Ireland vs New Zealand Match Details
Match: Ireland vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI, New Zealand tour of Ireland, 2022.
Date and Time: July 12, 2022, Tuesday, 03:00 PM IST.
Venue: The Village, Dublin.
Ireland and New Zealand are set to lock horns in the second game of the three-match ODI series on Tuesday. The Village in Dublin will host the contest.
New Zealand, captained by Tom Latham, started the series on a decent note after winning their first match on Sunday by one wicket. However, they could easily have lost the match as they needed 20 runs to win off the final over. Michael Bracewell’s brilliant unbeaten 82-ball knock of 127 took the Black Caps over the finish line. The experienced Martin Guptill also chipped in with a 61-ball 51.
Curtis Campher picked up three wickets, but his efforts went in vain.
Earlier, Harry Tector scored a sparkling 113 with 14 fours and three sixes, helping the home team post a daunting target of 301 for the Kiwis to track down. After Ireland lost two early wickets of skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling, Tector took charge.
Campher and Andy McBrine also chipped in with handy scores of 43 and 39 respectively. Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, and Ish Sodhi picked up two wickets apiece for New Zealand.
It remains to be seen if Ireland can draw level in the series.
IRE VS NZ TEAM PREVIEWS
The Irish cricket team put on a spirited performance in the first ODI against New Zealand. They almost pulled off an improbable victory over the visitors. But a last-over attack from Michael Bracewell for the blackcaps ensured that the visitors were able to take a 1-0 lead in the ODI series against Ireland, But Ireland was right on the money in the series opener both with the bat and the ball. There is no reason for the hosts to go into the second encounter with their shoulders down. They forced the kiwis to play out their skins to win the game. You can expect the Ireland team to pretty much keep the same playing eleven they fielded in the first match.
The innings for the team will be opened by their skipper Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling. During the last match, Andy McBrine was promoted to the number three position. It is quite likely that he will continue to bat in the same slot. The number 4 position in the batting lineup will be occupied by Harry Tector. He is the century-maker from the last match. You will see people such as Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, and Lorcan Tucker in the middle order of the Irish batting line. The bowling unit of the team will be led by Mark Adair, Simi Singh, and Joshua Little. In the last game, Joshua Little bowled a nightmare last over. As a result, he may lose his place on the side of Graham Hume.
We got to see a captivating last-over finish in the first one-day international between Ireland and New Zealand. Michael Bracewell came to the rescue of the New Zealand cricket team. The tourists will be mighty relieved to have escaped a shock defeat in the match against a minnow’s cricket team like Ireland. Now, going into the second one-day international the kiwis will be right on their toes. They will be keen to put up a lot better show than the first game to secure a win for their country. They might expect a much easier time as a result of being cautious.
In the absence of the regular captain Kane Williamson, you can expect Tom Latham to continue leading the team. Mitchell Santner will be available for selection in this game. He is likely to take the place of Finn Allen in the match. In case Allen makes way for Santner, the New Zealand innings will be opened by Martin Guptill together with Henry Nicholls. Glen Phillips did a good job on his debut with a 38 runs effort from 53 balls. He will keep his place on the team in all probability. In the bowling department, Adam Milne is still injured and possibly will sit out this game also. So, Blair Tickner is likely to get another match before Milne resumes duties for the national side.
We expect to see overcast skies over Dublin on July 12 and the game may be disrupted due to rain. The batting conditions would be tougher as compared to the last game as fast bowlers will get to move the ball and make it tough to score runs. The side batting first would be happy with 280 runs or more on the board in these conditions.
The Village, Dublin is a small ground, and the shorter boundaries make it a paradise for batsmen. The pace and bounce on this surface are true that allow batsmen to play strokes. Fast bowlers also enjoy bowling on this surface as the ball moves in the air and off the surface, but spinners don’t enjoy much assistance from this surface as the ball doesn’t turn much.
TOSS: TO BOWL
We have seen big scores at this venue in the last five ODI games that have been played. It is a good surface to bat on and set up a big score. However, the weather conditions are expected to be tough in this game and the side winning the toss would like to use the weather by opting to bowl first.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI FOR IRELAND VS NEW ZEALAND
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, Craig Young, Joshua Little
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Will Young, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Lockie Ferguson
PROBABLE THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
The stylish middle-order batter is anticipated to continue his good form in white-ball cricket. He was in fine touch during the T20I series against India, and he carried the same momentum in the recently concluded first game against New Zealand.
PROBABLE THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
As the surface is likely to support the pacers, Ferguson will be the bowler to watch out for. He bagged two wickets in the first game and looks in good bowling form. One of the fastest bowlers among the current lot, Ferguson would want to continue his wicket-taking expertise and lead the bowling attack for his side.
IRELAND VS NEW ZEALAND MATCH PREDICTION
Ireland made New Zealand work hard in the first ODI, but couldn’t get past the finish line after Bracewell went berserk. The Black Caps will go into the match as slight favorites but Ireland can’t be undermined by any means.
Prediction: New Zealand to win this encounter.