Ireland Cricket Team
Ireland Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

ENG vs IRE Match Preview, ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Match 20. England and Ireland will play against each other in the 20th Match of Group 1 (D/N) at Melbourne on October 26, 2022, in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

While England defeated Afghanistan in their first Super 12 Group 1 match (14th match) by 5 wickets, Ireland were restricted to 128/8 against Sri Lanka in their first Super 12 Group 1 match (15th match). Sri Lanka chased the target comfortably losing only 1 wicket in the 15th over.

Sam Curran
Sam Curran Photo Credits : (Twitter)

Pacer Sam Curran (5/10) became the first England bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is as Jos Buttler led England beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets in Perth in the Super 12 Group 1 match. Chasing a modest 113, England crossed the finish line with 11 balls to spare.

Sam Curran’s five-for dismantled Afghanistan as England notched a five-wicket win in their opening ICC T20 World Cup 2022 match on Saturday. Sam Curran sizzled with a five-wicket haul, giving away only 10 runs, while Ben Stokes (2/19) and Mark Wood (2/23) picked two wickets apiece to bundle out Afghanistan for 112. Defending a modest total, the Afghans made a game out of it but England eventually completed the task in 18.1 overs.

Liam Livingstone. PC- Getty
Liam Livingstone. PC- Getty

England got off to a steady start with Alex Hales and Jos Buttler putting on an opening stand of 35 runs. But they suffered a brief scare in the middle as they went on to lose four wickets in the space of just 46 runs. Afghanistan could also sense that they were back in the game. But Liam Livingstone stepped up and scored an unbeaten 29 from 21 deliveries to guide England home.

While achieving a target of 113 was always expected, the manner in which England struggled, particularly against Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi, spoke of a few kinks still to be ironed out. The spin trio conceded just one boundary between them and emerged with a wicket each.

Brief Scores:- England 113 for 5 (Livingstone 29*) beat Afghanistan 112 (Curran 5-10) by five wickets

ENG vs IRE Match Preview, ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Match 20

Ireland had beaten West Indies by nine wickets in Hobart to book their place in the Super 12s stage of the T20 World Cup and send the former champions West Indies crashing out, while Scotland missed out to Zimbabwe for the final qualifying place.

Sri Lanka topped Group A and Ireland finished second in Group B to advance through to the Super 12s. They join Australia, England, New Zealand, and Afghanistan in Group 1. Netherlands and Zimbabwe joined India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Bangladesh in Group 2. 

Sri Lanka lost their first match to Namibia, but, after that, they dominated UAE and were in control for much of the fixture against the Netherlands before defeating them. Ireland lost to Zimbabwe, but got past Scotland and, notably, West Indies.

Curtis Campher
Curtis Campher. Image-Sky Sports

Curtis Campher is most well-known for his four wickets in four balls in the World Cup last year, but in this edition, it is his batting that has helped carry Ireland into the Super 12s.

He is the team’s top scorer from the qualifying stage, having made 99 runs off 54 for the tournament so far before the Super 12 match against Sri Lanka. In the Super 12 match against Sri Lanka, Paul Stirling scored 34 and Harry Tector scored 45, but apart from them, none contributed more than 15.

Meanwhile, Ireland allrounder George Dockrell took part in the T20 World Cup Super 12 match against Sri Lanka on Sunday despite testing positive for Covid-19. Sri Lankan opener MOM Kusal Mendis scored an unbeaten 68 while the spin duo of Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga claimed two wickets apiece.

Brief Scores:- Ireland 128/8 (Tector 45, Stirling 34, Theekshana 2/19, Hasaranga 2/25) lost to Sri Lanka 133/1 (Mendis 68*) by 9 wickets 

Ireland (probable): Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (capt), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy,  Joshua Little

With Eoin Morgan’s retirement, Jason Roy dropped, Jonny Bairstow injured and Alex Hales and Ben Stokes returning, a settled side has changed more in the past year than the previous five. England endured a turbulent summer, but the series victories in Pakistan and Australia have confirmed England’s status as a strong contender for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

The batting line-up has a strong case for being the best destructive in the 2022 T20 World Cup competition – especially if skipper and keeper Jos Buttler can show the form that saw him score four Indian Premier League centuries and Liam Livingstone’s return can be smooth.

England spinner Adil Rashid.
England spinner Adil Rashid. (Photo: Getty Images)

The rapid development of Sam Curran’s death bowling in recent months balances the side. But much will depend on whether England all-rounder Chris Woakes can snare new ball wickets – England’s bowling in the Powerplay is a bellwether for the team’s results – with concerns about Adil Rashid’s form.

Mark Wood’s searing pace in the recent 4-3 series win over Pakistan presents encouraging signs considering pacy Australian surfaces, and in Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, and David Willey, England have fine all-round options. The X-factor though could be Adil Rashid, who continues to remind us time and again why leg-spinners are the much sought-after entities in the shortest format.

England, the reigning 2019 ODI World Cup champions and winners at the 2010 T20 World Cup have been a formidable outfit in white-ball cricket in recent years, and once again enter a major multi-nation tournament as one of the hot favorites.

England (probable): Jos Buttler (capt & wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood