The T20 World Cup has witnessed another major upset with Ireland defeating England in their clash. Batting first, Ireland put up a score of 157 with their captain Andy Balbirnie scoring 62 off 47. However, Ireland didn’t build up on the strong opening note they started on, with England scalping all the wickets by the last over.
However, England failed to show up in the chase as their skipped walked off the pitch with a duck. Consequently, Alex Hales and Ben Stokes also made their way back within the powerplay. Moreover, David Malan also left the aid with a 35 off 37. With half their team down in a chase of 72 still left from 6 overs, rain made a final appearance in the match. England fell short of 5 runs as the Duckworth-Lewis method calculated the result. DLS put up Ireland as the winning side at the edge of 14th over in the rain-marred clash.
Ireland Wins Their First in The Super 12 Stage
With this win, Ireland has now obtained their third overall win against England. Interestingly, the previous to came in the ODI format. Ireland seems to be continuing their impressive first-round performance where they knocked out two-time champions West Indies to make it into the Super 12. And now, they have attained their maiden win in the main campaign of the World Cup in Australia.
Placed in Group 1 with Australia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand, Ireland has shown the poise to present a real challenge. And now with this result, barring Afghanistan all the other teams have scored 2 points each in the points table. New Zealand is leading the table with only one match played yet where they clinched a big win against the hosts, Australia. The Jos Buttler-led team will now have to look for big wins themselves if they want to move their campaign to the playoffs.