New Zealand won the T20 series by defeating Scotland by 102 runs

New Zealand posted their highest total of 254 in Twenty20 Internationals as they beat Scotland by 102 runs to win the series 2-0 in Edinburgh on Friday.

Test world champions New Zealand, who just two days earlier had beaten Scotland, a side outside the world’s elite, by 68 runs, again proved too strong for their hosts.

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Mark Chapman and Michael Bracewell both enjoyed career-best scores at this level on Friday, making 83 and 61 not out respectively in a total of 254-5.

Chapman’s 44-ball innings included seven sixes, which took him to number one, while Bracewell faced 25 balls for his runs.

The 28-year-old Chapman’s innings was all the more creditable as it was his first professional innings since mid-April.

“It’s just the nature of international cricket,” Chapman told the ESPNCricinfo website. β€œIt took a little bit to get going, but once you get out of the middle of the bat, things come back pretty quickly.

“We’ve been talking about getting the game going, and being really positive about the way we play. It came today, and the boys are very happy.

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Scotland never chased down a big target and did well to avoid being bowled out after finishing on 152-9.

Chris Greaves top scored with 37 runs while New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham took two in an over and spinner Michael Rippon took 2-37.

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