Dunedin, Feb 17: After 5 consecutive scores of 300 plus (in first innings) in 3 days at the ICC World Cup 2015, the run deluge came to a halt at Dunedin's University Oval.
On Tuesday, Scotland's return to World Cup was a forgettable one. Though their bowlers managed to take 7 wickets in Pool A loss to New Zealand, batsmen were blown away by pace.
Only 4 Scottish batsmen managed to enter double-digits in 142 all out from 36.2 overs. Five batsmen were dismissed without scoring and 4 were golden ducks, a World Cup record. This has happened only twice (Sri Lanka in 1999 and Pakistan in 2003) before in the history of ODIs.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and opted to chase. And in quick time, Scotland found out how tough it is to compete against a Test nation as they were reeling at 12/4 in 4.2 overs, twice bowlers taking two consecutive wickets.
It all started in the 2nd over when left-arm paceman Trent Boult trapped Calum MacLeod LBW on the 1st ball and followed that up with a similar dismissal of Hamish Gardiner. Two in two and both golden ducks.
In the 5th over, Tim Southee did the same with Kyle Coetzer (1) and Preston Mommsen (0) scalps, the latter for a first-baller.
Later, last man Iain Wardlaw was sent back by left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori for a golden duck, 4th of the innings and Scotland folded for 142. The other score of 0 was from Majid Haq, who lasted 2 deliveries.
Here are Scotland's 4 golden ducks
Calum MacLeod LBW b Trent Boult 0 (1)
Hamish Gardiner LBW b Boult 0 (1)
Preston Mommsen LBW b Tim Southee 0 (1)
Iain Wardlaw LBW b Daniel Vettori 0 (1)