ODI Tri-series 5th Match: Latham leads the way as New Zealand pummel Ireland

Latham scored his third ODI century

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham led by example as he struck a superb 104 to guide his side to a 190-run win over Ireland in Dublin.

Being put in to bat first, New Zealand got off to a great start as Latham and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi amassed a 70-run partnership before Ronchi was clean bowled by Craig Young for 35.

Latham and Neil Broom kept the runs flowing with a 75-run stand, during which Latham surpassed his half-century, before Broom was dismissed by Peter Chase for 38.

The Black Caps kept dominating with the bat as Latham and Ross Taylor put together a 67-run partnership, during which Latham brought up his hundred, before he was stumped by Niall O’Brien off the bowling of George Dockrell for 104 off 111 balls, which included nine boundaries and four sixes.

Despite the loss of Latham, New Zealand continued to show no mercy as Taylor and Corey Anderson accumulated a 56-run stand before Anderson was cleaned up by Young for 20.

Taylor went on to make 57 off 64 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was removed by Barry McCarthy.

Taylor (left) struck his 35th ODI fifty

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Colin Munro stole the show towards the end of the innings as he struck a 15-ball 44 during the 57-run partnership he shared with Mitchell Santner.

With Santner going on to finish unbeaten on 20 and Adam Milne adding 10, New Zealand concluded their innings on 344/6.

Young and Chase picked up two wickets apiece, while Dockrell and McCarthy snapped up one wicket each.

Chasing 345 to win, Ireland lost opener Paul Stirling in the third over as he was dismissed by Matt Henry for a duck.

Ed Joyce and captain William Porterfield made up for the loss of Henry with a 51-run partnership before Joyce was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson for 17.

Once Joyce was gone, Ireland endured a major collapse as they went from 52/2 to 90/6. During this time, Porterfield was sent packing by Scott Kuggeleijn for 48 off 50 balls, which included five boundaries and a six.

With Gary Wilson, who made 30, being the only other batsman to show some fight, Ireland’s hopes of a comeback were quickly doused and they ended up being bowled out for 154.

Henry was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Anderson and Kuggeleijn took two wickets apiece. Milne, Santner and Ish Sodhi, meanwhile, claimed one wicket each.

Latham was named Man of the Match.

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