Scotland brave, but Kiwis do just enough for victory

NEW Zealand is two from two at the World Cup.

But the Black Caps second win was hardly the stuff of a potential title winner after beating Scotland by just three wickets at Dunedin's University Oval today.

The win was set up by a strong bowling performance, which had Scotland dismissed for just 142 in 36.2 overs.

The Scots were reeling at 4-12 after new-ball pair Trent Boult and Tim Southee took two wickets apiece early.

The saving grace for Scotland was a 97-run stand for the fifth wicket between Matt Machan (56) and Richie Berrington (50).

The last six wickets fell for 33, with Corey Anderson and Dan Vettori getting three wickets apiece.

New Zealand made a dog's breakfast of the chase, losing seven wickets before Vettori got the winning runs, with a miscued hoick over slips.

The Cup co-hosts were guilty of lack of attention to detail and sloppy shots.

Seamer Iain Wardlaw and Josh Davey took three wickets each with Kane Williamson's 38 and 29 from Grant Elliott (pictured) standing out.

New Zealand next faces England in Wellington on Friday while Scotland has a few days off before also playing England in Christchurch on Monday.