ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight, Group F:
Trent Bridge: New Zealand 198-5 beat Ireland 115 by 83 runs
Highlights - New Zealand too strong for Ireland (UK only)
New Zealand made light of their injury problems as they registered a big win against Ireland in the first of the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights matches.
Aaron Redmond, hurriedly drafted in to replace Jesse Ryder, scored a terrific 63 off just 30 balls, paving the way for New Zealand's 198-5.
Ireland were always unlikely to threaten that, and went down by 83 runs with 20 balls left at Trent Bridge.
They made just 115, Brendon McCullum starring with two run-outs and a catch.
New Zealand's injury crisis has spiralled to the extent that Jesse Ryder was hospitalised with an unspecified illness - his place in the squad going to Redmond - while skipper Daniel Vettori (shoulder) and batsman Ross Taylor (hamstring) were also unavailable.
But Redmond, the pro at Bolton club side Farnworth this season but more renowned for his exploits with Canterbury in New Zealand, struck seven boundaries from the first 10 deliveries he faced.
Fed a series of deliveries wide of off-stump that were either too short or too full - Peter Connell and Trent Johnston were the most culpable bowlers - Redmond capitalised with gusto.
Five more boundaries followed before he was deemed to be lbw to Alex Cusack's medium pace, though it was a poor decision from Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva - the ball had struck him several inches outside the off-stump.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said: "He played out of his skin, it's unbelievable for him to come in and play with that kind of freedom and that sort of confidence.
"He really set the tone for what was a pretty good display in the end."
Player-of-the-match Redmond, who scored 146 for Farnworth in a rain-shortened Bolton League match at the weekend, said that his sudden call-up to the starting XI may have worked in his favour.
"I've only had the last 24 hours to realise I'm in a tournament like this - the last couple of weeks, I've been watching on television," he said.
"Sometimes it's better not to think about it, put off your doubts and just go straight into the action and know you've got nothing to lose. Its been a good day."
In all, Redmond had hit 63 of New Zealand's first 87 runs, but it was now time for someone else to keep the scoreboard rattling along.
That someone was Scott Styris, who hit three sixes in a rapid innings of 42 before a fine diving catch by Kevin O'Brien at deep square-leg ended his stay.
Martin Guptill, who had no need to force the pace when Redmond and Styris were at the crease, then muscled in on the act, swiping agricultural sixes in the each of the last two overs - and four in all - to end unbeaten on 45.
We're only going to learn from this experience
Ireland captain William Porterfield
After Ireland had lost two wickets in the first three overs of their chase, including the influential Niall O'Brien, Andre Botha clubbed five boundaries to give them some hope.
But he was run out after trying to take a non-existent single to Styris, whereupon the required rate soared and led to further regular wickets.
There were two more run-outs, both effected by sharp direct hits from McCullum, who was playing without the wicketkeeping gloves. And the same man took a fine catch close in to give his brother Nathan one of three wickets.
The innings was finished when Kyle Mills bowled Regan West in the 17th over.
Ireland captain William Porterfield admitted his side had made some elementary mistakes, but remained upbeat about his team's performance at this elite level.
"Was the first five overs with the ball a crucial period? Yeah it obviously was and it got away from us in that first period," he said.
"Then the manner of a couple of the run-outs didn't help, but the Kiwis are a really good team and they bowled pretty well and didn't make it easy.
"We haven't played a lot, but we are learning all the time. We're only going to learn from this experience and we'll take a lot out of this game and the things we can improve on."