Today at Malahide stadium in Ireland, the home team is playing against New Zealand in the 2nd match of the tri-nation series where Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The first match of the series between Bangladesh and Ireland were washed out due to persistent rain and both the team got 1 point each.
As we seem to be saying a lot this year, today’s game is another historic game as it is the first time that New Zealand have played an ODI against Ireland in Ireland. In fact, this is only the 3rd ODI between these two teams. Hopefully we will get the weather to play ball with us today and see lots of sun.
With Tom Latham leading the team in the absence of Kane Williamson, who is away at the IPL, the team today should be similar to the team that defeated the Ireland A team by 85 runs in a 25 over a side warm up at Rathmines last Thursday.
Seamers Seth Rance and Scott Kuggeleijn both took to Irish conditions well, taking wickets and will be hopeful that they have done enough to make their ODI debuts today.
It’s been nearly 7 years since Ireland has beaten a full member team in an ODI in Ireland, a 7 wicket win over Bangladesh at Stormont. With this inexperienced New Zealand team they will fancy their chances today.
With Ireland playing their 4th ODI in the last 9 days they have decided to rotate the squad, so today sees a debut for Simi Singh. With the wicket not looking as green as Friday’s, Singh comes into replace Stuart Thompson. Ed Joyce’s back niggle still keeps him out.
On the other hand, both Rance and Kuggeleijn are making their ODI debuts for New Zealand today. There is still no place for Wagner in the team.
Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien (wk), Andy Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase.
New Zealand: Tom Latham (capt), Luke Ronchi (wk), George Worker, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Scott Kuggeleijn.
Watch the full match live here: