T20 World Cup: Australia keep semi-final hopes alive with win against Ireland | Cricket News


BRISBANE: Defending champions Australia kept their semi-final hopes alive T20 World Cup as they recorded a 42-run win over Ireland here on Monday.
Skipper Aaron Finch (63) hit a fine half-century to guide Australia to 179 for five before the bowlers bowled Ireland out for 137 in 18.1 overs.
Lorcan Tucker was the only fighter for Ireland as he remained unbeaten on 71.
Finch earlier made 63 off 44 balls, while Marcus Stoinis scored 35 off 25 deliveries after Australia were sent in to bat.
Barry McCarthy (3/29) was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland, while left-armer Josh Little (2/21) took two wickets.
Short scores:
Australia: 179 for 5 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 63; Barry McCarthy 3/29).
Ireland: 137 all out in 18.1 overs (Lorcan Tucker 71 not out; Adam Zampa 2/19).


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