Aaron Finch picked up form and Australia beat Ireland in Brisbane to recover a good chunk of their net run-rate deficit at the T20 World Cup.
Finch was criticized for slowing down in the previous game against Sri Lanka but shined with three sixes and six fours in 63 off 44 balls as Australia added 101 in the final 10 overs and posted 179 for 5. .
Ireland lost five wickets in 13 balls and slumped from 18 to 5 to 25 undefeated, but Lorcan Tucker edged in favor of England with an unbeaten 71 in 48 balls, limiting Australia to a possible 42-run victory. There is a nature.
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Ireland’s semi-final hopes came to an end after suffering a second defeat in the Super 12, but Tucker’s knock kept them out of embarrassment, below England’s net run rate against New Zealand on Tuesday.
If the teams are tied on points, the net run rate will be decisive. Australia trails group leaders New Zealand with five points. However, England could be a trio if they overcome the Kiwis at the same venue.
The top two teams advance to the last four, but Australian captain Finch limped off the field during the Irish pursuit with a hamstring injury.
David Warner was out cheap after turning a looser from Barry McCarthy (29 for 3) into a short fine leg in the straight, but Finch clubbed Mark Adair for a straight 6 to kick-start the innings. Did.
Finch was clearly frustrated with his 31 out off 42 balls against Sri Lanka, but was backed up nicely by Mitch Marsh’s 28 off 22 balls.
Ireland were loose in the field, sending 13 wides, including five on 11 balls by Adair. This ended when Finch made a full toss deep mid-wicket to reach 50 from 38 deliveries.
Finch picked Adair over McCarthy after knocking George Dockrell to the ground in his final six games.
Josh Little finished with an impressive 4-0-21-2 to keep Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis in the ring, but Adair’s 4-0-59-0 made it 17 in the final over. It wasn’t even flattering because I leaked the run.
Andy Barberney and Paul Sterling cleared the ropes in the first two overs, but the Irish chase went off course after the former shuffled across the stumps and had his foot turned by Pat Cummins. rice field.
Sterling and Harry Tector fell in the same Maxwell over, and Mitchell Stark’s scorching inswing Yorker castled both Curtis Camphor and Dockrell to put Ireland back in just 3.2 overs.
Tucker solved it by lofting Cummins mid-on four times, using Stark’s pace to take a back-to-back leg-side boundary, but at this stage, this was nothing more than a damage limit .
Adam Zampa winked out Adair and Hande after Stoinis saw off Gareth Delaney, but Tucker crunched Josh Hazlewood for a 6, resulting in a 40-ball half-century.
Tucker then struck three-fours in one over for Stark to take seven overall from a fast left-handed bowler, making Ireland’s victory fanciful but avoiding thrashing.
McCarthy drew in a returning Cummins deep before No. 11 batsman Little ran out as Ireland skittled for 137 in 18.1 overs.