Ireland v New Zealand

World Twenty20, 2009

At Nottingham, June 11. New Zealand won by 83 runs. New Zealand 2 pts. Toss: Ireland. Twenty20 international debut: A. J. Redmond.

Ireland slumped to their second heavy defeat inside 24 hours, in the face of fine batting - and inspired fielding. An imposing total was set up by Aaron Redmond, who was only added to New Zealand's squad on the day of the match as a replacement for the unwell Jesse Ryder. Redmond, who had been playing club cricket in the Bolton League, sprinted off the blocks with seven fours from his first ten balls, and achieved the not-inconsiderable feat of outshining Brendon McCullum (one of whose shirts he had been forced to borrow, with the name taped over). Guptill, whose four boundaries were all sixes, and Styris kept up the momentum. Ireland needed a good start if they were to compete, but Porterfield was unluckily run out in the first over when the bowler Mills touched a straight-drive into the stumps. That was the first of four run-outs, two down to quicksilver direct hits from Brendon McCullum (in the outfield, and captaining because of New Zealand's continuing injury problems), who also made a sharp catch at midwicket off his brother's bowling look easy.

Man of the Match: A. J. Redmond. Attendance: 14,997.

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