NZ vs IRE 1st Innings T20 World Cup 2022: Captain Kane Takes New Zealand to 185, One Step Closer to Semis

NZ vs IRE 1st Innings Update
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NZ vs IRE 1st Innings Update

In the decider match of Group 1 between New Zealand and Ireland, it is the Kiwis that are batting first. After winning the toss, Ireland elected to bowl first. New Zealand has put up a target of 186 for the Irish to chase for the win. Let’s see what NZ vs IRE 1st Innings Update Looks like.

NZ vs IRE 1st Innings Update: New Zealand on Top

New Zealand will feel they have enough runs on the board as they were asked to bat first. The team has scored 185 runs batting first. They will be even happier to see their captain return to the running. Ireland got off to a strong start, holding the aggressive opening pair of Devon Conway (28 off 33) and Finn Allen (32 off 18) in check for most of the powerplay. Allen got going with a four and a six against Delany and Adair, respectively, but the Irish pacer got the better of him in the last over of the powerplay. Devon Conway soon holed out to long-on.

Nevertheless, Williamson and Glenn Phillips helped rebuild New Zealand. The latter made a brief 17-run cameo, but Williamson continued to bat for most of the innings scoring 61 of just 35. He was timing the ball well and easily picking out holes, giving the impression that he had rediscovered his mojo. Joshua Little removed the Kiwi captain in the 19th over. He then bowled Neesham and Santner out for two runs in back-to-back deliveries, giving him a remarkable World Cup hat-trick. This is the World Cup’s second hat trick.

The best bowler for Ireland was Joshua Little who took 3 wickets giving just 22 runs. Delany was the second prime bowler with 2 wickets. Adair dismissed one batter.

NZ vs IRE: What the Best Bowler said:

Josh Little, I guess it was a little bit of tail back into the left-handers, wanted to execute it two times in a row and I got lucky to have managed it. I think I was a bit short early on, then went a bit greedy and went full. I don’t see why we can’t chase this down, time for another upset in this World Cup.

NZ vs IRE: 1st Innings Analysis

Even though Ireland got off to a good start, they did not capitalize on that. The captain from New Zealand came in at the right time and struck with the bat. He played innings unconventional to his demeanor. It will be tough for Ireland to chase 186 but with the Green Team you just don’t know what happens next.

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