For Ireland, George Dockrell scored his best ODI score of 74 off 61 balls, saving the hosts after a top-order stagger. But half-centuries from Finn Allen and captain Tom Latham, followed by an unbeaten 42 from Bracewell sealed the victory for New Zealand with more than 10 overs to spare.
Propelled to bat first, Ireland got off to a rough start, losing Paul Stirling in the opening over after Matt Henry pinned a right-arm lbw for a duck. There was no respite for New Zealand’s opening bowlers, as the innings opened with three maidens before Henry bowled the ball again in the fifth over, with skipper Andrew Balbirnie throwing a foul after being discharged.
Harry Tector and Andrew McBrine faced further pressure from Henry and Jacob Duffy, with Ireland restricted to 19-2 after 10 overs. McBrine then began to find his slot, taking 12 off Henry’s sixth over, but Tector fell for four to attack Bracewell on the third ball of the day.
Bracewell picked up another quick one when McBrine was stumped for 28 by Latham in the 19th over, and on a turning pitch, Mitchell Santner took control at the other end as spin became the way to go. Santner used flight and sharp turns to find the outer edge of the Curtiss camper and gifted a catch to slip.
Ireland were in deep trouble at 85-5 after 28 overs, but Dockrell came back with an entertaining knock. Shuffling his crease regularly, he was particularly adept at opening the off side against Henry and Duffy. He completed his third fifty in ODI cricket in just 48 balls to move up the scoreboard of the hosts.
After Dockrell reached his half-century, Blair Tickner in the 43rd over, after hitting three boundaries off three consecutive valid deliveries, extended east, before hitting Santner for the 44th with a straight six.
But Duffy struck in the next over to end Dockrell’s innings for 74, and when wickets fell to prematurely end Ireland’s innings, a fine cameo from Mark Adair (27 not out from 15 balls) made Ireland took to 216, a good recovery considering they had where they stood before Dockrell’s arrival.
In defense of 216, Adair transferred his excellence with the ball to the bat, hitting a yorker to Martin Guptill on the first ball of the innings, and full and straight on the next ball to send Will Young back for a second golden duck. Went.
But New Zealand made a comeback thanks to Allen’s brilliant innings and Adair scored 18 runs in four balls to complete their maiden ODI half-century. New Zealand reached 100 in the 17th over, but in the same over, seeing Allen depart, Camper dismissed him for 60.
Camper was also responsible for the dismissal of Henry Nicholls, launching a direct hit in the 25th over to run the left-hander out for 17. Craig Young came back for his second spell and struck his second, as Glenn Phillips pulled the ball past his stumps for 16.
Simi Singh lbw Latham for 55 and 40 runs were needed. Singh struck again in the 37th over to dismiss Santner, but Bracewell took the visitors to the line and ended the innings with a six at long-on while dancing on Singh’s pitch.
Brief scores: Ireland 216 in 48 overs (George Dockrell 74, Mark Adair 27 not out; Michael Bracewell 2-26, Mitchell Santner 2-32) lost to New Zealand 219-7 in 38.1 overs (Finn Allen 60, Tom Latham 55; Mark Adair 2-29, Simi Singh 2-51) by three wickets.
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