IRE vs NZ: New Zealand continues to maintain its winning streak on its tour of Ireland following a victory by 31 runs on Monday. After whitewashing Ireland in the ODI series, the Blackcaps have made a winning start in the T20 internationals as well. New Zealand, once again, batted first in the first T20I and notched a massive score of 173 runs in the first innings.
Glenn Phillips starred with the bat, playing an outstanding knock of 69 runs in 52 balls, while Guptill played a nice little cameo of 24 runs in 12 balls. For Ireland, Joshua Little was the pick of the bowlers. He claimed 4 wickets for 35 runs in 4 overs, while Mark Adair returned with figures of 2 for 49 in 4 overs.
In reply, Ireland was bowled for 142 runs in 18.2 overs. Paul Sterling (13) didn’t look at his best, while Andrew Balbirnie, once again, failed to convert the start into a big score. Wickets fell in quick succession as Gareth Delany and Harry Tector got out on cheap scores.
Lockie Ferguson took 4/14 in 3.2 overs
Curtis Campher played a nice little cameo of 29 runs in 21 balls, including 2 fours and 1 six, while Mark Adair made 25 runs in 20 deliveries, including 3 fours. For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson returned with impressive figures of 4 for 14 in 3.2 overs, while James Neesham picked 2 wickets for 19 runs in 3 overs.
Mitchell Santner also picked 2 wickets but conceded 36 runs in 4 overs. As a result, New Zealand won the game by 31 runs. The second T20 international is scheduled to be played at Civil Service Cricket Club on Monday. It will be a must-win game for Ireland as a defeat could make them suffer another series of defeats.
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