Scotland out after defeat to New Zealand

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
New Zealand 172-5 (20 overs): Guptill 93 (56), Phillips 33 (37); Sharif 2-28
Scotland 156-5 (20 overs): Leask 42 * (20); Boult 2-29
New Zealand won by 16 runs
Scorekeeper; Tables

Scotland was eliminated from the men’s T20 World Cup by a 16-run loss to New Zealand.

Starter Martin Guptill hit an excellent 93 on 56 balls as New Zealand rallied from 52-3 to go 172-5 in Dubai.

In a spirited response, Scotland were doing well at 100-3 after 14 overs, but fell short despite Michael Leask’s brutal 42 unbeaten on 20 balls.

The victory renewed New Zealand’s hopes of qualifying for the semifinals of Group 1 of the Super 12.

Victories over second-placed Namibia and Afghanistan, who will face India in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday at 14:00 GMT, will lead the Black Caps to the quarter-finals.

Positive takeaway from Scotland

While Scotland have lost all three of their Super 12 matches, they arguably exceeded expectations by leading Group B in the qualifying round, which included a magnificent victory over Bangladesh.

Poor performances against Afghanistan and Namibia in the Super 12 suggested it could be another one-sided competition against New Zealand, but Scotland held their own.

Seamer Safyaan Sharif’s hard work and disciplined bowling were rewarded with two wickets in the fifth over, including New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for a four-ball duck.

Spinner Mark Watt has also impressed in this tournament (he has had 5.22 runs over in six games) and enjoyed another hot streak on the ball, finishing 1-13 from four overs.

It was also a much better display from Scotland’s hitters, and perhaps their most memorable moment of the competition was in the final fifth of their chase when Matthew Cross hit New Zealand fast pitcher Adam Milne for five consecutive four.

Scotland will face India in Dubai on Friday and Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday in their last two games.

Guptill leads New Zealand to glory

Having beaten favorite Indians before the tournament on Sunday, this was another solid victory for New Zealand with starter Guptill leading the way.

He hit six fours and seven sixes and shared a 105-run partnership on fourth with Glenn Phillips.

Guptill struggled in the heat at times, kneeling between deliveries multiple times, but became the second man to reach 3,000 runs in T20 international matches, after Virat Kohli of India.

Having lost to Pakistan in their opener, New Zealand’s fate is now in their own hands and they may be peaking at the right time.

‘Scotland can be very proud’ – what they said

Scotland coach Shane Burger: “It was very close, but in the end it was not good enough. We know we could have done enough and we should have done enough to cross the line.”

“We put on a good show, but we also know that there are areas where we need to improve.

“There are quite a few areas where we didn’t have a lot of money, but given more opportunities in environments like this, it’s the only way to see our players improve.”

Former Scottish bowler John Blain on BBC Test Match Special: “A great performance from Scotland, regaining some pride after the first two defeats.

“It was important that they came back full of confidence and faith. Going to 16 races from New Zealand is more than respectable.”

Scotland Captain Kyle Coetzer: “After two losses before today, it was about going out and trying to perform as best we could against a really strong New Zealand team.

“If we could have restricted Guptill earlier in the innings, that could have been a game changer.”

Martin Guptill Man of the Match: “I was pretty prepared. We have a day off, so I won’t do much tomorrow.”

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