Recent Match Report – Ireland vs New Zealand 2nd ODI 2022


50 overs Ireland 216 (Dockrell 74, McBrine 28, Bracewell 2-26, Santner 2-32, Henry 2-40) vs New Zealand

A dominant bowling performance from New Zealand pinned down Ireland to 216 in Malahide and gave the visitors a shot at wrapping up the three-match ODI series, with one game to go. Matt Henry, Jacob Duffy, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner and Glenn Phillips shared the spoils for New Zealand. That Ireland reached 216, on a tricky track that favoured both the seamers and spinners, was largely down to George Dockrell‘s counterattacking 61-ball 74 – his highest score in ODI cricket.

After overnight and early-morning rains delayed the start by half an hour, Henry set to work immediately by swinging and seaming the new ball. The mandatory powerplay, in which Ireland managed only 19 for 2, was straight out of a passage of play from Test cricket. Henry relentlessly plugged away in the channel outside off, as did Duffy, who was making his ODI debut at the expense of Lockie Ferguson, threatening both the outside and inside edges.

Believe it or not, Henry’s powerplay analysis read 5-3-4-2. He struck in the very first over when he swung a full ball into a crease-bound Paul Stirling’s back pad in a wicket-maiden. Andy Balbirnie misjudged a similar inswinger and watched it thud into the bails after he offered no shot. Much like Henry, Duffy began his shift with a maiden but unlike Henry he extracted significant extra bounce.

Ireland needed 21 balls to get off the mark and 57 balls to find the fence. It was Andy McBrine who ended the boundary drought when he belted Duffy through the covers. In the next over, bowled by Henry, McBrine hit two more fours to briefly repair the innings.

McBrine scored 28 off 48 balls before Bracewell pushed an offbreak well wide of off stump and had him stumped. It was Bracewell’s second wicket of the day. He had stuck in his first over, too, when he had an advancing Harry Tector slicing a catch to long-on.

Bracewell, who was introduced into the attack in the 13th over ahead of Santner, showed control with his lengths and lines, something that was missing in the Test series in England and also in the first ODI against Ireland. He made the most of the grip, turn and bounce that was on offer, ending with 10-1-26-2 – the most-economical ten-over spell by a New Zealand spinner since Daniel Vettori’s 4 for 18 against Afghanistan in Napier in the 2015 World Cup.
Santner, who was brought into the attack in the 20th over, marked his return from a bout of Covid-19 with a beauty that drifted in and turned sharply past the outside edge of Curtis Campher. After turning another stock ball past Campher’s bat, he found the outside edge by shifting wide on the crease in the 28th over. When part-time offspinner Glenn Phillips removed Loran Tucker for 19, Ireland were 126 for 6 in the 37th over.

Dockrell and Simi Singh got together at this point and struck up a 59-run seventh-wicket stand off 48 balls. After seeing off threatening spells from Bracewell and Santner, Dockrell lined up the seamers by regularly manufacturing swinging room and lifting the ball over the off-side infield. That the ball had now stopped swinging for Henry, Duffy and Blair Tickner also aided Dockrell. He notched up his third ODI fifty off 48 balls and celebrated it with a sequence of 4,4,4, 6 in six balls; the highlight being the straight six off Santner in the 44th over.

In the next over, however, Dockrell holed out to long-on to give Duffy his first ODI scalp. Bracewell, who had handed Duffy his maiden cap, was the one who snaffled the catch in the outfield.

Simi rode his luck – he survived a tight stumping on 11 – and miscued a brace of reverse-sweeps before he was run-out for 16. Santner closed out his spell by having Craig Young nicking behind to Tom Latham for a duck, but Mark Adair clattered an unbeaten 27 off 15 balls to haul Ireland past 200.

All up, New Zealand’s spinners bowled 24 overs between them, giving up just 76 runs for five wickets.


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