T20 World Cup: England stun Ireland in rain-soaked five-run defeat

Last Updated on October 26, 2022 by

England missed the World Cup in Melbourne and Ireland’s rain was inspired.

After a surprisingly soft performance in pursuit of 158, England, one of the favorites, were 105-5 in the 15th over when the rain arrived.

With England after the required score, Ireland secured a five-run victory on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern wicket when the match was called off.

The win does not end England’s hopes of progressing from Group 1 but leaves them likely to need to beat Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the remaining games to go through.

After slipping to 86-5, the rain came when Moeen Ali had started to wrestle his way back to England by hitting 12 in three balls.

But it proved to be too late, with England recovering from their collapse before returning to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for a crucial match against Australia on Friday at 09:00 BST.

Ireland face Afghanistan at 05:00 on the same day at the same venue.

The following Wednesday’s match between New Zealand and Afghanistan at the MCG was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. The Black Caps are top of the group with three points, with Sri Lanka, England, Ireland and Australia all behind.


England upset by Ireland again

England upset by Ireland again

The timing of the rain is not good – one ball and a six Moeen would have taken his team ahead of the required score.

England, though, can have few complaints. Their performance was below par with bat and ball.

Ireland has done this before, famously beating England in Bangalore in the 2011 World Cup, but they are the second lowest in the competition.

England’s plans with the bat he wanted to know.

Having lost captain Jos Buttler for a duck off the second ball of the chase, they struggled to find any momentum – hitting just eight boundaries in 87 balls.

With a total of 10 runs needed, they looked to take long MCG boundaries, with Harry Brook caught off the spin of George Dockrell at the mid-wicket fence.

All this happened after they were able to recover their players following the start they left in the green to run up to 102-1 from 12 overs.

England took 9-54 to lose to Ireland in the final match, giving them what looked like a chase, but now their hopes for the second T20I are in jeopardy.

Friday’s match against Australia, who lost to New Zealand in the first match before beating Sri Lanka, is already a must-win game.

Most batters struggle in Melbourne

Most batters struggle in Melbourne

Buttler pointed to the first 10 overs of the match as the reason for the defeat while admitting that they were still favored in the middle order.

He was caught behind driving left fielder Josh Little, who then had Alex Hales caught at fine leg when the opener skipped a shot.

Ben Stokes’ struggles continued as he made six off eight balls before being bowled by an inswinger from Fionn Hand.

Dawid Malan’s innings summed up England’s strength. He took 37 balls for 35 but rarely shot well.

Ireland threw the ball well everywhere, showing England the way, and capitalized on the swing and seam brought on by the rain before the game.

Only Moeen found his rhythm – he had 24 off 12 balls in the rain, including the innings’ one six when he bowled leg-spinner Gareth Delany down.

England lay blame at poor start

England lay blame at poor start

In those first ten overs, interrupted by another shower, England gave Ireland too much latitude and were put to the sword.

After the early loss of Paul Stirling, Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie, who made 62 off 47, and Lorcan Tucker put 82 together – Chris Woakes was the most disciplined, scoring 41 from three overs.

Tucker bowled Woakes over fine fine leg and hit it gloriously off Sam Curran through the mid-wicket.

“The first 10 overs we weren’t very strong,” said England pacer Mark Wood. “We didn’t have our ability.”

It took a bit of luck to break the stand, Tucker running to the end of the no-hitter when Balbirnie’s push was tipped onto the stumps by the arms of batsman Adil Rashid.

Wood took three wickets of 3-34, beating Stirling and Curtis Campher with his pace. The only bowler, Liam Livingstone, took 3-17, Stokes and Rashid managed to stop the scoring.

Curran closed the innings with two late wickets, bowling both Barry McCarthy and Hand, but his three overs still made 31.

‘Amazing and emotional’ – reaction

'Amazing and emotional' - reaction

England player, Mark Wood, speaking to Test Match Special: “In T20 cricket, if you don’t play well you can be punished. It doesn’t have to be the first team in the world, it can be any team. We were away, they were on and they deserved to win.

“The first 10 overs with the ball, we weren’t at our best. I’m angry and disappointed. On that wicket, I could have bowled better. If I look at myself, I could have been a player. Many matches and not given many four balls.

“Australia has been a great game but we didn’t deserve to win here.”

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie: “It’s amazing and nerve wracking because we’ve never played a game of cricket here before.”

“To come here to play your favorite tournament, with so many big names, and to put on a show in front of friends and family and so many people around the world is so satisfying. To do this on one of the most amazing cricket grounds. It’s a beautiful country.”

England captain, Jos Buttler: “Especially in the first 10 overs with the ball we didn’t have it.

“This result is putting a lot of pressure on us now but it’s as big as it can get now to build on that, Australia v England at the MCG.”

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