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26th October 2022

IRELAND have been awarded a controversial win over England via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method due to heavy rainfall in Melbourne.

Jos Buttler and co fell short by five runs before the umpire called time on this T20 World Cup thriller.

But ultimately, it was a hard-fought victory for the Irish who should have been at a disadvantage for losing the toin coss.

  • RESULT: England 105/5 – Ireland 157
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  • Sam Dymond

    Irish win will be remembered

    Former England skipper Eoin Morgan believes that today's victory will be treasured by many back in Ireland for years to come – despite the unsatisfactory conclusion.

    The Dublin-born cricketer also feels that this performance is every bit as impressive as Ireland's legendary win against England in Bangalore 11 years ago given the calibre of the opposition.

    When you look back at the upsets in Irish cricketing history, this is right up there. The England team that they are playing today is one of the most talented and versatile that they've ever put out. It's a hugely significant win for Andrew Balbirnie and his team. They've completely out-bowled and out-batted England. They've been brilliant.

    Eoin MorganSky Sports

  • Sam Dymond

    Ireland win by 5 runs on DLS!

    The rain is falling harder and the umpires have called time on this thriller in Melbourne.

    It means that Ireland have been awarded the game via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method with England five runs short of the required target.

    It's a famous and deserved victory for the Ireland team, it's just a shame that it had to be settled in such a fashion.

  • Sam Dymond

    England face countdown to defeat

    The players have supposedly been informed that play has to have restarted by 6.46pm local time – in six minutes' time – otherwise the game is over.

    This shower does not look like it's going to pass.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 14.3: England 105-5 (Livingstone 1, Ali 24); Target 158

    Now then! We have a game on – or do we?

    Moeen Ali smashes the first ball of the 15th over away for a six, and then squeezes another boundary through deep extra cover.

    It has England back in contention, but here comes the rain.

    It is falling hard and the umpires signal that the players have to come off.

    As it stands, England are currently five runs behind Ireland on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 14: England 93-5 (Livingstone 1, Ali 12); Target 158

    If England are to dig themselves out of this hole, then you'd expect it to be these two batsman that do the job.

    Moeen Ali finds the gap with a flick over mid off for four, but the outfield is sluggish at best with boundaries proving hard to find.

  • Sam Dymond

    Wicket! Malan c Hand b McCarthy 35, England 86-5

    Got him!

    The first ball of Barry McCarthy's third over and Dawid Malan's luck has finally run out.

    The England batter top edges one up that's well taken by Fionn Hand in the deep.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 13: England 86-4 (Malan 35, Ali 8); Target 158

    Moeen Ali drives one through the covers to land a boundary with the last ball of an otherwise exceptional over from Gareth Delany.

    The spinner went for just five singles from his first five deliveries.

    England require 72 runs from 42 balls.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 12: England 77-4 (Malan 33, Ali 2); Target 158

    Dawid Malan keeps things ticking over – but not convincingly so.

    A fortunate boundary down to third man is helpful, but England need more.

    It's another impressive burst with the ball from Josh Little.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 11: England 69-4 (Malan 25, Ali 2); Target 158

    George Dockrell picks up the wicket of Harry Brook, but only after he had had seen his teammates drop sitters off of each of his first two deliveries.

    With Dawid Malan struggling to find any kind of flow, England will need something special from Moeen Ali.

  • Sam Dymond

    Wicket! Brook c Delany b Cockrell 18, England 67-4

    After a reprieve off George Dockrell's first ball, Harry Brook goes attempting to hook the spinner for six.

    Unfortunately for him, the MCG is a huge ground, and the chance is gleefully snapped up by Gareth Delany.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 10: England 63-3 (Malan 23, Brook 17); Target 158

    A beautiful shot from Brook, lifted through the covers, is England's first boundary for 17 balls.

    The 23-year-old then shows his speed between the wicket by scampering back for a well-run two.

    Meanwhile, the regular extras that Ireland are conceding in an otherwise excellent bowling performance are keeping England in the game.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 9: England 53-3 (Malan 22, Brook 10); Target 158

    It's back to the leg spin of Gareth Delany.

    After four excellent deliveries that concede just a single run, the spinner skewers one horribly towards slip for an embarrassing wide.

    He recovers his composure to keep England under wraps for the final two balls of the over.

    Another concern for the English, however, are the dark grey clouds overhead.

    If Duckworth-Lewis-Stern was brought into the equation now, they would be well behind the required target.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 8: England 48-3 (Malan 21, Brook 7); Target 158

    Another excellent over from the Irish, this time bowled by Barry McCarthy.

    Ireland are not allowing Malan or Brook the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their bowlers by rotating their pacemen.

    The run rate is creeping up fast on England.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 7: England 44-3 (Malan 20, Brook 5); Target 158

    Ireland turn to spin for the first time, and Gareth Delany doesn't let his side down.

    The 25-year-old goes for seven, a figure inflated by a fortunate boundary for Malan after he edged down to deep fine leg.

    The pressure is mounting on England. Harry Brook will need to demonstrate some of the hitting that he is capable of.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 6: England 37-3 (Malan 15, Brook 3); Target 158

    Fionn Hand is pumped up.

    After the prize wicket of Stokes, the paceman follows up with a beauty to Harry Brook that moves outward and just misses the bat.

    The powerplay ends with an LBW shout against the new batsman, but that too was swinging down leg.

  • Sam Dymond

    Wicket! Stokes b Hand 6, England 29-3

    What a beauty!

    In only his third T20 international, Fionn Hand has the big wicket of Ben Stokes.

    The Ireland quick gets one to swing back through the England man's gate and shatters the stumps.

    England are in a bit of trouble now.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 5: England 28-2 (Malan 13, Stokes 6); Target 158

    Mark Adair rejoins the Ireland attack, and again shows his skill for getting the ball to move around.

    The fast bowler goes for just four singles in the over.

    There are now only six balls of the powerplay left.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 4: England 24-2 (Malan 11, Stokes 4); Target 158

    Steadily does it for England as Malan and Stokes go about forming a partnership with a series of clever shots around the ground.

    A wide delivery from new bowler Barry McCarthy also helps them on their way.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 3: England 14-2 (Malan 6, Stokes 0); Target 158

    Josh Little has certainly given England plenty to think about with his pace.

    The slow start wouldn't normally be a concern, but combined with the loss of two early wickets and Jos Buttler's men may just be reconsidering their approach.

  • Sam Dymond

    Wicket! Hales c Adair b Little 7, England 14-2

    Josh Little has another one!

    Alex Hales was dropped by Gareth Delany moments ago, but Mark Adair makes no mistake with this one after the England batsman had skied one to short fine leg.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 2: England 8-1 (Malan 6, Hales 1); Target 158

    What movement from Mark Adair.

    The bowler gets the ball to swing in both directions, and it almost results in the wicket of Dawid Malan.

    The England batsman gives a nod of recognition to the bowler too as his inswinger creeps back past his bat and just misses the stumps.

  • Sam Dymond

    Over 1: England 2-1 (Malan 1, Hales 0); Target 158

    A fine first over from Josh Little, and Ireland have their tails up.

    Dawid Malan is the new man at the crease, in earlier than he would have anticipated.

    After a wide delivery, the 35-year-old gets England away with a single.

  • Sam Dymond

    Wicket! Buttler c Tucker, b Little 0, England 0-1

    What a start for Ireland!

    The second ball of the innings, and Josh Little tempts Jos Buttler into a wild swipe that instead thinly edges through to Lorcan Tucker behind the stumps.

    The England captain departs for a duck!

  • Sam Dymond

    England to begin run chase

    Alex Hales and captain Jos Buttler are out in the middle, and will now set upon chasing down Ireland's score of 157.

  • Sam Dymond

    Wood: England lacked intensity

    England pace bowler Mark Wood believes his side lacked intensity, especially in the opening ten overs against Ireland.

    However, he did pay tribute to Liam Livingstone for turning the Ireland innings in their favour with three quick wickets.

    I didn't think I bowled that well today, to be honest. I struggled a little bit. It was a bit wet and greasy, and every ball felt different. I was worried about where I was landing but I'm pleased to get the wickets. I'm a bit disappointed with the performance. I felt the first ten overs were flat and lacked intensity, but Liam Livingstone came on and did really well.

    Mark WoodSky Sports

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