The defending T20 World Cup champions, Australia, beat Ireland by 42 runs in the Super 12 match between the two sides. Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The Aussies put up a score of 179/5 on the back of a 44-ball 63 innings by their captain and Player of the Match, Aaron Finch. Mitchell Marsh scored 28 while Marcus Stoinis put up 35 runs on the board. David Warner continued his poor form in the tournament as he was caught out after scoring only 3.

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Warner had earlier scored 5 in the match against New Zealand and 11 in the fixture against Australia. Their match against England on October 28 was abandoned without a single ball being bowled.

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Barry McCarthy proved to be the most successful Irish bowler in the match as he took the wickets of Warner, Finch, and Marsh. The other two wickets were picked up by Joshua Little. 

In response, Ireland managed to score 137 runs in 18.1 overs. Lorcan Tucker, their wicketkeeper-batter, was the pillar of the Irish innings, scoring 71 (not out) runs off 48 deliveries.

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Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Glenn Maxwell picked up 2 wickets each while Stoinis registered one scalp to his name. However, the Australian side’s skipper Aaron Finch suffered an injury scare en route to his match-winning fifty. Finch, in the latter stages of his innings, appeared to be having trouble running between the wickets. During Ireland’s unsuccessful chase, the 35-year-old also exited the field early.

During the post-match press conference, the Player of the Match said,” Really a hammy twinge I think, I will get a scan tomorrow, I have a history of them. It doesn’t look bad at the moment but let’s see how it goes after the scan.” 

Ireland had shocked the cricketing world after they scripted a historic win against England on October 26, albeit by the DLS method.