Ed Joyce is on 24 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ed Joyce is on 24 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Ireland were set a revised target of 181 runs from 24 overs, following another mild rain interruption, during their chase in the only ODI against World Champions Australia at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on Thursday. Currently, Ireland are 52 for the loss of two wickets in 10 overs with Niall O’Brien on 22 and Ed Joyce on 24. Earlier, Australian skipper, Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat first, as Australia finished on 222 for the loss of six wickets in 40.2 overs following rain stoppage, while Ireland were set a target of 195 from 27 overs via Duckworth-Lewis method. Australia’s Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis and James Pattinson missed out, while George Dockrell, Max Sorensen and Kevin O’Brien missed out for the Irish. Since the match had a delayed start due to rain, the game was reduced to 47 overs per side. LIVE UPDATES: Ireland vs Australia, one-off ODI at Belfast

Australia get ready to embrace their first round of limited-overs cricket since winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 when they take on Ireland in the one-off One-Day International (ODI) at Belfast on Thursday. The visiting Australian team return to action after a surreal few weeks, that saw them bid emotional goodbyes to veterans Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris. They also surrendered the coveted Ashes urn in the 2015 edition by a 2-3 margin, losing the matches at Cardiff, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge in spectacular fashion, while thumping the hosts at Lord’s and The Oval. Ireland, on the other hand, will play their first round of cricket against a top quality side since the 2015 World Cup, having finished as the semi-finalists in the recent ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2015. Live Scorecard: Ireland vs Australia 2015, One-off ODI at Belfast