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306/10 (49.4)
307/3 (45.5)
NZ won by 7 wickets
 
That's it from me, Rajarshi, and my co-commentator Bala, as we close out our cricketing coverage for today. We will be back with more tomorrow, plenty of ECS action to go with the 2nd T20I between India and West Indies later in the evening. Do keep following Sportskeeda, wish you a very good night!
Mitchell Santner, New Zealand captain: It was pretty good, a clinical chase. I thought we let them get through a bit after getting them 5 down. From about 8 overs to 30 we were outstanding but we let them away a bit. Leask and Cross played well, 300 was a pretty par score on that ground. (On Mark Chapman) We know he's a quality player, has made most of the opportunities in the last couple of games. There was a period where we were 140/3, could have gone either way but that partnership helped us take the game away.
Richie Berrington, Scotland captain: Lots of good stuff from us. We missed the 350 mark, maybe losing a couple of wickets after the first powerplay cost us. Cross and Leask played particularly well, especially Leask with his clean hitting at the back end. 340-350 would have been good for us to really be in with a chance, but 300 was good too. We couldn't capitalize after the initial stages, unfortunately, we couldn't take any wickets Thought the offie bowled well, made it quite challenging. Today showed how much depth we have. We will look to take these positives to the World Cricket league coming up.
Mark Chapman (Player of the Match): It is nice to be out in the middle and spending some time, winning a couple of games as well. Darryl (Mitchell) said put your head down and go for it, and it just worked out. Coming into this tour, I knew that there were a lot of T20s. Was just tying to hit hard down the ground, happy that it came off. We possess some power lower down, so it's about taking it deep. Quick outfield, smaller boundaries, we backed ourselves to chase this down.
Match summary:
Scotland won the toss and opted to bat

Scotland 1st innings 306 all out (49.4 Overs)
Matthew Leask 85(55), Michael Bracewell 3/43 (10 overs)

New Zealand 307/3 (45.5 Overs)
Mark Chapman 101*(75), Michael Leask 2/46 (8 overs)

New Zealand win by 7 wickets with 25 balls to spare.


The New Zealand openers were wary of the threat that the opening bowling duo of Safyaan Sharif and Chris Sole presented after they strode out to the centre in the quest to get the run chase of 307 underway. Chris Sole, in particular, was looking like a handful on this track. The number of times he beat the bat, and the number of edges he induced without reward at the start itself was frustrating for the hosts. 

Finn Allen managed to survive the initial threat, attacked as soon as he found a bad ball to do so, and brought up a second ODI fifty, with Martin Guptill providing him ample support throughout. Chris Greaves, introduced into the attack after the powerplay, couldn't find the right length, and was carted around for 12 in his first over. Sole went for 9 in the next over, and New Zealand were starting to get a grip in the chase.

Scotland were a bit sluggish in the field throughout the innings, but it took a stupendous effort from Calum Macleod in the deep to bring about the opening breakthrough. Finn Allen looked to clear the ropes at mid-wicket off Hamza Tahir, but Macleod ran to his right and complete a fine, fine catch. The Scotland spin trio of Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt and then Michael Leask proceeded to apply the squeeze on Guptill and new man Dane Cleaver. 

Guptill and Cleaver were doing well with keeping the scoreboard ticking, but two needless strokes accounted for the two of them, both being scalped by Michael Leask. That was when Daryl Mitchell joined Mark Chapman in the middle, and the duo proceeded to play themselves in. Once the nerviness seeped away, the duo seemed to be in some ease in playing themselves in. The boundaries started to come soon, Greaves was brought back for a second time today and proceeded to be carted for 12 more runs.

The milestones gradually started to come up, both batsmen reached half-centuries in succession, the 100-run partnership came up, and by the time the chase went down to the slog overs, the equation was down to a run-a-ball. Scotland's sluggishness in the field was on display at its fullest, Chapman was dropped twice in the space of two overs. A hundred was there for the taking for him, and he eventually got there, albeit a bit weary by then. It was left to him to collect the winning run, and he completed the task with 4 overs (and a delivery) remaining.
And there it is! Scotland fought for a large part of the match, but they just could not take that fourth wicket when they could have; Mitchell and Chapman proceeded to stitch up a match-winning partnership that sees them across the line! New Zealand take the solo One Day International at Edinburgh by 7 wickets!
45.5 Chris Sole to Mark Chapman, leading edge! Lobs up just over the bowler's reach. That sums up the kind of day Scotland had on the field today
45.4 Chris Sole to Daryl Mitchell, short delivery angling into the body. Pulls it away to deep square leg and takes one. Scores are level
45.3 Chris Sole to Mark Chapman, short of a length outside off. Taps it to backward point and scampers through. That's 100 for Chapman! First ODI century for the southpaw
45.2 Chris Sole to Mark Chapman, full delivery outside the off-stump. Drives it wide of the fielder at long-on. The call is for two and they get back. Chapman looks tired coming back for that second run
45.1 Chris Sole to Mark Chapman, short of a length angling in. Chapman pulls but doesn't time it well. Runs hard and gets back for the second
The game might be done with in the next over itself.
45
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300 /3 score
4
1
1w
0
1
1lb
0
runs
cricket bat icon Mark Chapman
95 (71)
cricket bat icon Daryl Mitchell *
73 (61)
cricket ball icon Mark Watt
0 /57
44.6 Mark Watt to Daryl Mitchell, tossed up on a good length on the stumps. Defends it on the front foot
44.5 Mark Watt to Mark Chapman, now he plays a lap sweep but doesn't make contact. Rolls away off the pad to short fineleg
44.4 Mark Watt to Daryl Mitchell, moves across the crease early and laps it to short fineleg for a single
44.3 Mark Watt to Daryl Mitchell, flatter ball on a length coming in with the arm. Defends it back to the bowler
44.3 Mark Watt to Daryl Mitchell, moves across the crease to play the reverse sweep. It is too straight from Watt, angles down the leg
44.2 Mark Watt to Mark Chapman, tossed up full on the stumps. Eases it down to long-on for a single