RESULT
37th Match, Group 1, Adelaide, November 04, 2022, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, T:186) 150/9

New Zealand won by 35 runs

Preview

Can Ireland put a thorn in New Zealand's path to semi-finals?

They've already taken down West Indies and England; can they pull off another giant-killing act?

Himanshu Agrawal
03-Nov-2022

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With seven wickets in hand and 27 balls remaining against England, New Zealand were 54 runs away from sealing a semi-final spot. But New Zealand lost, and that complicates things before their final Group 1 game against an unpredictable Ireland. One more defeat, and a window opens up for both England and Australia to sneak past them into the final four.
All of New Zealand's success at this World Cup has come batting first and defending totals. Against Australia, they smacked 66 in the last six overs and then folded the hosts up for 111. Against Sri Lanka, they hammered 65 in the final five before reducing their opposition to 8 for 4.
The first time they had to go against that template, against England, their bowlers struggled early and their batters appeared to succumb to the pressure of the required rate.
New Zealand will want to rectify errors from the England game before a bigger platform, and a tougher opponent, comes calling. But pushing Ireland aside will be no mean task. They've already upset England in a rain-shortened game, not long after thumping West Indies by nine wickets and hunting down 177 against Scotland from a position of 61 for 4.
Barring Lorcan Tucker's attacking, unbeaten 71 against Australia, however, Ireland's batters have struggled in the Super 12s. Against New Zealand, they will be tested once more. However, there's nothing quite like pulling off another landmark win, even if their chances of making the semis are negligible.

Form guide


Ireland LWLWW (Last five completed matches; most recent first)
New Zealand LWWLW

In the spotlight


New Zealand's top three have all struggled in recent games. Devon Conway has 96 runs all tournament with 92 of them coming in one innings, Finn Allen has fallen off after blasting a 16-ball 42 against Australia, and the No. 3 Kane Williamson has scored his runs at less than a run a ball. They've been helped by Glenn Phillips stepping up with 178 runs in four innings, but the top three will not want to rely on the batters who follow them in this potential banana-peel fixture.
Wickets have been hard to come by for Ireland's fast bowlers, barring Josh Little. Barry McCarthy and Curtis Campher have averaged in the high 30s, while Mark Adair has gone wicketless in his last four games, getting carted for 59 in his four overs in the most recent of them, against Australia. They now have one last chance to make an impact on this tournament.

Team news


Ireland have three unused players in the squad: uncapped opener Stephen Doheny and fast bowlers Graham Hume and Conor Olphert. While Doheny might not find a place at the top, Ireland wouldn't mind giving a chance to one of the seamers given the current group's indifferent returns.
Ireland (probable): 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Gareth Delany, 8 Mark Adair/Graham Hume, 9 Fionn Hand, 10 Barry McCarthy/Conor Olphert, 11 Josh Little.
New Zealand have used only 12 players in this World Cup, with a fit-again Daryl Mitchell taking the place of Mark Chapman after the first game. Fresh injuries aside, they are likely to field the same XI.
New Zealand (probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Lockie Ferguson.

Pitch and conditions


The weather is expected to be pleasant, with no rain forecast in Adelaide on Friday. Given the long straight boundaries and short square boundaries at the venue, expect the bowlers to stay away from the shorter lengths.

Stats and trivia


  • The only time these two teams have met at the T20 World Cup was way back in 2009, with New Zealand posting a comfortable 83-run win. Stirling is the only player from either of the current sides to play that game.
  • Williamson needs another 46 runs to become his country's highest run-getter across T20 World Cups.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Over 20 • IRE 150/9

Mark Adair c Phillips b Southee 4 (5b 0x4 0x6 9m) SR: 80
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