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Guptill century powers New Zealand win

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February 12, 2011

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New Zealand 311 for 6 (Guptill 130, Johnston 2-62) beat Ireland 279 (Porterfield 72, Vettori 4-42) by 32 runs
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Martin Guptill strokes the ball on his way to a century, Ireland v New Zealand World Cup warm-up match, Nagpur, February 12, 2011
Martin Guptill raced to 130 as New Zealand reached a big total © Associated Press
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Martin Guptill's century powered New Zealand to a 32-run win despite a spirited chase by Ireland in the World Cup warm-up match in Nagpur.

Opening the innings, Guptill struck 12 fours and three sixes on his way to 130 from 134 deliveries after being inserted by Ireland's captain William Porterfield on a flat track at Nagpur. Despite sliding to defeat, Ireland showed enough to suggest they could be a dangerous side in Group B, with Porterfield leading Ireland's chase with a 74-ball 72.

Ireland's seamers suffered at the hands of New Zealand's top order despite Brendon McCullum falling in the second over to Boyd Rankin. Jesse Ryder's return to form continued with a breezy 48 with Ross Taylor (33) and James Franklin (49) also making starts.

Guptill was the rock though and after a frustrating series against Pakistan, where he looked in good touch without going on to make the telling contribution, this innings will please him and the New Zealand management greatly. George Dockrell, the much-heralded 18-year-old left-arm spinner was Ireland's most economical bowler, but couldn't make the breakthroughs that his hero, Daniel Vettori, did for New Zealand.

Vettori's four wickets ensured his side were not embarrassed, but not before they were given a scare by Ireland's top order. Opening pair Porterfield and Paul Stirling raced to 93 in the first 13 overs with Stirling giving a demonstration of his abundant talent by striking three sixes in his 33-ball 39. At that stage, Ireland looked well placed for a tilt at the chase but Vettori broke through by trapping Stirling in front.

Ed Joyce, back in Irish colours after playing for England in the 2007 World Cup , was less fluent but no less certain as he partnered Porterfield in a stand of 37. Hamish Bennett took the first of his three wickets by dismissing Porterfield and Ireland's chase, though competitive, never really threatened from there on.

Kyle Mills took the first of his three wickets when Joyce edged behind for 41 and wickets fell steadily from there. Trent Johnston had a late dash at the chase by swishing his way to 33 but was the last man out with Ireland still 32 runs short.

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Comments: 14 
Posted by thatsgold on (February 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

bit over the top don't you think, guys? i mean, it's just a warm up game...don't read too much into it. of course if NZ had demolished ireland i'd be singing from the roof tops...such is life.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

Brilliant work by irland kiwis shouldn't be too proud of this performance because if irland got close to the target means there bowling attck is not that good... Irish team is a ver spirited bunch of individuals.......

Posted by Riash on (February 13, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

Once again Newzealand shows how they can be rated in WC favourites. I think Australia, Srilanka, South Africa and Pakistan go through Semis.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

New Zealand won the game officially; but Ireland won the Hearts of millions of Cricket Lovers, by such a great attempt, chasing a big Total againest the NZ Side. Well-played Ireland.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

Such a shame that Ireland is not given more chances to play against top teams... they will only improve with experience

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 13, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

NZ bowling is pathetic. They beat this low rank Ireland by just 32 runs. Ireland might make few upsets. Actually they have do it before. Ireland can beat Eng, WI, India in the group.

Posted by stationmaster on (February 13, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

If Ireland have a strong showing - maybe Morgan will follow Joyce's lead and head back to Ireland ?

Posted by NALINWIJ on (February 13, 2011, 2:10 GMT)

It appears that group B is the group of death. It is likely that India and South Africa will top this group but the out form England will get stiff competition from Bangaladesh, Windies and the Irish will not do the English any favors. The last 2 qualifiers then face the stiff task of probably playing Sri Lanka orAustralia. New Zealand will qualify unless Zimbabwe pulls off an upset.This match shows that the quarterfinal line up is no foregone conclusion.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2011, 23:56 GMT)

This shows Ireland and Bangladesh will be two secret forces in the World Cup. Well done the Irish. Bennet is a good bowler but he shouldn't open the bowling, third is his best position. Why didn't they pick Michael Bates for the World Cup squad? He has better control with the new ball than anyone in New Zealand.

Posted by Sammorama on (February 12, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

Agreed - excellent effort by Ireland. A bit scary from a NZ perspective although in the end it wasn't close. Very concerned with the RPO that Hamish Bennet seems to leak runs - Just becuase he is a little quicker than the average NZ seamer dosn't make him better.

I would prefer Oram in the starting XI with Southee and Mills with the new ball.

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