Star New Zealander Michael Bracewell gets three goals in his first T20I over.
Michael Bracewell’s hat-trick helped New Zealand overcome Ireland by 89 runs in the second T20I.
Michael Bracewell completed New Zealand’s dreadful 88-run victory against Ireland in the second T20 International (T20I) at Belfast on Wednesday with a hat-trick. When off-spinner Bracewell quickly dismissed tailenders Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, and Craig Young to become just the third New Zealand bowler. After pacemen Jacob Oram and Tim Southee, take a hat-trick at this level, Ireland, needing to win by 180 runs, was all out for 91 runs in just 14 overs at Stormont.
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Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, and George Dockrell were all bowled by the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who also finished Ireland’s innings with a score of 3-21.
Ireland was prevented from suffering an even more humiliating defeat by a 37-run eighth-wicket stand between Adair and McCarthy. Who was the team’s top run-getter with 27 runs.
The experienced opener Paul Stirling destroyed spinner Mitchell Santner for six and a four in the first over, giving Ireland’s pursuit a good start.
Stirling also scored another four runs off quick bowler Lockie Ferguson but was eventually dismissed for 21 runs after slicing the ball to mid-off.
So to put a stop to the astonishing collapse that began with his departure and cost 31 runs and seven wickets, Jacob Duffy bowled No. 3 Gareth Delany for a golden duck.
Dane Cleaver’s unbroken 78 helped New Zealand reach 179-4 earlier when Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie won the toss.
When New Zealand was 44-1 in the fifth over, Cleaver. Who was playing in just his second T20 international, faced 55 balls, including five fours and four sixes?
The series will be over when the teams return to Stormont on Friday.