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T20 World Cup: New Zealand vs Scotland | Scotland Defeated Despite Excellent Performance Against New Zealand

In the T20 World Cup, New Zealand beat Scotland by 16 runs thanks to the brilliant batting of Martin Guptill to win the tournament for the second time in a row.

In the Super 12 round match played in Dubai, Scotland won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat.

The openers gave New Zealand a 35-run lead, but at this stage Sufyan Sharif bowled brilliantly to end the innings of Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson in the same over.

Devon Conway had just scored a run when Mark Watt ended his innings with a third victory for his team.

After taking three wickets for 52 runs, Martin Guptill was joined by Glenn Phillips and both of them batted responsibly to complete the team's century.

Phillips and Guptill put on a 105-run stand for the fourth wicket, especially as Guptill took all the Scottish bowlers by surprise.

The partnership ended when Brad Whale reached the end of Phillips' innings of 33 off 37 balls.

One ball later, Guptill's brilliant innings also came to an end as he hit 93 off 56 balls with the help of 7 sixes and 6 fours.

At one point, it seemed that the New Zealand team would be able to score 180 to 190 runs, but after Guptill's dismissal, the New Zealand team could not score more runs in the last two overs.

New Zealand scored 172 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the stipulated overs.

For Scotland, Mark Watt bowled economically and took one wicket for 13 runs in 4 overs while Sufyan Sharif and Brad Whale took two wickets each.

In pursuit of the target, the openers gave Scotland a 21-run lead, but in the third over, captain Kyle Quetzer became Trent Bolt's wicket after scoring 17 off 11 balls.

George Munsey and Matthew Cross batted aggressively and put on a 45-run stand for the second wicket to take the score to 66 but Munsey's 22-run innings came to an end on the same score.

Matthew Cross could not stand the separation of his teammate and with the addition of 10 runs in the total score, he went on to score 27 runs off 29 balls.

After losing three wickets, Scotland's run rate slowed down due to which his century was scored in the 15th over and Klum McLeod also returned to the pavilion with a score of 102 while Richie Barrington could also score only 20 runs.

After losing 5 wickets, Michael Lesk took an aggressive approach and formed a 50-run partnership with Chris Graves, but even this effort proved to be insufficient to lead the team to victory.

Scotland scored 156 for 5 in the allotted overs and New Zealand won the match by 16 runs.

Both teams consisted of these players for the match.

Scotland: Kyle Quetzer (captain), Jark Monsey, Callum McLeod, Richie Barrington, Matthew Cross, Michael Lysick, Chris Graves, Mark Watt, Josh Dewey, Sefian Sharif, Brad Whale

New Zealand: Ken Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Sentner, Tim Southee, Trent Bolt, Ash Sodhi, Adam Milne. 

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