DubaiNew Zealand kept their semi-final hopes alive after beating Scotland by 16 runs in a Group Two encounter in the ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday, thanks to a scintillating 93 from opener Martin Guptill.

New Zealand made a strong score of 172 for five in 20 overs and then restricted Scotland to 156 for five. This was New Zealand’s second win in three matches, while Scotland lost their third match in a row.

Electing to bat first after losing the toss, New Zealand had a poor start and lost their three wickets for 52 runs but Guptill took the team with Glenn Phillips adding 105 runs for the fourth wicket.

Phillips hit a six in 33 off 37 balls while Guptill was just seven runs away from his century. Guptill played an innings of 93 runs off 56 balls with the help of six fours and seven high sixes. He was awarded the Player of the Match for this innings. Phillips and Guptill were dismissed for successive deliveries by Bradley Wheel in the 19th over, leaving the Kiwis a bit short of a big total.

Opener Daryl Mitchell scored 13 runs while captain Kane Williams did not open the account and Devon Conway scored a run. Jimmy Neesham remained unbeaten on 10 runs.(talk)

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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