Pursuing Ireland’s whole of 157, England had Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone on the crease and wanted 53 runs from 33 balls to win when rain arrived on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.
At that time, the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern methodology, which calculates a crew’s goal rating when rain stops a match, intervened handy Ireland a five-run victory.
The end result means England, one of many favorites to win the event, will seemingly should defeat reigning champion Australia on Friday with a purpose to attain the semifinals.
Andrew Balbirnie led the scoring for Ireland with an excellent 62 from 47 balls, whereas Lorcan Tucker added 34 as England’s bowlers failed to achieve a bonus in Wednesday’s match.
And when Josh Little eliminated Jos Buttler for a duck and Alex Hales for seven earlier than Ben Stokes was clear bowled by Fionn Hand, England was out of the blue left with an enormous process to show the competition round.
Dawid Malan battled to 35 off 37 and Ali was discovering the boundary with ease in a quickfire 24 off 12 balls when the rain arrived, nevertheless it proved too little too late.
England, ranked 10 locations above Ireland within the T20 rankings, will must be much better in matches towards Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to progress within the event.
Ireland, in the meantime, is degree on factors with England and subsequent faces Afghanistan in a winnable match that would preserve the crew’s hopes of reaching the semifinals alive.