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IRE vs NZ 3rd T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Ireland vs New Zealand, 3rdt T20I (IRE vs NZ)

Date: July 22, Friday, 8:30 PM IST

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast

After winning both the first two T20I matches, New Zealand will now look to maintain their winning streak and win the series when they face Ireland in the third and final game which will be played at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast on July 22.

In the opening T20I, New Zealand set Ireland a target of 174 runs to win and then bundled them out for 142 runs in 18.2 overs. In the second game, the visitors registered an even bigger and more comprehensive win. Batting first, New Zealand put up a total of 179 runs on the board with help from an unbeaten 78 by Dane Cleaver. In their chase, Ireland lost all wickets for 91 runs. Ish Sodhi and Michael Bracewell picked up three wickets each while Jacob Duffy also chipped in with two scalps.

Ireland have now lost their last five T20Is – one vs UAE, two vs India, and most recently two vs New Zealand, and will be looking to break the losing streak in the final T20I.

Ahead of the third T20I, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for IRE vs NZ, 3rd T20I

The pitch was fairly neutral towards both batters and bowlers in both the first two games and a similar surface can be expected in the second game. A total of 25 T20I matches have been played at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast, of which 13 have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score on this ground is 115 while the average second innings score is 103. Going by these stats, the ground historically has been a low scoring one. The highest and lowest T20I total recorded at the Civil Service Cricket Club is 190 for 5 and 53 for 10.

The weather during the game will be pleasant and the sky will be clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 18 to 26 degrees. No rain is forecast.

Ireland team news and predicted XI

Team news: Ireland have lost their last five  T20Is – one vs UAE, two vs India, and most recently one vs New Zealand, and will be looking to break the losing streak in the third T20I. Their batting has been their weakest zone this series, while the bowlers have been much more impressive.

Squad: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker(w), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Stephen Doheny, Gareth Delany, Graham Hume

Predicted XI: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little

New Zealand team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand have never lost a T20I to Ireland and will be looking to keep the record intact.

Squad: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Will Young, Tom Latham (w/c), Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Adam Milne, Jacob Duffy, Dane Cleaver

Predicted XI:  Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy

 Head to head record

Ireland and New Zealand have met each other in three T20 matches of which Ireland have won none.

Total games – 3

New Zealand – 3

Ireland – 0

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IRE vs NZ, 3rd T20I

Curtis Campher – all-rounder, Ireland

MPL price – 8.5 credits

Curtis Campher top scored for Ireland in opening T20I with a knock of 29 runs and also picked up a wicket. Earlier in the three ODIs against New Zealand, he picked up five wickets along with a top score of 43. In all, the all-rounder has played 13 T20Is, from which he has a batting average of 19 along with 16 wickets.

Paul Stirling – batter, Ireland

MPL price – 9 credits

Paul Stirling hit knock of 120 runs in the third ODI but has not been able to get going in the T20I series, having scored 13 and 21 runs in the first two games. Stirling nevertheless is a good pick for your fantasy team as brings with him the experience of 106 T20Is, from which he has an average of 29 and a strike rate of almost 135. He has also picked up 20 wickets in the format.

Michael Bracewell – batsman, New Zealand

MPL price – 8.5 credits

Bracewell made his T20I debut in the first T20I against New Zealand after impressing in the ODI series. On T20I debut, Bracewell contributed with 21 runs and in the second T20I, he picked up three wickets in a single over.

Glenn Phillips – batsman, New Zealand

MPL price – 9 credits

Glenn Phillips was the best batsman for New Zealand in the opening T20I. He scored an unbeaten 69 off 52 balls at a strike rate of 132.69. He followed this with a 16-ball 23 in the second T20I. Phillips has been in good form recently and makes for a good pick in your fantasy cricket team. In all, he has played 37 T20Is, scoring nearly 750 runs at an average of almost 29 and an excellent strike rate of almost 140.

Lockie Ferguson – bowler, New Zealand

MPL price – 9 credits

Lockie Ferguson picked up four wickets in the first game and one wicket in the second game. He is currently one of the top bowlers in limited overs cricket. Another good option is Ish Sodhi, who picked up three wickets in the second T20I after picking up one wicket in the opening T20I. Sodhi overall has 87 wickets from 68 ODIs.

MPL fantasy XI – IRE vs NZ, 3rd T20I

IRE vs NZ – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Ireland vs New Zealand series will not be televised live in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 8.30 PM IST on July 22.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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