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Ireland defeated Australia in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup warm up

CAPE TOWN: Ireland pulled off a shock win over reigning champions Australia in a topsy-turvy day of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches.

England emerged with two warm-up wins from two by beating New Zealand, and the West Indies clung on to defeat Sri Lanka in Cape Town.

India proved too strong for Bangladesh as they recorded a 52-run victory, while hosts South Africa powered to a six-wicket win over Pakistan.

Ireland pull off surprise

Orla Prendergast put on a fine all-round display as Ireland chased down 169 runs to defeat Australia by three wickets to head into the World Cup on a high.

The right-arm medium-pacer dismissed opener Beth Mooney for a first-ball duck on her way to figures of two for 19 from her four overs.

Alyssa Healy and Tahlia McGrath then combined for a 135-run stand which ended with McGrath retiring on 56 to give other batters time in the middle, with Healy following suit having reached 62.

Ellyse Perry’s 40 not out from 20 balls steered Australia to 168 for three, which Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis gave Ireland a fast start in chasing down, putting on 39 runs in 3.5 overs.

Lewis’s dismissal brought Prendergast to the crease whose 26 from 15 runs gave Ireland fresh impetus before Laura Delany’s top score of 32 helped to see Ireland home with two balls to spare.

Scores in brief

Australia 168/3 in 20 overs (Alyssa Healy 62, Tahlia McGrath 56; Orla Prendergast 2/19, Arlene Kelly 1/17)

Ireland 169/7 in 19.4 overs (Laura Delany 32, Amy Hunter 26; Megan Schutt 2/16, Alana King 2/25)

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