Colombo: Ireland lost to Australia in the second T20 encounter of the ongoing Word Cup T20 in Sri Lanka. It seemed a one sided affair from Australia’s point of view after it won comprehensively by 7 wickets on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Ireland chose to bat first after they won the toss. But they were off to a worst possible start losing opener William Porterfield on the first delivery of the match from Mitchell Starc who banged it in short and the batsman tried to hook it but only managed to get a top edge which settled easily in the hands of Shane Watson patrolling the long leg boundary.
Then to depart was another opener Paul Sterling who lofted the ball in the air on to the opposite side where Porterfield gifted one to Watson. This time Watson was the bowler and Starc was the catcher who accepted his chance gleefully after Watson bowled it short too.
After the first two early blows Ireland were certainly in a spot of bother when Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien tried to steady the ship. But their resistance against the Aussie pacers didn’t last long when Joyce fell to Maxwell's off-break lofting one dolly in mid-off’s hands. He fell on 16.
Brien's innings didn't last too long as well when Watsn’s pace castled him on trying a slog on the on-side missing it completely when he was on 20.
Gary Wison also followed Brien to pavilion when he was on 5. He was trapped in front by Brad Hogg's clueless delivery.
But last T20 world Cup’s Irish hero Kevin O’Brien showed yet again why he's the most terrifying Irish batsman. He bludgeoned the Aussie bowling all around the park before he fell to Shane Watson on 35 off 29 deliveries.
He was the top scorer from Ireland.
The rest of the Irish players couldn't stand tall on the big occasion and the team managed 123 for 7 in 20 overs.
However, Shane Watson remained the hero from the Aussie bowling unit after he picked up 3 wickets for 26 off his 4 overs. Starc got 2 and Maxwell and Hogg bagged one-a-piece.
The powerful Aussie openers Shane Watson and David Warner made life tough from the word 'Go' as they firmed the opening stance of 60 runs. With Warner falling to Dockrell’s spinners on 26 off 23, he bludgeoned 4 boundaries. But Watson went on with his strokes he's been known for. He made fifty one off 30 with 5 boundaries and 3 massive sixes.
Mr. Cricket Michael Hussey, however, departed cheaply on 10. But Aussi middle order made sure they see home in style. Cameron White (22) and George Bailey (6) finished the match with 4.5 overs remaining.
Man of the Match was given to Shane Watson for his all round performance.