England vs Ireland 2017, 1st ODI: Adil Rashid Sails England To A Win In Single Session
A day before the start of the game it was confirmed that the England team will be going in with Rashid Khan ahead of Moeen Ali as their front line spinner.
Ireland team had a day to make plans for him but they didn’t, as riding on a five-fer from the leg-spinner added with two wickets from Test skipper Joe Root, the England side cruised to an easy win over Ireland in the first ODI by seven wickets.
The game ended in just one session with a total of 53 overs being bowled in a period of a little over three and a half hour.
Batting first, the Irish team had a decent start, as openers Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling put 40 runs for the first wicket. Visitors lost both the opener in fifth and sixth over of the game which jittered their good start.
Skipper William Porterfield and Andy Balbirnie then shared 35 for the third wicket before the latter got out. After that, it was an all spin show with Adil Rashid being the star, as the Ireland batsmen skittled out on a score of 126, with their last seven wickets falling with a score of 45.
England came back to bat after just a break of ten minutes to continue the game. Alex Hales and Jason Roy failed to carry on their good form from India series, as Roy went back without scoring a run.
However, Hales and Joe Root were right on the money. They were toiling away with the Irish bowlers and kept them away from even a faded chance of winning the game.
The solid pair shared 77 for the second wicket before Hales failed to finish the game and was dismissed on 55, with target still 49 runs away.
England chased down the target in 20 overs but lost another wicket of skipper Eoin Morgan. Youngster Peter Chase was the only wicket taker for Ireland who scalped a three-fer but the target was so low that visiting side did not have even an outside chance of winning the game.
Brief Score: England 127/3 (Alex Hales 55, Joe Root 49*; Peter Chase 3-44) defeat Ireland 126/10 (Andy Balbirnie 30; Ed Joyce 23; Adil Rashid 5-27) by seven wickets at County Ground, Bristol.
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