Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs Scotland 2nd T20I 2022

New Zealand 254 for 5 (Chapman 83, Bracewell 61*, Main 2-44) beat Scotland 152 for 9 (Greaves 37, Neesham 2-9, Rippon 2-37) with 102 runs

The world famous Johnnie Walker highball is the centerpiece of the award-winning whiskey tour on Edinburgh’s Princes Street. It is described by the Scotch blender’s own website as a “balanced blend of smoke, fruit and fizz”. A mile down the road at The Grange, New Zealand’s very own highball concoction was on parade; and the slogan of the liquid equivalent could easily have been applied.

Because it was a perfect balance of 18 sixes that set New Zealand their highest ever T20I score of 254 and claimed victory by 102 runs. Half a century before Mark Chapman and Michael Bracewell were the dominant ingredients, as both set their respective T20I career records. Chapman’s 83 came in 44 balls, while Bracewell’s undefeated 61 at 25 was even sharper in the mouth.

Chapman crushed seven sixes – he came off goal with a straight – after being vigilant starting with four dots. A straight-arm jab from year-old Mark Watt fizzled to the limit, while Hamza Tahir fell short, smoking first four and then six.

He also pulled a Chris Greaves drag to Watt on the border in what was his first professional knock since mid-April, but there was no apparent rustiness.

On the other hand, Bracewell really shouldn’t have made one. Scotland captain Richie Berrington will complain late into the night about a fall in the covers. A relative newcomer to international cricket, Bracewell’s hitting is as clean as it gets, and that was especially evident in Ali Evans’ 19th over, who went for 26.

There was both agility – slower balls waited for and tucked either side of the wicket – and power as he looted 4, 4, 4, 6, 6 of the over’s last five legal balls. The first six, which spawned Bracewell’s first T20I of half a century, were swept across the deep square leg.

Meanwhile, Chapman and Bracewell were supported by several other flavorful fruity hits: Dane Cleaver made a rapid fire 28, Daryl Mitchell crushed 31, and Jimmy Neesham – whose first ball maximum of the 20th took New Zealand past 243, their previous highest T20I- total, which they hit twice in early 2018 – 28 of 12 deliveries fell to the last ball of the innings.

Neesham had strayed to the center early in the 16th; his association with Bracewell was worth 79 from 29 balls. The score percentage was so high that the in-ground DJ sometimes struggled to cut up The Proclaimers fast enough to meet the demand for musical fillers.

In the chase, a trio of George Munsey borders in the first over Scotland gave hope. But by the end of as many overs, they had lost four wickets. Debutant Michael Jones, fresh from 206 for Durham in the County Championship, sprinted toward Bracewell before Munsey, Matthew Cross and Ollie Hairs were killed within six balls.

Munsey was neatly served by Neesham, who didn’t even look back to see the finger size. Three balls later, Neesham doubled, with Cross giving Bracewell catch practice. Then Hairs was run away by Cleaver trying to steal a sneaky dram.

With ten overs in the Scottish innings, another New Zealand entry entered the record books. Michael Rippon, a left arm wrist spinner, became the first man to, well, throw a left arm wrist spin for his country.

Two deliveries in, with the DJ back in his element, a replacement ball was fetched after Greaves trudged to neighboring Arboretum Avenue. The over 17 cost, as Greaves – who earned 79 on this ground last Saturday against Stoneywood Dyce in the Easter Premier League – put in.

Greaves then fell for 37, Ish Sodhi took a sharp return, while Rippon later claimed Michael Leask and Evans.

For Scotland, two consecutive beatings were, in the words of head coach Shane Burger, “a huge learning curve”.

But in a World Cup year, he wants more than less: “The more often you get thrown into this environment when they’re better than you, and you have to make sure you play your best, the more we’ll get. We have more international matches.” needed against really good teams.”

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