New Zealand sets new records, thanks to the fifties scored by Mark Chapman and Michael Bracewell

By | June 23, 2023

Chapman scored 83 runs, Bracewell scored 61 runs not out, and Main took four wickets to lead New Zealand to victory against Scotland’s 152 runs for nine. Scotland’s Greaves scored 37 runs, while Neesham and Rippon took two wickets each.

On Princes Street in Edinburgh is where you’ll find the award-winning whisky tour, and the highlight of the experience is the world-famous Johnnie Walker highball. On the website of the Scotch blender, it is referred to as a “balanced combination of smoke, fruit, and fizz.” It was New Zealand’s very own highball concoction that was being shown off a mile away at The Grange, and the slogan for the liquid counterpart could have easily been applied.

Because of this, New Zealand was able to achieve their greatest ever Twenty20 International score of 254, which ultimately led to them claiming victory by a margin of 102 runs. The half-centuries scored by Mark Chapman and Michael Bracewell, both of whom achieved their individual T20I career bests, were the decisive components in this victory. Chapman’s 83 came in 44 deliveries, while Bracewell’s unbeaten 61 was even more tart on the taste at 25. Bracewell was the only one who didn’t lose his wicket.

After cautiously beginning with four dots, Chapman proceeded to whack seven sixes, beginning with a straight one to set the tone for the rest of his innings. Mark Watt, who was celebrating his birthday, delivered a straight-arm punch that went to the boundary. In the meanwhile, Hamza Tahir fell short and was smoked for four and then six runs.

In what was his first professional knock since the middle of April, he also dragged a Chris Greaves drag down to Watt on the boundary. Despite the fact that this was his first knock since then, there was no evidence of rustiness.

On the other hand, Bracewell did not need to make any of these decisions at all. Richie Berrington, captain of Scotland, will be awakened many times during the night to bemoan a dip in the blankets. Although Bracewell is a relative novice to international new update cricket, his ball striking is as clean as it comes, and this was most evident in Ali Evans’ 19th over, which resulted in 26 runs being scored.

Both dexterity and power were on display as he plundered 4, 4, 4, 6, and 6 of the final five legal balls in the over. He waited on slower balls and nipped them away on either side of the wicket. The first six, a slog sweep over deep square leg, brought up Bracewell’s first Twenty20 International half-century.

Dane Cleaver made a quickfire 28 runs, Daryl Mitchell smashed 31, and Jimmy Neesham, whose maximum from the first ball of the 20th took New Zealand past 243, their previous highest T20I total, which they hit twice in early 2018, fell to the final ball of the innings for 28 from 12 deliveries. Meanwhile, Chapman and Bracewell were supported by several other flavorfully fruity knocks.

Early in the 16th over, Neesham found himself in the middle, and he and Bracewell put up a partnership that was worth 79 runs off of 29 balls. Because of the high scoring rate, the in-ground DJ had difficulty keeping up with the demand for musical fillers and sometimes struggled to clip up The Proclaimers in a timely manner.

The fact that George Munsey was able to knock three boundaries in the first over of Scotland’s run chase provided them with some grounds for confidence. Nevertheless, by the time the 10 overs were through, they had already lost four wickets, which was a major setback for them. Michael Jones, who was making his first appearance for the squad and had recently scored 206 for Durham in the County Championship, holed out to Bracewell. Bracewell was the recipient of Jones’s shot. After that, Munsey, Ollie Hairs, and Matthew Cross all passed away within the space of six balls not long after that.

The Munsey tidy was served by Neesham, and he did not even make an effort to look in the direction of the finger measure while he did so. After another three balls, Neesham doubled up, and while Cross was doing so, Bracewell was given the opportunity to practise catching. Then, while Cleaver was trying to sneak a drink, Hairs was escorted out of the pub by Cleaver. Cleaver was successful in his mission.

New Zealand added one more run to their record book tally after Scotland had played for 10 overs, after which they had been outscored by Scotland. Michael Rippon, a bowler who spins the ball with his left arm, is the first guy to represent his country in the left-arm wrist-spin event. He did this because he was the first man to spin the ball with his left arm.

After two deliveries, when the DJ had gotten back into his rhythm, it was necessary to collect a fresh ball since Greaves had slog-swept it onto the nearby Arboretum Avenue. On Saturday, Greaves scored 79 runs on this ground against Stoneywood Dyce in the Easter Premier League. When the over cost 17, Greaves tucked in, and the score was adjusted appropriately.

After that, Ish Sodhi made a swift return grab on Greaves, who ended up going down for 37, and Rippon claimed Michael Leask and Evans as his own after that.

The recent streak of two thrashings that Scotland has suffered has been described as “a significant learning curve” for the squad by the head coach of Scotland’s national team, Shane Burger.

But since this is the year of the World Cup, he wants more of it rather than less of it. He said, “The more times you are pushed into this situation where they are better than you, and you have to make sure you’re playing at your best, the more we will develop better.” It is imperative that we play more matches on the international level against teams who are tremendously skilled.


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