New Zealand take on Ireland in the second T20I in Belfast on July 20 with a view to seal the series. The Kiwis won the first T20I and are leading the three-match series 1-0. They headed into this series after winning the ODI series 3-0 against Ireland.
Mitchell Santner is leading the side in the absence of Kane Williamson who has been rested for the series. Tom Latham led the side in the ODIs. Santner spoke very highly of the players who contributed to the team’s win in the first T20I. Glenn Phillips scored an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls to take his side over 170. In the end, the total was too big for Ireland who lost the match by 31 runs.
“The way Neesham and Glenn played was helpful on a niggly wicket. This Irish team is pretty good, they gave us a good fight in the ODI series and played well today as well. Lockie (Ferguson) did well, we aren’t very keen to play him in the nets but today on a sluggish pitch he showed how good he is with his change of pace, with those leg cutters” Santner said.
Heading into the second T20I, New Zealand should ideally go with the same playing XI barring any injury concerns. They can look to experiment with the side after securing a series win in the second T20I.
IRE vs NZ: New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI Against Ireland, 2nd T20I
Guptill is the most experienced batter on this Kiwi side in the absence of Kane Williamson. He scored a quickfire 24 but was dismissed inside the powerplay. He needs to score big in the second T20I.