Belfast: Michael Bracewell New Zealand’s 88-run crushing win over Ireland scored a hat-trick in the second T20 International in Belfast on Wednesday.
Ireland, chasing 180 for victory, were all out for 91 within 14 overs at Stormont and off-spinner Bracewell removed the tailenders, but were all but beaten. Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy And Craig Young became the third New Zealand bowler after pacers Jacob Oram and Tim Southee to take a hat-trick at this level with consistent deliveries.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi broke the back of Ireland’s innings by removing Curtis Camper, Lorcan Tucker and George Dockrell in a 3-21 comeback.
Had it not been for the eighth-wicket stand of 37 between Adair, who had topped the innings with 27, and McCarthy, Ireland could have suffered an even more crushing defeat.
Veteran opener Paul Stirling started Ireland’s chase in style by hitting spinner Mitchell Santner for a six and a four in the first over.
Sterling also hit fast bowler Lockie Ferguson for another boundary through cover and fell for only 21 when he slammed the pacer at mid-off.
His exit prompted a dramatic collapse that saw seven wickets lost for 31 runs as 23-0 quickly turned into 54-7, with Jacob Duffy bowling No. 3 Gareth Delany for a golden duck.
Earlier, Dane Cleaver’s unbeaten 78 took New Zealand to 179-4 after Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie won the toss.
Playing his second T20 International, Cleaver faced 55 balls which included five fours and four sixes.
The series ends when the teams return to Stormont on Friday.
New Zealand 179-4, 20 overs (De Cleaver 78 No; Jay Little 2-31, Sea Young 2-34)
Ireland 91, 13.5 ov (M Bracewell 3-5, I Sodhi 3-21, J Duffy 2-20)
Result: New Zealand won by 88 runs
Series: New Zealand take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series