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Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022
Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

Australia has kept its T20 World Cup hopes alive after a strong all-round display in a 42-run win over Ireland at the Gabba, although it could come at a cost.

Aaron Finch smashed 63 runs to silence his critics, at least temporarily, while Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa combined to take six wickets in a bowling masterclass.

Finch picked up a hamstring complaint in the win and is set to undergo scans on Tuesday, putting the skipper in doubt for Friday’s game against Afghanistan.

Australia could have jumped England into second spot in Group 1 with a win of 75-plus runs but will setttle for Monday night’s win, which was still relatively comfortable in the end.

Still, it may feel like a missed opportunity of sorts for Australia, having leaked a few boundaries late to improve Ireland’s total as Lorcan Tucker finished with 71 runs.

For a full breakdown of how Australia can progress through to the semifinals, click here.

Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022
Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

 

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl, forcing Australia to bat first for the first time this tournament

nd despite Ireland enjoying some strong periods, Australia ultimately cashed in on a handful of poor overs to post an imposing 5-179.

In reply, Ireland is in strife 5-25 after four overs.

The Australians were unlucky to not nab their first wicket earlier, with Josh Hazlewood clipping the top of the stumps but the bails did not fall off, seeing Andrew Balbirnie survive.

The Irish opener immediately capitalised on the stroke of luck, hitting a six on the next ball but did not last much longer, later bowled by Pat Cummins.

The wickets continued to fall with Glenn Maxwell taking two in one over, first dismissing the dangerous Paul Stirling before Harry Tector (six) picked out Steve Smith.

The perfect swinging delivery from Mitchell Starc then saw Curtis Campher go for a duck, leaving Ireland at 25-4 and in dire trouble having not even hit the fourth over.

Starc had his second wicket as George Dockrell departed for a duck.

Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022
Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

Marcus Stoinis was then brought into the attack and broke the Tucker-Gareth Delany partnership, getting a wicket with his second ball as Maxwell caught Delany at midwicket.

In the end it was too much for Ireland to overcome, with Adam Zampa joining the party to take a few late wickets as Australia sealed a much-needed victory.

There were two injury concerns to come out of the game though, with both Finch and Tim David spending time away from the field to nurse hamstring issues.

“A little hammy twinge, so I’ll get scans tomorrow,” Finch said post-game.

Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022
Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

Marcus Stoinis was then brought into the attack and broke the Tucker-Gareth Delany partnership, getting a wicket with his second ball as Maxwell caught Delany at midwicket.

In the end it was too much for Ireland to overcome, with Adam Zampa joining the party to take a few late wickets as Australia sealed a much-needed victory.

There were two injury concerns to come out of the game though, with both Finch and Tim David spending time away from the field to nurse hamstring issues.

“A little hammy twinge, so I’ll get scans tomorrow,” Finch said post-game.

Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022
Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

“Unfortunately I’ve had a history of them. It doesn’t feel too bad.”

Finch though said it was precautionary for David to be held out with hamstring tightness.

The first wicket to fall was David Warner (3 off 7) who turned a short Barry McCarthy ball straight to short fine leg.

“He’s sitting in the dressing room thinking why didn’t I take it over that man in short fine,” Nasser Hussain said of Warner. “The energy and momentum still there for Ireland.”

Mitch Marsh looked to be hitting his stride, smoking a 102-metre six that reached the top deck of the Gabba, but he was caught behind for 28 off 22 soon after for McCarthy’s second.

Glenn Maxwell made 13 off 9 before he was also caught behind chasing a loose delivery, this time from Josh Little.

That brought Marcus Stoinis to the crease and he picked up where he left off against Sri Lanka with a blistering innings.

It could’ve been a little more if not for a miraculous six save from McCarthy, who dived backwards at full strength and with his left hand, caught the ball and threw it back over the rope before landing.

Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022
Australia vs Ireland Highlights T20 World Cup 2022

“That is outrageous athleticism, I cannot believe that” Shane Watson, “That is fabulous work.”

That is incredible to watch it really is.”

It came within a shocking 11-ball over from Mark Adair who was hit for 26 runs in the 15th over, which included five wides.

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