ICC WT20: New Zealand Thump Ireland By 83 Runs

ICC WT20: New Zealand Thump Ireland By 83 Runs
ICC WT20: New Zealand Thump Ireland By 83 Runs
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New Zealand 198-5 (Redmond 63, Guptill 45no) beat
Ireland 115 (Botha 28, N McCullum 3-15) by 83 runs

ICC World Twenty20 Group F, Trent Bridge

New Zealand outclassed Ireland, beating them by 83 runs in their ICC World Twenty20 Group F encounter at Trent Bridge.

Aaron Redmond, confirmed as Jesse Ryder's replacement hours before the match, feasted on some loose bowling to smash 63 in 30 balls with 13 deliveries before innings of 45 from Martin Guptill and 42 from Scott Styris enabled New Zealand to post a mammoth 198 for five.

Styris launched three big sixes during his 25-ball innings while Guptill cleared the ropes four times in 32 balls.

"They got away from us in the first period and it wasnt easy to claw back," Ireland captain William Porterfield commented afterwards. "They kept coming at us and obviously posted a very big total," he added.

Kyle McCallan and Alex Cusack picked up two wickets apiece with Trent Johnston the other man in the wickets.

Four Irish batsmen were then run out as their innings fell apart. William Porterfield was the first to go, run out backing up and New Zealand quickly took complete control.

Nathan McCullum's off-spin accounted for three of the other wickets to fall as Ireland's attempts to hit out more often than not out found the hands of fielders as Kyle Mills (2-12) and Styris (1-29) got amongst the wickets.

New Zealand, already rocked by injuries to Jesse Ryder, Daniel Vettori and Ross Taylor, are now facing a potential problem with Ian Butler, who left the field during Ireland's innings.

Captain Brendon McCullum, who took a catch and effected two runs outs, explained: .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } "Hopefully Ian Butler won't be too bad, it was more of a precaution to try and get him off midway through the game.

"We saw today the sort of talent that we have waiting in the wings," he added. "It is great to see guys who probably wouldn't get a go barring injuries come in and perform so well."

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