Aaron Finch injured as Australia beat Ireland


Australia captain Aaron Finch’s T20 World Cup campaign could be in doubt after suffering a hamstring injury in a crushing victory against Ireland.

After struggling mightily for form to start the tournament, Finch finally broke free from the shackles, hitting 63 of 44 deliveries, but came to a halt near the end of the stroke. He was named Player of the Match for his innings.

Finch took to the field for the start of the Ireland innings, but was sent off with the injury after the seventh inning.

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Tim David added to Australia’s injuries a few overs later when he was also forced off the pitch with a hamstring injury.

It remains to be seen how serious the injuries of the two players are. The fact that Marcus Stoinis also ended the game off the pitch added to Australia’s concerns.

After the match, Finch described the injury as “a little heartache”.

“I’ll have a CT scan tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’ve had a history of them before, so we’ll see how I’m doing. It doesn’t feel too bad at the moment, but usually overnight they can stiffen up. We’ll have a scan and get the full results.”

The Australian captain said he was “very hopeful” of being able to step onto the pitch for the team’s next game, Friday’s clash against Afghanistan.

The incredible save of the Irish star

Vigorous shots from Finch helped Australia go an impressive 5-179 in their 20 overs, before early strikes from Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc restricted Ireland to 137.

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Australia needed a win over 75 carries to see their net run rate overtake that of England and were heading for one, before a brilliant unbeaten 71 from just 48 deliveries from Irishman Lorcan Tucker.

The victory lifts Australia to second place in Group 1, behind New Zealand, but their net rate of return remains negative at -0.30, behind England’s mark of 0.24.

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