At ICC T20 World Cup, archrivals England and Ireland met each other for a close contest on 26th October, 2022. After India vs Pakistan and Australia vs Sri Lanka, many wanted to see how England vs Ireland match would turnout to be. England has been hurt by Ireland before in ICC Tournaments and they wanted to make sure that won’t be the case this time around. But rain helped Ireland to shock England, hurting the later’s qualifying chances to Semi-finals from Super12 Group 1.
England won the toss and elected to field first on a seaming wicket at MCG, Melbourne. Ireland openers Paul Stirling (14) and Andy Balbirnie took on the England bowlers but Stirling got out sooner. Lorcan Tucker and Andy Balbrinie got together and started building a dangerous partnership. As they looked like taking the game away, Lorcan Tucker (34) got out and Ireland were 103/2 in 12 overs. Mark Wood immediately removed star hitter Harry Tector for a duck and in quick succession Ireland lost Andy Balbirnie (62), George Dockrell (0) to Liam Livingston’s spin. Finally, Ireland ended up with 157 all-out in 19.2 overs. Mark Wood (3/34), Liam Livingston (3/17), Sam Curran (2/31) and Ben Stokes (1/8) bowled well for England.
Later, England started chase knowing that rain is around the corner. Jos Buttler (0), Alex Hales (7), Ben Stokes (6) got out quickly allowing Ireland bowlers to find some rhythm and they have tightened up run flow. Dawid Malan 35 off 37 balls and Harry Brook 18 off 21 balls struggled to get momentum going. Moeen Ali batted with a purpose to stay ahead of the runs required to win according to D/L method. Ireland bowlers also gave away 14 runs in extras and England looked like inching ahead of the D/L target. But then the rain came down hard and Umpires couldn’t continue the play. As they had another game to be played at the same venue, Umpires couldn’t extend the play time any further with huge rain making it tougher further.
England lost the match with 5 runs against Ireland. This made it tough for England to qualify to Semi-Finals from Group 1 as they have to face Australia and Sri Lanka, South Africa in upcoming matches to secure a place. They cannot afford to lose any match further while Australia, South Africa will press hard to secure a win as well. For Ireland though, this is another historic day in their cricketing history.