Tom Latham's struck his third ODI hundred and first as captain to lead New Zealand to 344 for 6 in the tri-series match against Ireland in Malahide. Latham found support from Ross Taylor, who hit 57 off 64 balls, and Colin Munro, who threatened to break the record for the fastest fifty in ODIs.
Munro started the penultimate over of the innings with back-to-back sixes off Peter Chase and raced to 44 off 14 balls.AB de Villiers' 16-ball fifty against West Indies in 2015 was in danger. Munro holed out off the next ball, though, but his blitz was instrumental in taking New Zealand to an imposing score.
New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi made the early running, playing a variety of cuts and driving fluently on the up against pace. Spin could not slow him down either - he lofted left-arm spinner George Dockrell over and through the covers.
Just as Ronchi threatened to kick into a higher gear, he was bowled by seamer Craig Young for 35 in the 11th over. Latham then took charge and added 75 for the second wicket with Neil Broom, who contributed 38, before chipping Chase to mid-off.
Latham, though, continued to keep New Zealand ticking. He reached his first fifty off 64 balls, and brought up the second off 45. Latham had a life on 89 when he holed out to long leg, where Barry McCarthy completed an excellent diving catch. Young, the bowler, had overstepped though. Latham reached his hundred with a single to long-on off Dockrell, but he fell in the same over - the 36th of the innings - when he came down the track and missed the ball. Niall O'Brien, the wicketkeeper, took the bails off to dismiss Latham for 104 off 111 balls.
The momentum, however, seamlessly switched from one batsman to another. Taylor made his 35th ODI fifty, while Corey Anderson and Mitchell Santner flickered briefly, scoring 20 each. Munro led the charge in the slog overs, hammering three fours and four sixes, including one over square leg that broke a spectator's chair.
New Zealand eventually plundered 72 off the last four overs. Five out of six Ireland bowlers conceded over six runs an over.