Toss Ireland opt to bowl vs New Zealand
With key players rested by New Zealand for their T20 tour of Ireland, and Scotland and Netherlands to follow, it will be yet another opportunity for Ireland to get a win after coming close but faltering in the end twice during the ODI series.
For Ireland, the lone spin option is the legspin of Gareth Delany. Right-arm seamers Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy and Craig Young are expected to bowl their full quota, while left-arm seamer Joshua Little will provide the variation. The pitch report suggested that the warm conditions have also brought some cracks in the surface. No team at Belfast has lost after scoring 140 or more in T20Is.
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (capt), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy