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England qualifies on superior run-rate

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JOB WELL DONE:Ireland's wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien whips off the bails to run out Craig Kieswetter.
JOB WELL DONE:Ireland's wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien whips off the bails to run out Craig Kieswetter.

Its match against Ireland abandoned due to heavy rain

Providence (Guyana): England progressed to the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 after its Group ‘D' match against Ireland was washed out on Tuesday.

As the match ended without any result, both the teams got one point each but England qualified for the next stage on superior net run-rate.

Both England, which has a net run-rate of -0.452, and Ireland (-3.500) had lost to West Indies before coming into this game.

The match was abandoned as heavy rains forced suspension of play before the mandatory five overs could be bowled in the second innings to declare a result applying the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Chasing 121 to win, Ireland was 14 for one in 3.3 overs when heavy rains lashed the ground for the second time.

Sent in to bat, England was off to a dismal start but Eoin Morgan's determined 37-ball 45 helped it post a modest 120 for eight.

Morgan found good support from Luke Wright (20 off 24).

The duo came together when the team was struggling at 49 for four and added 41 runs for the fifth wicket.

Rain halted the match soon after Ireland began its reply.

Ireland was four for no loss in 1.2 overs when the match was halted due to heavy downpour.

The proceedings resumed after almost half-an-hour but Ireland had added only 10 runs in 13 balls when the heavens opened up again.

Earlier, Ireland bowlers made life tough for English batsmen, with Boyd Rankin (two for 25) and Kevin O'Brien (two for 22) taking wickets.

Opener Michael Lumb (14 off 11) began in an aggressive fashion by dispatching paceman Rankin's first ball to the boundary but Kevin O'Brien dismissed him in the fifth over.

Lumb's opening partner Craig Kieswetter (13 off 17) also returned to the dug-out in the next over when the Englishman went for a close single and was run-out.

Paul Collingwood fell prey to Trent Johnston and returned without adding any score to the board.

Kevin Pietersen (9) and Morgan tried steadying England which was then struggling at 32 for three.

But Kevin O'Brien separated the pair by having Pietersen dismissed.

Pietersen miscued a pull and was caught by John Mooney in the deep square-leg area.

Dismissals at regular intervals arrested England's run-rate, which was 49 for four after 10 overs.

Morgan and Wright teamed up at a time when reaching 100 was looking tough for England with Ireland bowlers maintaining a good line and length.

Patient effort

However the two batsmen negotiated the bowling attack patiently.

They added 41 runs before Wright was removed by Rankin in the 16th over with William Porterfield taking the catch.

Morgan, who fell to Andre Botha in the last over, however, ensured that England crossed the 100-run mark. — PTI

England: M. Lumb c Rankin b K. O'Brien 14 (11b, 3x4), C. Kieswetter (run out) 13 (17b), K. Pietersen c Mooney b K. O'Brien 9 (18b), P. Collingwood c Botha b Johnston 0 (3b), E. Morgan c Wilson b Botha 45 (37b, 5x4), L. Wright c Porterfield b Rankin 20 (24b, 1x6), T. Bresnan c Mooney b Rankin 5 (6b), G. Swann (not out) 7 (5b), M. Yardy (run out) 0 (0b), S. Broad (not out) 0 (0b); Extras (lb-4, w-2, nb-1) 7; Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs) 120.

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-32, 3-32, 4-49, 5-90, 6-109, 7-115, 8-118.

Ireland bowling: Rankin 4-0-25-2, Johnston 4-0-14-1, O'Brien 3-0-22-2, Dockrell 4-0-19-0, Botha 4-0-29-1, Cusack 1-0-7-0.

Ireland: W. Porterfield (not out) 4 (10b), P. Stirling c Lumb b Sidebottom 0 (6b), N. O'Brien (not out) 9 (5b, 2x4); Extras (w-1) 1; Total (for one wkt. in 3.3 overs) 14.

Fall of wicket: 1-4.

England bowling: Bresnan 2-0-5-0, Sidebottom 1.3-0-9-1 .

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