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World T20: Boost for Ireland as Australia beat Windies, rain

Australia’s win sets up a straight shoot-out between Ireland and the West Indies for a place in the Super 8 stages on Monday.

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AUSTRALIA QUALIFIED FOR the Super Eights round of the World Twenty20 by defeating the West Indies in a rain-interrupted group B match in Colombo on Saturday.

Australia, chasing a challenging target of 192, were 100-1 in 9.1 overs when heavy rain forced the match to be called off in front of 18,000 fans at the Premadasa stadium.

The Aussies, who were ahead of the par score of 83 at that stage, won by 17 runs, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Australia’s second successive win — they beat Ireland by seven wickets on Wednesday — leaves the West Indies and Ireland battling for the other Super Eights spot from the group on Monday.

The weather ruined a keen finish with Australia edging ahead, needing 92 more from 65 balls with nine wickets in hand.

Earlier, the West Indies posted 191-8 following attacking half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

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