By – Arjun R
Time: 3:30 am IST
Date: 17th Feb
After a confident win in their opening fixture against Sri Lanka, the Black Caps gear up once again to face minnows Scotland in the sixth match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
New Zealand were tipped to be home favorites and they repaid the faith by romping to a 98 run win over Sri Lanka. Their batting depth was their strength and it came to their aid once again with contributions through out. New Zealand will be looking for an encore run fest against Scotland and Williamson and company will be licking their lips at yet another batting track that is on offer.
Scotland returns to the world cup scene after an 8 year hiatus and will want to show the world what they missed out on. The present Scottish side has plenty of talent to offer and is not be considered as yet another ‘minnow’ side. Their recent performance against Ireland in the warm up match speaks volumes of what they are capable of doing. With two 300+ scores in their last two matches, the Scots surely will look to give New Zealand a run for their money.
X Factor : Corey Anderson’s all round performance sank the hapless Sri Lankans and the burly all rounder will once again be our X factor for the Kiwis. No field seems to be too big for the south paw and Scotland could pretty end up in his destructive path.
Kyle Coetzer, ICC’s affiliate player in 2014 and the former skipper will be Scotland’s crucial player. He seems to be in sublime form as of late and will be expected to provide a solid start right at the top.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(capt), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tom Latham.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Hamish Gardiner, Matt Machan, Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross(wk), Josh Davey, Preston Mommsen(capt), Majid Haq, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw, Safyaan Sharif, Michael Leask, Alasdair Evans.