The Andy Balbirnie-led Ireland National Cricket Team pulled off an all-time World Cup upset by defeating the Jos Buttler-led England National Cricket Team in the 20th match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, October 26.

England National Cricket Team won the toss in the match and they opted to field first. England express pacer Mark Wood did a good job by dismissing opener Paul Stirling for 14 in the third over itself, but a brilliant 82-run partnership in 57 balls between Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker helped Ireland reach the score of 92/1 after 10 overs on a non-friendly batting surface.

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Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker
Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker (PC-Getty Images)

In the 12th over, Ireland lost the wicket of Tucker and after that, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and got bowled out for 157.

Chasing the target, England lost the wickets of Jos Buttler, Alex Hales and Ben Stokes inside powerplay overs. Also, Harry Brook scored 21-ball 18 before getting out in the 11th over and Dawid Malan scored 37-ball 35 before getting out in the 14th over.

After losing 5 wickets, Moeen Ali brought in the fireworks and played a counterattack knock. He scored 24 runs at a strike rate of 200 before rain interrupted the game. England were at 105/5 in 14.3 overs and there wasn’t enough time to get the game restarted as there were already a couple of delays at the start.

Mark Wood
Mark Wood (PC-Getty Images)

England were 5 runs behind as per DLS as the par score was 110 and the Andy Balbirnie-led side were declared as the winners by 5 runs as per the DLS method. Notably, this was Ireland’s second famous win over the Three Lions as they had also defeated England in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bengaluru.

With the win of Team Ireland, who failed to qualify for the main tournament in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, a virtual quarter-final has been set up between England and Australia.

Ireland Cricket Team
Ireland Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

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