Ireland v New Zealand, Tri-nation series, 5th match May 21, 2017

Latham, Munro lead rout of Ireland


New Zealand 344 for 6 (Latham 104, Taylor 57, Munro 44, Chase 2-69) beat Ireland 154 (Porterfield 48, Henry 3-36) by 190 runs

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New Zealand tuned up for the Champions Trophy by clinching the tri-series in Malahide with three wins in three matches. Their latest victory was set up by Tom Latham, who struck his third ODI hundred and first as captain, and Colin Munro, who threatened to break the record for the fastest fifty in ODIs. Their contributions and Ross Taylor's fifty propelled New Zealand to 344 for 6. The bowlers then had a good workout in the defence, dismissing Ireland for 154 within 40 overs.

The green pitch and overcast conditions tempted Ireland to bowl first, but they had to wait until the start of the 11th over for their first wicket. New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi made the early running, playing a variety of cuts and driving fluently on the up against pace. Spin could not slow him down either - he lofted left-arm spinner George Dockrell over and through the covers.

Just as Ronchi threatened to kick into a higher gear, he was bowled by seamer Craig Young for 35. Latham then took charge and added 75 for the second wicket with Neil Broom, who contributed 38, before chipping Chase to mid-off.

Latham, though, continued to keep New Zealand ticking. He reached his first fifty off 64 balls, and brought up the second off 45 balls. Latham had a life on 89 when he holed out to long leg, where Barry McCarthy completed an excellent diving catch. Young, the bowler, had overstepped though. Latham reached his hundred with a single to long-on off Dockrell, but he fell in the same over - the 36th of the innings - when he came down the track and missed the ball. Niall O'Brien, the wicketkeeper, took the bails off to dismiss Latham for 104 off 111 balls.

The momentum, however, seamlessly switched from one batsman to another. Taylor made his 35th ODI fifty, while Corey Anderson and Mitchell Santner flickered briefly, scoring 20 each. Munro led the charge in the slog overs, hammering three fours and four sixes, including one over square leg that broke a spectator's chair.

He started the penultimate over of the innings with back-to-back sixes off Peter Chase and raced to 44 off 14 balls. AB de Villiers' 16-ball fifty against West Indies in 2015 was in danger. Munro holed out off the next ball, though, but his blitz was instrumental in taking New Zealand to an imposing score.

They plundered 72 off the last four overs. The visitors, in fact, could have got more if not for sharp fielding from Ireland. Five out of six Ireland bowlers conceded over six runs an over.

Ireland lost Paul Stirling for a duck in the chase when fast bowler Matt Henry found the top edge with a sharp, rising delivery. Ed Joyce and William Porterfield then tried to offset the early loss by putting on a run-a-ball 51 for the second wicket. The stand ended when Corey Anderson struck in his first over to remove Joyce for 17. From thereon the innings unravelled: Ireland lost their last nine wickets for 102 runs.

In his next over Anderson dismissed Andy Balbirnie for a duck. Scott Kuggeleijn then took the key wicket of Porterfield, having him caught at deep square leg, where Adam Milne claimed a brilliant catch. Milne, playing first international match since the World T20, then pinned Dockrell lbw to leave Ireland at 119 for 7 in 32 overs. Eight overs later, legspinner Ish Sodhi added his name in the wickets column and wrapped up the 190-run victory.

The last match of the tri-series - a dead rubber between New Zealand and Bangladesh - will be played on Wednesday.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • TigerRoars on May 25, 2017, 22:11 GMT

    1. To the fellow Tigers fans, we are only #6 now. Let's have some humility! I hope we win the WC soon, but please remember the Golden rule. Be gracious after wins and losses. 2. To the other fans of the Tigers, we really appreciate your support and nice comments. Good luck to the team you primarily support. 3. To the other "fans," Tigers are up and coming whether you like it or not. If you want to be nasty about it, that's on you. I only want to focus on the positives and will ignore the negatives.

  • casusfortuitos on May 23, 2017, 10:32 GMT

    I sincerely hope that Bangladesh performs well in CT and give its fan something true and tangible to boast about. I feel sad reading comments of BD fans, making claims and stating delusional logic to justify BD's poor performance. It must be pretty hard for them.

  • IainWadey on May 23, 2017, 9:04 GMT

    More worrying for Ireland than younger players failing against Full members is that they have not succeeded against other Associates too. I have followed most of Ireland's matches since 2007 as a hopeful neutral and they desperately need a quality young batsman (or 3) to come through (Stirling seems to have regressed n terms of consistency over the last 2 years, Balbirnie is taking a long time to return the investment placed in him). Here's hoping some youngsters show signs of promise to maintain Ireland's momentum and reward the excellent work done in the background, lest they follow Kenya. @ZAHIRSHAH - The relative success of Netherlands hides the fact that they have packed their side with South Africans; in terms of domestic development they have definitely regressed.

  • hamanar on May 23, 2017, 4:34 GMT

    Alfers - fair point. I guess NZ would have a similar problem fielding a competitive hurling team.

  • SameOld on May 22, 2017, 23:11 GMT

    CRICFAN0508810874: Latham wasn't that good behind the stumps during that series. Dropped catches, leaked byes and missed a stumping or two, IIRC. I'm not really convinced he's a short-format player at all yet. When he's scored in ODIs it's been due to the opposition dropping catches and bowling poorly to get him started for the most part. We've seen how that turns out against good sides like AUS and SA.

    ANTONY_LUCAS: That's exactly the type of thinking that leads to NZ's ongoing keeper issues. Munro is 30, this is no time for him to "learn to keep" at international standard. Latham has quite a bit of keeping experience, and he can't hold a candle to Ronchi or BJ at this level. Ronchi is the best short-format keeper in NZ, and shouldn't be expected to provide much more than a breezy cameo now and then with the bat. Philips and co. are the future. That should be the end of the conversation.

  • Cricinfouser on May 22, 2017, 18:08 GMT

    Ive followed every single Ireland game since 2007. And these are sad times for Ireland. But we arent Kenya. We are well set up and have a decent, growing player base. There's talent coming through, but it's a couple of years off. We deserve full member / test status based on what we've done and what we will do, not what we are right now. We will come again. We dont want to play australia and india all the time, just the odd game against zimbabwe and afghanistan (who are, currently mich better than us and pretty much always will be), until we bed in and grow. But we will grow given the chance. We are short on confidence but only a few players short of a decent team.

  • Waikato_FC on May 22, 2017, 10:37 GMT

    In answer to Realdealkiwis - plenty of ex international players coaching at schools these days, Chris Kuggelijn has been coaching at Hamilton Boys High for 20 odd years. Wonder what school Santner and Kuggs Jnr went to eh? Murphy Sua is coaching a lot of kids cricket apparently as well.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 22, 2017, 9:38 GMT

    @CRICFAN34859590 I always support Ban when Ban plays against Full members. But please do not mention nonsense. You cannot compare 2 different matches based on the fall of nos of wickets. It could be 2 different pitches. If Ireland bat first Black Caps would have scored by 10 wickets.

  • cricfan5605130977 on May 22, 2017, 8:30 GMT

    I think fizz only played one match in the ipl he was giving away to many runs so he his to set and learn and BD thinks thay are the best

  • Zahirshah on May 22, 2017, 6:48 GMT

    I believe Scotland and Netherlands are stronger than Ireland now, see the recent performance of Ireland against Afghanistan and in the three series, I am really worry for Ireland, they are following Kenya's footsteps, they have lost their morale as they lost to Afghanistan, but this should not be a concern as Afghanistan have beaten Zimbabwe too, they will beat WI in the upcoming matches as well. Ireland should play positively and give chance to new talents, it doesn't matter if the new boys don't play well at the beginning, but it's very important for them to introduce new faces to their cricket,

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