New Zealand beat Ireland by 51 runs

Niall O'Brien was stumped after scoring his maiden ODI century
Niall O’Brien was stumped after scoring his maiden ODI century. ©Getty Images/Sportsfile

Host Ireland lost the second match of the tri-nation series by 51 runs to New Zealand in a rain affected match. Mitchell Santner’s awesome bowling led the Blackcaps to a comfortable victory.

Having asked to bat first at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Dublin, New Zealand posted a formidable total of 289 in 50 overs, losing seven wickets. Opening batsman Luke Ronchi gave the visitors a solid start with a quick 37 off just 26 balls, hitting seven boundaries.

Afterwards a 84-run stand between George Worker and
Ross Taylor who scored a 60-ball 52, guided the Kiwis to a big total. Worker’s innings was a bit slow as he scored 52 from 89 deliveries, hitting only three fours. Middle order batsman Neil Broom played a tornado 79-run innings off 63 balls with later hitting. His innings contained nine boundaries and an over boundary.

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Among the Irish bowlers Murtagh and Barry McCarthy picked up two wickets each while Chase and Kevin O’Brien took one wicket each.

In reply, Ireland were going great depending on top-order batsman Niall O’Brien’s bat as the wicket-keeper batsman played a sensible knock of 109 runs from 131 balls, hitting nine fours and five sixes.

But his century was proved not enough for his team when spinner Mitchell Santner came up with some brilliant bowling. He finished with five for 50 as Ireland ultimately his team fell short by 51 runs.

Brief Score :

New Zealand : 289/7 in 50 overs.
Neil Broom 79(63), Ross Taylor 52(60) ; Barry McCarthy, 2/59 Murtagh 2/62

Ireland : 238-all out in 45.3 overs.
Niall O’Brien 109(131), Andy Balbirnie 36(50) ; Santner 5/50, Kuggeleijn 3/41