After Ireland stormed into Super 12 by knocking out two-time champions the West Indies, Ireland rode a sparkling 47-ball 62 from skipper Andy Balbirnie and looked for a total of 180 plus before England dragged them back to knock them out for 157 in 19 ,2 overs.
Leg spinner Liam Livingstone caused the collapse before pacemaker Mark Wood seized the initiative as the duo returned with three wickets each to deny Ireland an extra 15-20 runs.
In chasing the tricky goal, the 2010 champions were 105/5 in 14.3 overs, five runs below the DLS goal of 110 as the game was unable to start within the cutoff time due to rain and Ireland recorded their second win at England won in a World Cup.
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Eleven years ago at the ODI World Cup in India, Kevin O’Brien had inspired a stunning win over England at the Chinnaswamy. Overall, this was Ireland’s third win over England, with two in the ODI format.
The win in Ireland has now opened the doors for Australia as five of the six teams in the group now have two points each.
Left arm pacer Josh Little swung the new ball both ways, sending the two English openers Jos Buttler (0) and Alex Hales (7) away into a nine-ball space.
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Fionn Hand then knocked down the dangerous Ben Stokes with a long pitch that fell sharply in the last over of Power Play.
England lost half their side when Barry McCarthy caused a top edge from Dawid Malan within 14 overs, as they needed 72 runs from 41 balls left.
Ireland was let down by their field work, but overall they towered over their English rivals in both batting and bowling.
This was also Ireland’s first win in the second leg of the T20 World Cup.
Previously, Irish skipper Balbirnie hit a 47-ball 62, his first T20 World Cup half-century and eighth overall, in an entertaining 82-run second wicket partnership with Lorcan Tucker (34 from 27 balls) to get them off to a flying start after England chose to bowl in overcast conditions.
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But Livingstone (3-0-17-3) sent Balbirnie off and followed it up with George Dockrell’s wicket in the next ball to cause the collapse for Mark Wood (4-0-34-3) and Sam Curran (3 -0-31). -2) ran through the middle and lower order of Ireland.
From 92 for 1 in 10 overs, Ireland collapsed at 19.2 overs.
Painful from defeat to Sri Lanka in their Super 12 opener, Ireland started off offensively with Balbirnie slamming into a half-century of 40 balls.
Tucker gave him fine support from the other side as they took on England tempo duo Wood and Chris Woakes with some spectacular pull shots.
Ireland’s 100 came on in just 68 balls before a freak runout ended Tucker’s fine innings.
On a cloudy afternoon, with their innings interrupted once by the passing showers, Ireland launched an attack on the England pacers, with Paul Stirling taking the early initiative in his eight ball 14 (1×4, 1×6).
Tucker continued the momentum after Stirling’s departure in the third over as he raced Ireland to 59 for 1 in Power Play with skipper Balbirnie Ireland.