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Ireland vs New Zealand: Black Caps Storm to victory

By on June 11, 2009

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New Zealand 198 for 5 (Redmond 63, Guptill 45*, Styris 42) beat Ireland 115 (Nathan McCullum 3-15) by 83 runs..

The Black Caps dominated Ireland from start to finish as they put their injury woes behind them to complete a convincing win.

Aaron Redmond battered the Irish attack with 63 from just 30 balls before Martin Guptill (45 not out off 32 balls) and Scott Styris (42 off 25 balls) made sure the onslaught continued over the second half of the innings as they amassed 198-5.

Ireland got off to the worst possible start in their run-chase when Kyle Mills deflected a straight drive by Gary Wilson onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, with captain Will Porterfield (1) out of his crease backing up.

Ian Butler then dropped a juggling catch at wide mid-on when Wilson was on five but Niall O’Brien (3) fell in the next over when he tamely drove to Jacob Oram at mid-on.

Wilson (23) and Andre Botha (28) lifted Irish spirits in a perky third-wicket stand of 42 before both then fell in consecutive overs.

Wilson picked out James Franklin on the extra cover boundary, who took a good low catch, off Scott Styris and then the previous bowler turned fielder to effect a run out when Botha was sent back going for a single.
With that went any – albeit unlikely – hope for Ireland to cause another shock.

Alex Cusack (20 off 12 balls) hit out defiantly for a while but when he became the first of two wickets to fall to Nathan McCullum the end was nigh.

Trent Johnston (14) became the fourth run-out victim before Mills comprehensively bowled Regan West to finish the Irish off.

Redmond, who had been drafted into the squad to replace Jesse Ryder (virus), had earlier got his campaign off to a flyer with three boundaries in the first over- bowled by Peter Connell.

The right-hander then smacked Johnston for four more boundaries in the seamer’s opening six balls as he quickly moved to 30 from 10 balls.

Kevin O’Brien put a block on the scoring, conceding just two in his initial burst, but life got no easier for Johnston as Redmond plundered another two boundaries at the start of his second over.

O’Brien’s earlier miserliness was diminished when Brendon McCullum deposited a full-toss into the stand at square leg – the 100th six of the tournament.

The 50 came off just 28 balls as New Zealand seemed intent on getting the job done as quickly as possible.
Kyle McCallan dismissed McCullum (10) with his second delivery, when the stand-in captain picked out mid-off, but that did little to upset the balance of power.

Redmond upset the off-spinner’s line in his second over when he reverse-swept for consecutive fours to bring up his 50 (off 23 balls) and then ended the over with another boundary to midwicket.

Guptill joined in the fun when he picked up an O’Brien slower ball for six and then hit another boundary to long-off as the Black Caps sailed along to 95-2 at the midway point.

Redmond went during that 10th over when he was trapped leg before in Alex Cusack’s first over by a delivery that kept low as he ventured to work the ball to the on-side.

West put down a fairly simple caught and bowled chance off Styris (on 16) as the third-wicket pair reached their 50-stand off 34 balls.

Styris celebrated the landmark by clubbing McCallan over midwicket for six and then hit his first four (after three sixes) over extra-cover. The all-rounder succumbed to the next ball when he was well caught low down by Kevin O’Brien at deep backward square-leg.

The entrance of Oram failed to stem the flow of runs as he added 15 off seven balls before he was caught on the cover boundary.

Peter McGlashan (5) was bowled when he opened up his stumps looking to paddle the ball over the on-side, only to be bowled by Johnston.

Guptill ensured the Black Caps carried their onslaught through to the last, hammering the largest six of the day into the upper tier at wide mid-on off Cusack and then picked out the same area in the final over – off Johnston – for his fourth maximum to lift his side to the second highest total in the tournament thus far.

The Black Caps will hope captain Daniel Vettori (shoulder) and Ross Taylor (hamstring) will soon return to fitness for tougher challenges ahead but their progress without them has been encouraging thus far.

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