Australia registered a 42-run victory against Ireland in the 31st match of the T20 World Cup 2022. Playing first, the Australian team scored 179/5 in 20 overs, in response the Ireland team was bundled out for 137 in the 19th over itself. Australian captain Aaron Finch was awarded as the player of the match for his brilliant innings.
After winning the toss, Ireland called Australia to bat and their decision proved to be correct. Australian opener David Warner went on to score 8 after scoring just 3 runs. From here, captain Aaron Finch shared a half-century partnership with Mitchell Marsh to take the score to 60 in eight overs. In the ninth over, Marsh was dismissed by Barry McCarthy and his innings ended for 28 runs.
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Maxwell was dismissed for 84 after scoring 13 runs. Finch was supported by Marcus Stoinis and both of them batted fast and added 70 runs in just 36 balls. Finch played an innings of 63 runs in 44 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. At the same time, Stoinis scored 35 runs in 25 balls. In the end Tim David remained unbeaten on 15 and Matthew Wade scored 7. Ireland bowler Barry McCarthy took three wickets.
Chasing the target, Ireland had a very poor start. Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling were dismissed for 6 and 11 respectively. A few more wickets fell from here. Harry Tector was run by Glenn Maxwell on a private score of 6. Mitchell Starc did not even give Curtis Kaempfer and George Dockrell a chance to open an account. In this way the team had lost its 5 wickets till the score of 25. From here Lorcan Tucker along with Gareth Delany tried to handle the innings and took the score to 68.
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Delaney was dismissed after scoring 14 runs. Mark Adair supported Tucker for some time but he too went on after scoring 11 runs. From here Tucker struggled single-handedly from one end and remained unbeaten on 71 off 48 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. Four bowlers took two wickets each for Australia.
With this win, Australia move to second place in their group with five points and their next match is against Afghanistan, in which the team has more chances of winning. On the other hand, England have to play their two matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which are not going to be easy at all. In such a situation, the road ahead for them with three points is not easy.