New Zealand recovered from a slow and unsteady start to post a challenging total of 311/6 against Ireland in their World Cup warm up match at Nagpur. Martin Guptill top-scored with 130 off 134 balls in an innings which included 12 fours and 3 towering sixes. Useful knocks down the order helped the Kiwis to surge in the last 5 overs.
Guptill started on a positive note, hammering Irish fast bowlers Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston for a few boundaries early on, but Rankin pulled one back against the run of play when he bowled McCullum for 1 with 18 runs on the board. Jesse Ryder and Guptill steadied the innings, but they had to contend with some tight bowling from the seamers.
But it was the off-spin of Paul Stirling that broke the stand, as Ryder was out for 48 off 53 and the score was 97/2. Then, Ross Taylor and Guptill took the Kiwis past 100. But a while afterward, Andre Both caught and bowled Taylor for 33 off 38, reducing the Kiwis to 144/3 in 29.4 overs.
Then New Zealand stepped on the gas, James Franklin making a quick-fire 49 before departing while Scott Styris pitched in with a 15-ball 29. The Kiwis had climbed to 311/6 in their 50 overs, leaving the Irish with a monumental task to win.