Oval: Ross Taylor avoided a second shock in T20 world cup as he helped his side to beat minnows Scotland by 7 wickets in a rain-hit World Twenty20 contest at the Oval.
It would have been another surprise inside 24 hours in world cup, if Scotland fielders had shown minimum fielding discipline on the ground.
Set a challenging 90 off seven overs, the Kiwis lost wickets but only after stand-in captain Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder blazed a half-century share for the first wicket inside three overs of the chase. Several crucial catching chances were dropped when the Kiwis could have put under more pressure.
New Zealand required 22 runs from the last two overs, two sixes from Ross Taylor and another from Scott Styris off medium-pacer Jan Stander sealed a seven-wicket win with six balls to spare. Ryden hit 31 off 12 balls and Taylor scored 21 unbeaten runs off 12 balls.
Put into bat by New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, Scotland batsmen humilated New Zealand bowlers, plundering runs at a ferociousity one seldom expects from a new comers in a world cup.
They plundered 18 runs off the first over with Zimbabwe born and South Africa raised Watson striking four fours off Iain O'Brien. Navdeep Poonia (27 off 15) and Kyle Coetzer (33 off 15) also did well with their allotted time in the middle.
But Scotland lost three wickets off successive balls in the last over of their innings from seamer Ian Butler, who finished with three wickets for 19 runs from his two overs.