Ireland in England, 3 ODI Series, 2020

England vs Ireland - 1st ODI

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date & Time: 30 July 2020

England 174/4

RR: 6.25 | England beat Ireland by 6 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy lbw Craig Young lbw Craig Young 242221
Jonny Bairstow lbw Andy McBrine lbw Andy McBrine 2700
James Vince c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Craig Young c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Craig Young 252150
Tom Banton c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Curtis Campher c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Curtis Campher 112410
Sam Billings not out not out 6754110
Eoin Morgan not out not out 364042
Moeen Ali
David Willey
Adil Rashid
Tom Curran
Saqib Mahmood
Extras 9 (b 0, lb 6, w 2, nb 1)
Total 174 (4 Wkts, 27.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
12-1 (Jonny Bairstow,2.5), 34-2 (Jason Roy,5.3), 59-3 (James Vince,9.5), 78-4 (Tom Banton,13.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Barry McCarthy0.5 0 3 0 6.00
Paul Stirling0.1 0 1 0 10.00
Craig Young8 0 56 2 7.00
Andy McBrine8 0 47 1 5.88
Curtis Campher5 0 26 1 5.20
Simi Singh3.5 0 23 0 6.57
Gareth Delany2 0 12 0 6.00
Andy Balbirnie 0 0 0 0 0
Harry Tector 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin O'Brien 0 0 0 0 0
Lorcan Tucker 0 0 0 0 0

Right then! Thanks for your company for this game where England have convincingly sealed the game. Both the teams will meet once again at the same ground for the 2nd ODI. That game will be played on Saturday, 1st August 2020 and it will begin at 1830 IST. Join us for that game. Until then, goodbye and stay safe.

For his tormenting bowling display and his maiden 5-fer in ODIs, David Willey is named the Player of the Match. Willey says that he was not sure as he would get an opportunity and says he is happy to wear the Three Lions jersey again. Admits that being part of the 4-year plan and then missing out on the World Cup squad was very difficult but credits the team for the way they performed. Admits that he was thinking about the World Cup squad before but now that is not in his head as he missed out. Tells he is enjoying his cricket and is hopeful that the result keeps coming.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan says that he is happy and credits David Willey as it is generally a good pitch to bat on. Says he showed a lot of courage and it was a very good comeback. Credits Saqib Mahmood as well. Admits they struggled to put partnership before him and Billings did that. On coming back from the break, Morgan tells that the more time they can see guys in pressure situations the better it is. Hopes that the guys can step up and push themselves into the best 15 side. On the talent in the squad, he says it is excellent and credits the guys who have been in the 18 throughout the 4-year period. Tells that they will make assessments on seeing how the bowlers pull up and decide the team for the next game.

Ireland skipper, Andy Balbirnie,says that it was a disappointing day as they did not read the conditions well,and admits that it was going to be tough after being 28/5 against a side like England. Tells they should have dug in and stuck around to get a decent score. Tells they should fight in the second innings. On Campher, he says he played a really good innings and has a great future. Admits that if one of the top order players played an innings like that then it would have been different. On McCarthy's injury, Andrew hopes it is not too serious and he is okay. Credits the bowler for their efforts and giving them the hope by creating openings.

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For England, David Willey was lethal with the ball from the start and took his first ODI fifer. He got good support from Saqib Mahmood who got two wickets. Adil Rashid bowled a brilliant spell at the start of the innings and was effective with the ball, giving away just 26 in his 10-over spell and getting a wicket to his name as well. Tom Curran too bagged a wicket. England will be really happy with the win!

Earlier in the match, after asking Ireland to bat first, England made a perfect start as David Willey removed experienced Paul Stirling in the first over. Willey struck three more times by the 7th over to leave Ireland tattering. Their 5 batters were back in the hut with score reading just 28. However, debutant Curtis Campher came to the rescue as he scored a half-century to add some respectability to the total. Andy McBrine also made some useful runs. Their partnership meant that Ireland somehow crawled to 172.

Ireland started brightly with the ball even though they lost Barry McCarthy in the first over as he went off due to a knee injury. McBrine and Young didn't give up and got wickets early on in the innings. However, with a very small total in the bank, it was always going to be an uphill task for Ireland. Billings and Morgan took the game by the scruff off the neck and destroyed the visitors later on.

England faltered at the start as they lost wickets early on. While Bairstow fell in the third over itself, the others got the start but could not continue. However, with the target being so modest, England just needed one good partnership. Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan just provided that by adding an unbeaten 96-run stand. Billings made a fine half-century on his comeback game to help England take a lead in this series. Morgan played the responsible role as a captain while also smashing shots all around the park.

That is that! A comfortable victory for England in the first match of this 3-match ODI series. England had started the Test series against West Indies with a defeat but this is the ODI format and Ireland were up against the World Champions. It was never going to be easy for the visitors and their start with the bat made things even difficult for them. The first ODI game at home for the Three Lions post their World Cup victory and it starts on a positive note!

27.5
6
S Singh to E Morgan, SIX! Bang! Captain Morgan finishes it off in style! Tossed up on middle, Morgan goes downtown and smokes it over long on for a biggie. Comprehensive win for England. THEY WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
27.4
0
S Singh to E Morgan, Shorter on off, EM defends it.
27.3
0
S Singh to E Morgan, On off, Morgan pushes it to cover.
27.2
1
S Singh to Sam Billings, Tossed up on middle, Billings comes down the track and defends it to the leg side for a single.
27.1
2
S Singh to Sam Billings, Billings comes down the track and Simi sees it so he darts it around the pads. Sam flicks it wide of short fine leg and gets a couple.
26.6
0
G Delany to E Morgan, Gives this air on off, Morgan blocks it.
26.5
1
G Delany to Sam Billings, Follows it up with a single towards mid-wicket.
26.4
4
G Delany to Sam Billings, FOUR! Dragged down by Delany, Billings says thank you very much I will have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
26.3
2
G Delany to Sam Billings, Good fielding! Tossed up on off, Billings drives it straight down the ground. Harry Tector runs from long on and puts a very good dive to stop the ball before the ropes and saves a couple.
26.2
1
G Delany to E Morgan, Shorter on off, Morgan punches it towards cover and gets a single.
26.1
0
G Delany to E Morgan, Flighted outside off, Morgan plays a reverse sweep fine. Stirling at first slip saves it.
25.6
1
C Young to E Morgan, Length ball outside off, Morgan dabs it to third man and keeps the strike. End of an expensive over from Young.
25.5
0
C Young to E Morgan, On the pads, Morgan glances it to mid-wicket and shouts a loud no.
25.4
0
C Young to E Morgan, On middle and leg, Morgan looks to defend but does so off the outer half of his bat.
25.3
6
C Young to E Morgan, SIX! Bang! Captain Morgan joins the party and wants to finish this off as quickly as possible. Bouncer closer to the body, he times it well and swivels his pull over fine leg for a biggie.
25.2
1
C Young to Sam Billings, Good length ball on off, Sam plays it towards mid on and follows the boundary with a single. Smart, sensible batting from Billings.
25.1
4
C Young to Sam Billings, FOUR! Good timing and the reason why he got a boundary here. Full on off and middle, Billings flicks it right off the meat through mid-wicket. The fielder from deep mid-wicket runs to his left and puts on a dive but fails to stop it.
24.6
1
G Delany to Sam Billings, Short on off and middle, Billings punches it against the spin towards cow corner and keeps the strike. 4 singles off Delany's over.
24.5
1
G Delany to E Morgan, On the pads, Morgan turns it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
24.4
1
G Delany to Sam Billings, Darted on middle and leg, Billings milks it to long on and rotates the strike.
24.3
1
G Delany to E Morgan, Shorter outside off, Morgan punches it against the spin to sweeper cover for one.
24.2
0
G Delany to E Morgan, Leg spinner outside the off stump of the southpaw. Morgan looks to reverse sweep but misses.
24.1
0
G Delany to E Morgan, Floated on off, Morgan defends it.

Gareth Delany is into the attack.

23.6
0
C Young to Sam Billings, Dot to finish the over. It is on off and kept out by Sam.
23.5
0
C Young to Sam Billings, Length ball on off, SB punches it to cover.
23.4
0
C Young to Sam Billings, Length ball on middle and off, Billings taps it back to the bowler.
23.3
0
C Young to Sam Billings, On off, Billings plays it to the off side but finds the fielder.
23.2
4
C Young to Sam Billings, FOUR! FIFTY FOR BILLINGS! He gets it in style. His 3rd ODI fifty and he has played an absolute gem. Slightly short on off, Billings pulls it in front of square on the leg side and gets to his fifty. He needed this to make a mark and put out a statement and now he will look to finish this game as well.
23.1
0
C Young to Sam Billings, Good length ball on off, Billings defends it with a dead bat.
22.6
0
A McBrine to E Morgan, Shorter on off, Morgan punches it to cover.
22.5
0
A McBrine to E Morgan, Tossed up on middle, Eoin strokes it to mid on.
22.4
0
A McBrine to E Morgan, Floated on the pads, Morgan turns it to mid-wicket.
22.3
4
A McBrine to E Morgan, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries and the pull now is followed by a sweep. Tossed up on middle and leg, Morgan sweeps it sweetly behind square leg for a boundary.
22.2
4
A McBrine to E Morgan, FOUR! Did not time it sweetly but was placed really well. Short outside off, Morgan hangs on his back foot and pulls it over cow corner for a boundary.
22.1
1
A McBrine to Sam Billings, On the pads, Billings turns to the leg side and gets to the other end to move to 46.
21.6
0
C Campher to E Morgan, Length ball on middle and leg, Morgan looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
21.5
1
C Campher to Sam Billings, On the pads, SB flicks it and gets a single.
21.4
0
C Campher to Sam Billings, Outside off, Sam leaves it alone.
21.3
0
C Campher to Sam Billings, On the pads, Billings looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.

Ireland meet England in a 3-ODI series, which also kicks off the World Cup Super League. 13 teams would be involved in this particular league with not every team playing against one another. Since India are the hosts, they gain direct qualification for the 2023 event. 7 other teams, who finish in the top 7 of this league, will gain qualification accordingly. The remaining 5 teams will participate with 5 other Associate teams, in a Word Cup Qualifier, of which, 2 will round up the top 10 in the mail event. Phew! The preview is already long and we haven't even started yet! Rounding up quickly, the World Champions get ready to play the first ODI post the Covid-19 Epidemic and Ireland give them a good warm-up of sorts. The fact that the Lions chased down 297 inside 35 overs shows how good the home team really is. They are playing two games within 36 hours but so deep is their talent, that they can afford to leave out the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Ireland have a strong squad too, but they need to pull out something really spectacular to beat the world beaters. All 3 matches would be played in Southampton to maintain the security protocols.

England Team Squad -Eoin Morgan,James Vince,Jason Roy,Joe Denly,David Willey,Liam Dawson,Moeen Ali,Tom Curran,Jonny Bairstow,Sam Billings,Tom Banton,Adil Rashid,Reece Topley,Saqib Mahmood

Ireland Team Squad -Andy Balbirnie,Harry Tector,Simi Singh,William Porterfield,Curtis Campher,Gareth Delany,Josh Little,Kevin O'Brien,Paul Stirling,Lorcan Tucker,Andy McBrine,Barry McCarthy,Boyd Rankin,Craig Young