Live Updates

  • 8:39 PM IST

    AUS 199/1, 30.1 overs | Target 199 | Usman Khawaja 82 (77), Steven Smith 59 (74): That’s it! Australia thrash Ireland by 9 wickets. It was an easy outing for Steven Smith’s side. They were clinical, be it the bowling or batting department. Ireland, on the other hand, tried their best to get the better of No. 1 side in ICC ODI Rankings. Good cricket over all…

  • 7:09 PM IST

    AUS 123/1, 20 overs | Target 199 | Usman Khawaja 47 (54), Steven Smith 20 (36): No trouble whatsoever for the Australians. They are chasing the target with ease and grace. Khawaja, however, looks in an ominous touch. He is likely to reach his half-century. Smith, on the other hand, is dealing in singles and twos.

  • 6:24 PM IST

    AUS 76/1, 10 overs | Target 199 | Usman Khawaja 22 (25), Steven Smith 2 (5): Australia are in no non-sense mood. They have fired on all cylinders right from the word go, pushing Ireland on the back foot. David Warner scored a quickfire 48 off 30 balls, studded with 4 fours and 2 sixes.

  • 6:17 PM IST

    **Australia innings**

  • 5:06 PM IST

    IRE 198, 43.5 overs: From 121 for 3, the fallible Irishmen were reduced to 198 all-out, courtesy Australia’s collective bowling effort. The way Ireland batted in the first 20 overs, it looked as if they’d surpass 250. But it was Adam Zampa who provided the much-needed impetus by scalping three crucial wickets.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    IRE 149/6, 30 overs | Kevin O’Brien 13 (14), Dockrell 2 (9): What we had expected feared happened in the last 10 overs. From 104 for 2, Ireland cascaded down to 149 for 6. Boland and Zampa take two wickets each.

  • 3:14 PM IST

    IRE 104/2, 20 overs | John Anderson 32 (37), Wilson 7 (17): Decent start for the Irishmen. Porterfield and Stirling lay solid foundation for the middle order. All the same, Wilson looks in good touch and has so far 6 lovely boundaries. If the Irishmen continue the momentum, they might as well score past 250. On the other hand, Australian batsmen have been disciplined but not lethal enough to take wickets.

  • 2:18 PM IST

    IRE 47/1, 10 overs | John Anderson 0 (4), Porterfield 15 (29): Ireland chose to bat first against the No. 1 team. As a result, the match is accepted to finish earlier than it is expected to. Not just me, every cricket-fanatic would think so. However, had Australia batted first, they would have went all guns blazing in 50 overs, posting mammoth total on the scoreboard. Anyway, if the fallible Irishmen manage to survive 50 overs, it — in some way or the other — would be an achievement.

    Meanwhile, Ireland take the bull by its horn and score 47 in the first 10 overs. And all the predictions rubbish I wrote goes for a toss.

  • 1:20 PM IST

    Playing XI:

    Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Daniel Worrall

    Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, John Anderson, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Sean Terry, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Barry McCarthy, Peter Chase

  • 1:12 PM IST

    TOSS UPDATE: Ireland win toss, elect to bat.

Ireland are coming off a defeat to South Africa © Getty Images
Ireland are coming off a defeat to South Africa © Getty Images

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the one-off One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and Ireland to be played on Tuesday. This one-off ODI between the world champions Australia and an Associate nation, Ireland, will be played at the Willowmore Park in Benoni, South Africa. This will be the fifth occasion overall that Australia and Ireland will be facing off in a 50-over clash, as their bilateral cricket history is not very old. It was on April 13, 2007, that Australia and Ireland played an ODI for the first time, which the former won easily. Not hard to guess, in the last four occasions, Australia have won three times while one game — at Belfast in June 2012 — was washed out.

The very first time when Australia and Ireland clashed in a 50-over international was during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean. Australia rammed the budding side back then by a massive margin of 9 wickets. But the second time when Australia met Ireland in a ODI, they had to do a lot of hard work for registering a win. Australia and Ireland clashed for the second time at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin, and batting first, the then four-time world champions produced an ordinary show with the bat, putting up mere 231 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs. William Porterfield and Paul Stirling provided Australia a lot of scare with their 80-run opening stand. Australia eventually won this game by 39 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Ireland, one-off ODI at Benoni

On the third occasion, Brett Lee had Ireland reeling for 36 for 3 taking 2 wickets, but rain caused abandonment of the one-off ODI at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast. The last time when these two sides faced off was when Australia toured England and Ireland in 2015. At the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast, Australia posted a target of 223 for Ireland in  rain-truncated game, which resulted in an Australian win by 23 runs. Also read – South Africa vs Ireland: Hosts crush hapless visitors by 206 runs in one-off ODI

Talking about their current form, Australia are coming off a terrific win against Sri Lanka in the island nation. Australia bounced back from a poor Test series in Sri Lanka to slam the hosts in an impressive manner. On the other hand, Ireland recently lost their only ODI to South Africa.

Squad:

Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Daniel Worrall

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Sean Terry, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Poynter (wk), Andy McBrine, George Dockerell , Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase, Craig Young, John Anderson.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Ireland, one-off ODI at Benoni