New Zealand vs Scotland Highlights, T20 World Cup 2021: NZ survives scare to beat SCO by 16 runs

New Zealand survived a brief scare to eventually eke out a 16-run victory over Scotland in a Super 12 match of the T20 World 2021 in Dubai.


New Zealand players shake hands following their 16-run win over Scotland in their Twenty20 World Cup match in Dubai.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Highlights coverage of the T20 World Cup 2021 match between New Zealand and Scotland from the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

New Zealand beat Scotland by 16 runs

Player of the match: Martin Guptill 93 (56)


New Zealand survived a brief scare to eventually eke out a 16-run victory over Scotland in a Super 12 match of the T20 World 2021 in Dubai.

Chasing a challenging 173, Scotland was off to a promising start as Matthew Cross smashes five fours off Adam Milne in the sixth over to take his side to 48/1 within the Powerplay after skipper Kyle Coetzer fell for 17. George Munsey perished after hitting two consecutive sixes off Ish Sodhi and Cross followed soon after to leave Scotland at 76/3 in 11 overs. The run-chase stumbled from then on as the batters failed to get a move on. With 65 needed off four overs, Michael Leask's onslaught breathed some life into the contest but the Kiwis eventually held their own to sneak home.

New Zealand was stuttering at 52/3 after being put in to bat. Safyaan Sharif struck twice in the fifth over to remove Daryl Mitchell and skipper Kane Williamson while spinner Mark Watt got Devon Conway on the first ball after Powerplay.

Opener Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips then joined for a 105-run stand to set up a big total for New Zealand. Guptill unleashed seven sixes en route to his 56-ball 93 and also became the second batter in the world to breach the 3000-run mark in T20Is as the Kiwis notched up 172 for the loss of five wickets in their 20 overs.

FULL REPORT: T20 World Cup 2021: Guptill's 93 sets up NZ's 16-run win over Scotland

Scotland innings

SCO 156/5 in 20 overs: Milne to bowl the last and Cross would be hoping from the dugout that he would have been here to face him. Single to long-on. Beaten on the slower one. 25 to win from four balls. Full on the legs and Leask gets two at mid wicket. FOUR! Makes room on the off and drives uppish to find the cover boundary. Slow and low full-toss on the legs and heaved to mid wicket for one. Punched to mid-off for just a single and NZ wins.

SCO 147/5 in 19 overs: Southee bowls out. Southee is keeping it down to singles with his slower ones and strangling this run-chase that looked to blossom after that last Sodhi over. SIX! Slower one again on the stumps and Leask steps out to bludgeon it over mid wicket. A horizontal tennis slap almost.

SCO 134/5 in 18 overs: Sodhi continues. Single to Greaves at mid-on. Leask steps out to reach the ball wide outside off and gets the toe of the bat on it and it rolls back onto the pitch. Steps out again and high over the bowler and lands safe straight; a couple of runs. SIX! Full-toss and Leask smashed it over square leg. FOUR! Shuffles across to off and smashes it to the long-on boudary. FOUR! Finds the long-on boundary again.

SCO 117/5 in 17 overs: Boult to Greaves. Driven to cover for a tight single. Full on the toes and Leask and digs it out for a single at long-on. SIX! Leask pulls it away handsomely over midwicket. Shifted his weight back a bit and struck it off the middle with perfect balance.

SCO 108/5 in 16 overs: Sodhi comes into the attack. Leask gets two off the bottom edge that runs fine. Misses the sweep and LBW appeal turned down. Williamson reviews and ball tracking shows it was missing leg. OUT! Berrington steps out and looks to heave it down the ground but it goes straight up off the edge and keeper Conway pockets it. Greaves gets off the mark with a sweep for just a single. Berrington c Conway b Sodhi 20(17b 1x4 1x6).

SCO 103/4 in 15 overs: MacLeod miscues the pulls and almost edges it back to Boult. Cuts late to backward point for a quick single. Berrrington drags this one from outside off to launch it straight over the boundary but reaches long-on on the bounce...just one. OUT! Bowled him! Too full on the stumps and MacLeod tries to scoopt it over the keeper and misses. New man Leask gets one to end the over. Calum MacLeod b Trent Boult 12(15b 0x4 0x6).

SCO needs 86 runs to win from 42 balls.

SCO 100/3 in 14 overs: Santner bowls out. MacLeod sweeps it firmly and a fumble by Phillips in the deep lets through a couple. Short drifted on leg and pulled away by MacLeod for two more. SIX! Fuller on the legs and Berrington gets down on one knee to slog sweep it over square leg.

SCO 87/3 in 13 overs: Milne comes back into the attack. FOUR! Berrington rocks back and pulls crisply to the square leg boundary. Pulls again next ball but reaches the deep fielder on the bounce; just a single. MacLeod goes deep in his crease and plays the ramp to run it to third and just a single. Cut away to backward point for a dot ball.

SCO 80/3 in 12 overs: Santner returns with the ball. Just three singles from the over and SCO needs to get a move on here. After a brisk start the spinners swung the momentum back in NZ's favour.

SCO 77/3 in 11 overs: Southee resumes at the halfway stage. Beaten! Nicks back into Cross as he looks to poke at it but pulls back in time. Close! Almost chops it on. Looks to drive but it's too full and gets an inside edge. OUT! Jagged back in sharply and crashes into the stumps. Matthew Cross b Southee 27(29b 5x4 0x6). MacLeod opens his account with a drive through cover for one. Just one from it and the wicket.

SCO 76/2 in 10 overs: Sodhi continues. Sodhi comes back well. Keeps it short and batters pull away just for singles. Berrrington chips one into the air but lands safe over cover and they take two. Just five from it.

SCO 71/2 in 9 overs: Santner continues. Santner pulls it back for NZ with just four from the over. Keeps it on off and bowls into the pitch.

SCO 67/2 in 8 overs: Sodhi with more spin from the other end. Munsey shuffles to off and whips it on the on side for one. Cross returns with a single off a pull to square leg. SIX! Munsey slog sweeps over the short boundary. SIX! One more. In the slot on the stumps and Munsey picks it up over midwicket. Under pressure and wide ball outside off. OUT! Loose full-toss on the off and Munsey looks to clear it but Southee holds on to a stunner at long-on. Berrington off the mark with a single at cover. George Munsey c Southee b Sodhi 22(18b 1x4 2x6).

SCO 51/1 in 7 overs: Santner in with spin first up after Powerplay. Cross nudges it to point for one and that's fifty up for SCO. Cross misses the sweep and half-hearted LBW appeal. Just three runs from the over. Santner keeps it on the stumps and good length.

SCO 48/1 in 6 overs: Milner continues. FOUR! Swats it away to the square leg boundary. Short of good length, he waits for it and puts it away. FOUR! Pulls this time to fine leg. FOUR! Three fours in three balls. Cross drives it through covers this time...knuckle ball and pace off but he waits for it. FOUR! Lucky this time. Decked in short and gets the toe end of the wood and it flies over the keeper. FOUR! Five in five. Cross slices it over backward point this time. Dot to end the over. In the slot and misses out this time. Inside edged onto the pad. 20 runs from the over.

SCO 28/1 in 5 overs: Southee comes back. Munsey pushes to cover for a single and that's a first run after eight dot balls. Short and strays down the leg - wide. Cross drives to extra cover for a single and gets off the mark on his seventh ball. Munsey's swings and misses outside off to end the over - beaten for the lack of pace.

SCO 25/1 in 4 overs: Milne replaces Southee. Good length outside off and nips back into the right-hander Cross and whizzes past the off-stump. Into the batter this time and thuds onto Cross' front pad. Full this time and too full to drive and Cross is beaten. Good length, 142 kmph and beats Cross on the bounce. Maiden over!

SCO 25/1 in 3 overs: FOUR! Graceful by Coetzer. Rocks back slightly to drive it between point and cover again. OUT! The skipper holes out. In the slot by Boult and Coetzer backs away to make room on leg but skies it straight to mid on. Kyle Coetzer c Southee b Boult 17(11b 4x4 0x6). Shapes it away again from Munsey to beat him. FOUR! Cracking shot by Munsey. Driven straight past the bowler with sublime timing. Holds the pose as it races to the boundary.

SCO 17/0 in 2 overs: Southee runs in from the other end. Driven wide of point for a single by Munsey. FOUR! Coetzer drives through air between cover and point to the boundary. Third one already for the skipper. Wide bouncer by Southee. Coetzer inside edges this one onto his pads. Wide down leg this time. Good comeback by Southee to end the over with two dots, shapes it away from left-hander Munsey.

SCO 9/0 in 1 over: Boult to Munsey. SCO off the mark with a single to third man. FOUR! Coetzer hits it to the boundary first ball. Punches through covers on the backfoot and beats Williamson in the deep. FOUR! Good way to the end the over. Tucked away past mid on by Coetzer.


New Zealand innings

NZ 172/5 in 20 overs: Sharif bowls the last over. Santner beaten first ball outside off. Drives a slower one to mid-off for a single. Neesham digs out a slower yorker for two at square leg. Consistently jams in the wide yorkers and the batters find it hard to get it going. Wide down leg side and batters run. Keeper passes it to Sharif to dismiss Santner at the other end but he makes his ground. Yorker on the last ball and worked to deep midwicket for a couple. Just nine runs from that last over and Sharif wraps it up well. Scotland concedes just 23 runs in the last three overs.

NZ 163/5 in 19 overs: Wheal bowls out. OUT! Phillips goes and finally a wicket for SCO. Pitched short and straight and Phillips looked to pull it to clear the ropes. Gets the top edge that loops up to deep midwicket. Glenn Phillips c Chris Greaves b Brad Wheal 33(37b 0x4 1x6). Neesham the man in. OUT! Guptill holes out at 93. Looked to loft it straight over but handed it to straight to long-on. Martin Guptill c Calum MacLeod b Brad Wheal 93(56b 6x4 7x6). FOUR! Neesham ends the over with a cracking shot over mid wicket and on the bounce four.

NZ 155/3 in 18 overs: Watt bowls out. Yorker on the leg first ball and cramps Phillips. Precious dot ball. Two singles follow and Guptill is unable to take the twos...he doesn't need to be needing them at the moment. Four singles and a leg-bye from the over and Watt delivers the goods again for SCO.

NZ 150/3 in 17 overs: Guptill is struggling with the heat and humidity but the man in-form hits another SIX! Pulls once more over deep midwicket. A brace and a couple of singles to end the over. That's the end of Evans' spell and he goes for 48 in his four.

NZ 137/3 in 16 overs: Sharif comes back into the attack. Three singles to start the over and Sharif goes full. SIX! Goes short and pulled away by Guptill over deep midwicket. Smart cricket from Guptill to look for th big shots on the shorter side of the ground. A couple for Guptill at long-off. SIX! Another maximum to end the over. A full-toss waiting to be hit and Guptill pummels it over midwicket.

NZ 120/3 in 15 overs: Wheal puts some pace back onto the ball. SIX! Guptill pulls and just over deep midwicket and over the rope. Wheal persists with the slower ones and the batters mistime it, digging it into the ground for singles. A searing yorker to Guptill to end the over.

NZ 110/3 in 14 overs: Watt comes back. SCO will hope he can put a brake as NZ looks it be taking the game away with this partnership. Just four from the over and Watt keeps it tight as per expectations.

NZ 106/3 in 13 overs: Greaves with the ball. SIX! Slog sweeps it big and that's his 35 balls. FOUR! Swept along the ground to the fine leg boundary. Dropped! Phillips heaves it high...and it looks handsome for a while...until Leask come under it at deepmidwicket to spill it!

NZ 92/3 in 12 overs: Evans comes back. Pitched on leg, Guptill gets a leading edge trying to flick on the on-side but lands safe behind the bowler. SIX! Short and Guptill stays rooted to the crease to pull it over deep square leg. Pushes to midwicket for one next ball. Phillips pulls it fine for just one.

NZ 82/3 in 11 overs: More spin as Michael Leask comes into the attack. A couple to Phillips with a backfoot punch. Two more to midwicket. SIX! Goes for the slog sweep and connects it to launch it over long-on and into the second-tier. Two singles to end the over. NZ might have just broken the shackles with this 12-run over. They are much at ease playing off-spin and Leask's short length is helping their cause.

NZ 70/3 in 10 overs: Greaves continues. FOUR! A loose ball after a long time and Guptill cuts it away behind point for four. Eight runs from the over.

NZ 62/3 in 9 overs: Watt continues. Batters are finding it hard to get it away. Phillips slog sweeps a full one but is done for the turn. Thuds into his thigh but the appeal is turned down...going down leg probably. Just four runs from the over.

NZ 58/3 in 8 overs: Greaves comes into the attack. Punched off the backfoot by Guptill for a couple to deep square leg. Phillips is off the mark with a drive to sweeper cover for a single.

NZ 54/3 in 7 overs: OUT! Watt strikes first ball to get Conway. Reverse-sweeps and gets the edge to the keeper. Just a leg-bye and a single to end the over. Devon Conway c Cross b Watt 1(3b 0x4 0x6).

NZ 52/2 in 6 overs: Evans into his second over. A couple for Guptill first up. Good length is keeping Guptill quiet. He tries it flick it off the backfoot and inside edges it on his pads. FOUR! Launches it over mid-on and one bounce and across the rope. SIX! Flicks it over deep square leg for a maximum and that's 3000 T20I runs for the man! Conway pushes one to mid-off for a single to get off the mark.

NZ 36/2 in 5 overs: LBW appeal from Sharif first ball and given! Mitchell reviews immediately. OUT! Review confirms the ball just clipping leg stump and it is umpire's call. Pitched on short of good length, tailed in a bit and got Mitchell above the left knee on the front pad. Daryl Mitchell lbw b Sharif 13(11b 1x4 0x6). Williamson joins and starts off with three dot balls. OUT! Sharif strayed down leg and Williamson looked to clip it behind for four but knicked it to the keeper. Conway the new man in. Just a wide from the over and two wickets. Kane Williamson c Cross b Sharif 0(4b 0x4 0x6).

NZ 35/0 in 4 overs: Wheal changes ends. Mitchell pulls hard to deep square leg for a single. Guptill pulls to fine leg but slightly mistimed and just a couple. FOUR! First boundary for Mitchell as he smacks it hard past the bowler to the straight boundary. Not much timing on it but the force behind it propelled it. A couple and a single to end the over. Both batters are going for the big shots and are probably eyeing a huge total to bolster the NRR.

NZ 23/0 in 3 overs: Evans replaces Wheal. FOUR! Guptill's cuts dissects point and cover this time and boundary for him. FOUR! Back of a length and backs away outside leg to swat it through cover and point again. Opens the face to guide it straight backward point for a dot.

NZ 15/0 in 2 overs: Sharif from the other end and starts off dead straight and Mitchell taps it back. Misses the pull and just a single. Guptill cuts hard straight to point. Cuts away to point again but a fumble will leak a single. Just two from the over. Brilliant from Sharif.

NZ 13/0 in 1 over: Good length and Guptill leaves the ball as it shapes away. Jags in and Guptill gets his bat out of the way just in time. FOUR! Full from Wheal and Guptill makes room on off and drives over mid-off for four. FIVE WIDES! Swings away too much from Mitchell, keeper dives but it runs to the boundary. Mitchell off the mark with a couple to third; just pokes it through the keeper and backward point. Pushes to mid-on for a single and that's the end of the first.

Both teams take the knee before start. Guptill and Mitchell open the batting and pacer Brad Wheal with the ball.

Both teams assemble for the national anthems and the bagpipes blare as the Scottish anthem begins. Done with the anthems and live action begins shortly. Stay tuned!

Two lovely teams - two lovely kits! Are you ready for the contest?


STAT ALERT: Martin Guptill needs 24 runs to complete 3000 T20I runs and become only the second batter - after Virat Kohli - to reach the landmark.

New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Scotland Playing XI: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Brad Wheal

TOSS: Scotland won the toss and chose to field.

Dubai in T20 World Cup 2021:

Batting first won:1

Batting second won: 7

Average first innings score: 126

Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs from this match.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Scotland: George Munsey, Matthew Cross(wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington(c), Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal


New Zealand beat Scotland by seven wickets at the T20 World Cup 2009 in the solitary encounter between the sides in T20Is. Martin Guptill and Scotland's Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod are the only players from that fixture to feature in today's match.


A ruthless New Zealand will be eyeing a solid knockout punch of Scotland to strengthen its chances of qualifying for the semifinals in a Super 12 match of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Wednesday.

Handed a defeat by Pakistan in its tournament opener, Kane Williamson and his troops made a strong comeback in their next game. They produced a clinical performance to beat tournament favourite India by eight wickets, taking a giant stride towards a semifinal spot.

New Zealand needs to win its remaining three matches to make the last four, so the Black Caps can ill afford to slip up. They will also be eyeing dominant wins to improve their net run-rate which could come into play later on. Having already played Pakistan and India, they’re expected to breeze past Scotland and Namibia while the clash against Afghanistan could be tricky.

Scotland, on the other hand, entered the Super 12s stage high on confidence, having beaten all its opponents in the qualifiers but things have gone awry for the Scots as they slumped to back-to-back defeats at the hands of Namibia and Afghanistan.

Against Afghanistan, they were skittled out for a paltry 60 in 10.2 overs and were handed a 130-run defeat. In their second game, they were a touch better, managing 109 in 20 overs. But against a top team like New Zealand they will have to give a better account of themselves.

Scotland bowled its heart out against Namibia but its batters’ inability to put enough runs on the board led to its downfall once again. The batting trio of Richie Berrington, George Munsey and Matthew Cross produced the goods in the qualifying matches but its batting line-up has looked clueless in Super 12s.


FULL REPORT: T20 World Cup: Scottish challenge next up for in-form New Zealand


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington (vc), Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Hamza Tahir, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Craig Wallace (wk), Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

Where and when to watch T20 World Cup 2021 - New Zealand vs Scotland Live?

NZ vs SCO Super 12 match will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 3:30 PM IST. The match will also be available for live streaming on Disney+Hotstar.