BRISBANE: Australia, defending champions, have kept their hopes in the semi-finals T20 World Cup as they recorded a 42-point win over Ireland here on Monday.
Skipper Aaron Finch (63) hit a fine half-century to guide Australia to 179 for five before bowlers thrashed Ireland for 137 in 18.1 overs.
Lorcan Tucker was Ireland’s only warrior as he went undefeated on 71.
Earlier, Finch hit 63 of 44, while Marcus Stoinis scored 35 of 25 after Australia were sent to bat.
Barry McCarthy (3/29) was the bowlers’ pick for Ireland, while left-arm pacer Josh Little (2/21) scalped two wickets.
Short scores:
Australia: 179 for 5 of 20 overs (Aaron Finch 63; Barry McCarthy 3/29).
Ireland: 137 all out in 18.1 overs (Lorcan Tucker 71 not out; Adam Zampa 2/19).

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