ICC World Cup: Kiwis watchful against giant-slayers Scotland

Feb 17, 2015, 07:36 IST | PTI

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says minnows cannot be taken lightly today

Dunedin: One of the World Cup contenders will be up against potential giant-slayers when New Zealand take on Scotland in what promises to be a precarious outing for the co-hosts in a preliminary cricket clash here today.

NZ coach Mike Hesson. Pic/Getty Images
NZ coach Mike Hesson. Pic/Getty Images 

New Zealand are riding high on a 98-run triumph over Sri Lanka in their opening match, while Scotland are bubbling with enthusiasm at the prospect of playing their first World Cup game in eight years.

And what both the teams would clearly remember ahead of today's clash is their most recent encounter in October last year. The Kiwis had barely managed to sneak away with a one-run win against the sprightly Scots, who have not forgotten how close they came to creating a huge upset.

"We watched a video this morning of that game, and we took a huge amount from that game. We took them very close, and really we should have won that game," Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen said. "Hopefully we can produce a similar performance tomorrow and take the game deep," he added.

The Kiwis, on the other hand, are well aware of the rather tricky game that awaits them with coach Mike Hesson.

"I think there will be a number of upsets in this tournament and if sides take any other side lightly they could get turned over. We will respect Scotland as much as we do every other team," Hesson said.

Captain's wishlist
Brendon McCullum New Zealand
> Boult and Southee pick early wickets
> Daniel Vettori bowls a miserly spell
> Kyle Coetzer is out cheaply
> Majid Haq goes for runs

Captain's wishlist
Preston Mommsen Scotland
> Brendon McCullum is dismissed early
> No freebies to Corey Anderson & Co
> He makes a good score
> Adam Milne is tackled well

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