Melbourne [Australia]October 26 (ANI): After his team’s 5-run win over England in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie expressed his disappointment with his team’s batting and added that his team will try to make the most of the momentum gained from the win.

Raine played spoilsport in an already shaky England chase, helping Ireland beat the former champions by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method in a Group 1, Super 12 match of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). on Wednesday.

“We were a bit disappointed with the way we finished, we lost 7 wickets not much and they took the momentum away from us. Our aim was to create chances and we know how this England team likes to play, if we take every chance then we would have a shot. It was difficult, they have an express pace and different variations, we took advantage of our luck, hit a few shots and went ahead,” Belbirni said at the post-match presentation.

“The field was pretty well laid out and Tucker played well. It’s amazing and emotional. We haven’t played here before, to come and play the favorites of the tournament, with so many big names, and put on a show is very satisfying. We had a great week in Hobart and it was very special to do so. A few of them have extended their trip, they are so passionate about the game and we try to be active in the sport in Ireland. Pretty soon, but we have momentum and will try to make the most of it,” he added.

Ireland scored 157 runs in 19.2 overs. The Belbirnie skipper led the way with a brilliant 62 off 47 balls and scored 82 runs for the second wicket with Lorcan Tucker (34) opening the wicket.

Apart from this partnership, England players dominated the innings. Pacer Mark Wood took 3 wickets for 34 runs in his four overs. Liam Livingston also claimed three wickets for 17 runs in his three overs. Sam Curran took two and Ben Stokes took one wicket.

Chasing 158, England continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, at one point reduced to 86/5. Strikes from David Malan (35) and Moeen Ali (24) gave the former champions some hope.

However, with England five runs behind DLS on par, rain interrupted play and they lost the match by five runs.

The win saw Ireland move up to fourth in the table with two points and one win from two matches. England are third with two points and one win from two matches.

Belbirnie was also crowned Man of the Match for his knock.

Brief Score: Ireland 157 (Andrew Belbirnie 62, Lorcan Tucker 34; Liam Livingston 3-17) beat England: 105/5: (David Malan 35, Moeen Ali 24, Josh Little 2/16) by five runs as per DLS method. (ANI)