About the Match
Ireland was blown away in the first ODI without much of a fight and they would be desperately hoping for a better performance at Lords, the home of cricket. England did not have to stretch in the first match and maybe would consider batting first if they win the toss to give their batsmen an elongated run in the middle.
Eoin Morgan went against the pre-match expectations and picked Adil Rashid in place of Moeen Ali. It was a move that paid rich dividends as Rashid picked up 5 wickets and continued the recent tradition of leg spin bamboozling the Irish batsmen. He is almost certain to get another go in the second ODI, probably keeping Ali out of the playing eleven.
There was little to dissect in the short while the two teams battled in the last match for England. Their bowling was comprehensive and batting untroubled. A point of interest in this match will be the fitness of Mark Wood, who bowled 6 impressive overs in the first match and is an important cog in England’s Champions Trophy plans.
Wood along with Plunkett, Ball, and Willey, make for a very decent fast bowling lineup and could lead the charge as England try to win their first major 50 over ICC tournament.
Jason Roy was perhaps the only disappointment from the previous match as he got out in the first over without scoring. Roy was sidelined for most of the IPL and needs to get in top batting form ahead of an important tournament. Alex hales was lucky to have got a few chance on his way to a typically aggressive 55 while Morgan got out cheaply as well.
Expect England to put in a much better batting performance next time around.
Press reports from the Irish camp warned their spectators and the cricketing world in general from expecting too much because their team was in transition but that is still no excuse to be rolled over like they were.
There are a lot more opportunities coming the way of the associates, particularly Ireland and Afghanistan, and they need to put in a much better performance to show that they have the depth to fight it out consistently at this level.
There were a few bright spots in the match for the Irish, though. Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce put together 40 in under 6 overs before they were separated. In that brief start, there flickered hope that Ireland would be able to kick on and reach a competitive total.
Similarly, at the start of their bowling, Ireland picked up the wicket of Jason Roy in the first over and could have had Alex Roy in the second over as well. They eventually picked up 3 wickets but just having England three down for not too many would have been a big boost for them coming into this match.
The good thing for Ireland is that even though this is a momentous occasion for their country, their first international at Lords, a lot of their players play a lot of county cricket at the ground and will thus feel at home.
Ireland is in need of some inspiration and Paul Stirling seems to be the one batsman capable of providing it. The bowling for Ireland will have to steady and hope that their fielders can take any and all chances that their bowlers create.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Lords is excellent for batting and is expected to be full of runs. The weather, though, will be overcast for some durations and that could mean some swing on offer for the bowlers.
Only the most optimistic of Irish fans or the most ardent of English haters will be able to advise a bet on Ireland in this match. We think England will win even if Ireland can be expected to compete a little more this time around.
England to Win.
Winner: England, 1.08 @ Bet on England now