Ireland scripted history by registering one of the most famous wins over England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a Super 12 fixture of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday, October 28.

Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie contributed with a knock of 62 runs from 47 balls, while the bowling unit dismissed the opposition batters at regular intervals. England’s skipper, Jos Buttler won the toss and put Ireland in to bat first. Veteran opener Paul Stirling was dismissed earlier in the innings, but Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker forged a crucial partnership for the second wicket to lead the team’s comeback.

In this post, you’ll Read about 3 Heroes of Ireland
Andrew Balbirnie
Joshua Little
Lorcan Tucker

The duo took the team from 21/1 to 103/2. Despite getting off to a good start, the Irish batters couldn’t cash in on the opportunity to score big at the end. They suffered a late collapse, forcing them to be bowled out for 157 in 19.2 overs. Joshua Little led the bowling attack with the wickets of English openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales. England couldn’t quite recover from the early blows, and when the rain came,

they were found to be 5 runs short of the DLS par score. Eventually, the game was called off, handing Ireland one of their most memorable wins. It was another cliffhanger in this edition of the T20 World Cup. Ireland, with their resilience and a bit of help from the rain gods, pulled off a miraculous win over their neighbors. In this article, we focus on the three heroes of Ireland’s spectacular win over England.

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Andrew Balbirnie

The captain of the Irish team led the team from the front. Despite losing his opening partner early on, Balbirnie kept attacking the opposition bowlers. It seemed like he had a plan on how to tackle the express pace of Mark Wood, the swing of Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes. He was smart enough to pierce the gap and score boundaries. The best part about his innings was his composure. He never looked out of sorts and stitched together an all-important partnership with Lorcan Tucker. The right-handed opener was dismissed in the 16th over.

His innings of 62 runs off 47 balls won him the Player of the Match award. Balbirnie has been the leading scorer for his team in T20Is this year. He has made 581 runs in 25 matches at an average of 24.2, and a strike rate of 130.56.

Joshua Little

If not Balbirnie then Little would’ve earned the player of the match award. The left-arm seamer has been the best performer for his nation with the ball this year. He has taken 34 wickets in 24 T20I innings in 2022 at an average of 20.44, an economy of 7.77, and a strike rate of 15.7. The Irish cricketer bagged two wickets for just 16 runs in three overs in the historic game against England

He first removed England’s best and most dangerous T20I batter Jos Buttler and later he earned the wicket of Alex Hales, who has the best record among all the Englishmen in Australia. It was Little’s spell with the new ball that really put England on the backfoot in a tricky run-chase. Little changed the course of the game and turned the tides in his team’s favor.

Lorcan Tucker

It was captain Andrew Balbirnie’s innings that hogged the spotlight, and his innings overshadowed the contribution of Ireland’s second top-scorer. The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman made an important 34 runs off 27 deliveries, which helped Ireland post a fighting total of 157 runs on the board. Batting at a crucial number 3, Tucker played his part with the bat as well as with gloves in his hands.

Although playing second fiddle, he still shared an 82-run stand with his captain, Balbirnie, dishing out punishment to the English bowlers. They were going strong and might have guided the team to a huge total, but a stroke of luck broke their stand. Tucker was unfortunate to be involved in one of the unluckiest of dismissals. Balbirnie was facing the delivery, and he pushed the ball bowled full straight to the bowler.

Adil Rashid tried to stop the delivery, but it went past him before touching his fingers. Tucker had already taken a start at the non-striker’s end, backing his instinct, but was found to be short of his ground.

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