NZ vs IRE 2nd T20I: New Zealand sealed the T20 series against Ireland after beating them by 88 runs in the second T20I match on Wednesday at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast. With that, New Zealand won the second game and have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
Batting first, New Zealand managed to score 179 runs in the first innings. Finn Allen provided the team with a quick-fire start with a notable 20-ball 35-run knock. Guptill (11 off 17), however, on the other hand, struggled to hit the straps.
Later, Cleaver announced his arrival with a sensational knock of 78 runs in 55 balls, including 5 fours and 4 sixes. Besides, the likes of Glenn Phillips (23 off 16) and Daryl Mitchell (14 off 10) played handy cameos.
For Ireland, Craig Young and Joshua Little picked two wickets each. In pursuit of the score, Sterling and Balbirnie, once again, couldn’t provide a good start. Paul Sterling looked good for his 15-ball 21 but couldn’t go on to score a big one.
NZ vs IRE 2nd T20I: Ireland falter on 91 runs
Jacob Duffy then had Balbirnie (10) and Gareth Delany (0), while Harry Tector got run out only to leave the team in trouble at 41 for 4.
Wickets kept falling in intervals, thereafter, and Ireland was bundled out for just 91 runs in the second innings. Ish Sodhi and Michael Bracewell were the picks of the bowlers for New Zealand, claiming three wickets each. Jacob Duffy also picked two wickets.
The third T20I and the last game of the tour will take place on Friday at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast. Ireland would be looking to end the series with a win and salvage some pride.
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