England and Ireland will lock horns in the 20th match of this T20 World Cup 2022 at the MCG on Wednesday (26th October).
England registered a comfortable victory in their opening game against Afghanistan while the Irish side was thrashed by Sri Lanka in the first match of the Super 12
Ireland needs a win to stay alive in the tournament.
England recent form
England was superb against Afghanistan as they registered a comfortable 5-wicket victory in their opening match.
Bowling first, the English bowlers dismissed Afghanistan on just 112 runs.
Sam Curran was just too good with the ball as he registered a brilliant 5-wicket haul.
The left-arm pacer became the first English bowler to earn this achievement in T20Is.
Chasing only 113 runs, the English batters didn’t look dominant against the Afghan bowlers.
Everyone was thinking that England will chase this total within 12 to 13 overs but the Afghan bowlers didn’t allow them to free their arms.
It took 5 wickets and 18.1 overs for England to chase this total. Liam Livingstone remained unbeaten on 29 off 21 balls.
Ireland recent form
The Irish side suffered a huge 9-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in their opening game.
Batting first, Ireland only managed to reach 128-8 from their 20 overs.
Harry Tector scored 45 runs off 42 balls for his side. In reply, Sri Lanka comfortably chased the total in 15 overs with 9 wickets in hand. Kusal Mendis smashed 68 runs off 44 balls for his side.
Ireland was supposed to show a better performance after their historic win over the two-time champions West Indies in the first round.
But they failed badly against Sri Lanka in the Super 12 and now will face a much stronger England side in their match.
Where to watch
This match will be broadcast live on Star Sports network while the Live streaming will be available on the Disney + Hotstar app & web.
Teams – England vs Ireland
Date – 26th October 2022
Time – 9:30 PM IST
Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne
Average 1st innings total
The average 1st innings score at the MCG is 165 runs.
Head-to-Head record in T20Is:
Here is the head-to-head record between England and Ireland in T20 Internationals.
Total Matches Played – 1
England won – 0
Ireland won – 0
Tie/ No Result – 1
The pitch of MCG offered good swing and bounce to the fast bowlers in the previous game here.
Scoring runs will be difficult early on but the batters can play their shots freely after getting set.
The team winning the toss might choose to bowl first on this wicket.
The temperature is expected to hover around 19°C on the match day with 80% humidity and 11 km/hr wind speed.
There is an 80% chance of precipitation during the match.
Possible Playing XI:
Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams,
Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adir, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
Who will win?
Although Ireland has defeated the 2-times Champions West Indies but England is a much stronger team at the moment.
The English side has a destructive batting lineup and a good bowling attack and they are one of the favorite sides to win this T20I World Cup.
Hence, we predict that England will beat Ireland in the 21st match of this T20 World Cup 2022.