a spirited Ireland exist The third foreign direct investment be opposed to new Zealand Friday (July 15) in Dublin Paul Stirling (120) and Harry Teck (108) Play brilliant hundred. However, their chase came to a heartbreaking end as New Zealand insisted on a victory. In response to New Zealand’s 360-6 run, Ireland finished 359-9 and the visitors sealed the series 3-0.
With seven dribbles, Ireland are in a good position to chase goals, needing 53 runs and five wickets in hand. However, Mitchell Santner put the Kiwis on edge by clearing out the dangerous man Teck. The Centurion attempted a reverse sweep but was defeated by Santner’s ruse and the ball hit his stump.
On his next possession, Santner fired Lorcan Tucker (14), who dragged a pass from a left-arm spinner to his short leg. A wayward delivery from Kiwi spinner gave Ireland five runs in the same game.
The equation drops to 17 for two rounds. George Dockrell flicked Matt Henry’s first ball to the leg with a low all toss to the thin-leg boundary. However, there was another twist as Dockrell (22) died of a Kiwi pacemaker, pitching the pitch long-on.
Ireland are still in the hunt, needing nine of four deliveries. Glenn Phillips then gave up his third inning, failing to seal an offer from Blair Tickner’s Craig Young deep in the midsection. To exacerbate the situation for New Zealand, the ball scored four goals.
However, Young (6) was used up on the next ball and attempted a risky single. The last ball dropped to three. However, Graham Hume (7*) could only swing from the perimeter and miss a bye on a slower ball. Despite a commendable chase, Ireland remained frustrated.
Earlier in the chase for 361, Ireland had a disappointing start as skipper Andrew Balbirnie was trapped by Henry with a lbw for a duck. Sterling and Andy McBreen (26) added 55 points for the second wicket, adding some solidity to the innings. After McBrin also died of Henry, Tecter joined Sterling and brought real fear to New Zealanders.
The pair added 179 runs for the third wicket, Ireland’s top partner in the home ODI. Both batsmen looked brilliant as the hosts staged a sensational counter-attack. The veteran Sterling hit 14 fours and five sixes in his 103-ball 120.
Tector hit seven fours and five maximums in his 108 for a total of 106 balls. The brilliant stand was broken when Sterling hit Henry straight in the middle. Ireland fought to the end, but they were just a little short of the finish line.
Martin Guptier’s 115 propels New Zealand to 360-6 against Ireland
Earlier, New Zealand batted first after winning the pitch, making an impressive 360-6 on the board. Opener Martin Guptill featured 115 of 126 deliveries, including 15 fours and two sixes. Guptill and Finn Allen (33) gave the New Zealanders a solid foundation, adding 78 brisk runs for the first wicket.
Fifth-placed Henry Nichols had 79 of 54 balls, while Phillips had 47 of 30. Cameos from Michael Bracewell (21 on 16 balls) and Santner (14 on 10) took New Zealand to 360. Hardly enough, as Ireland is about to overhaul it.