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Redmond shines as Kiwis crush Ireland

AARON Redmond slammed 63 from 30 deliveries to help New Zealand crush Ireland by 83 runs in the opening Twenty20 World Cup second-round match yesterday.

Ireland, replying to New Zealand's 198 for five, never threatened to upset the Kiwis and was bowled out for just 115 in 16.4 overs.

Redmond, replacing the ailing Jesse Ryder in New Zealand's squad, upstaged opening partner Brendon McCullum with an innings which belied his reputation as a dogged batsman.

Ryder has been ruled out for the rest of the Twenty20 World Cup with an abdominal illness. He stayed in London and was kept under medical observation. Redmond will now stay with the squad for the rest of the tournament.

Redmond subsequently hit 63 from 30 balls on his international Twenty20 debut against Ireland.

Redmond's dominance was shown when New Zealand's fifty was registered by a McCullum six that sailed over the square leg boundary, the hundredth maximum of the tournament.

Redmond was eventually LBW to medium-pacer Alex Cusack but his departure was followed by a solid partnership of 61 between Scott Styris (42) and Martin Guptill (45 not out).

Ireland's batsmen struggled against the off-spin of Nathan McCullum, brother of Brendon, who completed figures of three for 15.

On Wednesday, defending champion India defeated Ireland by eight wickets.

Rohit Sharma hit 52 not out and Gautam Gambhir 37 as India eclipsed Ireland's total of 112-8 with 15 balls to spare in a match reduced to 18 overs per side due to rain.

Meanwhile, Australia's top cricketers were awarded a 13.1 percent increase in their retainers just hours after a shocking first-round exit from the World Cup.

Australia was bundled out of the T20 championship after back-to-back losses to the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Australian Cricketers' Association chief Paul Marsh said the top players would earn in excess of A$1.5 million (US$1.21 million) a year.


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