Twenty20 takes major scalp as sad Australia crash out

AUSTRALIA&rsquo;S summer got off to the worst possible start at Trent Bridge last night after a six-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka saw them crash out of the World Twenty20.<br /><br />Just two days after West Indian captain Chris Gayle put them to the sword at The Oval, the Aussie bowlers succumbed again as Tillekeratne Dilshan&rsquo;s blistering 26-ball half-century helped Sri Lanka complete the first major shock of the competition.<br /><br />It was Australia&rsquo;s fifth successive Twenty20 defeat and left Australian captain Ricky Ponting with plenty to think about ahead of this summer&rsquo;s Ashes series. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re a little bit off in this game, you pay for it,&rdquo; a dejected Ponting admitted afterwards.<br /><br />&ldquo;Now we have to move on as quickly as possible and focus on the Ashes.&rdquo;<br /><br />Indeed but for tailender Mitchell Johnson (28), Australia&rsquo;s defeat might have been heavier as spinner Ajantha Mendis completely foxed the middle order on his way to figures of 3-20, while Lasith Malinga bagged 3-36.<br /><br />The Sri Lankans always looked on top in reply with Dishan (53) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (55no) leading from the front with a fine half-centuries before the skipper finished things off with six balls to spare.<br /><br />While Australia will be confined to watching the Super Eights from their hotel rooms, one team who will be in action is Ireland after their passage was confirmed with a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh at The Oval.<br /><br />Seamer Trent Johnston was the hero with the ball as his 3-20 helped limit the Bangladeshi&rsquo;s to 137-8 from their 20 overs.<br /><br />Brothers Niall (40) and Kevin O&rsquo;Brien (39no) then took over and led the Irish to a famous victory to prove their last eight qualification at the 2007 World Cup was no fluke.