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173/8 (20)
142/10 (18.2)
NZ won by 31 runs.
Player of the match: Glenn Phillips
 
That's it from us, Pragadeesh and Rajarshi, as we sign off having completed our cricketing coverage for the day. We will be back with loads more tomorrow, starting with the 4th day's play of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Goodbye for now!
Match summary:
Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl

New Zealand 1st Innings 173/8 (20 Overs)
Glenn Phillips 69*(52), Joshua Little 4/35 (4 overs)

Ireland 2nd Innings 142 all out (18.2 Overs)
Curtis Campher 29(21), Lockie Ferguson 4/14 (3.2 overs)

New Zealand win by 31 runs


Ireland fail to win the crucial moments in the game yet again, and so, despite displaying some very good cricket early on, they fail to grasp a victory once again. They did exceptionally well with the ball throughout the innings, but that 19-run last over took a lot of momentum away as they went into the chase.

Both Jacob Duffy and Lockie Ferguson were rapid, but it was the change-ups in pace that accounted for the Ireland top-order. Balbirnie's dry run continued as he found the fielder at extra cover, Delany and Stirling were accounted for by Ferguson in the same over. Harry Tector hit a boundary and then smashed one straight to Ish Sodhi at backward point.

The middle-order trio of Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker and George Dockrell tried to put up a fight after that. Tucker skipped around his crease, trying to throw off the spinners, but he ended up nicking behind for a run-a-ball 11. The Campher-Dockrell duo showed a little more promise, with more boundaries starting to come as the New Zealanders sneaked overs in, but soon after, Dockrell found Lockie Ferguson at long-on to a filthy long-hop from Sodhi.

The telling blow came three balls later, when Lockie Ferguson was re-introduced into the attack and he pinged a yorker and bruised Campher's toes right in front of the stumps. The Ireland lower-order did go down swinging, especially Mark Adair, but Ireland were never going to get anywhere near. New Zealand take the honours in the first of the three T20Is, both the teams will now meet each other on the same field on Wednesday.
Mitchell Santner, New Zealand captain: Obviously it wasn't easy, the way Glenn played and showed composure was great. It's about trying to build those partnerships with the bat so that we give our bowlers something to work with. We kind of lost wickets early on, but the Neesham innings, Glenn's innings on such a niggly wicket helped us. Lockie did well, on a niggly wicket today he showed how good he is with his changes in pace. We've come up against a very good Irish team. Had it not been for Glenn, we were looking at a total of 140-150 which might not have been enough.  
Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland captain: We started pretty well with the ball, had a good powerplay. They batted well in the last 10 overs and set up a good total. We were looking to chase about 150, We didn't start well in the powerplay. We bowled pretty well up top, adopted to the wicket quickly. We did have a couple of good partnerships with the bat, but they weren't substantial.
Glenn Phillips: It was a tough start. Ireland bowled really well at the start but to get 170 was outstanding. It was a tough game but it's satisfying to win matches like this in the end

Glenn Phillips was adjudged as the Player of the match
The game is done! New Zealand take the first game of the T20I series! Lockie Ferguson finishes with a four-for, he has been the wrecker-in-chief today!
18.2 Lockie Ferguson to Craig Young, OUT! Young has taken a review for caught behind. Quicker back of a length delivery drifting down again, Young tries to get out of the way but the ball brushes his gloves and through to the keeper. Ultra edge confirms there is a  clear spike and that's the game. New Zealand win by 31 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the series
18.2 Lockie Ferguson to Craig Young, length delivery drifting down leg. Wide called
18.1 Lockie Ferguson to Joshua Little, pace off delivery, Little tries to drive but gets an inside edge off the pads. Single taken
Lockie Ferguson (3-0-12-3) is back into the attack
18
overs
140 /9 score
4
0
1
1
1
0
runs
cricket bat icon Craig Young *
1 (3)
cricket bat icon Joshua Little
6 (4)
cricket ball icon Jacob Duffy
1 /22
17.6 Jacob Duffy to Craig Young, length delivery angling into the pads, Young tries to defend across the line but gets hit on the right pad. They have taken a review. The ball tracker confirms there is no bat involved and the ball is missing the length stump in the ball tracker
17.5 Jacob Duffy to Joshua Little, pitched up delivery around off, driven down to the sweeper cover by Little. Single taken
17.4 Jacob Duffy to Craig Young, good length delivery outside off, Young dabs it down to third man for a single
17.3 Jacob Duffy to Joshua Little, back of a hand slow delivery, Little drives this down to the sweeper cover for a single
17.2 Jacob Duffy to Joshua Little, length delivery outside off, Little cuts and misses
17.1 Jacob Duffy to Joshua Little, FOUR! Slow delivery bowled outside off, Little opens the bat face and guides this towards the third man region for a boundary
Jacob Duffy (2-0-15-1) is back into the attack
Okay now it looks more impossible than it did an over ago. Ireland are down to their final pair with over 40 runs still left.
17
overs
133 /9 score
1
W
2
0
W
0
runs
cricket bat icon Mark Adair
25 (20)
cricket bat icon Craig Young *
0 (1)
cricket ball icon James Neesham
2 /19