Saturday, 26 March 2016

Australia Beat Ireland in Dehli - Womens T20

Australia beat Ireland by seven wickets in Delhi to move closer towards clinching their place in the semi-finals of the Women's World Twenty20.

Ireland, who were already eliminated after losing their first three group games, could not score quickly enough and slipped from 75-2 to 91-7.

Elyse Villani made 43 to help Australia win with 40 balls to spare.

Australia have yet to clinch their semi-final place but will go through if New Zealand beat South Africa later.

England will look to join them in the last four by beating Pakistan in their last Group B game in Chennai on Monday.

Ireland's openers failed to score from the first 11 deliveries, but Clare Shillington broke the shackles with a six and then hit three successive boundaries before falling for 22.

Cecelia Joyce hit three fours in her 22, but the Irish managed only two boundaries in the last 15 overs.

Kim Garth top-scored with 27, but took 46 balls to do so, and in total there were 65 dot balls in the innings.

Ciara Metcalfe dismissed Australia's Alyssa Healy for six, courtesy of a superb one-handed catch by skipper Isobel Joyce.

Garth saw off Meg Lanning, the top-ranked international women's batter, but Villani stroked six boundaries in her 43 from 35 balls, before being well caught by Lucy O'Reilly off Garth with just seven required.

Ellyse Perry finished unbeaten on 29 as Australia eased home.

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