Morale Ireland come almost tantalizing to take down 361 in Third ODI against New Zealand in Dublin on Friday (July 15) as Paul Stirling (120) and Harry Tector (108) hit hundreds of brilliant. However, their pursuit ended in heartbreak as New Zealand went on to win a match. Responding to Kiwi’s 360-6, Ireland finished with a score of 359-9 as the visitors led the series 3-0.
With seven passes, Ireland is in a good position to chase goal, needing 53 runs with five shots in hand. However, Mitchell Santner brought Kiwi to the top by cleaning up the Tector dangerman. Centurion attempted to sweep back but was defeated by Santner’s trick as the ball hit his stump.
In the next, Santner eliminated 14-year-old Lorcan Tucker, who made the serve from left hand crank to short foot. A Kiwi gyro serve gives Ireland five identical runs.
The equation drops to 17 in two overshoots. George Dockrell throws the first ball from Matt Henry, a perfectly low pitch at the foot, to good footwork. However, there was another turning point, when Dockrell (22 years old) died before the Kiwi pacer, making a sublime serve look long.
Ireland is still in the hunt, needing 9 out of 4 deliveries. Glenn Phillips then dropped his third catch in the innings, failing to keep up with Craig Young’s offer from Blair Tickner in the deep middle. To exacerbate the problem for New Zealand, the ball was passed to four people.
However, Young (6) ran off the next ball, attempting a risky single shot. It dropped to the last three balls. However, Graham Hume (7*) could only say goodbye as he turned and missed at a slower ball outside. Ireland was left behind despite a commendable chase.
Before that, chasing 361, Ireland had a disappointing start, when captain Andrew Balbirnie was trapped by Henry for a duck. Stirling and Andy McBrine (26 years old) added 55 for a second racquet to bring solidity to the rounds. After McBrine also died for Henry, Tector joined Stirling and scared the real Kiwis.
The duo added 179 runs for the third match, Ireland’s highest collaboration in home ODIs. Both beaters were in brilliantly successful form as the home team staged a terrifying return fight. Seasoned Stirling scored 14 fours and five sixs in his 103 120 tackles.
Tector hit seven fours and five maximums in his 108, making 106 balls. The great stance was broken when Stirling hit Henry deep into the middle. Ireland continued to fight until the last minute, but they were missed by a bearded man.
Martin Guptill’s 115 pushes New Zealand to 360-6 against Ireland
Before that, hitting the first ball when winning the toss, New Zealand fixed the score 360-6 on the chessboard. Opener Martin Guptill stars with 115 of 126 deliveries, a hit consisting of 15 fours and two sixs. Guptill and Finn Allen (33) laid a solid foundation for the Kiwi, adding 78 quick runs for the first wicket.
Coming in at 5th place, Henry Nicholls club 79 with 54 balls, while Phillips took 47 points out of 30. Cameos by Michael Bracewell (21 * off 16) and Santner (14 * off 10) witnessed New Zealand hit 360. That’s not nearly enough as Ireland is close to overhauling it.