Full outside off, stays leg side and slashes an extra cover drive in the gap for four
|Josh Little||IRE||80.58||0(1)||- 1.06||- 0.71||2/16||3.87||81.29|
|Liam Livingstone||ENG||58.37||1(2)||- 0.19||- 1.83||3/17||3.14||60.19|
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.
Charlie : "This over of spin was something that Ireland could have done without."
Length outside off, cuts to deep point
Moeen does a Kohli albeit to a spinner! Makes room and forehands it straight for six.
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
Makes room, McCarthy looks to follow him with a length ball. Went down leg
Makes room and slashes it over mid-off! McCarthy landed it around that length area.
Gary: "Aren't most catches by 'Hand'?" Not all?
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 "
Full outsdie off, goes across and pushes to mid-off
Back of length just outside off. Inside edges a defence to pad. Falls in front
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!
Zubin: "@SidB Presumably because Delaney has 2 overs left, they've sent in Moeen instead of the right handed Livingston"
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
Length outside off, cut to deep point
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
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
Full outside off, reaches out and slaps a sweep to long-on
Slog sweeps, doesn't connect. Off the bottom, along the ground to deep square
Despite the two LHBs, Delany continues
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."
Pulls a shortish ball to deep-backward square
Ridwa: "Malan can be Virat today."
Looks to pull and misses, goes off the body to the right of the keeper
Tries to pull, the ball is wide down leg and goes past Moeen's gloves
Pulls, may have tickled it. Ballooned but in empty space at square leg.
|Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1846|
|Match days||26 October 2022 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Ireland 2, England 0|
Over 15 • ENG 105/5Ireland won by 5 runs (DLS method)