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Black Caps beat Ireland in opening ODI

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/05/2017
Mitchell Santner © Getty Images Mitchell Santner

Mitchell Santner claimed his best one-day international figures as New Zealand beat hosts Ireland by 51 runs in their opening match of the Tri-Nation series.

Helped by Santner's 5-50, the Black Caps rolled through the Irish tail to dismiss them for 238 in the 46th over at Malahide on the outskirts of Dublin.

Left-arm spinning allrounder Santner claimed four of the last five wickets, including that of centurion Niall O'Brien, after Ireland had threatened to run down New Zealand's 289-7.

At 212-5, the Irish needed 78 runs off the last 68 balls.

Santner started the rot by having batsman Simi Singh stumped by Luke Ronchi for nine - mirroring the dismissal of hard-hitting wicketkeeper O'Brien for 109 six overs later.

New-ball pair Scott Kuggeleijn (3-41) and Seth Rance (1-44) were also in the wickets in their ODI debuts. Kuggeleijn used his pace to snare two scalps in his first 13 balls.

After being asked to bat first, three New Zealand batsmen scored half-centuries, led by 79 off 63 balls from Neil Broom which added much-need impetus over the closing stages.

Ross Taylor scored 52 and George Worker 50 after Ronchi (37) and captain Tom Latham (15) departed inside the first 10 overs.

With several players unavailable while on duty in the Indian Premier League, New Zealand are fielding a weakened team at the tournament which serves as a leadup to the Champions Trophy in England.

Their next game is against Bangladesh in Dublin on Wednesday.

The Tri-Nations opened on a damp note on a Friday when the match between Ireland and Bangladesh was washed out.

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