England takes the short series 2-0 against friendly-neighbour Ireland as they beat visitors comprehensively by 85 runs. It was an improved display by Ireland playing in England soil for the first time but no match to experienced Morgan and co.
Playing at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jason Roy and Alex Hales added 49 for the first wicket in 10.4 balls and soon after Jason Roy was sent back to the pavilion by McCarthy. It experienced duo of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan propelled England through the middle overs as they added 160 runs partnership for the third wicket.
Root scored run a ball 73 and Morgan added 76 of 79 balls as England were on 213/4 after 38 overs. In the slog overs, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid took the charge on inexperienced Ireland and post a strong total of 328 for 6 after 50 overs. Both were involved in an 88-run partnership with Bairstow scoring 72 not out off 44 balls.
In reply’s to England’s 328 runs, Ireland’s openers Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling were off to flying start, reaching 50 in the seventh over and laid a strong platform. Jack Ball got rid of Paul Stirling scoring 48 off 42 balls. Joe Root then accounted for the dismissal of struggling Ed Joyce for 16 off 43 balls.
England regrouped in the middle overs to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Apart from the opening partnership, there was no fifty partnership for Ireland as they struggled to keep the momentum going. For Ireland William Porterfield top-scored with 82 off 83 balls as Ireland were all out for 243. Joe Root picked up career-best 3 for 52, Plunkett 3 for 23 to hand England 86 runs victory over visitors. It was an improved display from Ireland in all spheres. Joe Root was Man of the Match for his all-round show.
England players are scheduled to play three-match ODI series against South Africa before the Champions Trophy begins on June 1. A balance side, they will be hoping to reclaim the Champion Trophy.