Sports news: T20 WC: Little's hat-trick in vain, New Zealand beat Ireland by 35 runs


Left-arm Irish pacer Josh Little's hat-trick on Friday was ineffective as New Zealand thrashed their eventual Group 1 opponent by 35 runs in the Super 12 at the Adelaide Oval, one step closer to advancing to the men's T20 World Cup playoffs. went ahead. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson produced beautiful shots across the ground to score 61 off 35 balls, overcame his sluggish run to score his first half-century of the competition, and helped his team to 185/6. Helped to reach difficult.

In the 19th over, Little stole the show with quick dismissals of Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner to secure their second hat-trick of the competition as Ireland conceded only 12 runs in their last two overs. The incredible hat-trick saw little finish in his four overs with 3/22, an impressive total. Santner, Ish Sodhi, and Lockie Ferguson shone with the ball but Ireland could only reach 150/9 in their 20 overs chasing 186 runs.

The Blackcaps' net run rate, which is now at a strong +2.11, can ensure that they will finish first in Group 1. As a result of being forced to bat first, New Zealand's attacking opening pair of Devon Conway and Finn Allen were halted for the first few minutes of the powerplay. In the fourth over, Allen hit three fours and finally went against Gareth Delany. He then hit a four and a six against Mark Adair.

For your information, let us tell you that in the 12th over, Conway dismissed Delany at long-on. Williamson and Glenn Phillips, however, quickly rebuilt New Zealand's innings with beautiful boundaries. Williamson continued to bat for most of the innings, even though Phillips was dismissed after a quick nine-ball 17.

Scoring holes at will, he seemed to have rediscovered the momentum that had left him during the tournament. Williamson was on course to take New Zealand past 200 after reaching his half-century with a brilliant flip off Barry McCarthy, which went over the deep mid-wicket fence.

Little's hat trick allowed Ireland to expertly pull back and keep New Zealand at 185/6. The opening pair for Ireland, captain Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling, delivered some great boundaries in response to a request for a strong start. After eight overs, Ireland scored 68 for no loss and looked destined to win.