New Zealand completed a clean sweep of the T20I series against Ireland with a six-wicket win on Friday.
Phillips scored a gritty fifty in the third T20I (Courtesy: AFP)
- New Zealand secured the series win with a six-wicket win in the third T20I
- Glenn Phillips was named Man Of The Match and the series
- New Zealand secured a 6-0 sweep of the tour having won the ODI series previously
New Zealand have completed a 3-0 whitewash of Ireland at Belfast on Friday with a six-wicket win.
The Kiwis had already secured the series on Wednesday and were looking to complete the tour with a perfect record while the hosts were looking to get a consolation win.
Having won the toss, Ireland elected to bat first and got off the blocks quickly, courtesy of a quick innings by Stirling. Andrew Balbirnie perished with the score at 33, but that didn’t stop Stirling from continuing his onslaught.
The opener scored 40 runs off 29 deliveries, with his innings consisting of three boundaries and as many sixes. Once Stirling’s wicket fell, the Ireland innings lost its way. Lorcan Tucker followed the opener to the pavilion soon after and the hosts were in a spot of bother when they lost Gareth Delany with the score at 92 for the loss of four wickets.
The New Zealand bowlers continued to apply pressure on Ireland and that led to two more wickets with George Dockrell being cleaned up by Ish Sodhi and Harry Tector falling to Jacob Duffy.
Curtis Campher and Mark Adair then put on a valuable partnership with the latter going after the Kiwi bowling lineup. Adair ended unbeaten on 37 from 15 balls as he smashed four sixes and two boundaries. Campher also scored an eight-ball 19 to help Ireland reach a strong total of 174.
In response, Finn Allen got off the blocks quickly and scored 14 off just seven deliveries. He was cleaned up by Craig Young with the score at 18.
Dane Cleaver, couldn’t make much of an impact in this game, as he perished for just five runs. Martin Guptill also returned to the pavilion with the visitors in a precarious position at 65 for three.
However, Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell ensured that there were no more hiccups from the Kiwis as the two put on a valuable partnership of 82 runs before Joshua Little removed Mitchell. The right-handed batter scored 48 runs.
Glen Phillips scored a well-paced fifty as Jimmy Neesham put the finishing touches to the game with a six-ball 23 to take New Zealand home and win the game with an over to spare.
Phillips was named the Man Of The Match and the series. With the win, New Zealand secured a perfect record during the tour as they had also won the ODI series 3-0.
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