Michael Bracewell of New Zealand scores a hat-trick in his first T20I over. In the second T20I, Michael Bracewell’s hat-trick helped New Zealand defeat Ireland by 89 runs.
Michael Bracewell hit a hat-trick to cap New Zealand’s 88-run victory over Ireland. In the second T20 International (T20I) at Belfast on Wednesday. Ireland, chasing 180 to win, were reduced to 91 all out in 14 overs at Stormont. Were all but defeat when off-spinner Bracewell removed tailenders Mark Adair. Moreover, Barry McCarthy, and Craig Young with consecutive deliveries to become only the third New Zealand bowler to take a hat-trick at this level after pacemen Jacob Oram and Tim Southee.
Michael Bracewell’s hat-trick against Ireland is worth watching.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi ended Ireland’s innings by dismissing Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, and George Dockrell for 3-21.
Ireland would have been crush if it hadn’t been for a 37-run eighth-wicket stand between Adair. Who top-scored in the innings with 27, and McCarthy.
Ireland’s chase had begun in spectacular fashion, with experienced opener Paul Stirling smashing spinner Mitchell Santner for six and four in the first over.
Stirling also hit fast bowler Lockie Ferguson through the covers for four runs before falling for 21 runs when he sliced the paceman to mid-off.
His departure trigger a dramatic collapse in which seven wickets were lost for 31 runs as 23-0 was quickly reduced to 54-7, with Jacob Duffy bowling No 3 Gareth Delany for a golden duck.
Earlier, after Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie won the toss, Dane Cleaver’s unbeaten 78 took New Zealand to 179-4.
Cleaver faced 55 balls in his only T20 international, including five fours and four sixes, after coming into bat when New Zealand were 44-1 in the fifth over.
The series concludes on Friday when the teams return to Stormont.