England in Ireland, Only ODI, 2019 |One-off ODI |5/3/2019 The Village, Malahide, Dublin
That is it from the One-off ODI! England avoided the upset, yes they were missing many of their top stars but still, had they lost, it would have been a morale-deflating one. Ireland's performance on the other hand, should give them a lot of confidence. They would surely want to carry this forward into the Tri-series coming up for them. They play their first game against West Indies on Sunday at 1045 local (0945 GMT). England, on the flip side, are playing Pakistan on the same day but in a T20I game. That match will be played in Cardiff at 1430 local (1330 GMT). Join in for those two. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Victorious England skipper, Eoin Morgan tells us that they felt challenged at certain stages of the game. He informs that the wicket was tough to bat on. Mentions that they bowled really well. He also admits that 3-4 of the English batsmen batted poorly. Praises Ben Foakes who made 2 crucial partnerships which took them over the line. Says that Jofra Archer had a good start to his international career and that it was a good opportunity to bowl some overs. Regarding the T20 coming up, the England captain says that the Kiara oval been a great venue for them and that he looks forward to Sunday afternoon, expecting a great atmosphere.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that they could have had a few more runs there. Feels they needed a few more partnerships, but overall with 3 debutants playing, they did really well. He reserves praise for Joshua Little and mentions he bowled with a lot of heart, bringing what he is known for in the domestic circuit. Signs off by saying that they have to really buck up and perform in the next 15-20 days where they could be playing 7 ODIs!
Man of the Match, Ben Foakes says that the conditions were tricky and they had to stick it in on a slow pitch. The key was to stay till the end and eventually they got a few bad balls that took them over the line.
Ireland's bowling was commendable, actually, it was another debutant who shone, Joshua Little, he bowled with pace and finished with a 4-fer. He was well-supported by Murtagh but no other bowler looked threatening. They would also rue the missed review they did not take against Foakes when England needed around 60 but all-in-all they can be happy with their effort. The presentation to follow...
England had a decent start to the game as their openers added 34 for the first wicket. However, once James fell, wickets started to fall in quick succession. England soon found themselves reeling at 66 for 5. Ireland would have surely sensed a victory there but England's insane depth in the batting came to their rescue. Ben Foakes along with the all-rounders took them over the line. First with Willey, added a handy stand and then came the match-winning stand with Curran of 98. The two played really sensible, showed a lot of maturity in the partnership. The debutant scored his maiden half ton and Tom Curran finished on an unbeaten 47.
What an excellent game we have witnessed. In the end, it ends as everyone expected it to with England coming out on top but credit to Ireland for the way they have fought. Especially after being bundled out for 198. Not many thought this is going to be a close game but the second half had a script of its own.
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J Little to Tom Curran, FOUR AND IT IS A NO BALL! England have sealed the deal in style in the end! A short ball and around middle, TC goes back and pulls it hard through mid-wicket and the ball races away. He has also overstepped so an extra run which means, 5 and England needed 5. SO THEY WIN ONLY ODI BY 4 WICKETS!
END OF OVER 42 | 11 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 194/6
M Adair to Tom Curran, Full on middle, Curran drives it towards mid on for a run. England need just 5 runs to win the match.
M Adair to Tom Curran, Short delivery on middle, Tom pulls it over mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
M Adair to Ben Foakes, Full and outside off, Foakes drives it towards point for a run.
M Adair to Ben Foakes, On a good length and outside off, Foakes looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
M Adair to Tom Curran, OUT! NO DROPPED! However, I do not think, it would have made a difference. Curran who is in a hurry to finish this, dances down the track. Adair bangs it short and outside off. Tom slaps it hard but uppishly towards sweeper cover. Tucker there gets two hands to it but spills it. Adair is not a happy man as he is robbed of his first ODI wicket. The batters take a run.
M Adair to Tom Curran, FOUR! Excellent shot from Tom Curran. Full toss on leg, Curran smashes it over mid-wicket for a boundary. England need just 12 runs to win the match.
END OF OVER 41 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 183/6
J Little to Tom Curran, Short outside off, flayed away for a single to deep cover for a run. 16 needed now in the last 4 overs.
J Little to Tom Curran, Fuller outside off, driven along the ground to mid off for a single by Curran.
J Little to Tom Curran, Another one from around the wicket, short of a length on middle. Curran looks to pull it away but fails to put any bat on it.
J Little to Ben Foakes, On a length on top of off from around the wicket, pushed towards long on for a run by a single.
J Little to Ben Foakes, Short of a length, pulled away wide of long on for a couple of runs. Runs flowing now.
J Little to Ben Foakes, FOUR! England now coasting! A length ball on top of off stump, whipped away through mid-wicket with ease by Foakes. Finds the fence. Just 20 off 29 needed now!
END OF OVER 40 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 175/6
M Adair to Ben Foakes, Another single as this is eased down to long on. 8 from this over as well, it is now England's game to lose.
M Adair to Tom Curran, On the shorter side again and outside off, Curran cuts it through point for a single.