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RESULT
20th Match, Group 1 (D/N), Melbourne, October 26, 2022, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(14.3/14.3 ov, T:111) 105/5

Ireland won by 5 runs (DLS method)

Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav
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Comms: Ekanth and Deiva
Scorecard summary
Ireland 157/10(19.2 overs)
England 105/5(14.3 overs)
Dawid Malan 35 (37)
Josh Little2/16 (3)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Josh LittleIRE80.580(1)- 1.06- 0.712/163.8781.29
Andy BalbirnieIRE76.1362(47)69.8976.13--0
Mark WoodENG71.67--03/344.0471.67
Liam LivingstoneENG58.371(2)- 0.19- 1.833/173.1460.19
Moeen AliENG46.0724(12)34.4946.07--0

The next game between Afghanistan and New Zealand is on the same ground. The rain has persisted, leading to a delay in start. So that allows time for this game to sink in. Thanks for joining in, hope you enjoyed the joyride of a game as much as we did. I'm Ekanth, signing off on behalf of Deivarayan Muthu, my report-writing co-commentator, our scorers, Thilak Rama and M Venkat Raghav.

So Ireland have done it! Historic day reminiscent of the famous win at the 50-over World Cup win in 2011. Their batting and bowling was amazing for a while but not throughout, the fielding needs to improve but boy are they heading onwards and upwards! For England, this heightens the stakes for the game against Australia, also at the MCG. Mark Wood was quite candid at the mid-innings interview, saying they gave away runs. Buttler mentioned it and noted giving runs on both sides of the wicket was an issue. So lots to work on which will be in focus on Friday.

Andy Balbirnie, Ireland Captain and POTM: We were disappointed with losing seven wickets in a heap late in our innings. It was tough, their bowlers had good variations. Our message was to create chances to be in with a shot. But we were off the blocks with Lorcan Tucker, he took a few blows but continued. (On the win) It's amazing, kind of emotional. To come here against tournament favourites here at the MCG, where we have never played a game before, is amazing. A few of the fans in the crowd have extended their stay. Their support has been wonderful and will do a lot to grow the game back home. We have Afghanistan here on Friday, quick turnaround. Look forward to it. We were fortunate drops did not cost us but we need to improve.

Jos Buttler, England Captain: I thought we were poor in the first 10 overs and let them get away. We were not consistent enough, let them score on both sides of the wicket. The second ten overs were much better. We let them have 20-30 more in the first ten but pulled it back. Myself getting out first over didn't help, we never managed to get initiative. The rain's gotten heavier and heavier, so no problem of coming out when we did. Ireland were excellent, they outplayed us. We made a mistake here and has made it difficult in a tough group.

Josh Little was the star with the ball early on, he was unplayable with late swing and plenty of seam movement. His lengths were immaculate and led to Jos Buttler and Alex Hales' dismissals. Adair assisted him and beat the bat often. McCarthy was good. Delany should have had three but had drop catches. In the end, it did not cost them the win.

Kashyap: "England only have themselves to blame here. When you choose to bat second, you are expected to play by the DLS RR. They were always going to get 100 in the last 10 but whyyy?"

6:53pm: Rain's gotten heavier. The match has it been called off! Ireland win by five runs via DLS. Hand shakes all round as Ireland complete a famous win. They were dominant for the most part but Moeen Ali was bringing England back into the game. Fortune favoured Ireland at the end as England were finally getting close to par after being well behind for pretty much all of the innings. But the brilliance up top is what makes this a deserved win. Lovely scenes now as the Irish players have handshakes with fans, who are congratulating them.

6:46pm: Play has to restart within ten minutes. 6:56 is the cut off time. If it doesn't start by then it's game over. If it doesn't start by then it's over. But a couple of minutes later, Mike Atherton says intensity's reduced but there is still a steady drizzle. Coach Matthew Mott has a word with the ump and leaves with six minutes to go to the cut-off time. Drizzle's still on.

Malghani: "Rain rain, go to Spain."

6:41pm: It's started raining again and the umpires are taking the players off. England are five short of 110, the par score at this stage. Remember, there was a delay at the start of play, so we might start losing overs soon. It looks steady, Nasser Hussain says it's the heaviest it has been so far.

14.3
4
Delany to Moeen Ali, FOUR runs

Full outside off, stays leg side and slashes an extra cover drive in the gap for four

Charlie : "This over of spin was something that Ireland could have done without."

14.2
2
Delany to Moeen Ali, 2 runs

Length outside off, cuts to deep point

14.1
6
Delany to Moeen Ali, SIX runs

Moeen does a Kohli albeit to a spinner! Makes room and forehands it straight for six.

end of over 147 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 93/5CRR: 6.64 RRR: 10.83 • Need 65 from 36b
Moeen Ali12 (9b 2x4)
Liam Livingstone1 (2b)
Barry McCarthy 3-0-20-1
Gareth Delany 3-0-21-0
13.6
1lb
McCarthy to Moeen Ali, 1 leg bye

Back of length ball shoots up, looks to have hit Moeen Ali on the shoulder! Went across after pitching around leg. Moeen was shaping up to play it to the leg side but it sped through. Went off the back shoulder to the off side

13.6
1w
McCarthy to Moeen Ali, 1 wide

Makes room, McCarthy looks to follow him with a length ball. Went down leg

13.5
4
McCarthy to Moeen Ali, FOUR runs

Makes room and slashes it over mid-off! McCarthy landed it around that length area.

Gary: "Aren't most catches by 'Hand'?" Not all?

13.4
McCarthy to Moeen Ali, no run

Bouncer, Moeen shapes for the pull but lets it go after seeing it was angling away at head-height aeound fourth

shaheem: "20 mins of livingstone and its game over "

13.3
1
McCarthy to Livingstone, 1 run

Full outsdie off, goes across and pushes to mid-off

13.2
McCarthy to Livingstone, no run

Back of length just outside off. Inside edges a defence to pad. Falls in front

13.1
W
McCarthy to Malan, OUT

Top edge off the pull... it's taken at deep third! Sigh that relief, McCarthy is ecstatic! Landed it on a back of length outside off, Malan slashed hard as he looks to drag it towards midwicket. Hand ran in a bit but it was well in his reach. Took it low down. Five down now!

Dawid Malan c Hand b McCarthy 35 (37b 2x4 0x6 66m) SR: 94.59
end of over 139 runs
ENG: 86/4CRR: 6.61 RRR: 10.28 • Need 72 from 42b
Moeen Ali8 (6b 1x4)
Dawid Malan35 (36b 2x4)
Gareth Delany 3-0-21-0
Josh Little 3-0-16-2

Zubin: "@SidB Presumably because Delaney has 2 overs left, they've sent in Moeen instead of the right handed Livingston"

12.6
4
Delany to Moeen Ali, FOUR runs

Thrashed along the ground, long-on can't get there. Was full around off, Moeen whacked it powerfully, the drive was very straight. Long-on ran to his right

12.5
1
Delany to Malan, 1 run

Length outside off, cut to deep point

12.4
1
Delany to Moeen Ali, 1 run

Slashed straight, Malan has to jump to let it rocket through below. Was a full and wide ball to which Moeen charged down and swung across

12.3
1
Delany to Malan, 1 run

Full around off, swept behind square to the deep

Rahim: "Are wickets disadvantage to the batting sides on D/L?" Yes, it increases the par score

12.2
1
Delany to Moeen Ali, 1 run

Full outside off, reaches out and slaps a sweep to long-on

12.1
1
Delany to Malan, 1 run

Slog sweeps, doesn't connect. Off the bottom, along the ground to deep square

Despite the two LHBs, Delany continues

end of over 129 runs
ENG: 77/4CRR: 6.41 RRR: 10.12 • Need 81 from 48b
Dawid Malan32 (33b 2x4)
Moeen Ali2 (3b)
Josh Little 3-0-16-2
George Dockrell 1-0-5-1

SidB: "Even though Malan seriously needs to tee off now, but to me it makes absolutely no sense to hold back Livingstone once Brook got out. He could've changed course in a couple of overs, and even if he got out attempting to do that, Eng still have enough depth."

11.6
1
Little to Malan, 1 run

Pulls a shortish ball to deep-backward square

Ridwa: "Malan can be Virat today."

11.5
1lb
Little to Moeen Ali, 1 leg bye

Looks to pull and misses, goes off the body to the right of the keeper

11.5
1w
Little to Moeen Ali, 1 wide

Tries to pull, the ball is wide down leg and goes past Moeen's gloves

11.4
1
Little to Malan, 1 run

Pulls, may have tickled it. Ballooned but in empty space at square leg.

Best performances - batters
A Balbirnie
A Balbirnie IRE
62 runs (47)
5 fours2 sixes
Control
76%
Productive shot
pull
14 runs
2 fours1 six
310111313327
DJ Malan
DJ Malan ENG
35 runs (37)
2 fours0 six
Control
56%
Productive shot
pull
11 runs
1 four0 six
56549312
Best performances - bowlers
LS Livingstone
LS Livingstone ENG
O
3
M
0
R
17
W
3
ECO
5.66
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
MA Wood
MA Wood ENG
O
4
M
0
R
34
W
3
ECO
8.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossEngland, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Ireland
Andy Balbirnie
Match numberT20I no. 1846
Match days26 October 2022 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
South Africa
Adrian Holdstock
Australia
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Paul Wilson
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsIreland 2, England 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
ENG 56.49%
IREENG
100%50%100%IRE InningsENG Innings

Over 15 • ENG 105/5

Ireland won by 5 runs (DLS method)
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SL32140.667
NED3214-0.162
NAM31220.730
UAE3122-1.235
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TEAMMWLPTNRR
ZIM32140.200
IRE32140.105
SCOT31220.304
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AFG5032-0.571
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PAK53261.028
SA52250.874
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ZIM5133-1.138