Ireland upset the mighty English side in the ongoing T20 World Cup by 5 runs (DLS) at Melbourne.l Cricket Ground.
Melbourne: The gap between established teams and new teams in the shortest format of the game is not much more. Due to rain, Ireland upset the mighty English side in the ongoing T20 World Cup by 5 runs (DLS). When the rain arrived, both sides had a 50-50 chance, but fortune favoured the Irish side and they bagged the match in the rain-hit affair
Earlier, England won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Irish side started the proceedings by losing Stirling early, but another opener, Balbirine, was as solid as a rock and hammered 62 runs in just 47 balls. His sublime knock helped Ireland to score a competitive total of 157 all out
However, England lost its opener and captain, Jos Buttler, for a duck. That was an alarming bell for the English side. Ireland’s bowlers were right on target and never allowed their opponents to score runs freely.
When the play stopped, England was struggling to 105 for 5 in 14.3 overs. Moeen Ali and Livingstone were at the crease.
Ireland emerged victorious. Credit must be given to their players for giving a tough fight against an informed side like England. From here, England has to improve a lot because they have to play against the reigning world champion and runner-up, Australia and New Zealand, respectively.
Andy Balbirine, the Irish captain, was adjudged player of the match for his match-winning knock