked like it would pull them back.But the cool Ross Taylor and Styris finished the job for their team and that too with an over to spare.Scotland didn’t get the tight overs in and their fielding too wasn’t up to the mark.Newzealand was too good for Scotland.But still it was more exciting than expected.Here’s what the captains felt after the match……..
Hamilton: “We had plenty of runs. We had a plan of around 75-80, but it just didn’t come off in the end. We were well aware of New Zealand’s potential but we didn’t execute our plans quite well. “
McCullum: “We were pretty nervous at around half time. They put us under pressure, we need to rectify our bowling a bit. We didn’t have a lot of time to get ourselves in, but Ryder struck the ball really well. We needed a 11-an-over towards the end, but in the context of the game that’s pretty under-par. Hopefully, we can put our best performance against South Africa.”