BELFAST: Michael Bracewell rounded off New Zealand’s crushing 88-run win over Ireland in the second T20I at Belfast on Wednesday with a hat-trick.
Ireland, chasing 180 to win, collapsed to 91 all out inside 14 overs at Stormont and have been all however crushed when off-spinner Bracewell eliminated tailenders Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy and Craig Young with successive deliveries to develop into solely the third New Zealand bowler to take a hat-trick at this stage after pacemen Jacob Oram and Tim Southee.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi broke the again of Ireland’s innings by eradicating Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker and George Dockrell in a return of 3-21.
Had it not been for an eighth-wicket stand of 37 between Adair, who high-scored in the innings with 27, and McCarthy, Ireland might need suffered an much more crushing defeat.
Ireland’s chase had began in model, with skilled opener Paul Stirling smashing spinner Mitchell Santner for a six and a 4 in the primary over.
Stirling additionally struck quick bowler Lockie Ferguson via the covers for one more 4 solely to fall for 21 when he sliced the paceman to mid-off.
His exit prompted a dramatic collapse that noticed seven wickets misplaced for 31 runs as 23-0 was remodeled quickly into 54-7, with Jacob Duffy bowling No 3 Gareth Delany for a golden duck.
Earlier, Dane Cleaver’s unbeaten 78 took New Zealand to 179-4 after Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie gained the toss.
Cleaver, taking part in solely his second T20 worldwide, confronted 55 balls together with 5 fours and 4 sixes after coming into bat when New Zealand have been 44-1 in the fifth over.
The sequence concludes when the groups return to Stormont on Friday.
New Zealand 179-4, 20 overs (D Cleaver 78 no; J Little 2-31, C Young 2-34)
Ireland 91, 13.5 overs (M Bracewell 3-5, I Sodhi 3-21, J Duffy 2-20)
Result: New Zealand gained by 88 runs
Series: New Zealand lead three-match sequence 2-0