The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 witnessed another upset as Andy Balbirnie-led Ireland upstaged England by five runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain interrupted the match on Wednesday, October 26 at Melbourne.
Chasing 158 to win, England managed to score 105 for the loss of five wickets in 14.3 overs when the rain broke at Melbourne. Later, England was found to be five runs short according to the Duckworth-Lewis method when the umpires decided to call off the game.
Their openers failed to get going with Jos Buttler registering a two-ball duck while Alex Hales managed to score just seven runs off five deliveries. Dawid Malan, too looked struggling in the middle, having managed to pile up 35 runs from 37 deliveries.
Ben Stokes once again failed to fire with the bat, having scored just six runs while Harry Brook got 21-ball 18 before Moeen Ali (24* off 12) and Liam Livingstone (1* off 2) took the batting charge. They were looking for a big finish, however rain god had different plans for them.
For Ireland, Joshua Little was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped two wickets while conceding 16 runs in his three overs’ spell. The likes of Ben McCarthy, Fionn Hand, and George Dockrell picked one wicket each.
Earlier, Ireland rode on skipper Andy Balbirnie’s match-defining knock of 62 runs off just 47 balls to help his side post a challenging total on the scoreboard. The likes of Paul Stirling (14), Loran Tucker (34), and Curtis Campher (18) also chipped in with handy contributions.
For England, Mark Wood and Liam Livingstone picked phenomenal three-wicket hauls while Sam Curran had two scalps to his name. Ben Stokes also picked a wicket while conceding just eight runs in his 2.2 overs spell.
ENG vs IRE, T20 World Cup 2022 – Match 20: Brief Score
|Ireland||157 (19.2 Overs)|
|Andrew Balbirnie||62 (47)||Liam Livingstone||3/17 (3)|
|Lorcan Tucker||34 (27)||Mark Wood||3/34 (4)|
|Curtis Campher||18 (11)||Sam Curran||2/31 (3)|
|England||105/5 (14.3 Overs)|
|Dawid Malan||35 (37)||Joshua Little||2/16 (3)|
|Moeen Ali||24* (12)||George Dockrell||1/5 (1)|
|Harry Brook||18 (21)||Fionn Hand||1/17 (2)|
Result: Ireland won by 5 runs (DLS).