DUBAI: Martin Guptill hit 93 and became only the second man to pass 3,000 Twenty20 International runs as New Zealand defeated Scotland by 16 runs at the World Cup on Wednesday.
New Zealand made 172-5 before Scotland battled to a respectable 156-5 off their 20 overs.
The Kiwis’ second win in three matches in the Super 12 stage kept them on course for the semi-finals.
Pakistan have already reached the last four from Group 1 leaving New Zealand, Afghanistan and India to fight for the last qualifying spot.
Earlier, Scotland Captain won the toss and elected to bowl against New Zealand.
The New Zealand will play the same team that beat India in the previous match to boost their chances of moving into the semi-finals from Group 2 led by unbeaten Pakistan. On the other hand, Josh Davey is out injured and Alasdair Evans comes in for Scotland, as well as Kyle Coetzer being back out as captain.
It s been more than 12 years since these two sides faced off against each other in a T20I, on that occasion at The Oval during the 2009 T20 World Cup.
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (capt.), George Munsey, Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Brad Wheal.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (capt), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, , Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.