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Australia will face Ireland in their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 encounter at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday, October 31. Both teams need to win this match at all cost as there two precious points up for grabs. Moreover, the Group 1 is only getting intense with each passing day especially after New Zealand’s big win over Sri Lanka the other day.
The reigning world champions need to win all their games from here on in order to make the semis. In the three games that they have played so far, the Aussies suffered a huge 89-run defeat at the hands of the Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand before making amends with an impressive seven-wicket victory over the Asia Cup holders Sri Lanka. Their eagerly-anticipated virtual knockout clash against arch-rivals England was called off due to rain.
Ireland, on the other hand, seem to be gathering steam just at the right time. After their nine-wicket loss to the Lankans in their Super 12 opener, they stunned an in-form England by five runs via DLS method in a rain-marred game. Unfortunately for the Irish team, their previous encounter against Afghanistan was forced to be abandoned due to rain.
Australia vs Ireland, Match 31, T20 World Cup 2022
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Date and Time: October 31, 01:30 PM
Telecast & Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
The surface at The Gabba is expected to be a balanced one for this contest. The bowlers can get some seam movement early on with the ball in hand and the batters need to be very cautious initially. However, batting will get easier as the contest progresses.
Probable Playing XIs for AUS vs IRE
Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Fionn Hand, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
Probable Top Performers from AUS vs IRE
Probable best batter
Marcus Stoinis blew away Sri Lanka with an explosive half-century which helped the Australians in registering a convincing seven-wicket victory. He attacked all the Lankan bowlers including the lethal spinner Wanindu Hasaranga. Stoinis remained unbeaten scoring 59 runs off 18 deliveries at an outstanding average of 327.8.
Probable best bowler
Mitchell Starc might have only picked up the wicket of Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the last game, but he bowled an economical spell conceding just 23 runs from his quota of four overs at an economy of 5.8. The Irish batters must be very cautious when Starc has the new ball in hand due to his sheer abiility of bowling yorkers at will.
Today’s Match Prediction: Australia to win