We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd ODI Pitch Report
New Zealand have won both games while chasing at The Village in Dublin. The average first and second innings scores read 258 and 262 respectively. Only 11 out of 35 wickets have belonged to the spinners.
Ireland vs New Zealand Probable XIs
Probable XI for Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Craig Young, Joshua Little
Probable XI for New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Will Young, Tom Latham (c & wk), Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner/Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy
Power Players for Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd ODI
For bailing New Zealand out of trouble, Michael Bracewell was adjudged the Player of the Match in both ODIs. He has added 169 runs, including the highest score of 127*. In the second game, he provided fantasy points with impressive bowling figures of 2 for 26e. Talk about making an all-round impact!
In the absence of Kane Williamson, the onus will once again be on Tom Latham to play the role of a sheet anchor for his side. His 55 in the second ODI was a testimony to his patience and calculated stroke play. He has collected 454 runs at 75.66 in his last 10 ODIs.
Curtis Campher has kept online fantasy cricket players happy by generating points with both bat and ball in this series. Aside from picking a three-wicket haul in the opening ODI, he has also added 68 runs.
Smart Picks for Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd ODI
George Dockrell doesn’t bowl much these days but finds ways to contribute with the bat. It was his blazing knock of 74 off 61 balls that took Ireland from a precarious position of 85 for 5 to 216.
Before being dismissed for 4 in the last game, Harry Tector had scores of 113, 39, 64*, and 33 in competitive white-ball cricket. If Ireland are to come out trumps in the final ODI, he will have to contribute significantly.
Mark Adair has turned out to be a genuine strike bowler for Ireland. He has taken 2 wickets in both matches and also contributed 27 runs with the bat in the previous game.
With Martin Guptill, it is always going to be all or nothing. Besides scoring a century and a fifty, he has also been dismissed for a single-digit score thrice in his last 6 ODIs.
After leaking runs in the first ODI, Matt Henry bounced back with figures of 9-3-4-2 in the last game. Note that he also generated bonus points for bowling 3 maidens. He will exploit any assistance there is on the wicket.
After failing in the first ODI, Finn Allen managed to score a gutsy 60 off 58. Interestingly, 42 runs came through boundaries.
Paul Stirling has been dismissed for a single-digit score in his last three competitive white-ball games. Moreover, it has been 11 ODIs since he registered a half-century.
Although Ireland have fought well in both games, they are trailing 0-2 in the series. That said, the hosts will continue to play for pride. On the other hand, New Zealand might be tempted to experiment with their reserves.
Time: 15 July, 3.15 PM IST