Providence, Guyana: A day after rain robbed them of what looked like a sure-shot win, an upset England will look to set the record straight and move in to the Super Eights of the Twenty20 World Cup as they take on Ireland here on Tuesday.
It's not very often that you score 191 and end up on the losing side in a T20 game, but that's exactly what happened to England against West Indies in their opener on Monday at the same venue when the heavens opened up and the hosts had to chase a paltry target.
Ireland should not pose a big threat to England, but when the forces of nature conspire against you, there's not much you can do. Ireland's West Indian coach Phil Simmons has already asked his team to put behind the opening match defeat and play their hearts out against England. The stakes are now even higher as it's a must-win game for both teams and Ireland will harbour faint hopes of carrying on their knack of upsetting at least one big team every tournament.
Despite being disappointed by Ireland's poor performance in the opening match and having been bowled out for 68, Simmons said his team is still capable of defeating England.
"In Twenty20 everybody's beatable and as long as we play to the best of our ability and the big teams are even one per cent under par we have a chance of beating them," he said.
Ireland's batting is not expected to give them much leverage. In their previous game against New Zealand, the 19 extras was the top score followed by Gary Wilson' 17. He was also the lone Irish player to get into double figures.
The 17-year-old spinner George Dockrell showed a lot of promise as he picked up three West Indian wickets and will again be a major force for his team. England will also watch out for Eoin Morgan, who moved to play for Ireland after having played for England. Morgan is now gearing up to knock his country of birth out of the tournament. "I've no mixed feelings whatsover. I am not bothered about it," he said.
Meanwhile, England captain Paul Collingwood is confident of a win as long as the full overs are played. An angry Collingwood has lashed out at the Duckworth/Lewis method of deciding rain-marred games.
"I've got no problem with it in one-day games but for Twenty20 the system has got to be changed.
"I pray for 20 overs vs 20 overs and hopefully if we get that we can win," said Collingwood.