It’s the T20 World Cup 2022 and Ireland played England in what was expected to be a fierce encounter in group 1. The match was marred by rain as England won the toss and chose to bowl first in the Melbourne Cricket Ground currently considered the biggest cricket stadium in Australia.
Paul Sterling was in good form in the previous matches but couldn’t carry the same against their neighbouring county and was caught on the boundary by Sam Curran on 14. Captain Andy Balbirnie was the top scorer for the Irish side who got out when the scoreboard clocked 132 after scoring more than half the runs for the team at that time, leaving the ground at 62 of 47 deliveries. Lorcan Tucker who shared the pitch with the captain for a long was run out by Adil Rashid on 34 after which the Ireland squad started falling, putting up a target of 157 in 19.2 overs.
For the English side, Mark Wood performed well as he bagged 3 wickets giving away 34 runs and so did Liam Livingstone who also bagged 3 for 17. When it came to the second innings, England lost their captain Jos Buttler in the first over itself for a duck, followed by Alex Hales in the second over. Dawid Malan who held the top rank for the best batsman in the T20 format scored a struggling 35 of 37, but later became the target of Barey McCarthy. Ben Stokes and Harry Brooks couldn’t last long on the crease either. Moeen Ali looked in fine form with his 24* of 12 accompanied by Liam Livingstone who had only played 2 deliveries taking a single.
The match was again halted by rain and England were behind the DLS par score by 5 runs at that time. The wait for the rain to stop was for about half an hour after which the umpires decided the play could not continue, resulting in a win for Ireland whose fans were seen delighted in the stands.
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Fans on Twitter were left shocked after Ireland beat England in the T20 World Cup 2022
When it comes to a platform for people to speak freely, they turn to social media. People didn’t hesitate to express themselves funnily on Twitter as nobody thought Ireland would win against the English giants. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions fans shared:
Well as it is said, cricket is a game of unpredictability. It will be interesting to see what the T20 World Cup further has in stores for the fans who will be tuning in from around the world.
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