NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF SCOTLAND, 2022
Finn Allen hit eight fours and six sixes in his knock. © Getty
Fresh from a 3-0 win over Ireland, New Zealand crushed Scotland at Edinburgh’s Grange Cricket Club to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series. It was a walk in the park for the visitors who posted 225 on the back of the century of Finn Allen. In response, Scotland never really got going and lost wickets in a heap to suffer a 68-run defeat.
Postponement for NZ openers and they make Scotland pay dearly
Hamza Tahir put in a difficult return in the first over of the match and Finn Allen was given a life to 0. In the next over, Guptill was caught on cover point but it was a no-ball as Chris Sole was overrun. The senior opener immediately started to blow away and his partner joined in the celebration as the duo scored 83 runs on 50 deliveries, including eight fours and four sixes.
Scotland slows down
Richie Berrington broke the 85-run opening partnership with Guptill falling in an attempted muscular pull shot. Done by the extra bounce, he could only manage a top edge and the wicketkeeper – Matthew Cross – snapped at the skier. The wicket was followed by three quiet overs (14 runs) with the spin duo of Chris Greaves and Mark Watt operating in tandem. Unfortunately for the hosts, it was the calm before the storm.
New Zealand presses the accelerator
Called up to throw over the 13th, Sole was taken to the cleaners by Glenn Phillips and Allen. A couple of no-balls and a walk didn’t help the Seamer as he leaked 27 runs from the over which read as follows: 0 6 4 L1 N6 4 Wd N1 2. Phillips went out at 23, but Allen kept pushing boundaries for fun, registering his first T20I century with just 54 deliveries. He is the fifth New Zealander to hit a T20I barrel and the 23-year-old reached the milestone by throwing a full pitch into the center for a boundary.
Strong finish and NZ posts a mammoth score of 225/5
Allen died immediately after reaching his century when he was pushed off Mark Watt’s bowling alley. He walked away to a standing ovation and he was replaced by James Neesham who wasted little time getting out of the blocks. He teamed up with Daryl Mitchell for 48 runs in 2.2 overs, with the former playing an impressive 30 cameo from just 8 balls. While the visitors amassed 79 runs in the last five overs, Sole conceded 72 runs in his four overs, the second most expensive bowling record in T20Is.
Scotland is off to a steady but slow start
New Zealand used five different bowlers in the PowerPlay and did not allow the Scottish openers to go to a kite. While they may not have lost wickets in the first six, the asking price continued to climb. The hosts were 62-0 at the end of the eight overs and needed 164 more runs in 12 overs.
New Zealand picks flurry of wickets and records big win
Ish Sodhi broke the opening grandstand with George Munsey sweeping backwards fiercely and going straight down the throat of the deep back point. That was followed by a few caught and bowled discharges. Both Ollie Harris and Calum MacLeod attempted slog sweeps and only managed to beat them when they fell victim to Sodhi and Mitchell Santner respectively. The spin twins – Sodhi and Santner – finished with combined bowling numbers of 8-0-51-6. The legpinner, who chose a four-fer, also took a catch from Ben Sears’ bowling and Scotland dropped to 130/7 in the 17th over, losing 7 wickets for 68 runs. Mark Watt and Safyaan Sharif added 25 runs for the eighth wicket, but the result was a foregone conclusion.
Short scores:New Zealand 225/5 in 20 overs (Finn Allen 101, Martin Guptill 40; Hamza Tahir 1-28, Mark Watt 1-32) defeated Scotland 157/8 (Calum MacLeod 33, Chris Greaves 31; Ish Sodhi 4-28 , Mitchell Santner 2-23) in 20 overs with 68 runs.