Adil Rashid took his first five-wicket haul in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) as England thrashed Ireland by seven wickets at Bristol on Friday (May 5).
Rashid finished with figures of 5 for 27, the second best ODI figures ever for an English spinner, and exhibited excellent control and variety throughout his eight over spell. At least three of his dismissals came from the googly which he used often and which the Irish batsmen failed to pick with any security or regularity.
England won with over four hours of the scheduled day’s play remaining and move on to the second match of the series, at Lord’s on Sunday, in good form and spirits. How much Morgan’s men will have learned from such a one-sided victory is a moot point but, at the very least, it will have been useful to get the team back playing together ahead of the Champions Trophy later this summer.
For Ireland, they know they will have to raise their game considerably for Sunday’s match and also need to fight off the growing suspicion that theirs is a team on the wane. A first ever game at the Home of Cricket beckons – there is not much more motivation required.
Brief Scores: Ireland 126 in 33 overs (Andy Balbirnie 30, Ed Joyce 23; Adil Rashid 5-27) lost to England 127/3 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 55, Joe Root 49*; Peter Chase 3-44) by seven wickets.