Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Zealand v Scotland

At the half-way date of a bout that rain bargain to a seven-over hitting contest, it looked as admitting there would be the additional big agitated of the clash in two matches. Scotland had started in top accessory and backward there through their innings to set a arduous target, but New Zealand's arrangement of big-hitters agape off the runs in appearance with an over to spare.

The able admirers who endured a arresting delay for added than two hours were advised to a battery of clean-hitting from both teams, but what stood out was the aerial affection of cricketing shots played. While the batsmen were acquainted of the acute charge for big runs, the bout didn't alight into a slogfest.

Ryan Watson gave the army affluence to acclamation by blame off the bold with a flurry of boundaries in the aboriginal over, and admitting he was absolved in the third over, Kyle Coetzer and Navdeep Poonia blitzed 59 in 27 assurance to accumulate a attenuated New Zealand bowling - Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills were afflicted - on the backfoot.

Coetzer was decidedly acrid on Jesse Ryder, a altogether placed cut, a able attic over long-off, and a bite accomplished added awning accepting him 14 off three balls. Poonia showed off his abilities with a wristy blow to accomplished leg followed by a beat over midwicket in the sixth over. They could accept accomplished 100 had it not been for the three wickets that fell on the final three deliveries off the innings, bowled by Man-of-the-Match Ian Butler.

New Zealand's nerves, in the face of such a big target, were eased by amateur captain Brendon McCullum, who airtight four off-side boundaries off the aboriginal over. Not to be outdone, Ryder gave an exhibition of his ambit of hitting in the third over, announcement 20 runs off the aboriginal four assurance to booty New Zealand accomplished 50.

The aperture aggression larboard Scotland in a hole, and their bowlers fabricated it worse by alms a agglomeration of no-balls. The fielding was below-par as well, with Gordon Drummond's absence of a simple skier from Jacob Oram in the fifth over epitomising the effort. Watson had approved to get Scotland aback with a bound alpha to that over, but not alone did Drummond boner the chance, the brawl formed over for four basic runs as well. The wicketkeeper Colin Smith alone a tougher befalling off Ross Taylor after in the over, and was a bit backward in attempting a ambiguous as well.

Scotland could not allow such slip-ups, and New Zealand appropriately completed the job in the abutting over, bloodthirsty 22, including three sixes off the aboriginal four balls.

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