Recent Match Report – Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd T20I 2022

Recent Match Report - Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd T20I 2022

Toss Ireland opt to bat vs New Zealand

For the third straight T20I in the series, Ireland put out the same XI, but unlike the first two T20Is that the hosts lost in convincing fashion, they opted to bat first after winning the toss. New Zealand will chase for the first time and will be looking to sweep the T20I series 3-0.

New Zealand made one change in their XI, with Blair Tickner replacing Lockie Ferguson for the final game. Tickner, the Central Districts quick, last played a T20I against Bangladesh in September 2021 and has five wickets in his eight outings in the format. In the ODI series preceding the T20Is, he conceded 71 runs each in the first and third ODI, and now has an opportunity to finish the Ireland leg in a strong fashion.

There was no place in the New Zealand XI for Mark Chapman, Ben Sears or Michael Rippon, who have stayed on the bench for all three matches. Similarly for Ireland, Stephen Doheny, Andrew McBrine and Fionn Hand get no game time either in the series.

The match is being played under cloudy conditions, and while the complexion of the sky is not expected to change, there is no rain in the horizon according to weather reports.

Ireland XI 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andrew Balbirnie (capt), 3 Gareth Delany, 4 Harry Tector, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 8 Mark Adair, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Craig Young, 11 Joshua Little.

New Zealand XI: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Finn Allen, 3 Dane Cleaver (wk), 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Jimmy Neesham, 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Mitchell Santner (capt), 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Blair Tickner, 11 Jacob Duffy.

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