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Black Caps hold off plucky Irish


Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill

New Zealand got their build-up towards this month's World Cup off to a flyer with a 32-run win over Ireland in the first of two warm-up games for both sides at Nagpur.

Batting first, the Black Caps put on a mammoth 311 for the loss of six wickets led by Martin Guptill's 130 off 195 deliveries, while James Franklin scored 49.

In reply, Ireland skipper William Porterfield ensured a fighting foundation with his 72 followed by Ed Joyce's 41, but Kiwi captain Daniel Vettori snapped up four wickets to step up the pressure in the middle overs and ensure victory eventually came with 10 balls to spare as they were bowled out for 279.

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