New Zealand bowlers dominated as they bowled Ireland out for 216 in the second one-day international on Tuesday.
Matt Henry, Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner took two wickets each to keep the Black Caps on track to win the three-match series.
New Zealand established a firm grip on a difficult pitch in Malahide despite George Dockrell’s career-best ODI score of 74 off 61 balls after winning the first match of the series on Sunday.
Setting the tone with a wicket maiden that included the dismissal of Paul Stirling, Henry also removed Andy Balbirnie to leave Ireland 5-2.
Henry and Jacob Duffy tightened the grip on Ireland making their ODI debuts as the hosts only managed to reach 19-2 after the first powerplay.
Ireland needed 57 balls to get the point, 21 balls and a boundary through Andy McBrine. He scored 28 off 48 balls before Bracewell stumped him, starting a stringent 10-over spell for just 26 runs.
Santner, back from a bout of Covid-19, kept the pressure up with a clean spell for New Zealand.
Dockrell and Simi Singh shared a 59-run partnership in 48 balls.
Dockrell completed his third ODI fifty in 48 balls, hitting three fours and a six in just six balls. Duffy ended Dockrell’s run-speed with his maiden ODI wicket, before Mark Adair’s quick 15-ball 27 took Ireland past 200.
Michael Bracewell’s unbeaten century propelled New Zealand to a dramatic one-wicket victory in the first One Day International against Ireland in Malahide on Sunday.
New Zealand, chasing 301 for victory, were facing the prospect of a first defeat by Ireland at 120–5 – when Bracewell arrived. The Kiwis still needed 20 runs in the final over, with only one wicket to beat the previous ODI best. 18 sets by England against Australia in 1987.
The 31-year-old left-hander performed in his fourth ODI, then found a legside boundary before finishing the match in style, clearing the rope at long-on and scoring an unbeaten 127 off just 82 balls. , which included 10. Fours and seven sixes.