Ireland’s cricketers have set a respectable total of 269 for 7 in their 50 over One Day International at Malahide against an England side captained by Eoin Morgan and featuring former Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin. Rankin picked up 4 wickets [for 46 runs] on his England debut, but a captain’s innings of 112 runs from 142 balls by William Porterfield has made this a testing chase for England. As the BBC’s Stephan Shemilt put it
Yep, after a bowling and fielding performance that a group of rag dolls would have been ashamed of, England find themselves needing 270 for victory in Dublin. “But 270 isn’t that big a chase in ODIs” I hear both of you cry. Normally not, but this slow deck will suit the Ireland medium pacers. England’s raw batting line-up has big work to do.
England need 270 from 50 overs to win. But they’ve lost an early wicket…
Carberry lbw bowled Johnston 10 from 13 balls. FOW 11 for 1 from 3.1 overs.
Wright bowled Murtagh 5 from 20 balls. FOW 25 for 2 from 8.2 overs
Ooops. Ballance caught Wilson bowled Murtagh 0 from 2 balls. FOW 25 for 3 from 8.4 overs.
Taylor bowled Murtagh 25 from 42 balls. FOW 48 for 4 from 14.5 overs.
England made 274 for 4 from 43 overs.
England win by 6 wickets with 7 overs to spare. Comfortably in the end. Due in no small measure to a record 5th wicket partnership of 226 runs from 28.1 overs.
Stunning innings from Morgan who hit 124 runs from 106 balls and Bopara, 101 runs from 75 balls.