Michael Bracewell’s game-winning display for the Black Caps isn’t limited to batting

Prior to his exploits with the bat, Michael Bracewell was also very practical on the court.

The versatile Black Caps player played a sensational run to send the visitors home with a ball to spare after all hope seemed lost in their ODI opener against Ireland overnight (New Zealand time) .

Bracewell, who made his Test debut against England last month aged 31, slammed 10 fours and seven sixes in his astonishing 127 from 82 balls to help New Zealand win by one wicket with one ball remaining.

Michael Bracewell carried the Black Caps to a thrilling victory over Ireland.

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Michael Bracewell carried the Black Caps to a thrilling victory over Ireland.

Earlier he pulled off a superb outfield catch which he seemed to make easy to dismiss the dangerous Lorcan Tucker as the hosts started to strike late in their innings at Malahide.

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Tucker slammed a delivery from high-to-long legpinner Ish Sodhi, where Bracewell leapt up to catch one-handed as the ball looked destined to sail through an astonished crowd.

Spectators were further amazed when Bracewell hit the first five balls in the final of the match played by Craig Young for 4, 4, 6, 4 and 6 as the Black Caps managed to chase the 300-9 away. Ireland despite their 120-5. in the 22nd plus.

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