That win would have given the Black Caps a confidence boost, and they will head into the match as the favourites. New Zealand need Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to come back to the form they displayed against Australia in the summer, since both seemed to have gone off the boil in the IPL, where neither shone.
Captain Daniel Vettori said they are likely to go in with the same side that beat Sri Lanka, which means Tim Southee will play, while Kyle Mills will sit out. New Zealand's latest star - Nathan McCullum - will also have big role to play with his bowling and late-order batting. Nathan has upstaged brother Brendon so far in the tournament, and while New Zealand would like Brendon to fire, Nathan's show has come at the right time.
In Image: New Zealand's captain Daniel Vettori, right, watches his shot for six runs as Ireland's wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien looks on during their warm up match ahead of the Twenty20
Cricket World Cup in Georgetown, Guyana.