Australia has defeated Ireland by 42 runs in the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 group at the Gabba. Australia had posted a target of 180 and Ireland was all out at 137 in 18.1 overs while Aaron Finch opens up on his fifty against Ireland. Irish batter Lorcan Tucker scored a brilliant 71 off of 28 balls but all his efforts went in vain as the Aussie bowling unit decimated all hopes.
Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, and Mitchell Starc took 2 wicket hauls. At the same time, skipper Aaron Finch scored a brilliant 63-run knockoff of 44 deliveries.
Finch reflects on his fifty
“It wasn’t the easiest wicket, it was a lot slower than what we expected. They changed their pace well and bowled many cutters early in the innings, it was hard to get a rhythm, and we did well to get 180. Not at all (felt the pressure). The support from the change room and support staff has been unbelievable.”
“T20 is a high-risk game, sometimes you get it off the middle, and sometimes you don’t. Like I said when they went to try and bowl really wide it was easier and tough when they took the pace off. 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. Very hopeful (of our chances)”
The skipper also shined some light on Australia’s performance
“It was a good performance. Getting 180 was a decent score on that wicket. We knew we had to lay the foundation early and couldn’t risk being 4-5 down. Just a little bit of hammy tightness, he (Tim David) sat out as a precaution. It is nice when it works like that (not opening with Starc), doesn’t always work but there’s a lot of time and planning that goes into it, sometimes you look great and sometimes you look stupid, and you take the good with the bad in this format. It would have been nice, having them 5 for 25 to really push that forward, Tucker played a helluva knock there.”