About the Match
Ireland will host England in the only ODI match of the England Tour of Ireland Bilateral Series on 3rd September at Dublin. Ireland recently qualified for the 2015 World Cup, becoming the first Associate nation to do so. In the recent WCL Championship matches, Ireland exhibited some tremendous performances that clearly proved their mettle. England too had a good summer this season, defeating Australia in the Ashes Series by 3-0 and levelling the T20 series with a much needed win in the 2nd T20. It needs to be seen if England register a big win against Ireland and draw some confidence from here. On the other hand, if Ireland wins this ODI, it will give them the much required boost in preparation for the world arena.
The Irish squad is filled with big names like William Porterfield, the O’Brien brothers, Ed Joyce and others who have played very good cricket in the county cricket this summer. Porterfield and the O’Brien brothers made huge contributions in the win against Netherland that made them qualify for the 2015 World Cup. In its 88-run win at Amstelveen, Niall and Porterfield posted a partnership of 125 that defined the match. Kevin destroyed the Netherlands’ batting line-up and ended up with his best ODI figures of 4-13. Ed Joyce contributed well playing for Sussex and helped them register many a wins. The players are in good form and confident of defeating the English team.
After their win against Australia in today’s T20 match, the English are looking pretty confident. The ODI team consists of players who were part of the T20 squad and are looking for another win. Wright batted well today along with Hales. Players like Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Boyd Rankin and Tredwell have done well. However, the key players who led to the Ashes victory have been rested and this strategy might come to haunt them if the less experienced players fail to do their job here. This is a big opportunity for the county cricketers to prove themselves and showcase their talent before the much awaited ICC World Cup that is only 18 months away. The team has some good pace bowling options; they just need to stay focused on Tuesday.
The Ireland team has brought a sense of National pride by qualifying for the World Cup. This is their first ODI after their recent success and will come out with all guns blazing against England. Backed up by experienced players like Porterfield, Niall and Kevin Brien and some star performers from the domestic stage, Ireland is looking very strong to win this match. On the other hand, the English are also looking confident. Who will emerge victorious? Will Ireland bring cheer to the host nation with an extraordinary win? Or will England take home the cup? It’s a matter of honor and pride for these traditional rivals and though it could go either way, this match will be a win for England.
England, 1.25 @ William Hill