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International Matches Ireland vs New Zealand

New Zealand Tour of Ireland 2022 – Ireland vs New Zealand – 1st T20I Prediction

Ireland suffered heartbreak in the final ODI of the series, losing by one run. It could have easily been the fourth highest run chase in the game’s history, but it wasn’t to be. Though the scoresheet shows Ireland losing 0-3 to New Zealand in the ODI series, the competition was tougher. The hosts could have won the series 2-1 with some luck. They would have to put this behind them and look forward to the T20s.

The Irish team comes into this game with a poor track record at this venue. They have only won one of the last seven games played here. The team is also losing close games, which can be discouraging for any team. New Zealand has rested their key players and fielded a less experienced team, which is expected to add to the excitement of the game.

The 1st T20I between Ireland vs New Zealand will take place on July 18th, 2022 at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.

Match Details to Note

Match: Ireland vs New Zealand, 1st T20I, New Zealand Tour of Ireland 2022

Date: July 18, 2022 (Monday)

Time: 8:30 PM IST

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

Ireland vs New Zealand Team Previews

Ireland (Match Odds – 3.40)

As they prepare for this game, Andrew Balbirnie’s side will look to put the disappointment of the ODI series behind them. They gave the Kiwis a run for their money in the last T20 series at home and have performed admirably in the ODI series. They have good ball hitters in the side, and the Irish captain wants them to go out and play positive cricket in this game.

After his brilliant century in the previous game, Paul Stirling will be confident, and he will open the batting with Andrew Balbirnie against the Kiwi bowlers. Gareth Delany comes in at No. 3 to strengthen their batting and will look to form quick partnerships with Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker, both of whom have performed well in recent games. Down the order, the bats of George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, and Craig Young should provide quick runs.

During the ODIs, their bowling attack appeared rusty, with most bowlers failing to trouble the New Zealanders. The side would need Mark Adair and Joshua Little to replicate the performance of the Kiwi top order in the previous ODI. Craig Young and McBrine have a lot of experience, and the team would expect a lot from them in this game. Conor Olphert, the young fast bowler, will be looking to make an impression in this game.

Ireland Squad

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young

Predicted XI: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Conor Olphert

New Zealand (Match Odds – 1.32)

Mitchell Santner, who will captain the team in the T20 games, will not take the Irish team lightly. They demonstrated their skills and abilities during the ODIs, and the New Zealand captain wants his team to perform at their peak. The team has several new faces who will look to establish themselves in the lineup with strong performances. Santner would like to see his bowlers perform well because the Irish team has some good batsmen.

Martin Guptill and Finn Allen are both in good form and will look to get the team off to a flying start in this game. The middle order features some of the best players in this format, and the side will rely on the bats of Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, and Darryl Mitchell to score runs. The team bats deep and has good ball hitters in Dane Cleaver, Dane Cleaver, and Santner.

The bowling attack would face a difficult challenge in the game because Ireland has powerful ball hitters. They’d need a strong start from Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner. Sodhi and Santner will need to use their variations well because the wicket isn’t going to help them much. Duffy is an experienced bowler in this format, and the team wants to see him succeed.

New Zealand Squad

Tom Latham, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Dane Cleaver, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young

Predicted XI: Mitchell Santner (c), Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Darryl Mitchell, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy

Ireland vs New Zealand Toss Prediction

Batting first, sides have won by large margins in the last four games at this venue. The wicket is best for batting at the start of the game and becomes slower as the game progresses, making run chases difficult. The team that wins the toss will keep this in mind and will look to bat first and put up a big score.

To Win the Toss – Ireland – 1.85

To Win the Toss – New Zealand – 1.85

Pitch and Weather Conditions

Batting first, sides have won by large margins in the last four games at this venue. The wicket is best for batting at the start of the game and becomes slower as the game progresses, making run chases difficult. The team that wins the toss will keep this in mind and will look to bat first and put up a big score.

On July 18, the skies over Belfast would be clear. We anticipate a flat surface on which batsmen will have a good time, though the wicket will become slower as the game progresses. Given the batting firepower on both sides, the team that bats first in this game should aim for a total of 180 runs.

Ireland vs New Zealand Match Prediction

Ireland performed admirably in one-day internationals, but they were unlucky to be whitewashed in the series. Their batting lineup appears to be strong, but they will need to improve their bowling performance to compete with the visitors. New Zealand appears to be strong with the bat, and their batting lineup has depth. We anticipate a close game, but New Zealand is the better team and will start as favorites.

New Zealand is the favourite to beat Ireland at the odds of 1.32.

  • Team Ireland has only won once in the last seven games at Belfast’s Civil Service Cricket Club.
  • Ireland has lost several close games in the last two months, which will have an impact on the team’s confidence.
  • New Zealand has batting depth that can make a difference in a high-scoring game like this one.

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