ICC World Twenty20 - 2nd match, Group B

Australia v Ireland

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)

Right, here we go...Shane Watson to open the bowling

3.25pm Here come the players for the anthems and handshakes. Not far away from the action.

"Agree, Australia is always a better team when two brothers are playing together. Chappell, Waugh and Hussey," says McEnroe. Get rid of White, bring back D.Hussey."

Here's Justin: "Agh, im sick of all this White bashing. I really hope he turns it on today and shows us why he is in the side. He is an awesome player when he gets going - maybe he just needs a bit of confidence to find that old spark. D Hussey is an awesome player too and he will get his chance in this tournament."

3.20pm Sounds like a very small crowd at the ground which is a shame. Hope this tournament catches the imagination of the public.

"I'm really disappointed in the lack of DEE HUSSEY," says BJ. "I don't understand how they'd pick Cameron White over Hussey. White's been useless for years for Australia and barely bowls these days, whereas Hussey has been more than handy in every aspect of the game even in recent times. Dunno what "more" the Aussies want out of him, he's definitely better than some of the others that are getting a start against the Irish."

3.10pm Right, now that's sorted, time to ponder something for a little while. How has the Twenty20 game changed since it first started in 2003? Nagraj Gollapudi has asked three experienced players just that question.

3.00pm We have the Australia team for you: 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 Mike Hussey, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Cameron White, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 Dan Christian, 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Mitchell Starc.

Ireland have won the toss and decided to bat. Just waiting on confirmation of their team. Apologies for the delay here, bit of a problem with information from the ground.

Here we go: 1 Will Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien, 5 Gary Wilson (wk), 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Trent Johnston, 8 George Dockrell, 9 Nigel Jones, 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 Alex Cusack

2.50pm While we have a few minutes before the toss it's worth recapping what happened yesterday. It was a stunning start to the World Twenty20 for Ajantha Mendis with record figures of 6 for 8. Today, though, it would be nice if there were a couple of close matches as well as outstanding individual performances.

We'll have loads of stuff for you to read and watch during the tournament, including a daily review hosted by Mike Haysman. Here's the first one.

2.45pm Hello everyone and welcome to coverage of this Group B match between Australia and Ireland. This has taken on something of a grudge affair and, briefly the other week, Ireland were ranked above the Aussies. That didn't go down too well. I'm Andrew McGlashan and will be bringing you all the action over the next few hours.

Ireland have an impressive history of giant killing, although I always think it's unfair to class them as a minnow these days. They have warmed-up with good results in Sri Lanka in the last few weeks and have a very strong squad full of players with county and international experience.

Australia, though, should be too good for them. They have an explosive opening pair and some solid quick bowlers. However, the middle order is suspect and their spin department relies on a 41-year-old. Brydon Coverdale has all the details in his preview.

0.1

Watson to Porterfield, OUT, gone! First ball. Perfect start for Australia. Was dropped in short, Porterfield responded with a hook, gets a top edge and it is comfortably taken by long leg

WTS Porterfield c Starc b Watson 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ed Joyce in at No. 3 but won't be on strike

0.2

Watson to Stirling, no run, beaten! Hint of movement away from Stirling as he plays forward and it scoots pas the outside edge

0.3

Watson to Stirling, no run, angled into the pads, rolls towards square leg

0.4

Watson to Stirling, no run, more movement from Watson, nips back into Stirling who defends from the crease getting an inside edge into his pads

0.5

Watson to Stirling, no run, close! Mayhem out there. Another short ball, Stirling was advancing down the pitch and tried to pull. The ball lobbed towards square leg and there was nearly a mix-up in the running but Mike Hussey couldn't hit direct

0.6

Watson to Stirling, FOUR, that's more like it...stands tall and drives a length ball on the up over extra cover. That will help settle a few nerves

Well, that was a quiet start

End of over 1 (4 runs) Ireland 4/1 (RR: 4.00)
PR Stirling    4* (5b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-4-1
EC Joyce    0* (0b)     

Mitchell Starc will share the new ball

1.1

Starc to Joyce, 1 run, starts full on leg stump, neatly flicked away backward of square on the leg side

1.2

Starc to Stirling, no run, back of a length on off stump, shapes to force it through the off side but doesn't get any timing on the shot

1.3

Starc to Stirling, no run, full on the stumps, starts to swing back into Stirling but he responds with a well-timed drive straight to cover

1.4

Starc to Stirling, 1 run, swing on offer for Starc, on a full length and shapes back, driven into the off side

1.5

Starc to Joyce, no run, very full, giving the ball every chance to move, Joyce is across his crease and works towards mid-on

1.6

Starc to Joyce, no run, outside off stump, Joyce comes onto the front foot and defends square to point

Mahesh says: "Porterfield was out in the first ball even during the famous world cup match against England in Bangalore. Can KOB repeat his heroics..?"

End of over 2 (2 runs) Ireland 6/1 (RR: 3.00)
EC Joyce    1* (3b)      MA Starc    1-0-2-0
PR Stirling    5* (8b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-4-1

Shane Watson has done his job - one over, one wicket - and now it's over to Pat Cummins. Good to see him fit again, but for how long?

2.1

Cummins to Stirling, 1 run, low full toss on the stumps, flicked through straight midwicket and there's man on the boundary

2.2

Cummins to Joyce, FOUR, poor line, flicked off leg stump and short fine-leg is inside the circle so deep square has to run around. He can't quite drag it back first of all, then turns and makes a second dive to try and stop it but is just touching the rope at the same time

2.3

Cummins to Joyce, 1 run, full on middle and leg, allows Joyce to go through the leg side again and finds deep midwickjet

2.4

Cummins to Stirling, 1 run, angling into Stirling as it was from Watson, he just gives himself a little room to drive into the off side and sends it wide of mid-off

2.5

Cummins to Joyce, no run, outside off stump and the rare sight of one being left alone

2.6

Cummins to Joyce, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended from the back foot and it rolls towards the slips

A good start by Australia, no real early momentum for Ireland

End of over 3 (7 runs) Ireland 13/1 (RR: 4.33)
EC Joyce    6* (7b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-7-0
PR Stirling    7* (10b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-2-0

3.1

Starc to Stirling, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg stump, Stirling shapes to heave it over the leg side but is early on his shot and the ball dribbles to leg side

3.2

Starc to Joyce, 1 run, full outside off, Joyce drives but is a little caught on the crease so doesn't get much power behind the shot as it runs to right of mid-off

3.3

Starc to Stirling, OUT, another catch in the deep, this time at third man. Was a hint of width outside off, Stirling through his hands through a drive and it skewed high down towards Watson who ran around the boundary and held an excellent catch

PR Stirling c Watson b Starc 7 (17m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

3.4

Starc to Joyce, 1 run, nicely driven by Joyce but well fielded at cover to keep them to a single

3.5

Starc to NJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length outside off, nice carry to the keeper as O'Brien pulls his bat inside the line

3.6

Starc to NJ O'Brien, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 4 (3 runs) Ireland 16/2 (RR: 4.00)
NJ O'Brien    0* (2b)      MA Starc    2-0-4-1
EC Joyce    8* (9b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-7-0

4.1

Cummins to Joyce, no run, full on off stump, tries to get forward and pushes firmly to cover

4.2

Cummins to Joyce, FOUR, strong shot by Joyce, drilled from leg stump and it beats mid-on

4.3

Cummins to Joyce, no run, cracked square of the wicket, superb piece of fielding at backward point from David Warner to prevent the chance of another boundary

4.4

Cummins to Joyce, FOUR, dropped in short, was just outside off stump but Joyce has enough to pull it well in front of square through midwicket

4.5

Cummins to Joyce, no run, gets back on a full length outside off, goes for the drive and the bat turns in his hand which means he loses timing

4.6

Cummins to Joyce, no run, full on middle and off, defended to the off side

End of over 5 (8 runs) Ireland 24/2 (RR: 4.80)
EC Joyce    16* (15b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-15-0
NJ O'Brien    0* (2b)      MA Starc    2-0-4-1

First spin of the day as Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack

5.1

Maxwell to NJ O'Brien, no run, round the wicket, full on off stump, driven to extra cover

Slip in place

5.2

Maxwell to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, Drifts into middle and leg, flicked along the ground in front of square leg

5.3

Maxwell to Joyce, no run, this one is a little slower and a touch shorter, just turns a fraction as it's played square on the off side

5.4

Maxwell to Joyce, no run, fired down the leg side, Joyce goes for the sweep and gets a bottom edge which costs him a wide call

5.5

Maxwell to Joyce, OUT, very soft...tossed up on off stump, Joyce tries to go over the top but can only lob his drive straight to mid-off who was inside the circle

EC Joyce c Warner b Maxwell 16 (25m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

5.6

Maxwell to Wilson, FOUR, round the wicket, full outside and beautifully driven between cover and mid-off...all timing and placement

End of over 6 (5 runs) Ireland 29/3 (RR: 4.83)
GC Wilson    4* (1b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-5-1
NJ O'Brien    1* (4b)      PJ Cummins    2-0-15-0

Fantastic Powerplay for Australia and Ireland are in a bit of a hole at the moment. Dan Christian into the attack

6.1

Christian to NJ O'Brien, no run, full on middle and off, bustling medium pace, driven to the covers

6.2

Christian to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, width outside off, goes for a booming drive and it comes off an inside edge past the stumps and a diving Matthew Wade

6.3

Christian to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, nicely played, outside off again and he whips it through the leg side with a strong bottom hand

6.4

Christian to Wilson, no run, beauty! Back of a length and straightens on Wilson to zip past the outside edge. Good carry, too.

6.5

Christian to Wilson, 1 run, short ball, this time and Ireland batsman keeps the pull shot down as he rolls his wrists to find deep square

6.6

Christian to NJ O'Brien, no run, slash and a miss outside off as he is given some width

"Oh Bill, why waste the toss by batting first," says Jim. "The chase is your thing, not setting targets."

End of over 7 (4 runs) Ireland 33/3 (RR: 4.71)
NJ O'Brien    4* (8b)      DT Christian    1-0-4-0
GC Wilson    5* (3b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-5-1

Here comes the youngster of the tournament: 41-year-old Brad Hogg. Watch that tongue

7.1

Hogg to Wilson, no run, over the wicket, full on off stump, Wilson comes onto the front foot and plays to backward point

7.2

Hogg to Wilson, OUT, gone! Another departs. Hogg strikes second ball. It looked pretty good, full on the stumps, straightened a fraction and Wilson was trying to play to leg.

GC Wilson lbw b Hogg 5 (8m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Brad Hogg enjoyed that like a 21-year-old. Ireland slipping badly as Kevin O'Brien comes in. Australia have been very good so far.

Bailey attacking with a slip in place

7.3

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, no run, full on leg stump, worked to midwicket

7.4

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, onto the front foot, pushes gently into the covers

7.5

Hogg to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, swept from around off stump, gets it through short fine-leg but the fielders in the deep are quick

7.6

Hogg to NJ O'Brien, no run, very full outside off, squeezed out square to the off side towards point...Ireland not going anywhere at the moment

End of over 8 (3 runs) Ireland 36/4 (RR: 4.50)
NJ O'Brien    6* (10b)      GB Hogg    1-0-3-1
KJ O'Brien    1* (2b)      DT Christian    1-0-4-0

Shane Watson back into the attack

8.1

Watson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, this one keeps down a fraction as Kevin is caught on the back foot and gets the bottom of the bat into the leg side

8.2

Watson to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and wide outside off but it only costs a single as Niall cuts down to third man

8.3

Watson to KJ O'Brien, no run, that was sharp from Watson. Another bouncer, Kevin went for the pull and there's an appeal from keeper and bowler for a top edge but the umpire not interested

8.4

Watson to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, nice piece of timing, punched behind square through the off side from the back foot against a short ball outside off...third man makes a good dive and just manages to haul it back. Good work.

8.5

Watson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, full on the stumps, pushed gently down the ground through mid-on

8.6

Watson to NJ O'Brien, no run, strangled appeal for lbw as Niall plays across the line of a full delivery but it pitched outside leg stump...still, another economical over for Australia

End of over 9 (5 runs) Ireland 41/4 (RR: 4.55)
NJ O'Brien    7* (12b)      SR Watson    2-0-9-1
KJ O'Brien    5* (6b)      GB Hogg    1-0-3-1

Still a slip in for Hogg

9.1

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, pushed across the right hander, he goes down early for the sweep and paddles it through fine leg...Cummins fumbles in the deep

9.2

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, no run, nicely bowled, grips off the surface and takes the outside edge which runs to short third-man

9.3

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, no run, full on the stumps, driven back down the pitch

9.4

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, drops a touch short outside off, Kevin onto the back foot and places out to deep cover

9.5

Hogg to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, swept firmly from off stump through square leg and placed well enough for a second

9.6

Hogg to NJ O'Brien, no run, goes to drive through the off side and it skews off the inside edge into his boot

End of over 10 (5 runs) Ireland 46/4 (RR: 4.60)
NJ O'Brien    9* (14b)      GB Hogg    2-0-8-1
KJ O'Brien    8* (10b)      SR Watson    2-0-9-1

Maxwell is back

10.1

Maxwell to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short outside off, sits up and it's driven firmly through the covers

10.2

Maxwell to NJ O'Brien, no run, round the wicket, tossed up slowly, Niall pushes forward and it almost loops back to the bowler

10.3

Maxwell to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short on leg stump, swept around the corner to short fine-leg

10.4

Maxwell to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, this one doesn't turn, finds the outside edge as Kevin tries to work it away and the ball runs to short third-man

10.5

Maxwell to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, swept strongly from outside off and a rare boundary for Ireland as he picks the gap between deep square and deep midwicket

10.6

Maxwell to NJ O'Brien, no run, this time he misses the sweep, Wade whips off the bails but the back foot is firmly planted

End of over 11 (7 runs) Ireland 53/4 (RR: 4.81)
NJ O'Brien    14* (18b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-12-1
KJ O'Brien    10* (12b)      GB Hogg    2-0-8-1

11.1

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, no run, uses his feet, but well bowled by Hogg as he drags his length a touch shorter and it's pushed to the leg side

11.2

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, no run, can't get this away as he pushes off the back foot to the off side

11.3

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, tossed up with a hint of width outside off, Kevin drives firmly and it comes off a thick edge fine of short third-man...O'Brien not reading the variations of Hogg

11.4

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, another boundary, a quicker ball outside off which is dragged a touch short and Kevin cuts firmly through the off side to beat deep cover

11.5

Hogg to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, fuller this time, opens the face square into the off side

11.6

Hogg to NJ O'Brien, no run, turns into Niall which cramps him for room as he tries to find a gap in the off side but it ends up going to point

End of over 12 (9 runs) Ireland 62/4 (RR: 5.16)
NJ O'Brien    14* (19b 1x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-17-1
KJ O'Brien    19* (17b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-12-1

Dan Christian back into the attack

12.1

Christian to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, nearly strikes straight away as Kevin pushes early at a full delivery but Christian can't quite time his leap in the follow through

12.2

Christian to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, lovely shot. Classy from Kevin O'Brien as he leans into a full ball and sends it race past a diving mid-off

12.3

Christian to KJ O'Brien, no run, pulls the length back this time and Kevin blocks

Just a glimmer of Ireland reaching 130 now

12.4

Christian to KJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length, nips back into the right hander and takes an inside edge into the pads

A few words being shared out in the middle. Getting a little spicey.

12.5

Christian to KJ O'Brien, no run, full on off stump, comes forward into the drive and picks out cover

12.6

Christian to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short outside off, opens the face and finds deep cover

"If Ireland can get past the 120 mark, then they will have a chance," says RK. "Ireland's bowling is better than their batting. For Australia, its their batting which is worrisome."

End of over 13 (7 runs) Ireland 69/4 (RR: 5.30)
KJ O'Brien    26* (23b 3x4)      DT Christian    2-0-11-0
NJ O'Brien    14* (19b 1x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-17-1

Kumar Dharmasena having a word to the players about the chat in the middle. Mitchell Starc back into the attack

13.1

Starc to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, round the wicket, driven in the air square of the wicket past a diving Brad Hogg at point

13.2

Starc to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, full on off stump, heaved down the ground to long-off

13.3

Starc to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, latches onto a short ball with a very powerful pull...Kevin saw it early and pulled well in front of square, one bounce over the rope

13.4

Starc to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, goes full this time, into the pads, runs into the off side

13.5

Starc to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, full at leg stump, Niall gives himself some room and drills it straight down the ground but mid-on is able to run around

13.6

Starc to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, cracking shot! Full on the stumps, Kevin just shuffles to leg to open up the off side and plunders it through the off side with a stand-and-deliver drive

Very sensible innings from Kevin O'Brien so far

End of over 14 (12 runs) Ireland 81/4 (RR: 5.78)
KJ O'Brien    35* (27b 5x4)      MA Starc    3-0-15-1
NJ O'Brien    16* (21b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-11-0

Another change as Watson is back

14.1

Watson to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, that's a bonus boundary, takes the outside edge from Niall as he tries to run to third man...it pitches in front of Wade and takes an awful bounce over his head down. Time for a helmet?

14.2

Watson to NJ O'Brien, no run, worked to the leg side

That boundary brought up the fifty stand

14.3

Watson to NJ O'Brien, OUT, that's the end of that. A full ball, perhaps a slower delivery, Niall aims to swing it through the leg side in the slog-sweep position and misses

NJ O'Brien b Watson 20 (47m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

14.4

Watson to Cusack, 1 run, full on the stumps, worked away in front of square on the leg side

14.5

Watson to KJ O'Brien, no run, a slower short ball, holds in the surface and Kevin is early on the pull which means he gets taken on the shoulder

14.6

Watson to KJ O'Brien, OUT, big wicket! Excellent over from Watson. A short ball, Kevin tried to upper-cut it down to third man and was a little half-hearted in the short which led to an edge to Wade.

KJ O'Brien c †Wade b Watson 35 (31m 29b 5x4 0x6) SR: 120.68

End of over 15 (5 runs) Ireland 86/6 (RR: 5.73)
     SR Watson    3-0-14-3
AR Cusack    1* (1b)      MA Starc    3-0-15-1

Hogg back and he has a slip

15.1

Hogg to Cusack, 1 run, short ball outside off and he pulls through midwicket

15.2

Hogg to Johnston, no run, outside off, spins away and it's left alone...in the 16th over

15.3

Hogg to Johnston, 2 runs, a fraction shorter this time, turns into Johnston who has time to work it off the back foot through straight midwicket

15.4

Hogg to Johnston, no run, quicker ball on leg stump, can't find a gap this time as Hogg fields in his follow through

15.5

Hogg to Johnston, 1 run, flicked in the air over midwicket from outside off stump, lands well in front of the deep fielder

15.6

Hogg to Cusack, 1 run, full on the stumps, the wrong 'un, and it's worked into the square-leg area

That's the end of Hogg's four overs. Good work from him.

End of over 16 (5 runs) Ireland 91/6 (RR: 5.68)
AR Cusack    3* (3b)      GB Hogg    4-0-22-1
DT Johnston    3* (4b)      SR Watson    3-0-14-3

Here's Pat Cummins

16.1

Cummins to Cusack, no run, back of a length at the batsman, defended off the back foot to the off side

Slip in place

16.2

Cummins to Cusack, FOUR, well played, fuller ball outside off and he drives on the up over the covers with the power to find the boundary

Can Ireland edge themselves to 120-125?

16.3

Cummins to Cusack, no run, back of a length, angled into Cusack who plays it to White at backward point

16.4

Cummins to Cusack, 1 run, waits a fraction long for this time and opens to face down to third man

16.5

Cummins to Johnston, FOUR, good effort to make that into a boundary! A short ball angled into Johnston who backs away then manages to ramp it over the keeper. Judgement or luck? It doesn't matter

16.6

Cummins to Johnston, 1 leg bye, flicked into the leg side

End of over 17 (10 runs) Ireland 101/6 (RR: 5.94)
DT Johnston    7* (6b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-24-0
AR Cusack    8* (7b 1x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-22-1

Starc back for his last over

17.1

Starc to Johnston, OUT, on target! Perfect yorker from round the wicket, right at the bottom of off stump and hits the target as Johnston tried to give himself room

DT Johnston b Starc 7 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

17.2

Starc to Jones, 1 run, on a length this time, Jones pushes forward firmly and gets it down to long-off

17.3

Starc to Cusack, 1 run, driven in the air straight down the ground, nearly manges to split long-off and long-on but David Warner is very quick in the outfield

17.4

Starc to Jones, no run, another terrific yorker, at middle and leg, dug out into the off side

17.5

Starc to Jones, 2 runs, nicely played, just a hint of width outside off and driven square with an open face but third man is able to get around

17.6

Starc to Jones, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven out to deep cover

End of over 18 (5 runs) Ireland 106/7 (RR: 5.88)
NG Jones    4* (4b)      MA Starc    4-0-20-2
AR Cusack    9* (8b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-24-0

18.1

Cummins to Jones, 1 run, slower ball outside off, played square into the off side for scampered single to point

18.2

Cummins to Cusack, no run, beaten outside off by a full delivery, plays over the top as he tries to send it through the off side

18.3

Cummins to Cusack, 1 run, a slower, full, delivery, he picks it up quiet cleanly and it goes one bounce down to long-on

18.4

Cummins to Jones, no run, can't get this one through the infield

18.5

Cummins to Jones, 1 run, quite a big full toss, Jones tries to crack it through the off side but can only find over on the edge of the ring

18.6

Cummins to Cusack, 2 runs, goes over the infield against another full toss, gets some better placement but still not the boundaries Ireland really need

End of over 19 (5 runs) Ireland 111/7 (RR: 5.84)
AR Cusack    12* (11b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    4-0-29-0
NG Jones    6* (7b)      MA Starc    4-0-20-2

Shane Watson, who has been excellent, will bowl the last over...

19.1

Watson to Jones, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven down to long-off

19.2

Watson to Cusack, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Cusack can't time it very well into the off side as it comes off the bottom of the bat

19.3

Watson to Jones, SIX, that's useful...dragged down short and Jones picks it up superbly with a cracking pull which flies over the square-leg boundary. First six of the innings

19.4

Watson to Jones, 1 wide, now he sprays this one wide outside off so Ireland get a bonus delivery

That's 120 for Ireland. At least something to defend

19.4

Watson to Jones, 1 run, another short ball, risky ploy, but this time Jones can only splice it to midwicket

19.5

Watson to Cusack, no run, a bouncer and, quite oddly, Cusack just ducks underneath...was hoping for a wide call

Last ball coming up...

19.6

Watson to Cusack, 2 runs, width outside off, swings hard and it flies off a thick edge towards third man who is able to cut off the boundary

Good final over for Ireland but they have stuttered their way to 123 for 7. More than it might have been at 33 for 4 in the eighth over. By and large Australia's bowling (and fielding) was very good and they'll be very confident of chasing these but Ireland won't give up. I'll be back in about ten minutes for the run chase.

End of over 20 (12 runs) Ireland 123/7
AR Cusack    15* (14b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-26-3
NG Jones    14* (10b 1x6)      PJ Cummins    4-0-29-0
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Kevin O'Brien lets out a scream, Australia v Ireland, World Twenty20 2012, Group B, Colombo, September 19, 2012

Kevin O'Brien lets out a scream

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William Porterfield and Trent Johnston after Ireland's defeat, Australia v Ireland, World Twenty20 2012, Group B, Colombo, September 19, 2012

William Porterfield and Trent Johnston after Ireland's defeat

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