T20 World Cup 2021: Martin Guptill stars with the bat as New Zealand seal vital win over Scotland

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New Zealand registered their second victory in the ongoing T20 World Cup as they defeated Scotland by 16 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (November 3).

Asked to bat first, the Kiwis posted a massive 172/5 in their allotted 20 overs on the back of opener Martin Guptill’s 56-ball 93. Glenn Phillips also contributed 33 runs to New Zealand’s total.

Mark Watt was the stand-out bowler for Scotland, claiming one wicket by conceding only 13 runs in his four overs. Safyaan Sharif also returned with impressive figures of 2 for 28 in his four-over quota.

Defending the total, the Black Caps restricted Scotland to 156/5. Pace spearhead Trent Boult (2-29) and Tim Southee (1-24) bowled economically and picked up three wickets between them.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi also took a couple of wickets but he was quite expensive, conceding 42 runs in his four overs while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (0-23) produced an economical spell without getting a scalp.

Michael Leask starred with the bat for Scotland, smashing 42 not out off 20 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 172/5 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 93; Mark Watt 1-13) defeated Scotland 156/5 in 20 overs (Michael Leask 42*; Trent Boult 2-24) by 16 runs