Black Caps set for scrap against Scots

10:56 am on 17 February 2015

The Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum says though his team are favourites to beat Scotland in today's Cricket World Cup clash in Dunedin, they can't afford to take their opponents lightly.

Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It's the third time Scotland has qualified for a World Cup, and while they're yet to win a game McCullum says the Black Caps aren't taking victory for granted.

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"We probably go into this game as favourites but I've said time and time again that games aren't won on paper and whether you're favourites or underdogs is irrelevant once the game starts."

"We've got to make sure that we turn up and play a good game of cricket and hopefully the result will take care of itself."

McCullum says his players will have to keep their cool if they're to win their second group match.

"We've said all the way along that we're very respectful of every opposition that we come up against and we're not good enough to take any team for granted."

"In this sort of format a couple of guys can take the game away from you pretty quickly so we've got to maintain a real emotional stability and a calm presence out there and make sure we do seize those chances when they do arise."

The match starts at University Oval at 11am.

The Scotland captain Preston Mommsen says they're a confident side despite their underdog status.

Scotland scored a convincing 179-run win over Ireland, who upset the West Indies in their first World Cup game yesterday, and took the Windies close in their warmup matches last week.

Mommsen says those matches have helped them prepare for today's clash with the Black Caps.

"That Ireland team we know are very strong they're very good at performing on the world stage when it really counts but we take a lot of confidence from the way they started the tournament against the west Indies."

"We obviously turned over Ireland quite significantly and we took the west indies very close so we're going into this game with a huge amount of confidence."

In three ODI innings in New Zealand Mommsen has scored 223 runs, at an average of 111.5.

Scotland is back in the World Cup after an 8 year absence.

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