England Tour of Ireland 2013: Live Scorecard and Team News from Malahide
England made a positive start to their one-day international fixture with Ireland on Tuesday, taking the key wickets of Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce in Malahide.
The toss was won by stand-in England captain Eoin Morgan, who elected to field and saw fellow converted Irishman Boyd Rankin make an immediate impact on his England debut.
The match can be followed live on ESPNCricInfo.
Two Irishmen went out for the toss at Malahide, hosting its first one-day international, and it was Eoin Morgan who called correctly— Abdul Rehman (@cricketforum) September 3, 2013
England hand out three new caps in Malahide, with batsmen Michael Carberry and Gary Ballance joining Rankin in a much-changed eleven.
Rankin, who has 37 international caps for Ireland, is one of two recognised fast bowlers in the England lineup and leads the attack alongside Steven Finn.
Carberry, Ballance and James Taylor, meanwhile, are all named in an inexperienced batting lineup ahead of coming fixtures with Australia. With all-rounder Ben Stokes batting at No. 8, the tourists are hopeful of batting deep down the order during their run chase later in the day.
Eoin Morgan: “We’re a young, talented side; there’s no doubt that they’ll show us what they are capable of. It’s a great stage.” #ireveng— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 3, 2013
Ireland, meanwhile, feature an experienced lineup with eight players who will be familiar to the England side from their time in county cricket.
In an intriguing twist, former England international Ed Joyce bats at No. 3 for Ireland, having reverted to representing the country of his birth in 2011.
Result: England 274-4 (43 overs) beat Ireland 269-7 (50 overs) by six wickets
A world record fifth wicket partnership, per BBC, from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara sealed a comfortable win for England, after it appeared as though Ireland had set a challenging total for the tourists to chase.
Opener William Porterfield had smashed 112 to put Ireland in a good position on what was a slow pitch at Malahide, making it difficult for scoring.
While England had initially suggested they may be struggling in their reply, with county championship Tim Murtagh posting excellent figures of 3/33 from his ten overs, Morgan and Bopara soon set to work.
The pair added an unbeaten 226 runs to take England to victory, with the success of particular importance to Morgan on his return to Ireland.
Fellow convert Boyd Rankin had also impressed for England earlier in the day, taking 4/46 on his ODI debut for his new country.
Full Team Lists
Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien (wk), Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, John Mooney, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Max Sorensen.
England: Michael Carberry, Luke Wright, James Taylor, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin.
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