Ireland will be fighting for survival in the second game of the three-match series against New Zealand. In the previous game, the hosts put New Zealand under pressure early on, but they couldn’t hold on to their lead and lost by 31 runs. The Irish team would like to avoid another poor performance and hand over the series to the Kiwis without a fight.
The Irish team has lost all four games against New Zealand in this series, which has harmed their confidence. Their top order hasn’t provided good starts, which is a major issue for the team. New Zealand has momentum, and the hosts will need to put on a special performance to tie the series.
The 2nd T20I between Ireland vs New Zealand will take place on July 20th, 2022 at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.
Match Details to Note
Match: Ireland vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I, New Zealand Tour of Ireland 2022
Date: July 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:30 PM IST
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Ireland vs New Zealand Team Previews
Andrew Balbirnie’s team suffered yet another defeat after failing to seize the initiative. In this series, the side has suffered from inconsistency in the top order and a lack of killer instinct among the bowlers. Balbirnie would like his players to show fighting spirit in the game and level the series as they enter another series-saving contest.
The team’s key players, Paul Stirling and Balbirnie, must put up a big opening wicket stand in this game. Gareth Delany and Harry Tector are both good batsmen, and the team would like them to form partnerships in the middle order. Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, and Mark Adair all had good knocks in the previous game and will look to do well again.
Mark Adair was costly in the previous game, and he will need to help Craig Young with the new ball. Joshua Little has caused problems for the New Zealanders in this series, and the team would like him to perform well in this game. For the team to win, Barry McCarthy, Dockrell, and Campher must perform well in supporting roles.
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
Mitchell Santner’s side won the first game of the three-match series, and the New Zealand captain will be pleased with his bowlers’ performance in the final game. He would like to see a better performance from his batsmen in this game, as the top order failed in the previous game. Their opponents will be under pressure, and Santner will try to take advantage of it.
Martin Guptill and Finn Allen, both good ball hitters, are expected to put on a good performance for the side in this game. Glenn Phillips had a big hit in the previous game, and he’ll try to fill the void left by Daryll Mitchell and Dane Cleaver. The team bats deep and has good ball hitters in James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, and Santner, who are good finishers and contribute to the team’s batting strength.
Lockie Ferguson was brilliant with the new ball in the previous game, and he and Jacob Duffy would look to trouble Ireland’s top order. Neesham and Santner bowled well in the middle overs of the previous game, which boosted their confidence. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell bowled erroneous lines, and the Kiwis expect them to hit the right spots in this game.
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
In the previous game, the surface was ideal for batting, and the wicket became slower in the second innings. The teams that bat first have won all five games played here in the last five years. As a result, the team that wins the toss here will choose to bat first in order to put up a big score.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast is a small venue with shorter boundaries. This makes it an ideal venue for batsmen who enjoy executing their strokes. There is some movement on the surface in the early overs of the game, which favors fast bowlers. Spinners aren’t helped much by the conditions and must rely on their variations.
On July 20, the sky over Belfast would be partly cloudy. We anticipate a flat surface, similar to the one seen in the previous game, and a high-scoring contest. The ball will move during the first few overs, but batsmen will enjoy batting on this surface. On this surface, a total of 170 runs would be a good total to defend.
Ireland vs New Zealand Match Prediction
Ireland would be under duress as they approached a title decider. They don’t want to surrender another series in two straight games after doing so in the ODIs. Batting has been an issue, particularly at the top, and the top order must deliver if the side is to win this game. New Zealand appears to be on the rise, and they have momentum on their side. They have depth in both their batting and bowling lineups, making them favorites to win this game.
New Zealand is the favourite to beat Ireland at the odds of 1.30.
- New Zealand has won all four of their games against Ireland in this series and is riding high.
- Ireland has only won once in the last eight games played at Belfast’s Civil Service Cricket Club, and has struggled here.
- Only once in the last four games have Ireland’s key players, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, performed admirably.