NZ vs SCO 2022, 2nd T20I | New Zealand post its highest-ever total, thrash Scotland by 102 runs

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Mark Chapmann and Michael Bracewell starred with the bat in New Zealand's highest-ever T20I total.

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NZ vs SCO 2022, 2nd T20I | New Zealand post its highest-ever total, thrash Scotland by 102 runs

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07/30/2022

New Zealand posted its highest-ever T20I total on Friday against Scotland before registering a thumping 102-run win in the second and last game of the series in Edinburgh. They rode on Mark Chapman's 44-ball 83 and Michael Bracewell's 25-ball 61* to pile up 254/5, beating their previous best 243/5.

New Zealand batters went all guns blazing on Friday in Edinburgh against Scotland to complete a 2-0 sweep in the T20I series. Their explosive batting unit, comprises Dane Cleaver (28 off 16 balls), Mark Chapman (83 off 44 balls), Daryl Mitchell (31 off 19 balls), Michael Bracewell (61* off 25 balls), and James Neesham (28* off 12 balls) all chipped in with handy contributions to take their side to 254/5.

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In the process, they posted their highest-ever total in T20I cricket, beating their previous best of 243/5, which came against West Indies in 2018. Meanwhile, Afghanistan holds the highest total across the world with 278/3 which they scored against Ireland in 2019.

In reply, Scotland were never really in the contest. They were down to 37/4 at one point but somehow managed to post a respectable total of 152/9. Chris Greaves, one of their heroes in the last T20 World Cup, came to the rescue with a 29-ball 37. For New Zealand, Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ben Sears, and Michael Rippon were among the wickets.

After New Zealand's 2-0 sweep, the two sides will now play for the one last time on July 31 in a one-off ODI at the same venue.

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