The New Zealand team must have had hearts in their mouth when Scotland almost defeated them at home.

New Zealand after batting first scored a formidable 263 runs in their 50 overs. However, at one stage during the Scotland’s innings, it felt so that the 263 might be less. Scotland needed 35 of 36 balls to register a famous upset, but it didn’t happen as they fell short by just one run. With 2 required off 3 balls, Evans failed to put bat on ball on the second last delivery and got out on the final ball of the match.

It was a poor performance by the Kiwis, as they had to rely on their number 10 and number 11 batsmen to make it to the total of 263.
Kyle Mills along with Matt Henry stitched a 55-run partnership for the final wicket. Only Corey Anderson and captain Brendon McCullum could manage to play in the cold conditions, as they both scored half centuries. Anderson also took 4 wickets while the comeback man Vettori failed to pick up any wicket. Vettori was economical though, in his spell of 10 overs conceding only 43 runs.

New Zealand is supposed to play another practice match against Ireland in Hamilton on Saturday before they face South Africa at home, while Scotland will play Canterbury on Friday.

Although this wasn’t an official ODI, the cricket fans have witnessed 2 games won by 1 run margin in a matter of just 4 days.

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