Australia demonstrated their dominance on the cricket field once more when they defeated Ireland by 42 runs at Gabba, Brisbane.
Brisbane: Australia demonstrated their dominance on the cricket field once more when they defeated Ireland by 42 runs at Gabba, Brisbane, earning two crucial points in the T20 World Cup.
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first. The home team batters were clinical and never allowed the Irish bowlers to bog them down.
Finch led the side from the front and played a captain’s knock, scoring 63 in 44 balls. Some other batters chipped in important runs at the crucial moment. Australia finished its innings on 179 for five.
Chasing 180 was a mountain to climb for Ireland’s batters against a strong Australian attack. However, Ireland is an unpredictable side that defeated England in the ongoing World Cup.
The Irish chase was derailed in the fourth over itself, but credit should be given to the lower orders as they fought hard. They tried to hit every ball to the boundary and, in the process, lost their first five wickets for just 25 runs. Tucker kept the scoreboard ticking from one end and got some support from the lower order.
Except for Josh Hazlewood, all the Australian bowlers have wickets. Aaron Finch was declared Man of the Match for his wonderful knock and shrewd captaincy.