IRELAND VS NEW ZEALAND MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Ireland vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I, New Zealand tour of Ireland, 2022.
Date and Time: July 22, 2022, Friday; 08:30 PM IST.
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast.
Ireland and New Zealand will lock horns in the final game of their three-match T20I series on Friday, July 22, at the Civil Services Cricket Club in Belfast. The Black Caps, led by Mitchell Santner, have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after beating Andrew Balbirnie and Co. by 88 runs on Wednesday.
After being put in to bat first, the visitors scored 179-4 in their allotted 20 overs. Dane Cleaver scored an unbeaten 55-ball 78 with five fours and four sixes. Finn Allen and Glenn Phillips, the hero for New Zealand in the second game, chipped in with useful scores. Craig Young and Joshua Little picked up two wickets apiece for the hosts.
Thereafter, Ish Sodhi and Michael Bracewell picked up three wickets apiece to thwart Ireland. In the process, Bracewell became only the third New Zealander, after Jacob Oram and Tim Southee, to take a hat-trick in T20Is, Jacob Duffy accounted for two wickets.
Ireland will take on New Zealand in the third and final one-day international of the ODI series between the two countries tomorrow. In the second game of the ongoing series, Ireland managed to post a total of 216 runs. George Dockrell was the biggest contributor with the bat for Ireland. Mark Adair was the best bowler. Glen Phillips has been one of the top batsmen for Ireland in the series scoring 54 runs in a couple of games played so far. He has also picked up a couple of wickets in the series. George Dockrell is an experienced campaigner for Ireland. He was the leading run scorer in the second game scoring 74 runs from just 61 balls. He has been in good touch for a while now scoring runs and taking wickets in the domestic season as well.
Curtis Campher has done well for the Irishmen in the series picking up four wickets. He has also scored 68 runs and is looking good with both bat and ball. Mark Adair has not only picked wickets for Ireland but has also been scoring vital runs in the lower order. He has picked up four wickets and scored 27 runs in the series. Another key player for Ireland is Andy McBrine who is a left-handed batsman. He scored 28 runs from 48 balls in the last game. Simi Singh is a right-arm-off break bowler for Ireland who has taken a couple of wickets in the series but has gone for 6.20 runs per over.
In the second game of the ODI series, Michael Bracewell was the best bowler for the kiwis. While replying to the target set by the Irish team, New Zealand lost seven wickets. However, they were successful in chasing down the target in the 39th over. The top scorers for the visitors were Tom Latham, Michael Bracewell, and Finn Allen. New Zealand will be keen to provide a whitewash to the Irishmen in the series by winning the final match. There are no changes expected in the teams for this game. Finn Allen batted well in the second match and was able to put together some solid partnerships with his compatriots. He scored 60 runs from 58 balls in this game and he will be keen to keep his good form going in the last match as well.
Michael Bracewell was instrumental in New Zealand’s victories in both the games played so far in the series. He has scored a total of 169 runs in the series and also picked up a couple of wickets. Matt Henry has had a good series thus far with three wickets in the series. He finished with figures of 2 for 40 in the second ODI. Tom Latham finally contributed for the kiwis with the bat scoring 55 runs from 73 balls in the second match. This means the wicketkeeper-batsman is in good nick going into the final game. Another crucial player for New Zealand is Mitchell Santner. The left-arm orthodox bowler took a couple of wickets in the last game with a top economy rate of 3.20.
IRE VS NZ TOSS PREDICTION
The toss for the third and final match of the series between Ireland and New Zealand will be crucial. The team winning the toss might want to chase a target in this game. The track on offer at the Dublin ground will favor the batsman entirely. So, the team winning the toss will be keen on looking at the set target before making a move with the bat.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
In the third and final game of the ODI series between Ireland and New Zealand being played at The Village, Malahide Stadium you can expect assistance for the batsmen. Looking at the conditions on offer so far in the series, you can expect the batsmen to have an easy time on this deck. Spinners are likely to have an uphill task on this surface. You will find out that batsmen have done well on this track if you look at the history. Scores are difficult to defend on the surface so, bowling second might not be a good idea.
There would be slight cloud cover over Belfast on July 22. The wicket is expected to be flat and good to bat on as we have already seen in the two games played here. There would be some assistance for the bowlers in the early overs of the game. The side batting first shall be happy to have 170 on the scoreboard.
IRELAND VS NEW ZEALAND, 3RD T20I PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy
IRE VS NZ, 3RD T20I PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Ireland opener Paul Stirling looked in good touch during the second T20I as he scored 21 runs off 15 balls. However, he was scalped by Lockie Ferguson before doing further damage. Stirling will want to make a big score in the final match and help his side to win the contest.
PROBABLE THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
Kiwi pacer Jacob Duffy had an excellent outing during the second T20I as the right-arm pacer scalped two crucial wickets and gave away just 20 runs in his three overs. Duffy will want to continue his good form in the final encounter as well.
New Zealand is a firm favorite to win the match and take the series 3-0. However, they shouldn’t underestimate Ireland, which can give the best of teams a run for their money.
Prediction: New Zealand to win.