New Zealand proved too strong for Ireland and thrashed the Irish army by 35 runs in a one-sided encounter in the T20 World Cup played at Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide: New Zealand proved too strong for Ireland and thrashed the Irish army by 35 runs in a one-sided encounter in the T20 World Cup played at Adelaide Oval. It means New Zealand has been inching closer to qualifying for the semi-finals. Today’s victory has put the Kiwis one foot in the semis, which is expected to be confirmed today or tomorrow.
Kane Williamson was adjudged Player of the Match for his match-winning knock and shrewd captaincy.
The Black Caps are comfortably placed at the moment with 7 points and a +2.11 Net Run Rate (NRR). England and Australia can’t get more than 7 points, and currently, the run rates of both teams are England’s at +0.55 and Australia’s at -0.30, respectively. Technically, but not officially, New Zealand has cemented its place in the semifinals.
Earlier, the coin swung in favour of Ireland, and they decided to bowl first to take advantage of the moisture of the pitch. The Kiwi openers, Finn and Conway, provided a solid base and had a 52-run partnership. After that, Skipper Williamson played a sublime knock, scoring 61 runs in just 35 balls. In the end, New Zealand moved on to 186 for 6, which was beyond the reach of the Irish batters.
Ireland made a promising start, and at one point, it looked like a tight finish to the match. The opening duo of Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling added 68 valuable runs. But after the fall of the wicket of skipper Balbrnie, the New Zealand bowlers never allowed their opponent to free their arms and score runs freely. All the bowlers of the Black Caps bowled on perfect line and length, which made it difficult for the Irish batters to stay for a long period on the wicket.
Gradually, the Kiwis took the match under their control, and the regular fall of wickets halted Ireland’s chase. Apart from Trent Boult, all the bowlers picked up wickets and completed the formality in the end.