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PHOTOS: Clinical Australia down Ireland to keep semis hopes alive

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Last updated on: October 31, 2022 18:16 IST
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IMAGES from the T20 World Cup match played between Australia and Ireland in Brisbane on Monday.

Australia's Pat Cummins of  celebrates dismissing Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie

IMAGE: Australia's Pat Cummins of celebrates dismissing Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie. Photograph: Albert Perez/Getty Images

Skipper Aaron Finch returned to form with an aggressive half-century as defending champions Australia revived their T20 World Cup campaign with a 42-run win over Ireland, in Brisbane on Monday.

 

Finch, who struggled with a hamstring issue, revived Australia's innings with a 44-ball 63 as the hosts overcame a slow start to post a competitive 179 for five after being sent into bat.

Chasing the imposing total, Ireland, who knocked out two-time champions West Indies and shocked England in the Super 12 stage, were dismissed for 137 in 18.1 overs.

By virtue of this win, Australia, with five points from four games, jumped to second spot in Group 1 ahead of England to be in the reckoning for a semi-final spot. New Zealand are leading the group.

Australia will take on Afghanistan in their last group game on Friday in Adelaide.

Ireland's Lorcan Tucker scored an entertaining half-century 

IMAGE: Ireland's Lorcan Tucker scored an entertaining half-century. Photograph: Albert Perez/Getty Images

Australia rode on their pace prowess to dismiss half of the Irish side inside four overs with the scoreboard reading 25.

Wicketkeeper-batter Lorcan Tucker stood tall for Ireland with the bat as he hit a counter-attacking unbeaten 71 off 48 balls to keep his side's hopes alive.

But with little support from the other end, it was too much of an asking from Tucker and it was all over for Ireland after Joshua Little was ran out in the penultimate over.

Pace spearhead Pat Cummins (2/28) started it all, cleaning up Ireland's in-form opener Andy Balbirnie (6) before Glenn Maxwell (2/14) dismissed Paul Stirling (11) and Harry Tector (6) within a span of five balls.

Ireland's Curtis Campher is clean bowled by Australia's Mitchell Starc 

IMAGE: Ireland's Curtis Campher is clean bowled by Australia's Mitchell Starc. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Mitchell Starc (2/43) then produced a sensational opening over, cleaning up Harry Tector (6) and Curtis Campher (0) in a span of five balls to reduce Ireland to 25 for five.

But Tucker was in no mood to give up without a fight and stitched a 43-run stand off 33 balls with Gareth Delany to keep them in the hunt.

Tucker also smashed Mitchell Starc for 12 runs, including two back-to-back boundaries in the 12th over.        

Luck also favoured Tucker as Cummins dropped him on 35 in the same eventful over of Starc.

Aaron Finch hits out during his 44-ball 63

IMAGE: Aaron Finch hits out during his 44-ball 63. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Skipper Aaron Finch led from the front with a 44-ball 63 as Australia overcame a slow start to post a challenging 179 for five against giant-killers Ireland in their must-win T20 World Cup clash in Brisbane on Monday.

Struggling for runs, Finch brilliantly switched gears to a 38-ball 50 -- his first T20 International century in eight innings -- as he took charge in the middle with Marcus Stoinis (35) in an entertaining 70-run partnership that came off just 36 balls.

But the skipper, however, could not finish well and became Irish pacer Barry McCarthy's third victim in the 17th over as the defending champions struggled to get going at the death, falling some 15-20 runs short.

Left-arm spinner George Dockrell (4-0-24-0) conceded just three runs in the 18th over, while left-arm pacer Josh Little (4-0-21-2) also finished well, dismissing Stoinis and giving away just four runs in the penultimate over.

Tim David scored a 10-ball 15 to prop Australia's innings past 170 

IMAGE: Tim David scored a 10-ball 15 to prop Australia's innings past 170. Photograph: Albert Perez/Getty Images

McCarthy was the pick of the Irish bowlers, returning with 3/29 including the wickets of David Warner (3) and Mitchell Marsh (28) who looked ominous with a 102-metre six but only to fall for 22-ball 28.

But the Aussies managed to get going in the final over with Tim David hitting two boundaries en route to 10-ball 15 to push the total.

Chasing a big win to keep their semi-final hopes alive, the reigning champions were off to a cautious start as Warner once again fell cheaply.

The star Aussie opener perished to a short ball strategy by Barry McCarthy and holed out at short fine-leg to continue his woeful run in the T20 World Cup.

The left-hander now has scores of 5, 11 and 3 from three matches in the ongoing T20 showpiece.

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