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England vs Ireland 1st ODI Highlights: England recover from scare to post comfortable win

England vs Ireland (ENG vs IRE) 1st ODI Highlights: Sam Billings (67*) and David Willey (5/30) both produced their career-best ODI figures as England recovered from an early scare in their chase of 173.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 4, 2020 4:38:09 pm
England’s Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan celebrate during the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Mike Hewitt/Pool via REUTERS)

England vs Ireland (ENG vs IRE) 1st ODI Highlights: England beat Ireland by 6 wickets with 22.1 overs to spare in the 1st ODI in Southampton on Thursday. Sam Billings (67*) and David Willey (5/30) both produced their career-best ODI figures as England recovered from an early scare in their chase of 173 to post what turned out to be an easy win.

Ireland got off to a horrible start but recovered to post 172 in 44.4 overs. Debutant Curtis Campher, who remained unbeaten on 59, was the highest scorer from the Irish team. Willey picked up the big wickets of Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie in his first two overs. Ireland lost half their side by the 7th over. Curtis Campher put on a 51-run stand with Kevin O’ Brien to put on an Irish Resistance. He took Ireland across 100 in the 31st over. He became just the third Ireland player to score a 50 on ODI debut (opposition captain Eoin Morgan had been the first, in 2006). In their chase, England scored briskly but kept losing regular wickets, being in trouble at 78/4 at one stage. However, Morgan and Billings put on a 96-run stand to take the home team to victory.

Match EndedIreland tour of England, 2020 - 1st ODI


174/4 (27.5)


172 (44.4)
Match Ended ( Day - 1st ODI )
England beat Ireland by 6 wickets

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England vs Ireland 1st ODI Highlights:

00:03 (IST)31 Jul 2020
England win

England win by 6 wickets with 22.1 overs remaining. Billings pummels Delany for a four to reach his highest ODI score. Morgan finishes the match off with a six off Simi Singh. Billings (67*) and Morgan (36*) help England recover from a wobble at the start to take them to what turned out to be a comfortable win.

23:56 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Billings in hurry to finish chase

Billings brings up England's 150 with a ficked four as Young bowls the 26th over. Billings looks in a hurry to finish this match off in daylight hours. Morgan then stamps his authority by swivelling and pulling Young for a big six on the leg side later in the over. ENG 157/4 after 26 overs

23:48 (IST)30 Jul 2020
50 for Billings

Morgan finally gets into the act. Ireland needed a spark from McBrine to affect tnis match again, but Morgan has other ideas. Pulls and sweeps with power to score consecutive fours in that over. Billings brings up his 50 in the 24th over with a commanding pull against Craig Young. This partnership, now 63, is taking England home with ease now. ENG 141/4 after 24 overs, Billings on 50 from 45 balls.

23:40 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Billings helps ENG take control

Morgan gets a lucky four with an audacious reverse sweep that just beats the fielder as McBrine is brought back on to turn the match again. Billings shows more of his class in Camphers's over, timing his sweeps to perfection. Billings is beginning to take control of this chase. He is on 45 off 38 balls now. ENG 128/4 after 22 overs

23:31 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Billings on a roll

Sam Billings pulls out some exquisite strokes on either side of the wicket, as Simi Singh goes for runs. And he goes after Campher in the next over as well. Hits some extremely well-timed fours. Campher comes up with a good comeback. A slower ball almost draws a fatal top edge from Billings but the ball lands short of the fielder. ENG 109/4 after 20 overs

23:24 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Campher vs Banton - A battle for the ages?

Morgan flashes his bat as Campher, who has been the star of the day so far, bowls it wide as play resumes after a drinks break. Campher, in July 2018, 43* for South Africa U19 and took the wicket of England U19's Tom Banton. Today, he scored 59* on ODI debut and took the wicket of Tom Banton. Two youngsters who could be the big superstars of the decade to come. ENG 88/4 after 17 overs

23:13 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Morgan tries to settle in

Eoin Morgan steps out at 6. And announces his intention to restore some order to this chase with a four off his first ball, facing up against his former team. England are still in control of this game, but credit to how Ireland have kept picking regular wickets. If they do manage to find a way through this pair, we shall be down to Moeen Ali and the bowlers. Can there be a twist in this match? Morgan giving Campher a lot of respect at the moment. ENG 84/4 after 16 overs

23:05 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Campher gets Banton - Dream debut

Banton and Billings, both with points to prove, are moving the England score along nicely. They are two future middle order batsmen for the home team surely. Curtis Campher is given the ball in ther 14th over, following up on his 50 earlier. And he gets the wicket of Banton! What a dream debut for Campher. Banton goes for 11. ENG 78/4 after 13.4 overs

22:52 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Vince falls! Third wicket!

James Vince is pulling out an array of shots here. Sweeps McBrine for four as England continue at a brisk run rate despite those early wickets. That's his 2000th run at this ground. Banton gets lucky. Edges one that goes wide of first slip. But then Vince falls! Edges against Craig Young. Keeper grabs. He goes after a brisk and fluent 21. Sam Billings comes out at 5 to join Banton. ENG 59/3 after 9.5 overs

22:43 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Vince attacks Young

McBrine causing some trouble to the batsmen at the moment. Tom Banton suffers a momentary heart attack as Vince turns him back when he is halfway down the pitch but he manages to get back. Craig Young goes for runs in the next over though. James Vince drives him and pulls him for three fours in the over. What a comedown from his last over. ENG 49/2 after 8 overs

22:36 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Jason Roy OUT

Jason Roy is out! England lose both openers early. Roy was looking to take the bull by the horns. Started off the sixth over with two fours off Craig Young. But Young comes back well. Raps Roy on the pad, who is doubled over by the impact. The umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. Two new batsmen, Tom Banton and Vince, now in the middle. ENG 36/2 after 6 overs

22:31 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Roy attacks McBrine - First six

James Vince joins Roy at 3. He is the local lad from Southampton. Doesn't have any local fans rooting for him, however. Craig Young keeps the pressure on in his 2nd over. McBrine, however, goes for runs in his second over. Roy looks to attack him all through the over - the Bairstow wicket has not changed their approach to attack the spinner - and hits a six off the fifth ball of the over. Just the second six in the match. ENG 26/1 after 5 overs, with 12 coming off that last over.

22:23 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Bairstow OUT

Andy McBrine bowls the 3rd over in McCarthy's absence. The fourth bowler Ireland have used with less than 3 overs gone. Can spin do some miracle for Ireland? Yes he can! Bairstow goes for the sweep and misses. Mild appeals. Bairstow misses again two balls later. And Ireland Review! And he is OUT! Ireland strike! Spin has indeed done the trick for them. ENG 12/1 after 2.5 overs

22:17 (IST)30 Jul 2020
First boundary

The first boundary in the innings comes through leg byes as Craig Young strays down leg. Has to be said, with McCarthy going off, Ireland's bowling will be stretched. Bairstow gets off the mark with a couple run down to deep midwicket. ENG 11/0 after 2 overs and this chase has taken off!

22:07 (IST)30 Jul 2020
All set for the chase - Opening bowler walks off injured

England need to chase down 173 in 50 overs. What will their approach to the chase be? Are any surprises in store? Like the wicket-burst in the Irish inniings? Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow step out. Durham's Barry McCarthy bowls the first over. A front foot no ball has been called by the third umpire. Well, thjat's the first time we have seen that in this match. And then McCarthy hurts his ankle and needs to walk off the field. Paul Stirling to complete that over. What a disastrous start for Ireland in both the innings. ENG 4/0 after 1 over

21:39 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Ireland all out for 172

David Willey picks up the last wicket. Willey completes his five-wicket haul. His first in ODIs. Ireland's hapless start to the day contributing to that. He finishes with figures of 5/30. Ireland have managed to post 172 in 44.4 overs, with Campher's unbeaten 59 off 118 balls on debut being the brightest spot on the scorecard for the Irish team. England need 173 to win. See you in another 30 minutes or so.

21:34 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Campher still the more defensive batsman

There is no farming of the strike from Campher. Ireland looking to add as many runs with singles from wherever they come. A lucky boundary for Craig Young, with Saqib Mahmood pumping it in at him. Campher, surprisingly, is still being the more defensive player. His strike rate now 49. His score 58. IRE 168/9 after 44 overs

21:25 (IST)30 Jul 2020
9th wicket

Barry McCarthy is caught in the deep. He falls for 3. Saqib Mahmood gets the wicket. Could Campher run out of partners on debut? Craig Young has walked in at 11. Campher is seen having a long conversation with him. With eight overs left, Ireland's best bet has to be for Campher to hog the strike and try to get them as close to 200 as possible. IRE 157/9 after 42 overs

21:19 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Willey is back as ENG look to wrap things up

Campher takes a knock as he misses a Tom Curran delivery. Takes a moment to gather himself. Ireland cross 150 in the 40th over. And David Willey comes back to bowl the 41st over after his sizzling opening spell. Bowls with ample pace but looks to lack the control he had shown with the new ball. IRE 156/8 after 41 overs

21:10 (IST)30 Jul 2020
8th wicket - McBrine goes for one aggressive shot too many

McBrine falls! He goes for 40 off 48 balls. Has been the most positive knock today so far. Tom Curran goes short. McBrine, who was just getting into some serious hitting form, goes for another aggressive shot but is caught in the deep. Barry McCarthy walks in at 10. How will this affect Campher's approach? Will he be looking to go all-out now? IRE 148/8 after 39 overs

England will play 3 ODIs. (Source: AP)

England squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey

Ireland squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

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