Allen’s 101, his maiden T20 hundred, was the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 225-5, the opener sharing a first-wicket stand of 85 with the experienced Martin Guptill (40).
Scotland were rarely in the hunt in reply, with leg-break bowler Sodhi taking a career-best 4-28 from his four overs, while fellow spinner Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand captain, weighed in with 2-23 as the hosts were held to 157-8 in their 20 overs.
Calum MacLeod top-scored for Scotland with 33 as New Zealand went 1-0 up in this two-match series.
Player of the Match in T20I 1 – @FinnAllen32 with 101 from 56 balls. #SCOvNZ https://t.co/sH3JJnfUUK
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Wednesday’s encounter was Scotland’s first match since a damning report found Cricket Scotland, the national governing body, to be “institutionally racist”.
The report, which found 448 examples of institutional racism, was commissioned by sportscotland, the national funding body, last year after Scotland’s all-time leading wicket-taker Majid Haq and former teammate Qasim Sheikh said they had suffered racist abuse.
Prior to the report being made public, the entire board of Cricket Scotland resigned.
A strong start at the Grange! Ish Sodhi with 4-28 defending in Edinburgh. Scorecard | https://t.co/vdQYBqS39a… https://t.co/JT3LtkBoYO
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Haq and Sheikh met with stand-in Cricket Scotland chief executive Gordon Arthur on the sidelines of Wednesday’s match.
Players with a T20I 100 for New Zealand 💯@Bazmccullum (116*, 123)@Martyguptill (101*, 105)@manuz05 (101, 109*,… https://t.co/c7fZ41wIJv
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A Cricket Scotland spokesperson said Arthur had a “very constructive discussion” with Haq and Sheikh, explaining he had “apologised for the time it has taken to get to this stage and the impact it has had on them and their families”.
The spokesperson added: “They have agreed to meet within the next week and have a shared commitment to ensure cricket in Scotland is a truly welcoming sport with equal opportunities for everyone.”