Australia resist late Ireland charge
Australia 222-6 (Warner 84) beat
Ireland 157 (O’Brien 45) by 23 runs (D/L)
One-Day International, Belfast
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first after rain delayed the match and turned it into a 47 overs per side game.
It was a blazing start for Australia as Joe Burns (69), making his debut, played some delightful shots. Burns was brutal in the fifth over bowled by Craig Young (1-49) when he hammered four boundaries.
15 more came from the eighth over as Australia scored 80 for no loss after 10 overs.
David Warner (84) and Burns were going neck and neck and brought up their half-centuries in the same over, the 15th.
Burns brought up his fifty in 43 balls with a four, and Warner followed suit with a four bringing up his fifty in 46 balls. Australia reached 106 for no loss after 15 overs.
Burns got a life when Young had him edging one to the wicket keeper only to find that he had overstepped.
Young eventually had his revenge getting Burns couple of overs later and Australia were looking good for a big score at 156 for one after 25 overs.
Tim Murtagh (2-45), the best of Ireland's bowlers, got Warner’s wicket to apply the brakes.
A couple of overs later he bowled George Bailey (1). Glenn Maxwell (2) was gone the next over as Australia slumped to 172 for four before the game was interrupted again by rain.
Shane Watson (26 not out) played a cameo late in the innings despite wickets falling before rain interrupted again, Australia reaching 222 for six after 40.2 overs.
Ireland were required to chase 195 in 27 overs to win the game. However, they lost William Porterfield (4) in the first over.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-13) got Paul Stirling (0) in the next over as Ireland were seven for two after 1.4 overs.
Ireland were 27 for two after 6.2 overs when rain interrupted the game again and the target was revised to 181 in 24 overs.
However, Ed Joyce (44) and Niall O’Brien (45) added 86 for the third wicket to give Ireland a genuine chance.
Maxwell got the breakthrough breaching Joyce’s defence and in his next over got O’Brien as Ireland slipped to 113 for four after 17 overs, needing 68 off the next 42 balls.
A double wicket over from Pat Cummins (2-19) ensured Ireland’s fight ended soon.
Ireland went to 137 for six after 20 overs and could never recover from there; they were dismissed for 157 after 23.4 overs.
Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with an exceptional economy rate. Warner was named man of the match.
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