Guyana: England moved to the Super Eight of the World Twenty20 after their Group D match against Ireland was abandoned due to rain at the Providence Stadium here.
Chasing a modest target of 121 runs, Ireland were 14 for one in 3.3 overs when heavy rains interrupted the match for the second time. Play had to be finally called off.
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England thus moved to the Super Eight, pipping Ireland on the basis of a superior run rate. West Indies is the other team to have reached the second stage having topped the group.
Ireland put up a spirited bowling performance to restrict England to 120 for eight.
Put in, England lost wickets at regular intervals before Eoin Morgan (45) and Luke Wright (20) steadied the innings with a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket. But after Boyd Rankin broke the partnership, dismissing Wright, England again lost quick wickets in the final overs.
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Rankin took two wickets giving away 25 runs while Kevin O'Brien also got two wickets for 22 runs.