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‘It was hardly fought,’ Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie after losing against Australia

Brisbane: Australia defeated Ireland by 42 runs in the Group 1 fixture of T20 World Cup. Ireland team had put a lot of efforts in all areas of the game but they failed to win against the hosts of the tournament.

Put to bat first, Australia had put 179 runs on board at the loss of 5 wickets. Aaron Finch started brilliantly as he went on to garner 63 runs for the team. He was supported by Marcus Stoinis’s 35 runs and Mitchell Marsh’s 28.

Barry MacCarthy had made it difficult for Australia to get easy runs as he took three wickets, removing top order for the side.

Ireland, in a ‘hard fought’ battle, tried their best to get the required runs but most their players failed to stand firm in front of Aussie’s attack. Lorcan Tucker single-handedly garnered 71 runs and then second highest scorer was Gareth Dockrell with just 14.

After the defeat, Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie said, “It was hardly fought. The first innings got away, we bowled well but a couple of overs didn’t go our way and certainly didn’t get the start with the bat, but to show the fight at the end was nice. Looking at the scoreboard we thought it wasn’t against us, again the wickets column was a problem and who knows if someone had stayed with Tucker. He has had a really good World Cup and these wickets here suit him.”

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