Australia and Ireland will meet in their Super 12 group match of the 2022 T20 World Cup on October 31st at The Gabba in Brisbane. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 pm local time.
About the Match
Weather has become the unexpected enemy of the home side. They had begun the tournament in the worst possible way, losing their opening group fixture to New Zealand by 89 runs.
That meant that their fate, even that early in the competition, was in the hands of others. A 7 wicket victory over Sri Lanka put them back on track, but their game with England at the MCG was widely regarded as a must win contest for both teams. In the event it proved, literally, to be a damp squib.
Persistent rain in Melbourne at the MCG left the outfield saturated, and, although it had stopped by this time, the umpires called the match off deeming that the surface was unplayable.
Whilst it saved both teams from the jeopardy of a five an over a side lottery, the one point that each gained, did nothing to clarify matters in the group. Australia remain in fourth place, need to win all their remaining group games and hope that their Net Run Rate is good enough in the end if teams finish level on points.
The same rain had earlier prevented Ireland’s game with Afghanistan at the MCG going ahead. For the Irish, hat represented a potential chance lost.
The team that had qualified courtesy of one shock result by beating the West Indies in the first group stage, had caused an even bigger shock by beating England earlier in the week, and, with momentum on their side, knew that victory over the Afghans would have put them in an unexpectedly strong position. Instead, they had to settle for a point like everybody else.
In truth, anything they achieve from this point in the tournament is a bonus. They have already done themselves proud and can go home with their head held high, which makes them potentially dangerous opponents.
They have nothing to lose, and everything to gain from this match. Fortunately for them, the weather for Brisbane on Monday is expected to be good, and there should be no interruptions to the match.
So far, this tournament has not gone according to plan for the hosts, and they will feel that circumstances have conspired against them. The weather has not only seen matches abandoned but it has made the pitches slower and greener than normal, robbing their fast bowling attack of some of its potency.
There were flashes of what they were capable of in the match against Sri Lanka, but they were unable to build on that due to the Melbourne rain.
Meanwhile, they have lost wicketkeeper Matthew Wade who has tested positive for Covid.
With the 34 year old the only wicketkeeper in the squad – his deputy Josh Inglis suffered a freak golfing injury on the eve of the tournament – either David Warner or Glenn Maxwell might have to don the gloves.
As Ireland have proved already in this tournament, they area team capable of extremes, losing to Zimbabwe before bouncing back against Scotland, and going on to thrash the West Indies by 9 wickets.
They were beaten by the same margin in their opening Super 12 game by Sri Lanka., but then came that famous result against England. They have a dangerous top batting order, with Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker all capable of making big scores, and Australia need to be wary if they are able to put together any major partnerships.
Australia v Ireland Head to Head
The two teams have met once before In T20I cricket, Australia the winner.
Australia v Ireland Betting Odds
Betting Tip: AUS vs IRE Winning Prediction
Australia must be considered the overwhelming favourites going into this match. They are playing at home, know the conditions and should benefit from the support of a large and noisy crowd.
There is though more than a fair degree of pressure on them going into this match. The state of the group means that they not only need to win, but also by a healthy margin to improve their Net Run Rate.
Ireland, on the other hand can just enjoy the match. Nobody expects them to win, so they can enjoy the game unburdened by expectation. They have already shown that they have a taste for giant killing in this tournament, and they would dearly love to be able to add Australia to their list of scalps.