On Tuesday, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum persisted his squad need batting improvements to make ahead of their next World Cup clash against England after getting a 3 wicket win over Scotland.
The Kiwis approached their 143 run target with more than half their overs remaining but lost 7 wickets against a team who were the 14th and last team to qualify for the ICC World Cup.
Black Cap’s late grapples at Dunedin’s University Oval were in sharp contrast to the begin of the Pool A match when Scotland were reduced to 12 for the loss of four wickets, with pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee taking two wickets each.
Brendon McCullum said that it was a quiet good presentation with the ball with the bat and they showed some images but they have to improve their quality.
He added that England will be a tough challenge and they are hurting and they will be difficult to defeat and we will have to play incredibly well.
Brendon McCullum, whose team face England in Christchurch on Monday applauded Scotland who posted a relatively good total of 142 runs after their early collapse, with Matt Machan who got 56 runs and Richie Berrington who got 50 runs putting on 97 for the 5th wicket.
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen, said his side never really recuperated from their top-order collapse.
Mommsen said that it was a very difficult start for them. They bowled very well and utilized the conditions. The ball did a wee more than hopes, he added.
Sadly they could not get the last 3 wickets, but he is very proud of the performance.