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Australia Women V Ireland Women World T20 Preview - Match 16

Australia Women will want to seal semi-final spot against Ireland Women, which is yet to win a game

25 March 2016 18:30

Australia Women V Ireland Women World T20 Preview - Match 16 - Cricket News

Australia has won two of the three matches it has played so far and is in second place.

Australia Women has a good chance to seal a spot on the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 when it takes on Ireland Women at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Saturday (March 26).

Australia has won two of the three matches it has played so far and is in second place in the Group A table, with New Zealand Women sitting pretty on top, having already qualified for the next round.

In stark contrast, Ireland is yet to win a game from three attempts and will be playing purely for pride.

“I think our strength is that we are underdogs,” said Isobel Joyce, captain of the Ireland team, at the end of a training session the day before the game. The assessment was an honest and fair one given Australia’s domination of the women’s game across formats and Ireland’s lack of success in the tournament.

In its first game, Ireland was clearly outclassed by New Zealand at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Suzie Bates led the charge for New Zealand, hitting 82 at the top of the order as her team posted a formidable 177 for 3 from their 20 overs. In response, Ireland was never in with a chance, and ended on 84 for 5, losing by the huge margin of 93 runs.

Ireland fared better in its next game, against Sri Lanka Women, also at the same venue, but still ended up on the wrong side of the result. Bowling first, Ireland kept Sri Lanka down to 129 for 7, thanks largely to Ciara Metcalfe, the leg-spinner, who returned figures of 4 for 15. In response, Ireland was in with a chance, Cecelia Joyce – Isobel’s twin and sister of Ed Joyce, one of Ireland’s leading men’s cricketers – making 29 at the top of the order. Sugandika Kumari was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, picking up 3 for 24, and Ireland ended on 115 for 8, falling 14 runs short.

In its third game, Ireland was up against it once more, being convincingly beaten by an all-round South Africa Women. There were contributions up and down the order as South Africa made 156 for 5 in Chennai, and the chase was a bit of a non-starter. Clare Shillington (34) and Isobel (22) were the only two to get into double figures and this time the margin of defeat was 67 runs.

For Ireland, the game on Saturday is an opportunity to hope that the long odds somehow come good to pull off a stunning upset. That apart, it’s a chance for the players to go out there, express themselves, and have a bit of fun against one of the best sides in world cricket.

Teams (from)
Australia Women: Meg Lanning (capt), Alex Blackwell (vice-capt), Kristen Beams, Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Nicola Carey, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.
Ireland Women: Isabel Joyce (capt), Clare Shillington, Mary Waldron (wk), Lucy O’Reilly, Kate McKenna, Ciara Metcalfe, Robyn Lewis, Gaby Lewis, Kim Grath, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Jennifer Gray, Laura Delany, Cath Dalon, Cecelia Joyce.