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NZ coach Hesson upbeat after win over Scotland at World Cup

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson not sweating on poor World Cup showing against Scotland

NZ coach Hesson upbeat after win over Scotland at World Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand coach Mike Hesson maintains his players got the "job done" with their unconvincing three-wicket win over Scotland in their second Cricket World Cup.

The win at Dunedin's University Oval kept New Zealand unbeaten in Pool A and, because New Zealand surpassed Scotland's total of 142 in fewer than 25 overs, its net run rate remains high.

But Scotland captain Preston Mommsen suggested his bowlers may have exposed the vulnerability of the New Zealand batsmen under pressure and the match was a poor dress rehearsal for the Kiwi's toughest test to date, against England in Wellington on Friday.

Hesson admitted the New Zealand's batting effort was "untidy" but doubted Scotland had exposed any terminal weaknesses.

"After two matches we're in a good spot," Hesson said. "We won the game and got our net run rate up. Those were the two objectives.

"To win in less than 25 overs is significant, even if we would have liked to have done it with three or four down. We could have got there none down in 30 overs and been worse off. It's crucial where we finish (in the pool) to ensure we rank high for the quarterfinals."

Mommsen said Tuesday that in conditions that were highly favorable to seam bowlers, Scotland's Iain Wardlaw and Josh Davey, who shared six wickets, gave some pointers to New Zealand's future opponents.

"I think it showed that their batters were vulnerable if you're able to keep them under pressure consistently and put the balls in good areas, as any batter is," Mommsen said.

"But at the same time, chasing out a small total might have been a little bit tricky for them, and it might have changed the way their natural game would usually be. So I'm not sure what other teams will make of it."


Updated : 2021-09-19 17:36 GMT+08:00