Trent Bridge: All-round New Zealand recorded a convincing 83 win over listless New Zealand in the first Super Eight match of the T20 world cup at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Kiwis, who were in firm control of the proceedings from start to finish, eventually dismissed Ireland for 115 runs in the 17nth over. Seven Irish batsmen could not even get into double figures.
Only Andre Botha and Gary Wilson made some contribution with 28 and 23 respectively.
Earlier brilliant knocks by Aaron Redmond (63), Martin Guptill (48*) and Scott Styris (42) helped New Zealand to post 198/5 against Ireland in the first Super Eight match here on Thursday.
Late entrant Aaron Redmond, who replaced injured Jesse Ryder, smashed a blazing half-century off just 23 balls to give his side a tremendous platform to post a big total. His superb knock consisted of 13 hits to the fence. But his entertaining 30-ball 63 came to an end when he was plumbed LBW by Cusack.
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It"s due to Redmond that New Zealand got a superb start. From the outset it seemed that he was trying to match Jesse Ryder. He took every Irish bowler to cleaners, hitting boundaries at will. His effort saw New Zealand reach 94/2 after the half-way mark.
After Redmond, it was the turn of Scott Styris to play a blazing knock to help New Zealand cross 150 in 16th over.
Scott Styris continued Ireland's leather hunt with 42 off 23 balls, adding 61 for the third wicket with Martin Guptill, who remained unbeaten on 45 with four sixes.