Santner change of ends the key

15 May 2017 06:40:34 EST
Ross Taylor scored a half-century against Ireland.

Mitchell Santner's final spell of bowling helped New Zealand clinch victory in their opening tri-series game against Ireland.

The Black Caps won by 51 runs in Dublin as Santner took four wickets in his final four overs.

Santner's deliveries had been relatively easy pickings for the home side during his first spell (1-43 from six overs), but he found success when he bowled from the other end into the wind.

"I guess with the wind I obviously floated too many up there and Niall (centurion Niall O'Brien) got hold of me, but I knew once I swapped around it was going to be a bit tougher into the breeze," said Santner.

"I just tried to bowl quite a hard length and change the paces from there, but it was definitely the change of ends that helped me there."

New Zealand were sent in first and posted a competitive total of 289-7, with Neil Broom (79), Ross Taylor (52) and George Worker (50) all hitting the half-century mark.

Luke Ronchi, again being trialled as an opening batsman, got a start but couldn't push on as he fell to Barry McCarthy for 37.

In response, Ireland lost both openers for less than 20 runs but O'Brien (109) raised their hopes of an unlikely win.

Santner made sure the Irish tail couldn't wag, none of the last five batsmen scoring more than nine runs.

He picked up four wickets for just seven runs in his final four overs to finish with 5-50, while Scott Kuggeleijn also proved to be a handful as he picked up 3-41.

The Black Caps next face Bangladesh on Wednesday.

New Zealand are 10/1 to win the ICC Champions Trophy next month and 7/2 to win Group A.

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