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New Zealand trumps Pakistan to be highest chaser at Clontarf

While inclement weather blew away any sort of chances for Bangladesh in the first match of the Tri – series against Ireland, New Zealand thrashed the Tigers in the second encounter in Dublin performing a record chase at the Clontarf Cricket Ground.

Prior to this match, no team could successfully chase any total more than 229 runs. The Kiwis reached the victory target against Bangladesh eclipsing 257 runs with 15 balls to spare in the match.

In 2013, Pakistan beat Ireland by 2 wickets scoring 229 runs. In Clontarf Cricket Ground, the highest score was made by Ireland who scored 326 runs against Canada back in 2011.

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Interestingly enough, the particular emerged as an international venue through match of Bangladesh back in 1998 World Cup where West Indies beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets.

The score of 257 made by Bangladesh after New Zealand won the toss and sent them to bat first seemed a winning score at first sight.

The Kiwis, although, started solidly with a 39 run opening partnership between Ronchi and Latham, Bangladesh front line bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain plucked 4 wickets within 147 runs.

A seemingly wrong judgment by field umpire saved Jimmy Neesham’s life in the 34th over who ultimately led New Zealand to a 4 wicket victory.

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