Ireland vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: Ireland drop a point chasing 360 as New Zealand sweep the series 3-0 | Cricket News

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LONDON: New Zealand survived a record-breaking Irish charge led by centuries of Paul Stirling and Harry Tector for a spectacular one-point win in Friday’s third international in Dublin.
“It was an incredible game,” said Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie. “A bitter pill to swallow, but it was great.”
The Black Caps were on course for a convincing win after Martin Guptill’s century set the stage for a 360 aggregate for six of 50 overs.

Stirling and Tector made the sightseers sweat with stunning stunts in a tense finish.
Ireland’s lower order managed to bring the chase down to 10 in the final run.
They scored five on Blair Tickner’s first three innings and then Craig Young was exhausted to attempt a second inning.
Graham Hume needed three on the last ball, but his huge swing missed. Ireland only got one bye and, despite their all-time highest ODI score of 359 for nine, suffered their third narrow defeat of the series.

New Zealand won the first game by one wicket with one ball in reserve and the second by three wickets to set up the 3-0 sweep.
Guptill hit a clear 115, his 18th ODI for New Zealand, and Henry Nicholls broke three sixes in his 54-ball innings in 79.
When Ireland struck, Stirling hit triple figures with a limit up to the third man, but was furious when he was out for 120, one of four victims of Matt Henry.
His partnership of 179 runs for the third wicket with Tector, who had made 113 in the series opener, was an Irish ODI record.

“The two hundred were some of the best I’ve seen,” Balbirnie said. “Tector threatened to do it. To have two in a week is special.”
When Tector went for 108, the hosts’ hopes of victory looked dim, but George Dockrell’s quick 22 kept them in the fight until the end.
“It was an amazing series, hats off to Ireland. The three games could have gone either way,” said New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell, who was voted player of the series.
New Zealand will resume their duel with Ireland in three Twenty20 internationals from Monday.



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