Eire 157 (Balbirnie 62, Wooden 3-34, Livingstone 3-17) beat England 105 for five in 14.3 overs (Malan 35, Little 2-16) by 5 runs on DLS technique
Although Moeen Ali threated a late fightback, marked by a straight six within the fifteenth over, England have been 5 runs behind on DLS when rain got here down as soon as once more. It received heavier quickly after and by 6.50pm, the sport ended with Eire’s gamers celebrating a monumental victory with their followers, household and pals within the rain.
After rain had performed cover and search earlier within the afternoon as nicely, Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie dashed out of the blocks, like they’ve usually accomplished within the latest previous.
Stirling smeared Chris Woakes over extra-cover after which spliced Mark Wooden’s first ball over the third-man boundary, with Sam Curran’s effort to scoop it again in proving futile. Two balls later, Stirling backed away and tried to repeat the shot, however Wooden cranked it as much as 150kph, tucked him up, and had him splicing it straight to Curran.
Lorcan Tucker, who’s normally robust in opposition to spin, then confirmed that he might lower it in opposition to the tempo and bounce of Wooden and Woakes on a spicy pitch. Tucker closed out the powerplay with a punchy six off Curran, pushing Eire as much as 59 for 1 in six overs.
Wooden’s further tempo, Livingstone’s lack of tempo
After Livingstone gave away simply 5 runs off his first over, England broke the 82-run second-wicket partnership when Adil Rashid deflected a straight drive from Balbirnie again onto the stumps at his finish in his observe by way of to catch Tucker quick for 34 off 27 balls.
Wooden returned to the assault within the subsequent over and ambushed Harry Tector with a 153kph thunderbolt. Wooden continued to bowl within the 150-kph vary, knocking Curtis Campher and Delany on their helmets.
As for Livingstone, he blended up his tempo nicely and dared Eire’s batters to clear the larger boundaries on the MCG. He had Balbirnie caught at deep sq. leg within the sixteenth over and cleaned up George Dockrell subsequent ball to set off a full-blown collapse. From 132 for 3 within the sixteenth over, Eire crashed to 157 all out, leaving 4 balls unused of their innings.
Little’s massive second
Little began Eire’s defence in grand style by besting Buttler for a duck. He and Mark Adair bowled a lot fuller than England’s seamers did with the brand new ball earlier within the day. After additionally testing Hales with the fuller size, Little dug one into the pitch and drew a top-edged pull to quick fantastic leg for 7. He went onto handcuff Malan together with his tactful size variations and use of angles.
Little is the brand new face of Eire’s assault, having had franchise cricket stints on the Hundred (Manchester Originals), the Lanka Premier League (Dambulla Giants) and even the IPL (web bowler at Chennai Tremendous Kings), and he stepped up on the massive stage in opposition to England.
Malan laboured to 35 off 37 balls earlier than McCarthy had him miscuing a pull. Brook managed solely 5 runs off 9 balls in opposition to Delany earlier than he additionally holed out, failing to clear the boundary.
Eire have been untidy within the subject, dropping two catches off two balls at first of the eleventh over, however their bowling was something however. Moeen was onto one thing when he hit three fours and a six in seven (authorized) balls, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to drag England forward when the rain returned.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo