New Zealand vs Ireland 3rd ODI: Preview and Prediction￼
After beating Ireland in back-to-back ODI encounters, New Zealand would be aiming to whitewash the Irish when they lock horns with each other at 3:15 PM IST on Friday in Dublin for the third and final ODI match of the tour.
The encounter will be played at the same venue as the first two ODIs. So, there is expected to be some wear and tear although the two-day gap should give enough time for the pitch to heal.
The top order of both New Zealand and Ireland are struggling in the tour, so we can expect some quick wickets in both innings.
Adam Milne, who pulled his hamstring muscle and missed out on the second ODI, might regain his place in the starting line-up in place of Blair Tickner. Will Young was able to contribute only 1 and 0 runs to the scoreboard at the first and second ODI respectively. Dane Cleaver might take his place and make his much-awaited New Zealand international debut.
Paul Stirling has had an underwhelming series so far, scoring 0 and 2 from the first two ODI’s, thus making a case for Gareth Delany to take his place at the top. The Ireland bowling attack looks fine on the tour.
Head to Head record
The third ODI between New Zealand and Ireland will be the seventh meeting between the two sides in the 50-over format, with the latter triumphing on all of the previous six occasions.
Ireland was forced to bat first in the second ODI and lost four wickets inside the first 20 overs. While he saw his partner go back to the pavilion one-by-one, George Dockrell stood alone like a lone warrior putting 74 runs on the board from 61 deliveries. Ireland got all out at 216 after staying in the crease for 48 hours.
New Zealand began the chase on the backfoot as Mark Adair clean bowled Martin Guptill and Will Young in the first two deliveries of the innings. However, Finn Allen and Tom Latham responded with half-centuries each to put the Kiwis back in the game. In the end, New Zealand won the match with three wickets remaining and 71 balls to spare.
Michael Bracewell: Bracewell has stood strong as a rock-like barrier before the Irish on their path to victory in both the ODI’s. In the first ODI, he single-handedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring 127 runs off 82 balls while chasing 301.
In the second ODI, Bracewell shut down Ireland’s tiny hope for a win by preserving his wicket till the end and scoring the winning runs in his unbeaten knock of 42 runs while scalping two wickets with the ball.
Mark Adair: Adair has been one of the consistent bowlers for Ireland, with his abilities to strike early coming in handy in both the ODI’s. Having picked up four wickets from two ODI’S and restricting the runs in the powerplay, Ireland will be hoping he can do more damage with the ball in the third and final ODI.
Predicted Playing XI
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Jacob Duffy, Adam Milne
Ireland: Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Simi SIngh, Craig Young, Joshua Little
New Zealand has only grown stronger in the series and is showing very few signs of slackness. Although they are touring Europe with a second-string side, Ireland is finding it tough to handle this Kiwi side. We predict New Zealand to win the third ODI and whitewash the hosts.