Mark Chapman (83) and Michael Bracewell (61 not out) did a great job with the bat for the Black Caps.
Chapman last played a T20I in 2021 but with a chance, the left-hander completely made it count. Moving to No. 3, he went on to score 23 off 15 balls inside the powerplay overs but got down in the company of Daryl Mitchell in the middle overs.
The 28-year-old Chapman reached his fifty in 27 balls and scored 33 runs in his last 17 balls with a career-best 83 in 44 balls. When he was dismissed in the 16th over, New Zealand were on 175/4 with a total of 220 runs.
However, Jimmy Neesham and Michael Bracewell had other ideas. Neesham hit a six facing the third ball, while Bracewell, who had already started his rage, smashed 26 off Alasdair Evans’ over to score a 22-ball half-century, his first in T20Is.
A total of 15 came off the final over as New Zealand posted their highest ever T20I total of 254. Neesham-Bracewell shared a 28-ball 79-run partnership, the fifth-fastest in T20I history for a 25-plus-ball partnership.
In reply, Scotland once again struggled against spin. Sodhi, Santner and Bracewell suffocated the hosts as they struggled to put together a partnership. Michael Rippon also took a few wickets amidst the ruckus.
Earlier, Bracewell broke the opening stand in the second over, with Neesham taking two wickets in the fourth as Scotland succumbed to 33/3.
A misunderstanding resulted in a run out and another wicket in the powerplay. Despite Chris Greaves’ scintillating 29-ball 37, Scotland’s innings never picked up enough momentum to threaten New Zealand’s mammoth total and were eventually restricted to 152-9 in 20 overs.
Brief scores: New Zealand 254/5 in 20 overs (Mark Chapman 83, Michael Bracewell 61 not out; Gavin Maine 2/44) beat Scotland 152/9 in 20 overs (Chris Greaves 37; James Neesham 2/9) 102 runs From
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