Kiwis bash the Irish
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Thursday: The New Zealanders sans three of
their stalwarts, convincingly beat Ireland by 83 runs in their Super
Eight game, here today.
After letting the Kiwis make a big 198 for 5, the Irish batting
failed to chase their opponents score and attempt for a victory.
They lost their first wicket at 1 and from then onwards it was a
procession with batsmen coming and going. Their running too between the
wickets was horrible. They did not seem to have a batting plan when
chasing and conceded defeat.
The Kiwi bowlers Kylie Mills, James Franklin and Nathan O’Brien
bowled accurately to stall the Irish batsmen. Only Andre Botha made an
impression with 28 in 17. Off spinner Nathan McCullum 3 for 15 and Kylie
Mills 2 for 9 bowled impressively.
The first Super Eight encounter was called ‘play’ in brilliant
sunshine and Ireland winning the toss elected to field and it was a bit
surprising considering that the wicket was good for batting.
Aaron Redmond who was called in for the indisposed Jesse Ryder who is
in a London Hospital with a ‘significant infection’, got the Kiwis to a
belligerent start with some audacious strokes, while the usually
aggressive Brendon McCullum played second fiddle.
The Ireland bowlers could not contain, the bang, bang, batting by
Redmond who was really enjoying his recall. He reached his 50 in 23
balls with 11 fours and joined West Indian Chrys Gayle who has also
scored fifty in 23 balls. Fifty in 23 balls remains the quickest to
Redmond and McCullum put on their 50 in 30 deliveries before McCullum
who could not get his act going went for 10 in 14. He had the
distinction of hitting the 100th six of the tournament. In the power
play of six overs the Kiwis had made 52 for one.
Redmond had his innings cruelly cut short when he was adjudged LBW to
a ball that pitched outside off stump. He made 63 in 30. Scott Styris
too hit hard for 42 in 25.
B. McCullum c West b McCallan 10
A. Redmond lbw b Cusack 63
M. Guptill not out 45
S. Styris c K. O’Brien b McCallan 42
J. Oram c Botha b Cusack 15
P. McGlashan b Johnson 5
J. Franklin not out 7
Extras: (b3, lb4, w4) 11
Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 198
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-91, 3-152, 4-168, 5-176.
Bowling: Connell 1-0-14-0, Johnson 4-0-43-1, K. O’Brien 4-0-31-0,
McCallan 4-0-33-2, Cusack 4-0-43-2 (w3), West 3-0-27-0 (w1).
W. Porterfield run out 1
G. Wilson c Franklin b Styris 23
N. O’Brien c Oram b Mills 3
A. Botha run out 28
K. O’Brien c Franklin b N. McCullum 2
J. Mooney run out 12
A. Cusack c McCullum b N. McCullum 20
T. Johnson run out 14
K. McCallan lbw b N. McCullum 0
R. West b Mills 8
P. Connell not out 1
Extras: (lb2, w1) 3
Total (all out, 16.4 overs) 115
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-15, 3-57, 4-58, 5-67, 6-86, 7-104, 8-104, 9-112, 10-115.
Bowling: Mills 2.4-0-12-2 (w1), Franklin 3-0-17-0, Butler 2-0-15-0, Oram 3-0-25-0,
Styris 3-0-29-1, N. McCullum 3-0-15-3.