Ahead of Champions Trophy, New Zealand had a grand tri-series. The Kiwi team won three games in the tri-series sealing the victory. Batting against Ireland, New Zealand bolstered its score to 344 for 6. The score had the strike from Tom Latham, Colin Munro, and Ross Taylor at the most. Tom Latham’s third ODI hundred was flashy. Colin Munro hammered so fast that it could have broken the record of fastest ODI half century, but it didn’t. Ross Taylor’s fifty was substantial. In addition, other players down the line too scored adequate runs. The score however, was not that required for Ireland. In the chase, New Zealand exhausted the team at 154, winning the match by a massive 190 runs. It took three balls less to 40 overs for New Zealand to end the game.
Bowling first, Ireland wanted to take some advantage of the green pitch. However, they could not have any wicket until the 11th over. Opener Luke Ronchi broke into the strike hauling the score to 70 in first 10 overs. After his wicket, Tom Latham and Neil Broom forged a partnership of 75 runs. Latham knocked fifty in 64 balls, but his next fifty was in 45 balls. As soon as he reached the ton, he returned from Pavilion. His score was 104 off 111 balls. The wicket did not have any impact on the momentum. There were wickets, but no lack of runs. Corey Anderson and Mitchell Santner played brief stretches. Ross Taylor scored a 50 and Colin Munro kept on his speed. In the last four overs, New Zealand players took 72 runs.
In the chase, Ireland lost its track early in the inning. Opener Paul Stirling was gone for a duck. The second wicket partnership between Ed Joyce and William Porterfield lasted for 51 balls for equal runs. It was only stretch when Ireland had some runs. The rest was just a rundown. In 32 overs, Ireland was at 119. In the next 8 overs, the team scratched out 35 runs losing it all to New Zealand.
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