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Ireland vs England

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has reached the business stage of the tournament. In a surprise result, the minnows Netherlands defeated South Africa in Group 2, eliminating them from the race to qualify for the semi-finals. The Group of Death (Group 1) went down to the wire thanks to washouts. But eventually, NZ and England sealed the top two spots. It went to D-Day, with defending champions Australia banking on Sri Lanka to beat England. England needed to beat Sri Lanka to pip Australia to the second spot thanks to their positive Net run rate, and they did exactly that.

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STRENGTHS
WEAKNESSES
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India and Pakistan have sealed the two spots in Group 2. What seemed like an India-South Africa top-two finish turned out to be something else. The Proteas choke again in the all-important match against the Netherlands. Thereby, India tops Group 2 and will face England in the second semi-final at the Adelaide Oval. On the other hand, Pakistan will square off against Group 1 topper New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the first semi-final.

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The Men in Blue started the tournament alight at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground when over 90,000 fans witnessed Virat Kohli’s masterclass to overhaul Pakistan’s 159 in the final over. India defeated the Netherlands by 56 runs but lost to South Africa by five wickets in the third game. However, India finished as the topper of Group 2 after defeating Bangladesh by 5 runs in a rain-curtailed match and Zimbabwe by 71 runs in the final game by 71 runs. After winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the team is looking to clinch their second T20 title. In this article, we analyze the Indian team ahead of their big-ticket clash against England at the Adelaide Oval in Semi-Final 2.

Strengths:

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India is likely to start as marginal favorites, primarily due to their series victory against Jos Buttler and Co. a few months ago in the latter’s backyard. Right from the start of the tournament, the Indian batting unit was expected to turn up and pave the way for the team, and they have lived up to the expectations of everyone and done justice to the hype created around them. The current top scorer of the T20 World Cup 2022, Virat Kohli, has been the most consistent batter in the tournament. He has already scored three fifty-plus points and only gotten out twice in five games. While complimenting Virat’s efforts, Suryakumar has matched India’s number 3 and outclassed everyone in the tournament in terms of producing impactful performances. The dynamic middle-order batter has been in sensational touch over the past few months. He has carried his form into the ongoing tournament and has made the most of his opportunities, scoring 225 runs in five matches at an average of 75 with a blistering strike rate of 193.48. The batting unit has been equally able to set targets and chase them.

Indian bowler

Contrary to what was predicted about the Men in Blue’s pace bowling department in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, the fast bowlers have stood up to the occasion, raised the bar for themselves, and used the conditions of Australia in their favor. India’s pace attack looked as lethal and potent as any other top-bowling side in the tournament. In fact, the bowlers have never let the side down in the five matches. While Arshdeep Singh has been the most successful bowler with 10 wickets, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the most economical. Having made his comeback in the T20 World Cup 2022, Mohammed Shami has proven to be a wicket-taker in the middle and death overs for India. Hardik Pandya has complimented the lead pace battery of India well with his right-arm medium-pace bowling.

Weaknesses:

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India’s woes at the top have been a subject of concern for the Men in Blue. Both batsmen have had a rough patch in this tournament from the very beginning. Although KL Rahul scored two back-to-back fifties in the matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Rohit Sharma is still unable to find his form, and that is seriously worrying for Team India. Rohit Sharma, who is known to be destructive at the top, hasn’t been the hit man’ we all know. In the ongoing World Cup, the Indian skipper has hammered one half-century, but the pair haven’t fired in unison at the top. They haven’t really fired anyone yet. In the Super 12s, India had the third-worst strike rate of 95.00 in the powerplay overs; Only behind Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. The Indian openers have failed to stitch together a single fifty-plus score in the tournament till now.

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It has been a mixed bag of fortunes for Hardik Pandya across departments this T20 World Cup. While he has picked up eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.46, his batting returns have left much more to be desired. With just 65 runs to his name at an ordinary strike rate of 101.56, Pandya has endured a tough campaign with the bat so far. Spinners have clearly disappointed in this edition of the World Cup, as the bulk of the job has been done by the pacers. Ravichandra Ashwin and Axar Patel have been more defensive than attacking, which can hurt India in the semi-final. India still hasn’t figured out who is going to be their first-choice wicketkeeper against England. Dinesh Karthik has had a poor tournament thus far, while Rishabh Pant has only played one game.

Opportunities:

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During the entire tournament, India’s fielding couldn’t find the target, even from close range. The fielding standards have been reduced as per their standards. That shortcoming persists. India’s catching, especially in the deep, and Dinesh Karthik’s glovework against spinners have been below par. Against England, India has to raise its standards in the field. If Pant plays, he will have to make the opportunity count, as he has been sidelined for a long time now. Pandya will have to make a mark as a batter if India wants to reach the semi-final. The all-rounder bats at the crucial position of number 5 and he would be hoping to dictate terms with the bat.

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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.

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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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