T20 World Cup: Ireland vs New Zealand – Updates and Predictions

With the semi-finals drawing closer, the team of New Zealand is all set to encounter another face-off against Ireland. Here’s a glimpse of recent matches and past records between the two

The 37th match of the T20 World Cup tournament is set to take place between Ireland and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval. The match has, however, been scheduled for 4 November 2022.

Team of Ireland

Though the team managed to present an exciting performance at the qualifier rounds, their performance hasn’t been good enough in the tournament. Out of four matches, the team managed to register only one victory. And the team was defeated by Australia in the previous battle, by a margin of around 42 runs. As per reports, the performance of their batting unit struggled to showcase their form, thereby scoring 137 runs. 

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It was Lorcan Tucker, who came up as the only successful batter from their side, who managed to register 71 runs out of 48 deliveries. Along with him, Gareth Delany scored 14 runs while Paul Stirling and Mark Adair scored 11 runs each.

The bowling unit has been reported to leak 179 runs in 20 overs. From their side, Barry McCarthy was the highest wicket-taker, who managed to pick three wickets in four overs, on being charged for 29 runs. Joshua Little performed well and picked two wickets in four overs against 21 runs.

Ireland Playing XI

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (Captain of the team), Lorcan Tucker (Wicketkeeper), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Fionn Hand and Joshua Little.

Team of New Zealand

The performance as presented by the team of New Zealand by far has been outstanding in the tournament. Among four matches of the tournament, they already registered two victories. However, they were defeated in one of the matches and the other one was interrupted by rain. The team is considered to be composed of both excellent bowling and batting units, but somehow the team managed to come up with their incredible form in the previous face-off. 

According to reports, the team leaked around 179 runs in 20 overs at the previous match. Though the team consists of stunning bowlers like Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi. But unfortunately, the bowlers failed to provide a tough competition to the batting order of England.

Also, their batting unit managed to score 159 runs, but they were required to chase a target of 180 runs. Among the batsmen, Glenn Phillips was the successful one who scored 62 runs on 36 balls, with the help of four boundaries and three huge sixes. Their skipper, Kane Williamson scored 40 runs but destroyed 40 balls, as he smashed just three boundaries during his inning. Alongside, Finn Allen and Mitchell Santner scored 16 runs. Batting options of the team are required to improve their strike rate in order to face the strong bowling unit of their competitors.

New Zealand Playing XI

Finn Allen, Devon Conway (Wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson (Captain of the team), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult.

Prediction for the T20 World Cup Match between Ireland and New Zealand

According to prior records, New Zealand has faced off Ireland in 4 matches, and the team of New Zealand were declared as the winner of all those 4 encounters.

The team of New Zealand is by far considered as strong and experienced, compared to Ireland. Along with that, New Zealand has also achieved victory in maximum matches of the tournament. Therefore, the chance of winning the upcoming battle is in favour of New Zealand.

However, Ireland is also expected to come up with their best form and set up a tough and exciting match of the T20 World Cup.