Jos Buttler slams his bowlers, Ireland secured historic victory by DLS method against England
England had won the toss and elected to field first while Ireland posted 157 runs on the board but the rain saved them and England was five runs behind on DLS when the rain came down once again.
England had won the toss and elected to field first against Ireland. After downpour had played find the stowaway before in the early evening too, Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie dashed out of the blocks, similar to what they have frequently finished in the recent past.
However, Stirling smudged Chris Woakes over extra-cover and afterward joined Mark Wood’s first ball over the third-man boundary, with Sam Curran’s effort to scoop it back in proving futile.
Two balls later, Stirling stepped back and attempted to rehash the shot, but Wood cranked it up to 150kph, tucked him up, and had him splicing it straight to Curran.
Lorcan Tucker, who is usually strong against spin, then showed that he could cut it against the pace and bounce of Wood and Woakes on a spicy pitch. Tucker closed out the powerplay with a punchy six off Curran, pushing Ireland up to 59 for 1 in six overs.
Balbirnie who was on 25 off 24 balls at a certain point turned up the rhythm when he arranged Woakes for two fours and a six in the 10th over. With the seamers spilling runs, Buttler had to go to Liam Livingstone’s numerous kinds of turn.
After Livingstone gave just five runs off his first over, England broke the 82-run second-wicket partnership when Adil Rashid diverted a straight drive from Balbirnie back onto the stumps at his end in his follow-through to catch Tucker short for 34 off 27 balls.
Wood got back to the attack in the next over and trapped Harry Tector with a 153kph thunderbolt. Wood kept on bowling in the 150-kph range, thumping Curtis Campher and Delany on their helmets.
As for Livingstone, he stirred up his pace well and dared Ireland’s batters to clear the bigger boundaries at the MCG. He had Balbirnie gotten at deep square leg in the 16th over and cleaned up George Dockrell’s next ball to set off an all-out breakdown.
From 132 for 3 in the 16th over, Ireland crashed to 157 all out, leaving four balls unused in their innings.
Josh Little posed a threat to England with the new ball, finding sharp movement and bounce from a fresh MCG pitch. Little began Ireland’s defense in terrific design by besting Buttler for a duck.
He and Mark Adair bowled much fuller than England’s seamers did with the new ball earlier in the day. After also testing Hales with the fuller length, Little dug one into the pitch and drew a top-edged pull to a short fine leg for 7. He went on to handcuff Dawid Malan with his tactful length variations and use of angles.
Little is the new face of Ireland’s attack, having had franchise cricket stints at the Hundred (Manchester Originals), the Lanka Premier League (Dambulla Giants), and even the IPL (net bowler at Chennai Super Kings), and he moved forward on the big stage against England.
Malan worked to 35 off 37 balls before McCarthy had him miscuing a pull. Harry Brook oversaw just five runs off nine balls against Delany before he also holed out, neglecting to clear the boundary.
Ireland was messy in the field, dropping two catches off two balls toward the beginning of the eleventh over, however, their bowling was anything but.
Moeen was onto something when he hit three fours and six out of seven (legal) balls, however pulling England ahead when the downpour returned wasn’t sufficient. England was five runs behind on DLS when the rain came down once again.
It got heavier soon after and by 6.50 pm, the game ended with Ireland’s players celebrating a monumental victory with their fans, family, and friends in the rain.