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Australia vs Ireland (T20)

Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo,, Date - 19/09/2012, Toss won by - Ireland
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Commentary (Australia innings)

That's it from us for this game but don't go anywhere as India will take on Afghanistan shortly.

Shane Watson is the Man of the Match for his all-round skills. Picked up 3/26 in his 4 overs and scored 51 runs from 30 balls with the bat.

Dockrell picked up the wicket of Warner who was looking dangerous although Kevin O'Brien looked good with the ball and got the wicket of Michael Hussey but no other Ireland bowler got any further success. Hence, a comfortable victory for Australia. Ireland need to get their acts together, of the 8 matches played by them in the World T20 so far, they have won just a single game which was their first, against Bangladesh in Nottingham in 2009.

Australia beat Ireland by 7 wickets! A comprehensive victory for Australia! They started off well with the ball, kept Ireland to a paltry total and when they came out to bat the openers did a fantastic job. It was Shane Watson once again who shone with the bat as well as with the ball. His performance of 3/26 and 51 runs in today's match was the second best performance in a World T20 match. The best performance so far has been from Dwayne Bravo with 4/38 and 66 unbeaten runs against India at Lord's in 2009. Sweet victory, the Aussies have got off to a good start in the World T20 and a poor performance from Ireland today.

15.1 G Dockrell to C White, FOUR! The winning runs for Australia! On middle and off, White flicks it over mid-wicket and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 125/3

Dockrell back on.

14.6 K O'Brien to G Bailey, Fullish outside off, Bailey goes for the heave but misses it and fails to connect his bat on the ball. 121/3

14.5 K O'Brien to C White, Outside off, White punches it to covers for a single. 121/3

14.4 K O'Brien to C White, Fullish on middle, White drives it straight down the ground. The long on fielder cuts it off and the batsmen pick up a couple. 120/3

14.3 K O'Brien to C White, FOUR! Nicely played! Short length delivery, White pulls it to the leg side with good control and gets a boundary. 118/3

14.2 K O'Brien to C White, Outside off at 120.3 kph, White drives it through mid off. 114/3

14.1 K O'Brien to C White, FOUR! On middle, White pulls it away powerfully towards deep mid-wicket for a muscular boundary. 114/3

13.6 B Rankin to G Bailey, FOUR! Shortish on middle, Bailey pulls it away, the ball races away to the boundary rope towards the fine leg fence. 110/3

13.5 B Rankin to C White, On middle and off, White tries to flick but gets struck on the thigh pad. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 106/3

13.4 B Rankin to G Bailey, Shortish on middle, Bailey pulls it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 105/3

13.3 B Rankin to G Bailey, Outside off, Bailey cuts it towards the point region. 104/3

13.2 B Rankin to C White, On middle, White tries to play it to the leg side but gets struck on the thigh pads. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 104/3

13.1 B Rankin to C White, Back of a length delivery outside off, White defends it off his front foot. 103/3

12.6 K O'Brien to G Bailey, Landed outside off, Bailey plays it towards point. 103/3

12.5 K O'Brien to C White, Outside off, White punches it to the off side for a single. 103/3

12.4 K O'Brien to C White, Play and a miss! Short of a length delivery, White goes for the pull but misses it completely. 102/3

12.3 K O'Brien to C White, Fullish on the pads, White flicks it to the on side and takes a couple. 102/3

12.2 K O'Brien to C White, On middle and off, White plays it to mid-wicket. 100/3

12.1 K O'Brien to C White, Length delivery outside off, White defends it solidly. 100/3

11.6 B Rankin to G Bailey, Outside off, Bailey tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 100/3

11.5 B Rankin to C White, Dropped! Shortish length, White miscues his pull shot in the air. Johnston drops a tough chance at mid on. Single taken. 100/3

11.4 B Rankin to C White, Length delivery outside off, White defends it into the ground. 99/3

11.4 B Rankin to C White, Wide! Too high to worry the batsman! The umpire has signalled a wide. 99/3

11.3 B Rankin to G Bailey, Shortish outside off, Bailey punches it to the off side and takes a single. 98/3

11.2 B Rankin to G Bailey, Stays back in his crease and defends. 97/3

11.1 B Rankin to C White, On middle, White pulls it away to mid-wicket and comes back for the third. Umpire signals it was one short, just a couple added to the total. 97/3

George Bailey comes out to bat.

10.6 K O'Brien to M Hussey, OUT! LBW! On middle, the ball swings back in after landing. Hussey tries to play but misses it and gets struck on the pads. Huge appeal and the umpire gives it out. Replays show it would have hit the middle stump. O'Brien strikes. 95/3

10.5 K O'Brien to C White, Length delivery on middle, White plays it to mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark. 95/2

10.4 K O'Brien to C White, Fullish outside off, White defends it into the ground. 94/2

10.3 K O'Brien to M Hussey, Outside off, Hussey drives it towards mid off and takes a single. 94/2

10.2 K O'Brien to M Hussey, Fullish down the leg side, Hussey flicks it towards fine leg and takes a couple. Good running between the wickets. 93/2

Cameron White is the next batsman in.

10.1 K O'Brien to S Watson, OUT! Run out! Lazy running from Watson! Good length delivery outside off, Watson pats it to gully and sets off for a single. Johnston runs in, picks up the ball and knocks down the stumps at the non-striker's end as Watson is lazy in completing the run. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show that Watson was well short. 91/2

Kevin O'Brien into the attack.

9.6 G Dockrell to M Hussey, On middle, Hussey sweeps it to the leg side and takes a couple. 91/1

9.5 G Dockrell to S Watson, Drives it through mid on and picks up a single. 89/1

8th T20I Fifty for Watson!

9.4 G Dockrell to S Watson, SIX! Tonked! Short of a length delivery and Watson pulls it away! The ball goes all the way into the stands for a humongous six. 88/1

9.3 G Dockrell to S Watson, FOUR! Shortish length and Watson pulls it away towards long on powerfully. The ball races away to the boundary rope in no time. 82/1

9.2 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Helps it to third man and takes a run. 78/1

9.1 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Appeal for LBW! On middle and leg, Hussey tries to play but gets struck on the pads. The fielders appeal but the umpire is not interested. 77/1

8.6 P Stirling to S Watson, SIX! Wonderful shot! Shortish on middle, Watson pulls it away towards mid-wicket. It goes all the way over the ropes for a maximum. 77/1

8.5 P Stirling to S Watson, FOUR! Well played! Fullish on middle, Watson sweeps it towards fine leg and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 71/1

8.4 P Stirling to M Hussey, Drives it through mid on and takes a run. 67/1

8.3 P Stirling to S Watson, Lofts it over the bowler's head this time and takes a single. 66/1

8.2 P Stirling to S Watson, On middle, Watson sweeps it to the leg side but finds the fielder. 65/1

8.1 P Stirling to M Hussey, Punches it to the off side off his back foot for a single. 65/1

Paul Stirling into the attack.

7.6 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Defends it towards covers and takes a quick single. 64/1

7.5 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Outside off, Hussey tries to defend but misses. The keeper whips the bails off and appeals for stumping. The square leg umpire is not interested. 63/1

7.4 G Dockrell to S Watson, Comes on his front foot to defend but gets an inside edge and the ball goes to the leg side, the batsmen pick up a leg bye. 63/1

7.3 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Drives it through mid on for a single to get off the mark. 62/1

7.2 G Dockrell to S Watson, Landed just outside off, Watson plays it towards point for a single. 61/1

Michael Hussey is the next man in.

7.1 G Dockrell to D Warner, OUT! Dockrell strikes! On middle, Warner dances down the track and flicks it. The ball goes towards Kevin O'Brien at deep mid-wicket who takes a safe catch. Warner departs. 60/1

6.6 A Cusack to D Warner, Drives it through mid off for a single. 60/0

6.5 A Cusack to D Warner, Stays back in his crease and defends. 59/0

David Warner becomes the first Australian to reach the 1000-run mark in Twenty20Is. Becomes the third player to reach this feat after Brendon McCullum and Kevin Pietersen.

6.4 A Cusack to D Warner, FOUR! Fullish on the pads, Warner flicks it away towards fine leg and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 59/0

6.3 A Cusack to S Watson, Guides it to third man and takes a single. 55/0

6.2 A Cusack to D Warner, Rocks back and punches it to the off side for a single. 54/0

6.1 A Cusack to D Warner, On middle and off, Warner plays it to mid-wicket. 53/0

5.6 G Dockrell to D Warner, Fullish outside off, Warner punches it off his back foot towards covers, the ball stops just in front of the boundary rope. Three runs taken. 53/0

5.5 G Dockrell to S Watson, Outside off, Watson helps it towards third man for a single. 50 up for Australia! With 8 50-plus stands from 26 innings, the Warner-Watson partnership is now the most successful opening partnership in T20Is. 50/0

5.4 G Dockrell to S Watson, Stays back in his crease and defends it to the off side. 49/0

5.3 G Dockrell to S Watson, On middle and leg, Watson tries to play but gets struck low on the pads. 49/0

5.2 G Dockrell to D Warner, Flighted outside off, Warner drives it through mid on for a single. 49/0

5.1 G Dockrell to D Warner, FOUR! Full outside off, Warner drives it through covers for a lovely boundary. 48/0

George Dockrell into the attack.

4.6 A Cusack to S Watson, Outside off, Watson guides it towards third man. 44/0

4.5 A Cusack to D Warner, Landed just outside off, Warner punches it through the off side for a single. 44/0

4.4 A Cusack to S Watson, Drives it through mid off this time and takes a single. 43/0

4.3 A Cusack to S Watson, On middle and off, Watson plays it to mid-wicket. 42/0

4.2 A Cusack to S Watson, Outside off, Watson drives it through covers but finds the fielder. 42/0

4.1 A Cusack to D Warner, Full down the leg side, Warner tries to flick it but gets struck on the pads. The ball goes to the leg side and the batsmen take a leg bye. 42/0

4.1 A Cusack to D Warner, Bowls down the leg side, Warner lets it go through. Umpire signals it a wide. 41/0

Alex Cusack into the attack.

3.6 T Johnston to S Watson, SIX! Typical Watson! Fullish down the leg side, Watson flicks it away superbly. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a six. 40/0

3.5 T Johnston to S Watson, Slower one outside off, Watson defends it watchfully. 34/0

3.4 T Johnston to S Watson, FOUR! Back to back boundaries! Outside off, Watson drives it through covers this time and finds the gap. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 34/0

3.3 T Johnston to S Watson, FOUR! Superb shot! Short of a length delivery and Watson pulls it away towards deep square leg for a fine boundary. 30/0

3.2 T Johnston to D Warner, On middle and off at 127 kph, Warner drives it through mid off for a single. 26/0

3.1 T Johnston to D Warner, FOUR! Nice shot! Fullish outside off, Warner drives it through covers for a lovely boundary. 25/0

2.6 B Rankin to D Warner, Fullish on middle, Warner flicks it to the leg side and finds the fielder. 21/0

2.5 B Rankin to S Watson, Shortish length, Watson tries to get away from it but gets an outside edge and the ball goes through the gully region for a single. 20/0

2.5 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Down the leg side once again, fourth wide of the over. 19/0

2.5 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Shortish, drifting down the leg side, another wide. 18/0

2.4 B Rankin to S Watson, Good length delivery outside off, Watson defends it watchfully. 17/0

2.3 B Rankin to S Watson, In the air.. and safe! On middle, Watson chips it towards mid-wicket, gets a leading edge as the ball is high up in the air. The fielder goes back from mid on but the ball lands safely. Two runs taken. 17/0

2.3 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Another one down the leg side, another wide. 15/0

2.3 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Full down the leg side, Watson tries to flick but misses. Umpire signals it a wide. 14/0

2.2 B Rankin to S Watson, Length delivery outside off, Watson defends it solidly. 13/0

2.1 B Rankin to S Watson, FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish on middle, Watson flicks it towards fine leg and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 13/0

1.6 T Johnston to D Warner, Stays back in his crease and defends it towards point. 9/0

1.5 T Johnston to S Watson, Length delivery on middle, Watson plays it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 9/0

1.4 T Johnston to D Warner, On middle, Warner looks to play it to the leg side but gets struck on the pad. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 8/0

1.3 T Johnston to D Warner, Good length delivery outside off, Warner tries to play to the off side but gets beaten by the away swing. 7/0

1.2 T Johnston to D Warner, Length delivery outside off, Warner defends it from within his crease. 7/0

1.1 T Johnston to S Watson, Back of a length delivery, Watson plays it towards mid-wicket and takes a single. 7/0

Trent Johnston to bowl from the other end.

0.6 B Rankin to D Warner, Outside off, Warner pushes it to covers. 6/0

0.5 B Rankin to D Warner, FOUR! Great shot! Short of a length delivery and Warner pulls it away towards long on. Cusack is unsuccessful with his attempt to stop the ball. 6/0

0.4 B Rankin to S Watson, Bit fullish outside off, Watson defends it watchfully as the ball goes off the outside edge towards third man for a single. 2/0

0.3 B Rankin to D Warner, On middle, Warner works it down the leg side and takes a single. 1/0

0.2 B Rankin to D Warner, Length delivery on off, Warner defends it watchfully. 0/0

War of words going on! Umpire Aleem Dar steps in and calms things down.

0.1 B Rankin to D Warner, Shortish on middle at 130.5 kph, Warner gets across to play that one but the ball is struck on the pads. 0/0

Commentary (Ireland innings)

Top class bowling by Australia to keep Ireland to a paltry total. They didn't allow the Irish to get going and pegged them back with regular wickets. The O'Brien brothers shared the only substantial partnership of the innings and it helped Ireland to cross the 100-run mark. Shane Watson was the best bowler on show, picking up a three-for and was nicely assisted by Mitchell Starc. If Australia bat to their potential, expect them to scale the target easily. Join us in a while for the run chase...

19.6 S Watson to A Cusack, Length delivery outside off at 133.4 kph, Cusack slams it towards third man and picks up a couple. 123/7

19.5 S Watson to A Cusack, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 121/7

19.4 S Watson to N Jones, Shortish on middle, Jones pulls it to the leg side for a single. 121/7

19.4 S Watson to N Jones, Wide! Full and way wide outside off, the umpire signals it a wide. 120/7

19.3 S Watson to N Jones, SIX! Well played! Short of a length delivery and Jones pulls it away over mid-wicket. High and handsome over the boundary ropes for a maximum. 119/7

19.2 S Watson to A Cusack, Full and wide outside off, Cusack plays it to point for another single. 113/7

19.1 S Watson to N Jones, Fullish outside off, Jones drives it through mid off and takes a single. 112/7

Watson back on to bowl the last over.

18.6 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, Drilled through mid off for a couple. 111/7

18.5 Pat Cummins to N Jones, Full toss on off at 139.6 kph, Jones drives it through covers for a single. 109/7

18.4 Pat Cummins to N Jones, Slower bouncer at 116.1 kph, Jones goes for the pull but misses it completely. 108/7

18.3 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, Outside off, Cusack lofts it over mid on and takes one. 108/7

18.2 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, Full outside off, Cusack tries to play to the off side but misses it and gets beaten. 107/7

18.1 Pat Cummins to N Jones, Slower one outside off at 115.9 kph, Jones pushes it through point for a single. 107/7

17.6 M Starc to N Jones, Landed outside off, Jones drives it through covers for a run. 106/7

17.5 M Starc to N Jones, Outside off, Jones plays it past point and picks up a couple. 105/7

17.4 M Starc to N Jones, Yorker! Jones does well and dabs it. 103/7

17.3 M Starc to A Cusack, Hits it straight back over the bowler's head and picks up one. 103/7

17.2 M Starc to N Jones, Outside off, Jones pushes it to covers for a single to get off the mark. 102/7

Nigel Jones comes out to bat.

17.1 M Starc to T Johnston, OUT! Bowled! Yorker on off at 134.4 kph, Johnston gives himself some room but misses it and the ball hits the base of off stump. Starc picks up another wicket. 101/7

Starc back on.

16.6 Pat Cummins to T Johnston, On middle and leg, Johnston fails to put his bat on the ball, the batsmen pick up a leg bye. 101/6

16.5 Pat Cummins to T Johnston, FOUR! Great shot! Short of a length delivery at 152.2 kph, Johnston gets across and lofts it over the keeper's head. 100/6

16.4 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, Length delivery outside off, Cusack guides it towards third man and takes a single. 96/6

16.3 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, Length delivery outside off, Cusack plays it towards point. 95/6

16.2 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, FOUR! Wonderful shot! Outside off, Cusack lofts it over mid off. Times it well and the ball races away to the boundary rope in no time. 95/6

16.1 Pat Cummins to A Cusack, Stays back in his crease and defends. 91/6

That's it from us for this game but don't go anywhere as India will take on Afghanistan shortly.

Shane Watson is the Man of the Match for his all-round skills. Picked up 3/26 in his 4 overs and scored 51 runs from 30 balls with the bat.

Dockrell picked up the wicket of Warner who was looking dangerous although Kevin O'Brien looked good with the ball and got the wicket of Michael Hussey but no other Ireland bowler got any further success. Hence, a comfortable victory for Australia. Ireland need to get their acts together, of the 8 matches played by them in the World T20 so far, they have won just a single game which was their first, against Bangladesh in Nottingham in 2009.

Australia beat Ireland by 7 wickets! A comprehensive victory for Australia! They started off well with the ball, kept Ireland to a paltry total and when they came out to bat the openers did a fantastic job. It was Shane Watson once again who shone with the bat as well as with the ball. His performance of 3/26 and 51 runs in today's match was the second best performance in a World T20 match. The best performance so far has been from Dwayne Bravo with 4/38 and 66 unbeaten runs against India at Lord's in 2009. Sweet victory, the Aussies have got off to a good start in the World T20 and a poor performance from Ireland today.

15.1 G Dockrell to C White, FOUR! The winning runs for Australia! On middle and off, White flicks it over mid-wicket and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 125/3

Cummins back on.

15.6 B Hogg to A Cusack, Flicks it away to the leg side and picks up a single. 91/6

15.5 B Hogg to T Johnston, On middle, Johnston chips it over mid-wicket for a single. 90/6

15.4 B Hogg to T Johnston, Stays back in his crease and defends. 89/6

15.3 B Hogg to T Johnston, On middle, Johnston works it down the leg side for a couple. 89/6

15.2 B Hogg to T Johnston, Landed outside off, Johnston lets it go through. 87/6

15.1 B Hogg to A Cusack, Shortish length, Cusack pulls it to the leg side and takes a single. 87/6

The Irish openers are out in the middle. Paul Stirling and William Porterfield are the two openers. Shane Watson to bowl the first over.

The players are out for the national anthems.

Ireland - William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O'Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack.

Australia - Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey (c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Matthew Wade (w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc.

Toss - Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.

Pitch report - The pitch is nice and hard, shining, looks good with plenty of bounce and plenty of carry. Bowlers will enjoy.

Hello everyone to the coverage of the 2nd match of the ICC World Twenty20 at Colombo, Australia take on Ireland in this game. The Kangaroos are not at their best in this format and have lots of work to do but a win will boost their confidence. Ireland does carry the reputation of upsetting a big team on big occasions but Australia are known to perform well in big tournaments. It will be a test for Ireland to bowl against solid hard-hitting opening Australian batsmen but the Aussies can't play spin well and that should help the Irish. Expect a fight from Ireland.

Dockrell back on.

14.6 K O'Brien to G Bailey, Fullish outside off, Bailey goes for the heave but misses it and fails to connect his bat on the ball. 121/3

14.5 K O'Brien to C White, Outside off, White punches it to covers for a single. 121/3

14.4 K O'Brien to C White, Fullish on middle, White drives it straight down the ground. The long on fielder cuts it off and the batsmen pick up a couple. 120/3

14.3 K O'Brien to C White, FOUR! Nicely played! Short length delivery, White pulls it to the leg side with good control and gets a boundary. 118/3

14.2 K O'Brien to C White, Outside off at 120.3 kph, White drives it through mid off. 114/3

14.1 K O'Brien to C White, FOUR! On middle, White pulls it away powerfully towards deep mid-wicket for a muscular boundary. 114/3

Trent Johnston comes out to bat.

14.6 S Watson to K O'Brien, OUT! Short of a length delivery outside off, Kevin O'Brien tries to pull but gets a faint edge, Wade jumps a bit and takes a good catch behind. Watson gets a big wicket this time. 86/6

14.5 S Watson to K O'Brien, Shortish outside off, Kevin tries to pull but the ball is struck on his hand. 86/5

14.4 S Watson to A Cusack, On middle and leg, Cusack flicks it to the leg side and takes one. 86/5

Alex Cusack comes out to bat.

14.3 S Watson to N O'Brien, OUT! Clean bowled! Fullish on middle at 115.2 kph, leg cutter from Watson. Niall O'Brien looks to play it to the leg side but misses the line of the delivery completely and the ball hits the middle stump. 85/5

14.2 S Watson to N O'Brien, On middle, Niall flicks it to the leg side. 85/4

14.1 S Watson to N O'Brien, FOUR! Edged! Length delivery outside off, Niall tries to defend but gets an outside edge, the ball goes off just past Wade and races away to the boundary rope. 85/4

13.6 B Rankin to G Bailey, FOUR! Shortish on middle, Bailey pulls it away, the ball races away to the boundary rope towards the fine leg fence. 110/3

13.5 B Rankin to C White, On middle and off, White tries to flick but gets struck on the thigh pad. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 106/3

13.4 B Rankin to G Bailey, Shortish on middle, Bailey pulls it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 105/3

13.3 B Rankin to G Bailey, Outside off, Bailey cuts it towards the point region. 104/3

13.2 B Rankin to C White, On middle, White tries to play it to the leg side but gets struck on the thigh pads. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 104/3

13.1 B Rankin to C White, Back of a length delivery outside off, White defends it off his front foot. 103/3

Watson back on.

13.6 M Starc to K O'Brien, FOUR! Lovely shot! Fullish outside off, Kevin lofts it over covers beautifully and the ball goes past the boundary rope. 81/4

13.5 M Starc to N O'Brien, Drilled towards mid on for a single. 77/4

13.4 M Starc to K O'Brien, Fullish length, Kevin tries to play that one but gets struck on the pads. The ball goes towards point and the batsmen sets off for a single. There's a direct hit at the striker's end but the batsman was in. A leg bye taken. 76/4

13.3 M Starc to K O'Brien, FOUR! Great shot! Short of a length delivery at 134.6 kph, Kevin O'Brien pulls it away to the leg side. Times it well and the ball goes past the boundary rope in no time. 75/4

13.2 M Starc to N O'Brien, Landed outside off, Niall drives it through mid on and picks up a run. 71/4

13.1 M Starc to K O'Brien, Fullish outside off, Kevin cuts it through point and takes one. 70/4

12.6 K O'Brien to G Bailey, Landed outside off, Bailey plays it towards point. 103/3

12.5 K O'Brien to C White, Outside off, White punches it to the off side for a single. 103/3

12.4 K O'Brien to C White, Play and a miss! Short of a length delivery, White goes for the pull but misses it completely. 102/3

12.3 K O'Brien to C White, Fullish on the pads, White flicks it to the on side and takes a couple. 102/3

12.2 K O'Brien to C White, On middle and off, White plays it to mid-wicket. 100/3

12.1 K O'Brien to C White, Length delivery outside off, White defends it solidly. 100/3

Starc back on from round the wicket.

12.6 D Christian to K O'Brien, Length delivery outside off, Kevin punches it to the off side off his back foot and picks up a single. 69/4

12.5 D Christian to K O'Brien, Outside off, Kevin drives it towards covers. 68/4

12.4 D Christian to K O'Brien, Fullish on middle, Kevin tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 68/4

12.3 D Christian to K O'Brien, Length delivery outside off, Kevin defends it into the ground. 68/4

12.2 D Christian to K O'Brien, FOUR! Superb shot! Landed outside off, Kevin drives it wide of mid off and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 68/4

12.1 D Christian to K O'Brien, Dropped! Landed just outside off, Kevin pushes it back, Christian tries to take the catch but just manages to get his hand to it as the ball goes over his head. Two runs taken. 64/4

11.6 B Rankin to G Bailey, Outside off, Bailey tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 100/3

11.5 B Rankin to C White, Dropped! Shortish length, White miscues his pull shot in the air. Johnston drops a tough chance at mid on. Single taken. 100/3

11.4 B Rankin to C White, Length delivery outside off, White defends it into the ground. 99/3

11.4 B Rankin to C White, Wide! Too high to worry the batsman! The umpire has signalled a wide. 99/3

11.3 B Rankin to G Bailey, Shortish outside off, Bailey punches it to the off side and takes a single. 98/3

11.2 B Rankin to G Bailey, Stays back in his crease and defends. 97/3

11.1 B Rankin to C White, On middle, White pulls it away to mid-wicket and comes back for the third. Umpire signals it was one short, just a couple added to the total. 97/3

Christian back on.

11.6 B Hogg to N O'Brien, Shortish outside off, Niall cuts it towards the point region. Good over for Ireland! 62/4

11.5 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Pushes it towards point and takes a run. 62/4

11.4 B Hogg to K O'Brien, FOUR! Back to back boundaries! Cuts it away past point this time and gets another boundary. 61/4

11.3 B Hogg to K O'Brien, FOUR! Edged! Outside off, Kevin O'Brien tries to drive but gets an outside edge, the ball goes through the short third man fielder and races away to the boundary rope. 57/4

11.2 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Stays back in his crease and defends watchfully. 53/4

11.1 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Comes down the track and blocks it. 53/4

George Bailey comes out to bat.

10.6 K O'Brien to M Hussey, OUT! LBW! On middle, the ball swings back in after landing. Hussey tries to play but misses it and gets struck on the pads. Huge appeal and the umpire gives it out. Replays show it would have hit the middle stump. O'Brien strikes. 95/3

10.5 K O'Brien to C White, Length delivery on middle, White plays it to mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark. 95/2

10.4 K O'Brien to C White, Fullish outside off, White defends it into the ground. 94/2

10.3 K O'Brien to M Hussey, Outside off, Hussey drives it towards mid off and takes a single. 94/2

10.2 K O'Brien to M Hussey, Fullish down the leg side, Hussey flicks it towards fine leg and takes a couple. Good running between the wickets. 93/2

Cameron White is the next batsman in.

10.1 K O'Brien to S Watson, OUT! Run out! Lazy running from Watson! Good length delivery outside off, Watson pats it to gully and sets off for a single. Johnston runs in, picks up the ball and knocks down the stumps at the non-striker's end as Watson is lazy in completing the run. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show that Watson was well short. 91/2

10.6 G Maxwell to N O'Brien, Goes for the sweep again but misses it this time. 53/4

10.5 G Maxwell to N O'Brien, FOUR! Nice shot! Flighted outside off, Niall sweeps it away towards deep square leg. Cummins dives but fails to stop the ball. Niall O'Brien gets a boundary. 53/4

10.4 G Maxwell to K O'Brien, Guides it towards third man with his angled bat and picks up a single. 49/4

10.3 G Maxwell to N O'Brien, Sweeps it away towards fine leg and takes one. 48/4

10.2 G Maxwell to N O'Brien, On middle and off, Niall drives it back to the bowler. 47/4

10.1 G Maxwell to K O'Brien, Shortish outside off, Kevin punches it through covers for a single. 47/4

Kevin O'Brien into the attack.

9.6 G Dockrell to M Hussey, On middle, Hussey sweeps it to the leg side and takes a couple. 91/1

9.5 G Dockrell to S Watson, Drives it through mid on and picks up a single. 89/1

8th T20I Fifty for Watson!

9.4 G Dockrell to S Watson, SIX! Tonked! Short of a length delivery and Watson pulls it away! The ball goes all the way into the stands for a humongous six. 88/1

9.3 G Dockrell to S Watson, FOUR! Shortish length and Watson pulls it away towards long on powerfully. The ball races away to the boundary rope in no time. 82/1

9.2 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Helps it to third man and takes a run. 78/1

9.1 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Appeal for LBW! On middle and leg, Hussey tries to play but gets struck on the pads. The fielders appeal but the umpire is not interested. 77/1

Maxwell back on.

9.6 B Hogg to N O'Brien, Landed just outside off, Niall tries to sweep but gets a bottom edge onto his pads. 46/4

9.5 B Hogg to N O'Brien, On middle, Niall sweeps it away towards deep square leg and takes a couple. 46/4

9.4 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Flighted on off, Kevin cuts it past point for a single. 44/4

9.3 B Hogg to K O'Brien, On middle, Kevin drives it back to the bowler. 43/4

9.2 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Landed on off, Kevin tries to defend but gets an outside edge as the ball rolls over towards the point region. 43/4

9.1 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Tossed up on off, Kevin sweeps it towards short fine leg and picks up a couple. 43/4

8.6 P Stirling to S Watson, SIX! Wonderful shot! Shortish on middle, Watson pulls it away towards mid-wicket. It goes all the way over the ropes for a maximum. 77/1

8.5 P Stirling to S Watson, FOUR! Well played! Fullish on middle, Watson sweeps it towards fine leg and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 71/1

8.4 P Stirling to M Hussey, Drives it through mid on and takes a run. 67/1

8.3 P Stirling to S Watson, Lofts it over the bowler's head this time and takes a single. 66/1

8.2 P Stirling to S Watson, On middle, Watson sweeps it to the leg side but finds the fielder. 65/1

8.1 P Stirling to M Hussey, Punches it to the off side off his back foot for a single. 65/1

8.6 S Watson to N O'Brien, Bowls down the leg side, Niall tries to play that one but gets struck on the pads. Stifled appeal from Watson but the umpire is not interested. 41/4

8.5 S Watson to K O'Brien, Outside off, Kevin drives it through mid on and picks up a single. 41/4

8.4 S Watson to K O'Brien, Back of a length delivery, Kevin punches it through point. Starc does well at the boundary rope and saves a couple. 40/4

8.3 S Watson to K O'Brien, Short of a length delivery and Kevin goes for the pull. Misses it completely as Watson and Wade appeal for caught behind. The umpire is not interested. 38/4

8.2 S Watson to N O'Brien, Outside off, Niall cuts it away towards point for a single. 38/4

8.1 S Watson to K O'Brien, Shortish on middle, Kevin tries to defend but gets a bottom edge to that one. The ball goes to the leg side and the batsmen take a single. 37/4

Paul Stirling into the attack.

7.6 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Defends it towards covers and takes a quick single. 64/1

7.5 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Outside off, Hussey tries to defend but misses. The keeper whips the bails off and appeals for stumping. The square leg umpire is not interested. 63/1

7.4 G Dockrell to S Watson, Comes on his front foot to defend but gets an inside edge and the ball goes to the leg side, the batsmen pick up a leg bye. 63/1

7.3 G Dockrell to M Hussey, Drives it through mid on for a single to get off the mark. 62/1

7.2 G Dockrell to S Watson, Landed just outside off, Watson plays it towards point for a single. 61/1

Michael Hussey is the next man in.

7.1 G Dockrell to D Warner, OUT! Dockrell strikes! On middle, Warner dances down the track and flicks it. The ball goes towards Kevin O'Brien at deep mid-wicket who takes a safe catch. Warner departs. 60/1

Watson back on.

7.6 B Hogg to N O'Brien, Tossed up outside off, Niall plays it towards covers. 3 runs and a wicket from the over! 36/4

7.5 B Hogg to N O'Brien, Outside off, Niall sweeps it towards deep square leg and takes two runs. 36/4

7.4 B Hogg to K O'Brien, Landed just outside off, Kevin pushes it to covers and takes one. 34/4

7.3 B Hogg to K O'Brien, On middle, Kevin plays it to mid-wicket. 33/4

Kevin O'Brien comes out to bat.

7.2 B Hogg to G Wilson, OUT! LBW! Hogg strikes in his first over as well! On middle, Wilson tries to play but misses the line of the delivery and gets struck on the pads. Huge appeal and the umpire gives it out. Ireland in a spot of bother, 33/4. 33/4

7.1 B Hogg to G Wilson, Landed outside off, the one spinning away, Wilson defends it to the off side. 33/3

6.6 A Cusack to D Warner, Drives it through mid off for a single. 60/0

6.5 A Cusack to D Warner, Stays back in his crease and defends. 59/0

David Warner becomes the first Australian to reach the 1000-run mark in Twenty20Is. Becomes the third player to reach this feat after Brendon McCullum and Kevin Pietersen.

6.4 A Cusack to D Warner, FOUR! Fullish on the pads, Warner flicks it away towards fine leg and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 59/0

6.3 A Cusack to S Watson, Guides it to third man and takes a single. 55/0

6.2 A Cusack to D Warner, Rocks back and punches it to the off side for a single. 54/0

6.1 A Cusack to D Warner, On middle and off, Warner plays it to mid-wicket. 53/0

Brad Hogg into the attack now.

6.6 D Christian to N O'Brien, Fullish outside off, O'Brien tries to play to the off side but misses it and gets beaten. 33/3

6.5 D Christian to G Wilson, Short of a length delivery, Wilson pulls it away towards square leg and takes one. 33/3

6.4 D Christian to G Wilson, Length delivery outside off, Wilson tries to defend but gets beaten completely. 32/3

6.3 D Christian to N O'Brien, On middle, O'Brien plays it towards mid-wicket and picks up a single. 32/3

6.2 D Christian to N O'Brien, Fullish outside off, O'Brien tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge and the ball goes towards fine leg. Two runs taken. 31/3

6.1 D Christian to N O'Brien, Length delivery outside off, O'Brien defends it watchfully. 29/3

5.6 G Dockrell to D Warner, Fullish outside off, Warner punches it off his back foot towards covers, the ball stops just in front of the boundary rope. Three runs taken. 53/0

5.5 G Dockrell to S Watson, Outside off, Watson helps it towards third man for a single. 50 up for Australia! With 8 50-plus stands from 26 innings, the Warner-Watson partnership is now the most successful opening partnership in T20Is. 50/0

5.4 G Dockrell to S Watson, Stays back in his crease and defends it to the off side. 49/0

5.3 G Dockrell to S Watson, On middle and leg, Watson tries to play but gets struck low on the pads. 49/0

5.2 G Dockrell to D Warner, Flighted outside off, Warner drives it through mid on for a single. 49/0

5.1 G Dockrell to D Warner, FOUR! Full outside off, Warner drives it through covers for a lovely boundary. 48/0

Daniel Christian into the attack.

5.6 G Maxwell to G Wilson, FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark. Outside off, Wilson superbly through covers and gets a lovely boundary. 29/3 in the Powerplay! 29/3

Gary Wilson comes out to bat.

5.5 G Maxwell to Ed Joyce, OUT! Maxwell strikes! Flighted on off at 93.5 kph, Joyce lofts it straight to Warner at mid off. Ireland slip further, 25/3. 25/3

5.4 G Maxwell to Ed Joyce, On middle and leg, Joyce sweeps it but gets a bottom edge and the ball goes just behind the keeper. 25/2

5.3 G Maxwell to Ed Joyce, Landed just outside off, Joyce dabs it towards point. 25/2

5.2 G Maxwell to N O'Brien, On middle and leg, O'Brien flicks it to the leg side and takes a single. 25/2

5.1 G Maxwell to N O'Brien, Flighted on off, O'Brien drives it to covers. 24/2

George Dockrell into the attack.

4.6 A Cusack to S Watson, Outside off, Watson guides it towards third man. 44/0

4.5 A Cusack to D Warner, Landed just outside off, Warner punches it through the off side for a single. 44/0

4.4 A Cusack to S Watson, Drives it through mid off this time and takes a single. 43/0

4.3 A Cusack to S Watson, On middle and off, Watson plays it to mid-wicket. 42/0

4.2 A Cusack to S Watson, Outside off, Watson drives it through covers but finds the fielder. 42/0

4.1 A Cusack to D Warner, Full down the leg side, Warner tries to flick it but gets struck on the pads. The ball goes to the leg side and the batsmen take a leg bye. 42/0

4.1 A Cusack to D Warner, Bowls down the leg side, Warner lets it go through. Umpire signals it a wide. 41/0

Glenn Maxwell into the attack.

4.6 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Comes on his front foot and defends it into the ground. 24/2

4.5 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Fullish outside off, Joyce drives it straight down the ground as the mid off fielder cuts it off. 24/2

4.4 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, FOUR! Fine shot! On middle at 138.8 kph, Joyce pulls it away to the leg side and finds the gap. The ball goes past the boundary rope in no time. 24/2

4.3 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Shortish outside off, Joyce cuts it towards backward point, Warner does well to stop the ball. 20/2

4.2 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, FOUR! Nice shot! Fullish length on middle at 143.3 kph, Joyce drives it through mid on. Bailey dives to his right to stop but fails as the ball races away to the boundary rope. 20/2

4.1 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Outside off, Joyce pushes it towards covers. 16/2

Alex Cusack into the attack.

3.6 T Johnston to S Watson, SIX! Typical Watson! Fullish down the leg side, Watson flicks it away superbly. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a six. 40/0

3.5 T Johnston to S Watson, Slower one outside off, Watson defends it watchfully. 34/0

3.4 T Johnston to S Watson, FOUR! Back to back boundaries! Outside off, Watson drives it through covers this time and finds the gap. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 34/0

3.3 T Johnston to S Watson, FOUR! Superb shot! Short of a length delivery and Watson pulls it away towards deep square leg for a fine boundary. 30/0

3.2 T Johnston to D Warner, On middle and off at 127 kph, Warner drives it through mid off for a single. 26/0

3.1 T Johnston to D Warner, FOUR! Nice shot! Fullish outside off, Warner drives it through covers for a lovely boundary. 25/0

3.6 M Starc to N O'Brien, Length delivery outside off, O'Brien shoulders his arms. 16/2

3.5 M Starc to N O'Brien, Bouncer! O'Brien lets it go through. 16/2

3.4 M Starc to Ed Joyce, Landed outside off, Joyce drives it to covers and takes a single. 16/2

Niall O'Brien comes out to bat.

3.3 M Starc to P Stirling, OUT! Shortish outside off at 135.7 kph, Stirling slams it over point. Third man gets underneath and takes a safe catch near the boundary rope. Well judged catch from Watson and Starc picks up the big wicket. Ireland 15/2. 15/2

3.2 M Starc to Ed Joyce, Bit fullish outside off, Joyce drives it towards mid off and takes a run. 15/1

3.1 M Starc to P Stirling, Fullish down the leg side, Stirling tries to flick but gets struck on the pads. The ball goes to the leg side, the batsmen pick up a leg bye. 14/1

2.6 B Rankin to D Warner, Fullish on middle, Warner flicks it to the leg side and finds the fielder. 21/0

2.5 B Rankin to S Watson, Shortish length, Watson tries to get away from it but gets an outside edge and the ball goes through the gully region for a single. 20/0

2.5 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Down the leg side once again, fourth wide of the over. 19/0

2.5 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Shortish, drifting down the leg side, another wide. 18/0

2.4 B Rankin to S Watson, Good length delivery outside off, Watson defends it watchfully. 17/0

2.3 B Rankin to S Watson, In the air.. and safe! On middle, Watson chips it towards mid-wicket, gets a leading edge as the ball is high up in the air. The fielder goes back from mid on but the ball lands safely. Two runs taken. 17/0

2.3 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Another one down the leg side, another wide. 15/0

2.3 B Rankin to S Watson, Wide! Full down the leg side, Watson tries to flick but misses. Umpire signals it a wide. 14/0

2.2 B Rankin to S Watson, Length delivery outside off, Watson defends it solidly. 13/0

2.1 B Rankin to S Watson, FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish on middle, Watson flicks it towards fine leg and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 13/0

2.6 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Good length delivery landed just outside off, Joyce defends it watchfully. 13/1

2.5 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Length delivery outside off, Joyce lets it go through. 13/1

2.4 Pat Cummins to P Stirling, Landed outside off at 141.9 kph, Stirling drives it towards mid off uppishly and takes a single. 13/1

2.3 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, Outside off, Joyce drives it through mid on for a single. 12/1

2.2 Pat Cummins to Ed Joyce, FOUR! Superb fielding but in vain! Fullish on the pads, Joyce flicks it away towards deep square leg. Maxwell does well near the boundary rope to stop the ball but replays show his hand was touching the rope while pulling the ball back in. Umpire signals it a boundary. 11/1

2.1 Pat Cummins to P Stirling, Starts off with a low full toss on middle and leg at 140.3 kph, Stirling plays it towards mid-wicket and picks up a single. 7/1

1.6 T Johnston to D Warner, Stays back in his crease and defends it towards point. 9/0

1.5 T Johnston to S Watson, Length delivery on middle, Watson plays it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 9/0

1.4 T Johnston to D Warner, On middle, Warner looks to play it to the leg side but gets struck on the pad. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 8/0

1.3 T Johnston to D Warner, Good length delivery outside off, Warner tries to play to the off side but gets beaten by the away swing. 7/0

1.2 T Johnston to D Warner, Length delivery outside off, Warner defends it from within his crease. 7/0

1.1 T Johnston to S Watson, Back of a length delivery, Watson plays it towards mid-wicket and takes a single. 7/0

The youngster Pat Cummins into the attack, replacing Watson.

1.6 M Starc to Ed Joyce, Fullish outside off, Joyce dabs it towards point. 6/1

1.5 M Starc to Ed Joyce, Length delivery outside off, Joyce drives it to mid on. 6/1

1.4 M Starc to P Stirling, Fullish on middle and leg, the ball swings back in after landing. Stirling pushes it to covers and takes a quick single. 6/1

1.3 M Starc to P Stirling, Landed just outside off, Stirling drives it straight to the cover fielder. 5/1

1.2 M Starc to P Stirling, Length delivery outside off at 132.9 kph, Stirling tries to defend but gets a bottom edge on that one. 5/1

1.1 M Starc to Ed Joyce, Fullish on middle and leg, Joyce flicks it away to the leg side and takes a single. 5/1

Trent Johnston to bowl from the other end.

0.6 B Rankin to D Warner, Outside off, Warner pushes it to covers. 6/0

0.5 B Rankin to D Warner, FOUR! Great shot! Short of a length delivery and Warner pulls it away towards long on. Cusack is unsuccessful with his attempt to stop the ball. 6/0

0.4 B Rankin to S Watson, Bit fullish outside off, Watson defends it watchfully as the ball goes off the outside edge towards third man for a single. 2/0

0.3 B Rankin to D Warner, On middle, Warner works it down the leg side and takes a single. 1/0

0.2 B Rankin to D Warner, Length delivery on off, Warner defends it watchfully. 0/0

War of words going on! Umpire Aleem Dar steps in and calms things down.

0.1 B Rankin to D Warner, Shortish on middle at 130.5 kph, Warner gets across to play that one but the ball is struck on the pads. 0/0

Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end.

0.6 S Watson to P Stirling, FOUR! Outside off at 126.3 kph, Stirling lofts it over covers beautifully and the ball races away to the boundary rope. End of an eventful first over! 4/1

0.5 S Watson to P Stirling, Small mix up! Shortish outside off, Stirling slips across while playing it to the leg side, the ball goes towards mid-wicket and he looks for a single. Michael Hussey aims at the striker's end but misses the target. Stirling returns safely and had there been a direct hit, he would have been gone. 0/1

0.4 S Watson to P Stirling, Landed outside off at 120 kph, Stirling looks to play to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 0/1

0.3 S Watson to P Stirling, On middle and leg, Stirling tries to play it to the leg side but gets struck low on the pads. 0/1

0.2 S Watson to P Stirling, Beaten! Length delivery outside off at 129.2 kph, Stirling tries to defend but gets beaten completely. 0/1

Ed Joyce walks in next.

0.1 S Watson to W Porterfield, OUT! Gone first ball! Short of a length delivery at 129.2 kph, Porterfield pulls it away, doesn't time it well. The ball goes high up in the air and Starc takes a safe catch at fine leg. Lovely start for Australia. Ireland 0/1. 0/1

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