Ireland vs Afghanistan 2nd T20I
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Ireland take on New Zealand in the third and final T20I in Belfast on July 22. The Kiwis who won the first two games are eyeing to complete a whitewash. Ireland, on the other hand, are looking to avoid the same.

Ireland have failed to string wins consistently despite playing some good competitive cricket in recent times. They first played with an attacking instinct in the T20I series against India and then kept the same attacking instinct in the ODI series against the Kiwis. However, not being able to win games has been a constant problem with the side. Ireland are as low as 15th on the ICC rankings. They need to win games to move up the table.

Ireland vs New Zealand 2nd T20I
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“We started pretty well, had a good powerplay. They batted well in the last 10 and set an above-par score. We didn’t bat well in our powerplay, and a bit of a shame about how it finished. We got a couple of good partnerships in the middle, but nothing substantial” lamented the Irish skipper.

IRE vs NZ: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of The Civil Service Cricket Club In Belfast – New Zealand Tour Of Ireland 2022, 3rd T20I

Paul Stirling (Image Credits: Twitter)
Paul Stirling (Image Credits: Twitter)

The weather in Ireland has remained a bit uneven in terms of rain. It rained in the series against England and then against India as well. However, rain has stayed away so far in the first two T20Is. The match starts from 8.30 pm IST (4 pm local time).

There is rain expected on Friday, the day for the third T20I between Ireland and New Zealand. It’s an evening game with the temperature hovering around 16 degrees and the weather will be cloudy in the evening.

25 T20Is have been played at this venue with 14 matches won by the team chasing and nine by the team batting first. The average first innings score is 114 which drops down to 101 in the second innings. However, considering how the ODI series panned out, the T20I series will also see some high-scoring encounters as the pitches will be batting-friendly. The first T20I saw New Zealand score a competitive 173 batting first.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.