After a gap of almost 5 months, we saw One day international return. All the fans and players had waited a long time for limited overs to make a return. The first encounter between England and Ireland added flavors to the massive comeback of the cricket format.
David Willey and Sam billings who have been missing from the one-day circuit for more than a year have made an impressive comeback.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first. Toss was the main factor as batting in the second innings would have been much easier.
Bowling first England made a mockery of Ireland batting, restricting them to 28/5, thanks to David Willey who took four of the five wickets. At this stage it was looking as Ireland may not even be able to set up a target of 75 runs.
But Ireland debutant, Curtis Campher , made sure that he takes Ireland to a respectable total. His composure and temperament were the key points in his innings. He remained not out at 59 from 118 balls.
He got some support in the end from Andy Mcbrine who scored 40 from 48 balls. Altogether, both of these players helped Ireland set up a respectable total on the board, finishing team inning at 172-10.
England in reply lost Bairstow early for 2. Ireland started the game really well. Roy, Vince and Banton all got starts but couldn't convert them into a big total.
At one stage England were 78-4, at this point a wicket or two would surely made the game more interesting.
But then Morgan and comeback man Billings made sure that it did not happen. Billings scored 67 from 54 balls and Morgan score 36 from 40 balls. They made sure that England went over the line and win the match.
In the end England won the match by 6 wickets with 23 over remaining. The man of the match award was given to David Willey.
The second ODI will be played on Rose Bowl, Southampton on August 1.