Bracewell, a 31-year-old left-arm batsman, was playing only his fourth match. He hit 10 fours and seven sixes in his 127-run innings off 82 balls. New Zealand, who have lost the last two World Cups in the last over, have been without their regular captains Ken Williamson, Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell, but Michael Bracewell, whose uncle Brendan and John, cousin Doug have played international cricket. With 61. Ish Sodhi (25) and Loki Ferguson (8) took the seventh and ninth wickets respectively.
Harry Tector scored his first international century for hosts Ireland, his 113 to take the team to 300-9. The 22-year-old batsman is in excellent form. He also showed strength against India. Completed 100 off 109 balls with the help of 13 fours and two sixes. Now, the second match of the three-match series between the two teams will be played on Tuesday.