New Zealand have only faced Ireland twice so far in ODIs and when they were against each other last time it was nine years before and whole New Zealand team was different. The only member to play at that match was Ross Taylor. New Zealand team will be without the service of their prime members like Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin de grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson etc. Tom Latham who is the standing in captain in place of Kane Williamson will lead the new looked team for the first time. Luke Ronchi will get another chance at the start of the innings and Neil Wagner could get a debut after his 32 test appearances. Most of the faces in this Kiwi squad are either new or they are in a bit struggling form and a chance to prove their skills are being awaited.
On the other hand, Ireland started their tri series against Bangladesh with decent pace and accuracy which was looking like causing an upset before rain washed away the game. In the recent concluded ODI series against England, they were outnumbered in the first ODI where as put up a fighting show in the second one.
New Zealand: LWLWL
New Zealand: Team management have trusted Latham with both his batting and leadership abilities. Along with Ross Taylor, he will be key for New Zealand new looked side. Due to green pitch Ish Sodhi will miss out from this game and Hamish Bennett will get a game after 2014. Neil Wagner is set to make his ODI debut and Luke Ronchi gets a chance to open the innings.
Probable XI: Tom Latham, George Worker, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Hamish Bennett, Seth Rance.
Ireland: Ireland who looked dominating in the rain affected match Bangladesh are unlikely to tinker much with the playing XI. Joyce who missed out the series opener due to injury if fit would be back in place of Stuart Thompson.
Probable XI: 1 Ed Joyce/Stuart Thompson, 2Paul Stirling, 3 William Porterfield (capt), 4 Andy Balbirnie, 5 Niall O’Brien (wk), 6 Gary Wilson, 7 Kevin O’Brien, 8 George Dockrell, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 Peter Chase
Players to watch out for:
Paul Stirling: he has impressed one and all with his performance in the last eight matches. The inexperienced bowling line up will face the power hitting Paul Stirling at the beginning of the innings and he will look to score more runs to his account.
What: New Zealand vs Ireland
When: 14th May, 9.45 GMT.
What to expect: rain forecast is around 2 PM and it could hamper the game results. Pitch is green like the series opener and will help the fast bowlers.