ICC World Twenty20, 10th Match, Group D: England v Ireland at Providence, May 4, 2010
ICC World Twenty20 - 10th match, Group D
No result
Played at Providence Stadium, Guyana (neutral venue)
4 May 2010 (20-over match)

1330 Right, enough tattle, the players are out there, and we're almost ready for the off. Lumb will take strike to the tall tall Boyd Rankin.

1318 As many of you will no doubt point out, England's star player of the moment, Eoin Morgan, will be up against his old side. Maybe Ireland can find a chink in his game that no other side seems to have located yet.

And indeed Malcolm Dollery weighs in with this acerbic comment: "Wouldn't it be cool if we could knock the mercenaries out of the world cup,any chance of giving us our players back England."

Full marks to Nick for following the link and for these thoughts on the D/L: "Typical bloody Yorkshire stubbornness from Duckworth - at one point he even intimates that despite the fact Windies lost a wicket, the ball actually benefitted them because they got a (wide) run from it. When you get to a stage in cricket when wickets become meaningless then you have to admit changes are needed - cricket is not played on graphs."

Chris, from Australia, is still marvelling at his own wit: "Maybe im stuck in IPL mode but... good to see an Irishman included in England's four overseas players"

1300 Hello and welcome to this winner-goes-through clash between England and Ireland. I'm Sahil Dutta, and I'll be joined by Liam Brickhill (still inconsolable from Zimbabwe's exit) to bring you all the action. Thanks to the rain, and that dangerous duo Duckworth and Lewis, 191 was not enough for England against the West Indies yesterday, all of which makes means today's match is crucial.

While most observers extended sympathy to a frustrated England captain, Mr Duckworth was unrepentant, when he spoke to our very own Andrew Miller, pretty much telling Collingwood to quit his winging. There you go.

Anyway, I'm sure he'll be back with his partner in crime to unleash more wrath on whoever bats first today. Judging from the Zimbabwe match earlier, there should be plenty of spin around today. All of which adds to my excitement about seeing Ireland's 17-year-old left-arm-spinner George Dockrell in action.

While we wait for the toss, I can point you to a few exciting places. Firstly, our Facebook page, where you can calmly and politely discuss the cricket with each other, and, very excitingly, our Cricket Radio station. Due to rights restrictions if you're in India, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand, you won't be able to access it. Alas.

News from the middle is Ireland have won the toss and will bowl. So they get all the D/L chasing fun if the weather turns nasty.

The teams line-up like this: England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Craig Kieswetter, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Ryan Sidebottom.

Ireland 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Niall O'Brien (wk), 4 Alex Cusack, 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Gary Wilson, 7 John Mooney, 8 Trent Johnston, 9 Andre Botha, 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 George Dockrell.


Rankin to Lumb, FOUR, simple start from Lumb, Rankin lands a loosener short and down the leg side, Lumb helps it on it's way, past the short fine leg for a gimme boundary


Rankin to Lumb, 1 leg bye, almost got a chance to repeat the stroke, but the ball was much fuller and he missed his leg-side nurdle, it ran off the pad into the leg side for a quick single


Rankin to Kieswetter, no run, better length and line to the right hander, outside off, Kieswetter lets it go by


Rankin to Kieswetter, no run, and again, decent length, outside off stump and left alone


Rankin to Kieswetter, no run, much better line this time, at the body, and back of a length, Kieswetter hops back and drops it by his feet


Rankin to Kieswetter, 1 run, good ball to finish, Rankin uses all his height to gain some bounce, Kieswetter rocks back and forces it into the covers for a swift single

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • C Kieswetter 1 (4b)
    • MJ Lumb 4 (2b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 1-0-5-0

Just to confirm, if this match is washed out, and let's hope it isn't, England would go through on better net run rate. Anyway, here's Trent Jonhston.


Johnston to Kieswetter, no run, keeper up the wicket, good ball, full outside off, Kieswetter content to leave it alone


Johnston to Kieswetter, 1 run, arrowed slightly too leg-sided, allows Kieswetter to clip it away towards square leg for a gentle single


Johnston to Lumb, no run, that's just the sort of line and length Johnston is after, fullish, on and around off stump, nothing much Lumb can do, squirting it off an inside edge towards midwicket


Johnston to Lumb, FOUR, that's the problem at this gentle pace, a fraction too short and wide, Lumb rocks back and cuts firmly through point for four


Johnston to Lumb, 1 run, back on a tighter line this time, Lumb tries to force it away through the off side, doesn't really time it, but collects a single to mid off

Two slips in place


Johnston to Kieswetter, no run, good delivery, nipping back off the seam from a good length outside off, Kieswetter stretches forward and it jags back on to his pad, they think about a cheeky single, but it's not there

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • C Kieswetter 2 (7b)
    • MJ Lumb 9 (5b 2x4)
    • DT Johnston 1-0-6-0
    • WB Rankin 1-0-5-0

Rankin to Lumb, FOUR, oh dear, with fine leg up that is a pretty rank delivery, short and down the leg side, Lumb helps himself to four with a controlled pull shot


Rankin to Lumb, 1 leg bye, better length but the wrong line, much like the last over, he looks more comfortable against right handers, as it is, Lumb missed his leg-side poke but they collect a leg-bye


Rankin to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter has a big heave-ho at fresh air outside the off stump, from a shortish ball


Rankin to Kieswetter, 2 runs, lucky for Kieswetter, short ball that got big on Kieswetter, he ended up skying a pull shot down towards fine leg, but it was too fine for the fielder and too far back for the wicket keeper, lands safe


Rankin to Kieswetter, no run, less incident here, back of a length and driven into the covers


Rankin to Kieswetter, 2 runs, Kieswetter likes this shot, giving himself room outside off stump but skipping leg side of the ball and driving over mid off, didn't quite time it and some smart, diving boundary fielding saves the four

End of over 3 (9 runs) England 21/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • C Kieswetter 6 (11b)
    • MJ Lumb 13 (7b 3x4)
    • WB Rankin 2-0-13-0
    • DT Johnston 1-0-6-0

Johnston to Lumb, no run, not a great shot this, Lumb aims a flat-footed pull at a ball that was not short enough for it, misses, and it crashes into his thigh


Johnston to Lumb, no run, good tight bowling, Lumb has another swipe, it really is nothing more than that, at a good-length ball on off stump, misses it entirely


Johnston to Lumb, 1 run, good bowling again, this time much fuller, Lumb squeezes it out to mid off and scampers a single

Plenty of noise from the Irish fielders, and why not, they're bowling rather well


Johnston to Kieswetter, no run, another good ball here, outside off stump but crucially on a good length, Kieswetter flashes a drive at it, but misses


Johnston to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter can't get away, with the keeper up to the stumps he's rooted to the crease, so can only push this ball into the covers


Johnston to Kieswetter, 2 runs, dropped, Johnston deserved better! Good length again, good line again, this time finds Kieswetter's outside edge but Botha's dive to his left couldn't hold on, wasted opportunity and what a shame for Johnston, who looks absolutely furious

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • C Kieswetter 8 (14b)
    • MJ Lumb 14 (10b 3x4)
    • DT Johnston 2-0-9-0
    • WB Rankin 2-0-13-0

KJ O'Brien to Lumb, OUT, gone! O'Brien strikes on his first ball! Nothing delivery, shortish and on leg stump, Lumb whipped it firmly but the giant Boyd Rankin intercepted with a good low catch at short fine leg

MJ Lumb c Rankin b KJ O'Brien 14 (19m 11b 3x4 0x6) SR: 127.27


KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, oh goodness me! O'Brien finds some extra bounce outside off and KP fiddled at it pointlessly, and missed, very close


KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, nervy start this, fuller and canons into KP's pads, he's rooted to the crease a fraction


KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, shorter this time, and forced into the point region for one, plenty of noise from the Irish


KJ O'Brien to Kieswetter, 3 runs, this time it's clipped into the leg side where some lazy fielding from Stirling allows three


KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, there probably shouldn't have been a single there, worked to short fine leg, and the batsmen scamper through, despite Dockrell hurling it in with a horrid expression on his face

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 29/1 (RR: 5.80)

    • KP Pietersen 2 (4b)
    • C Kieswetter 11 (15b)
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-5-1
    • DT Johnston 2-0-9-0

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, Johnston drifting a touch on to Pietersen's pads, is punished with a firm clip out to deep midwicket


Johnston to Kieswetter, 2 runs, lovely shot this, Kieswetter times this through extra cover off the front foot for a couple


Johnston to Kieswetter, OUT, well, this is close! Kieswetter whips a fullish ball to short midwicket and sets off for a suicidal single, but a throw zips in in a flash, leaving him sprawling and diving back in, very very close, the toe end of the bat could be in by a frame, but the bat looks to have bounced up.... it's probably out... and given!

C Kieswetter run out 13 (29m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

Ireland have been brilliant in the field, and on this slowish track in dank conditions England have struggled. It was similar conditions when Ireland almost beat England in Belfast after the Ashes last year.


Johnston to Collingwood, no run, good stuff from Johnston, really giving nothing away here, wicket-to-wicket bowling, Collingwood can only push it tamely to the covers


Johnston to Collingwood, no run, really top fielding this from Ireland, pushed into the covers once more, diving stop pins Collingwood to the strike. Niall O'Brien is screaming manically, and why not


Johnston to Collingwood, OUT, gone! Johnston strikes! Ireland are all over England here! Another ball into the off-stump channel, Collingwood pushed at it, and it flew to Botha at slip, who this time makes no mistake. Well, well, well

PD Collingwood c Botha b Johnston 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 32/3 (RR: 5.33)

    • KP Pietersen 3 (5b)
    • DT Johnston 3-0-12-1
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-5-1

Eoin Morgan comes in with England really in a sticky situation against his old team.


Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 run, good start from Dockrell, landing it on a decent line with good flight, Pietersen whips his arms through a drive and collects one to mid off


Dockrell to Morgan, 1 run, wow, you have to admire the audacity of the 17-year-old, really throws it up to Morgan here, who leans it through midwicket for one


Dockrell to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen beaten! Left-arm spinners and Pietersen continue to cause havoc, this pitches and zips past his defensive prod


Dockrell to Pietersen, no run, another good ball, Pietersen can only stretch forward and defend


Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch shorter this time, keeps a fraction low and takes an age to get to Pietersen, who goes back and mistimes a pull into the leg side


Dockrell to Morgan, no run, shorter this time, lack of pace in the pitch defeats Morgan's cut shot

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 35/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • EJG Morgan 1 (2b)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (9b)
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-3-0
    • DT Johnston 3-0-12-1

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, Johnston is unrelenting from his nagging off-stump McGrath impression, Pietersen aims a squirt to third man, but can't beat the fielder


Johnston to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, having just said that, this is arrowed a little too far down the leg side and Pietersen helps it on it's way for one off the pad


Johnston to Morgan, no run, outside off, nipping away off the wicket, Morgan watches it carefully and shoulders arms


Johnston to Morgan, 1 run, nicely played, waited on it, and guided it down to third man for an important single

Three years ago on this ground in the World Cup, Morgan was playing for Ireland against England. Which should anger the Ireland fans


Johnston to Pietersen, no run, nicely bowled, full and Pietersen's drive can't beat extra cover


Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, Johnston finishes an excellent spell with another accurate ball, Pietersen can only force it away with no timing at all down the ground for one

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 38/3 (RR: 4.75)

    • KP Pietersen 6 (13b)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (4b)
    • DT Johnston 4-0-14-1
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-3-0

Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen stays leg side of the ball, and watching it carefully, drives cautiously through the off side for a single


Dockrell to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan on the reverse sweep, very well executed, taken from leg stump and whipped firmly through what became square leg


Dockrell to Morgan, no run, this time he defends watchfully


Dockrell to Morgan, 1 run, nicely done from Morgan, down on one knee and prodded very delicately past the keeper for a single


Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen not certain here, chipping down the ground for a single, it went high but there are no fielders in place there


Dockrell to Morgan, no run, drags his length back a fraction and on this sluggish surface it's difficult to get away, Morgan can't time his cut shot and it trickles away on the off side

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 45/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • EJG Morgan 7 (8b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 8 (15b)
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-10-0
    • DT Johnston 4-0-14-1

KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, not much on offer here, a touch down leg side from O'Brien, Pietersen clips it to deep square leg for a single


KJ O'Brien to Morgan, 3 runs, too far down the leg side this time, Morgan helps it round the corner for a single


KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen looking rather edgy, and doesn't look very comfortable attempting a delicate sweep shot, misses it entirely


KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, OUT, Pietersen departs! Massive moment for Ireland! Can you believe it? Short ball and Pietersen nailed his pull shot straight to the man at deep square. Just like yesterday

KP Pietersen c Mooney b KJ O'Brien 9 (25m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Wright and Morgan have a real job to do here again, but the pitch is very different.


KJ O'Brien to Wright, no run, Wright leans forward and defends a good ball very correctly into the covers


KJ O'Brien to Wright, no run, O'Brien completes another excellent over, this time drags his length back a fraction, Wright stands up and defends

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 49/4 (RR: 4.90)

    • LJ Wright 0 (2b)
    • EJG Morgan 10 (9b 1x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-9-2
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-10-0

Andre Botha comes into the attack, another dobbing medium pacer.


Botha to Morgan, no run, this is right arm very slow, on a line and length, sticks in the pitch a fraction, Morgan gets forward and defends


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, slightly fuller this time, but Morgan won't risk anything expansive at this stage, so strokes it gently down to long off


Botha to Wright, no run, good line to Wright, giving him no room at all to swish his arms, so he prods it into the leg side


Botha to Wright, 1 run, slower ball, if he could get any slower, gripped off the surface a touch as well, Wright prods it away by his feet and scampers through


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, just leg-sided enough to allow Morgan to hoik it to deep midwicket for a controlled single


Botha to Wright, no run, good ball to finish up, giving Wright no width to work with, he pushes and thinks about running but no single is there

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 52/4 (RR: 4.72)

    • LJ Wright 1 (5b)
    • EJG Morgan 12 (12b 1x4)
    • AC Botha 1-0-3-0
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-9-2

Some very concerned expressions in the England dugout.


Cusack to Morgan, 1 run, excellent fielding from Dockrell at short fine leg keeps this to a single, Morgan clipped a fullish ball around the corner, but a diving stop intercepted


Cusack to Wright, 1 run, that's what Wright wants, some width outside off and he flays his arms at it, sending the ball firmly to the fielder at the point boundary


Cusack to Morgan, FOUR, much too short, and down the leg side, Morgan clips it away and this time beats short fine leg to collect a much-needed boundary


Cusack to Morgan, no run, much better line this time, on and around off stump, Morgan can only defend


Cusack to Morgan, no run, good line again, Morgan tries to work it into the leg side but can't get much on it


Cusack to Morgan, 1 run, nicely played, similar line to the last two deliveries, but a fraction fuller and Morgan flicks it into the midwicket region for a single, lifting it over the infield

End of over 12 (7 runs) England 59/4 (RR: 4.91)

    • EJG Morgan 18 (17b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 2 (6b)
    • AR Cusack 1-0-7-0
    • AC Botha 1-0-3-0

Dockrell to Morgan, no run, the audacious Dockrell continues, floating it up around off stump, Morgan attempts a big sweep and misses


Dockrell to Morgan, no run, nicely bowled again, Morgan stretches forward and defends


Dockrell to Morgan, 1 run, this time it's a fraction fuller and Morgan carefully works it into the leg side for one


Dockrell to Wright, 1 run, good ball to Wright, a touch of spin and he stretches forward and defends off an inside edge into the square leg region


Dockrell to Morgan, FOUR, a touch short, and Morgan punishes him, pulling firmly for a pressure-releasing boundary down to deep midwicket


Dockrell to Morgan, 2 runs, very well played, with soft hands helping this leg-side ball into the square leg region for a lung-busting couple

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 67/4 (RR: 5.15)

    • EJG Morgan 25 (22b 3x4)
    • LJ Wright 3 (7b)
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-18-0
    • AR Cusack 1-0-7-0

Botha to Wright, 1 run, oh close again! A touch short from Cusack , Wright tried to latch on to it with a big pull shot, but with the lack of pace in the wicket almost spooned it to deep midwicket, but it bounced short


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, into the legs and worked away for one


Botha to Wright, no run, finds a good line and length here, not much Wright can do except hop back and defend


Botha to Wright, 2 runs, a touch fuller this time, Wright drives powerfully down the ground where long on skirts round and fields


Botha to Wright, 1 wide, good take from the noisy O'Brein, down the leg side


Botha to Wright, no run, good line this time, and on this pitch it's difficult to get away, excellent bowling, Wright pushes it out to the covers


Botha to Wright, 3 runs, oh dear, ruined all the good work, just speared it down the leg side and this time Wright tickles it round the corner where only some very swift and diving fielding on the boundary saves four

End of over 14 (8 runs) England 75/4 (RR: 5.35)

    • LJ Wright 9 (12b)
    • EJG Morgan 26 (23b 3x4)
    • AC Botha 2-0-11-0
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-18-0

Dockrell to Wright, no run, lovely ball, well flighted, attacking line on off stump, Wright pushes back to the bowler


Dockrell to Wright, no run, and again, building pressure, Wright attempted a big sweep but can't time it and short fine leg fields


Dockrell to Wright, no run, top bowling again, held back a fraction and really spinning away, beats Wright's gentle defensive prod


Dockrell to Wright, no run, wow, another slow loopy ball, Wright goes for big sweep and can't get any of it, great pressure being built up


Dockrell to Wright, no run, Wright can't get away, full and straight and Wright pats it back diligently


Dockrell to Wright, 1 run, oh! Dockrell almost got his man! Really fantastic bowling, looped it up and Wright went for a big mow but got a skying top edge, lands safely behind the keeper. What an over!

End of over 15 (1 run) England 76/4 (RR: 5.06)

    • LJ Wright 10 (18b)
    • EJG Morgan 26 (23b 3x4)
    • GH Dockrell 4-0-19-0
    • AC Botha 2-0-11-0

KJ O'Brien to Wright, 2 runs, full toss Wright mows it away, thinks he has collected the boundary but desperate, diving fielding saves the four


KJ O'Brien to Wright, no run, good ball this time, on a decent length and line, Wright has a big swipe but can't connect


KJ O'Brien to Wright, 1 run, there is a real heady tension to proceedings, electric fielding from Ireland as Wright slaps this down the ground for one


KJ O'Brien to Morgan, (no ball) 1 run, too full and outside off, Morgan drives it down towards the point boundary. No ball means it's a welcome free hit for England


KJ O'Brien to Wright, 1 run, well, pretty well bowled, slower ball bouncer, Wright tries all he can to inject some pace on it with a whipped pull shot, ends up being caught on the boundary but of course it doesn't count


KJ O'Brien to Morgan, 1 run, short again, difficult to punish on the sluggish track, Morgan slaps it down to deep midwicket for a single


KJ O'Brien to Wright, SIX, too full this time and punished! Wright steps forward and cleanly strikes it straight back over O'Brien's head for six, top shot

End of over 16 (13 runs) England 89/4 (RR: 5.56)

    • LJ Wright 20 (23b 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 28 (25b 3x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 3-0-22-2
    • GH Dockrell 4-0-19-0

Boyd Rankin back, England may fancy his extra pace.


Rankin to Morgan, 1 run, this is a touch too short, and again down the leg side, Morgan swings it away down to fine leg for one


Rankin to Wright, OUT, Rankin does the trick! It was a full toss, Wright skipped down the track and leg side of the ball, normally he would back himself to get all of it, but in the end it came off the toe end to mid off where Porterfield held a decent catch over his head

LJ Wright c Porterfield b Rankin 20 (22m 24b 0x4 1x6) SR: 83.33


Rankin to Morgan, 2 runs, fuller this time from Rankin, Morgan turns it away towards fine leg for a couple

Fine leg comes up.


Rankin to Morgan, 2 runs, top delivery, right in the blockhole, Morgan couldn't get a bat on it and it leaps through to O'Brien behind the stumps who couldn't hold on


Rankin to Morgan, no run, pitched well up again, Morgan drives it straight to mid off, Bresnan sets off for a run that was never there, is sent back and would have been run out if the throw had hit


Rankin to Morgan, no run, outside off and beats Morgan, excellent over from Rankin. Niall O'Brien is screaming with excitement

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 94/5 (RR: 5.52)

    • EJG Morgan 33 (30b 3x4)
    • TT Bresnan 0 (0b)
    • WB Rankin 3-0-18-1
    • KJ O'Brien 3-0-22-2

Botha to Bresnan, 1 run, well, Bresnan will be happy to get Morgan back on strike, short ball, he pulls it to short fine leg for an easy single


Botha to Morgan, FOUR, oh top shot this, really good from Morgan, fullish ball outside off, he throws his arms through it and nails it to the deep cover boundary, threading through the field excellently


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, well outside off again, allows Morgan to flay it through the off side, and collect one down to deep point


Botha to Bresnan, no run, decent length and line, Bresnan no room to free his arms, and it's patted out into the off side


Botha to Bresnan, no run, good ball again, fuller this time on off stump, Bresnan connects but straight to cover


Botha to Bresnan, FOUR, very unlucky for Ireland here, Bresnan attempted a slightly desperate looking swipe, gets a bottom edge, straight through the keeper for four

End of over 18 (10 runs) England 104/5 (RR: 5.77)

    • TT Bresnan 5 (4b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 38 (32b 4x4)
    • AC Botha 3-0-21-0
    • WB Rankin 3-0-18-1

Rankin to Morgan, FOUR, what a shot from Morgan! Full toss outside off stump, Morgan skipped across his stumps and dinked it over short fine leg for four


Rankin to Morgan, 1 leg bye, lands the yorker this time, Morgan aims to swing it away into the leg side, but misses and it comes off the pads


Rankin to Bresnan, no run, oh dear, slightly horrid shot from Bresnan here, he should just be looking to give Morgan the strike, instead swipes at thin air


Rankin to Bresnan, OUT, well you sensed that was coming, Bresnan goes for another big heave, can't connect cleanly and it goes straight to long off, importantly it's another dotball

TT Bresnan c Mooney b Rankin 5 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


Rankin to Morgan, 1 run, good length and line again, nothing even Morgan can do here, drives it down the ground for one


Rankin to Swann, 1 wide, tough call that for Rankin, Swann sauntered down the wicket towards the off side, Rankin slipped it down the leg, but too far for the umpire


Rankin to Swann, 1 run, Swann running down the wicket again, this time it's straighter and Swann drives it down the ground, looks for the second but it's not there and Swann keeps the strike

End of over 19 (8 runs) England 112/6 (RR: 5.89)

    • GP Swann 1 (1b)
    • EJG Morgan 43 (35b 5x4)
    • WB Rankin 4-0-25-2
    • AC Botha 3-0-21-0

Botha to Swann, 1 run, good stuff from Botha, giving no room for Swann to work with, he clips it off his legs to square leg for a single


Botha to Morgan, 2 runs, clever bowling and clever batting, slower ball and a touch short, Morgan gets into position for a big pull early, but waits on it and picks the gap for a couple


Botha to Morgan, OUT, can't get it away this time, ends a crucial and excellent innings from Morgan, another slower ball, Morgan tries to smash it over long on but can't generate the power and it caught on the long on boundary

EJG Morgan c Wilson b Botha 45 (53m 37b 5x4 0x6) SR: 121.62


Botha to Swann, 2 runs, another slower ball, and back of a length, Swann swipes it away to square leg and some very swift running allows a couple


Botha to Swann, 1 run, OUT, Swann wanders down the wicket, and clips it down to long on, Yardy tries to come back for the second but a brilliant direct-hit beats him, he had to go for it, but it was brilliant fielding

MH Yardy run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -


Botha to Swann, 2 runs, ends an excellent over, full and straight and Swann mistimes a drive, spooning it just over the head of Johnston running back

What a fantastic fielding effort from Ireland. Using the conditions perfectly they really hustled in the field, gave nothing away, bowled accurately and but for another big effort from Eoin Morgan would have embarrassed England. Johnston did his best McGrath impression, but for me, Dockrell's performance, choking England's middle order, was fantastic.

Given the problems Ireland have had with their batting in recent times England should back themselves to still win this game, especially on a very slow wicket, but the underdogs have given themselves a real opportunity. It needs just one special performance to pull off the shock.

Anyway, I need to catch my breath and gulp some tea, so read the mid-match musings of Andrew Miller in his bulletin and Liam Brickhill will takeover the comms for the Irish chase.

End of over 20 (8 runs) England 120/8

    • GP Swann 7 (5b)
    • SCJ Broad 0 (0b)
    • AC Botha 4-0-29-1
    • WB Rankin 4-0-25-2





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