Ireland strikes again: third T20 triumph over England

Ireland scored a memorable win over England in Melbourne on Wednesday, a second major scalp that already knocked out the West Indies in the first round.

It is the third time that the boys in green have celebrated a white ball victory over their neighbors. Here, the PA news agency examines their upset hat-trick.

2011 – Bengaluru, Ireland win by five wickets

Kevin O’Brien was the winner of the match with a hundred records in Bengaluru (Rebecca Naden / PA)

A surprise to rank alongside the best the sport has ever seen. Not only did the reckless Irish overwhelm a star-studded England with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but they did it in record-breaking fashion. England scored 327 for eight in the 50 overs – a pretty useful score now, but even bigger at the time, and seemed to be safe as houses until Kevin O’Brien conjured the performance of a lifetime. He clubbed a century of 50 balls, still a World Cup record, and finished with 113. John Mooney got the job done for him, sparking joyous celebrations.

2020 – Ageas Bowl, Ireland wins by seven wickets

Paul Stirling is doing great at the Ageas Bowl,

Paul Stirling produced a stunning inning against England two years ago (Adrian Dennis / PA)

Due to the summer 2020 biological safety restrictions affected by Covid, there were no fans around to witness a magnificent Ireland win in Southampton. In an echo of the previous match on this list, England appeared to be in a healthy mid-stage position, having amassed a total of 328 out of a hundred by their Dublin skipper Eoin Morgan. But, with the streak already lost, Ireland threw caution to the wind and won in style. Paul Stirling fired six sixes and nine fours on the way to 142, Andy Balbirnie scored 113 of him and the goal was met by the penultimate ball of the match.

2022 – Melbourne, Ireland wins by five points (DLS)

Ireland's players and fans celebrate their victory over England.

Ireland shares its moment of triumph with its entourage (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AP)

Having fought hard to qualify from a hard-fought first round, Ireland was looking to add a prize scalp after progressing. They faltered against Sri Lanka, but got the better of the big game against England. A good start with the bat was partially thrown away as they lost nine wickets for 54, but a bowling performance of skill and discipline meant they stifled the chase. With rain still expected, England were unable to push themselves ahead of the DLS par as five wickets tipped the scales in Ireland’s favor. When the rain came, Moeen Ali looked ready to turn the tables, but he didn’t get a chance to finish what he started.

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