NZ beats Scotland in ICC WT20

Sat, Jun 13, 2009 1:43 PM

Jesse Ryder hit 31 as New Zealand began its ICC World Twenty20 2009 campaign by easing to a seven-wicket win over Scotland on Saturday in a match reduced to seven overs a side due to rain.

Ryder put on a 51-run partnership with stand-in captain Brendon McCullum in 19 balls to quickly chip into Scotland's score of 89-4 and exploit poor bowling.

"At halftime the boys were pretty nervous but we showed the skills we have with the bat to get across the line," McCullum said. "Our bowlers didn't perform as we would have hoped and we'll have to work on that.

"Jesse Ryder hit the ball incredibly well and we've shown how dangerous our batting can be. Hopefully we'll see more of it in the rest of the tournament."

After losing two wickets, the Black Caps entered the sixth - and penultimate - over requiring 22. Two sixes from Ross Taylor and another from Scott Styris off medium-pacer Jan Stander completed the win with six balls to spare.

"We have prided ourselves on our fielding in recent weeks and today was simply not good enough," Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton said.

"We have got to take catches, we have got to stop boundaries, we can't be seen as an international team, getting out of the way of the ball if it's coming too fast for us - that's just absolutely ridiculous."

Ryan Watson had got the Scots off to a flying start by hitting a spectacular 27 from only 10 deliveries once the match finally started 2 hours, 20 minutes late after heavy rain at The Oval disrupted the start of the second day of the tournament.

"The way they came out and batted was incredibly brave and incredibly free," McCullum said. "They came hard at us and put us under a huge amount of pressure."

New Zealand did not begin to assert control until they introduced seamer Ian Butler in the third over.

Butler struck with his first delivery to dismiss Watson, who was caught in the deep attempting to hit over cover.

Scotland's scoring rate remained strong with Watson's fellow opener Navdeep Poonia and Kyle Coetzer sharing a half-century stand in just 22 deliveries.

Coetzer was given a reprieve when he was dropped on four by McCullum, the stand-in captain for Daniel Vettori, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

He went on to hit 33 from 15 balls, including three fours and two sixes before edging Butler to wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan with just two balls of the innings remaining.

After Coetzer departed, Poonia was run out attempting to steal a single and Colin Smith was bowled by a full toss.

The final three balls of Scotland's innings resulted in wickets, preventing them adding to their score of 89.

New Zealand will hope to have Vettori back for the final Group D match on Tuesday against South Africa, which plays Scotland on Sunday. Vettori had an injection in his shoulder on Saturday after slipping in training the previous day and will be assessed by medics in the coming days.

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