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Cricket World Cup: New Zealand beat Ireland in Nagpur

William Porterfield
William Porterfield top-scored for Ireland with 72

Ireland lost by 32 runs to New Zealand in their warm-up game at Nagpur as they continued their build-up to the World Cup, which starts next weekend.

Batting first, the Kiwis put on a mammoth 311-6, with Martin Guptill scoring 130 off 195 deliveries.

William Porterfield led the Irish run-chase with 72, followed by Ed Joyce's 41, but Daniel Vettori snapped up four wickets to put on the pressure.

Defeat came with 10 balls remaining as Ireland were all out for 279.

Guptill set up the platform for victory, enjoying a 104-run fourth-wicket stand with James Franklin (49).

New Zealand were forced into a measured start when they lost Brendon McCullum for just one in the third over but Guptill and Jesse Ryder put together a steady 79.

Ryder was looking to break free once the partnership had crossed the 50 mark but just two short of his own half-century, he fell to a catch by Porterfield off the bowling of Paul Stirling.

Guptill maintained his nerve to reach his half century, while new man Ross Taylor chipped in well in a 47-run third-wicket partnership.

Taylor's gritty 33 off 38 balls ended in the 30th over when he was caught and bowled by Andre Botha, while Guptill reached three figures in 120 deliveries and finished with 12 fours and three sixes to his name.

Franklin ably supported in the partnership before his dismissal by Kevin O'Brien, as Guptill fell soon after to Trent Johnston.

Ireland made a positive start with Porterfield and Stirling putting on 93 for the opening wicket but the latter was trapped lbw by New Zealand skipper Vettori.

Porterfield was on song, crossing his 50 in just 48 balls, but a promising innings ended when he was caught by Franklin off Hamish Bennett.

A 47-run stand boosted Ireland's confidence but Joyce's (41) efforts were stopped by Kyle Mills who induced an edge through to keeper Brendon McCullum.

Tight bowling from New Zealand kept the run-rate pressure up, which led to Botha's dismissal for 11, Kevin O'Brien's for 17 and Niall O'Brien's for 32, with the last three wickets falling for just 39 runs.

In other matches, there were easy wins for South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka over Zimbabwe, Canada and the Netherlands respectively, while Ramnaresh Sarwan hit a century as West Indies defeated Kenya by 61 runs.

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