Michael Bracewell, a star for New Zealand, scores three times in his first T20Is over.
In the second T20I, Michael Bracewell’s hat-trick enabled New Zealand to defeat Ireland by 89 runs.
In the second T20 International (T20I) at Belfast on Wednesday, Michael Bracewell finished off New Zealand’s crushing 88-run victory over Ireland with a hat-trick. Ireland, needing to win by 180 runs, was all out for 91 runs in just 14 overs at Stormont, and they were all but done for when off-spinner Bracewell bowled tailenders Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, and Craig Young in quick succession to become just the third New Zealand bowler, after pacemen Jacob Oram and Tim Southee, to take a hat-trick at this level.
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Ish Sodhi, a leg-spinner, ended Ireland’s innings by taking out Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, and George Dockrell for a total of 3-21.
Adair, who led the batting with 27 runs, and McCarthy put on a 37-run eighth-wicket stand, saving Ireland from an even more humiliating loss.
The chase for Ireland got off to a strong start when veteran opener Paul Stirling crushed spinner Mitchell Santner for six and a four in the first over.
Stirling also hit quick bowler Lockie Ferguson for another four, but after slicing the bowling to mid-off, he was out for 21.
Jacob Duffy bowled No. 3 Gareth Delany for a golden duck to end the stunning collapse that started with his departure, which cost 31 runs and seven wickets.
Earlier, when Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie won the toss, Dane Cleaver’s unbeaten 78 helped New Zealand reach 179-4.
Cleaver, who was playing in just his second T20 international, faced 55 balls after entering the batting order when New Zealand was 44-1 in the fifth over, including five fours and four sixes.
When the teams return to Stormont on Friday, the series will be over.
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