September 20, 2012
World Twenty20, Colombo
Australia 125-3 (15.1 overs) beat Ireland 123-7 (20 overs)
Australia recorded a comfortable victory over Ireland in their opening match of the World Twenty20 Cup in Colombo yesterday. Victory was set up thanks to a fine all-round display by Shane Watson.
William Porterfield won the toss and decided that his Irish team would be best suited to batting first. However, Porterfield was dismissed first ball of the match to Watson leaving Ireland in trouble. Ireland never really recovered through their innings reaching a below par 123-7 from 20 overs.
Kevin O’Brien gave the Irish some hope with 35 from 29 balls but he was also dismissed by Watson who finished with figures of 3-26 from 4 overs. There was also 2 wickets for left arm quick Mitchell Starc.
In reply, Australia looked in charge of the run chase throughout. David Warner and Watson got Australia off to a flying start. Warner made 26 from 23 balls before George Dockrell had the left-hander caught by Kevin O’Brien. Watson top scored for Australia with 51 from just 30 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes.
Australia won the match by 7 wickets with just under 5 overs to spare with Cameron White (22*) and George Bailey (6*) the not out batsmen.
Ireland will be hoping for victory in their next group match against West Indies to stand any chance of qualifying for the next stages of the tournament.
The Scoop 20/09/12