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Hosts and defending champions Australia will be looking to salvage their faltering campaign at the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup when they take on giantslayers Ireland at The Gabba on Monday. Ireland and Australia had similar trajectories in the Super 12 stage of the World Cup.

Australia and Ireland will face off in a Group 1 match of the Super 12 stage of the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup at The Gabba on Monday. Hosts and defending champions Australia will be looking to salvage their faltering campaign against the giant-killing Irish.

Australia started their 2022 T20 World Cup on a disastrous note as they were beaten by New Zealand. But Australia bounced back strong to defeat Sri Lanka in their next outing. The Aaron Finch-led side would have loved to record back-to-back wins against former English rivals, but the Australia-England game had to be abandoned without a ball being kicked due to incessant rain.

After qualifying for the Super 12 stage of the World Cup, Ireland tasted defeat against Sri Lanka before surprising England in a match in the rain. Like Australia, Ireland’s previous match was also canceled due to bad weather.

The two teams’ similar trajectories in the Super 12 stage means Ireland and Australia each have 3 points, but Ireland are seeded third in Group 1 while the Australians are fourth one place behind. The ranking difference is due to Ireland’s best net draw rate of -1.170 against Australia’s net draw rate of -1.555.

A victory in this game is crucial for both teams to hold on to their hopes of a place in the semi-finals.

Australia’s biggest concern ahead of this game is the form of fly-half David Warner and Aaron Finch. Versatile Glenn Maxwell hasn’t been at his best with the bat either. The failing stick could tempt Finch to bring Steve Smith back into the playing XI. Smith had to warm up the bench against New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Against the world champions, Ireland captain Andy Balbrine would like his mid-level batsmen and bowlers to be good. On the brighter side, Balbrine came on with a crucial fifty and Joshua Little picked two wickets in the win over England.

Form guide (last five games)

Australia: WLLLW

Ireland: WLWWL

Australia vs Ireland head to head

Matches played: 1

Australia win: 1

Ireland win: 0

Ground:

The dramatic game between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh at the Gabba showed that the pitch needed to be fast with plenty of bounce and keep delivering for the point guards.

Time:

The weather for most of the match could be clear but clouds and rain could visit the Gabba later today

Possible XIs

Australia possible eleventh: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Ireland possible eleven: Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Fionn Hand, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little

Top Fantastic Picks Suggestions

Drummers: David Warner, Andy Balbirnie, Tim David

Wicket keepers: Matthew Wade

Allrounders: Curtis Campher and Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Josh Little

The match starts at 1:30 p.m. IST. In India, the match will be broadcast on Star Sports Network. Online viewers can follow the action live via Disney+ Hotstar.


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