Colly singing in the rain
Paul Collingwood believes England would have overcome Ireland had rain not ruined the Group D showdown with Ireland.
Last Updated: 05/05/10 7:38pm
England captain Paul Collingwood believes his side would have overcome Ireland had rain not caused the abandonment of their Group D showdown with Ireland in Guyana.
Heavy downpours prevented a result being possible, thus ensuring England reached the Super Eights stage of the ICC World Twenty20 on superior net run-rate.
Collingwood's men had been left sweating though, after a disciplined bowling and fielding display on a slow and low surface had seen the Irish restrict England to just 120-8.
Ireland's reply was halted twice as they reached 14-1 from 3.3 overs, and when the 5pm local time cut-off arrived and with five overs of their innings yet to be completed, a no-result was declared.
"We were pretty confident once we got up to 120. I think it was a 130 wicket and you'd have been really happy with that; 140 and you'd have been really confident of protecting that score," Collingwood said.
"It could have got quite close today. There was certainly a bit of turn out there and it was seaming around as well and a lot different to the wicket we played on the other day."
Collingwood also praised Dublin-born England batsman Eoin Morgan who top-scored against his native country with 45 from 37, a day after hitting 55 from 35 against West Indies.
"He's a very versatile player. He's got the power, he can play all the shots but he's also got a good mind and that's what you need in the middle order.
"You've got to adjust to the situation, and he seems to be reading it pretty well.
"We wanted to get to the 15th over and then get our shots away but it was hard on that wicket and a lot of credit to the Irish bowlers as well.
"That wicket seemed to suit them quite well today, unfortunately, but I'm absolutely delighted the way Morgs is going and progressing as a player."
Ireland captain William Porterfield was instead the one to feel disappointed that his batsmen were not given the chance to chase what he felt was a vulnerable target.
"If the rain hadn't come we were pretty confident chasing down 120 that we could knock it off. But it's just one of those things," Porterfield said.
"The attitude we took out into the field there was brilliant.
"We just want to get into Super Eights and beat the big teams in there. We came with our sights set on that, and showed glimpses in our performance that we could do that.
"The way we came out today, after Friday's disappointment, was great.
"If we can take that into every game, we'll go places."
Of facing former team-mate Morgan, Porterfield added: "I've played against him a few times, but it is a bit different when he's out in the middle in a big game like that.
"Especially over the last six to eight months, he's kicked on big time."