After clinching the ODI series 3-0, the New Zealand cricket team will lock horns with hosts Ireland in the first T20I of the three-match series at Civil Service Cricket Ground in Belfast on Monday, July 18. The match will start at 8:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Ireland vs New Zealand odds for 1st T20I
New Zealand: 1.30
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Ireland vs New Zealand recent form
Led by captain Andrew Balbirnie, hosts Ireland came close to chasing a mammoth target of 361 against New Zealand in the third and final ODI on Friday.
Ireland have been inconsistent in the T20I format recently, suffering a 0-2 defeat against India in June.
Earlier, Ireland reached the ICC World T20 Qualifier final before losing to UAE by seven wickets in the summit clash.
On the other hand, New Zealand will look to improve their recent T20I record, having managed just a solitary win in their last five matches. The Kiwis last played a T20 series in November last year, where hosts India secured a 3-0 series victory over the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup finalists.
Prior to the India series, New Zealand lost the ICC T20 World Cup final to arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets.
Under new T20I captain Mitchell Santner, the visitors will look to continue their winning momentum against Ireland in the shortest format.
Ireland: L, L, L, W, W
New Zealand: L, L, L, L, W
Ireland vs New Zealand T20I head-to-head record
Ireland and New Zealand have played only one T20I previously, with the Blackcaps winning by 83 runs during an ICC T20 World Cup group encounter at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in 2009.
Ireland vs New Zealand prediction and cricket betting tips for 3rd ODI
Fresh from their ODI series win, New Zealand have the odds in their favour against Ireland in the first T20I at Civil Service Cricket Ground on Monday. Going by team combination and experience, the Kiwis are likely to start the T20I series with a victory.
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