England’s race to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 has taken a major setback after they failed to win against Ireland on Wednesday (October 26). The game saw a series of drama before it was called-off due to rain, bringing the DLS method into play.
Batting first, Ireland posted a moderate total of 157, thanks to captain Andrew Balbirnie’s fifty and a 34 from wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker. While Mark Wood and Liam Livingstone picked up three wickets each, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes settled for two and one success respectively.
In reply, England had a terrible start as both their openers walked back to the pavilion in the initial overs. Dawid Malan showed some resistance to score 35 off 37 before Barry McCarthy sent him back as well. While the Lions were looking in deep trouble, Moeen Ali took responsibility of the sinking ship alongside Liam Livingstone, who then just came to bat at the crease.
However, the match couldn’t continue as rain played spoilsport and England’s innings was called off at 105-5 after 14.3 overs. As per the DLS method, the par score of 110 was decided, meaning Ireland sealed a historic win at the multi-nation event. Notably, they are playing the Super 12 round for the first time in history.
Hope England doesn’t say winning through DLS isn’t in the spirit of the game: Amit Mishra
Following England’s defeat, many cricket pundits shared their reactions on social platforms. One of those was Amit Mishra, who mocked the English side while lending his congratulations for the associate team. “Congratulations @cricketireland on a massive victory. Hope England doesn’t say winning through DLS isn’t in the spirit of the game,” Mishra captioned.
The 39-year-old indicates at the recent controversy where Deepti Sharma was called out by many English cricketers for running out an England woman cricketer, who left the crease before the release of the ball. Many called it against the spirit of the game and Mishra is using that phrase to mock England.
It was a big upset from England’s perspective, who were considered one of the hot favorites to win the title. They will next lock horns against defending champions Australia in a virtual knockout on Friday (October 28).