Adil Rashid registered his career best bowling figures in ODIs © Getty Images
Adil Rashid registered his career best bowling figures in ODIs © Getty Images

Ireland collapsed to a paltry 126 in the first ODI at Bristol against England, succumbing to Adil Rashid’s maiden five-for. Electing to bat, Ireland were folded with 17 overs to spare. England kept Moeen Ali aside and opted for Rashid, who ended with the figures of 5 for 27 which is now his career-best figures in ODIs,. The last time an English spinner ended with a fifer was against New Zealand in 1984, when Vic Marks claimed 5 for 20. The part-timer Joe Root ended with figures of 2 for 9 while David Willey, Mark Wood and Jake Ball ended with a wicket apiece. Meanwhile, Ireland’s Andrew Balbirnie was the top-scorer with a 38-ball 30. Openers Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling also scored 23 and 20 respectively. Full Cricket Scorecard, England vs Ireland, 1st ODI, Bristol

Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce provided a steady start to the Ireland innings. Joyce targeted Mark Wood and played some classic shots, one towards the leg side and the second a square-drive. Soon Stirling joined the party as well, this time off Willey belting for successive boundaries. England also showed some sloppiness on the field with an overthrow that provided 5 extra runs to Ireland. Stirling, who was in good form, was bowled by Wood. That brought an end to a steady partnership of 40 runs for opening wicket. England removed their other opener Joyce for 23, with the ball hitting his front leg. Willey got his first wicket.

Ireland were 46 for 2 for at that stage. Willey and Wood continued to add pressure on the Irish batsmen. But Andrew Balbirnie provided respite to Ireland who hit consecutive boundaries after 33 deliveries. Ireland regained their lost mojo with Balbirnie keeping the scoreboard ticking with a couple of boundaries. However, new bowler Jake Ball kept England on top removing Balbirnie for 30, inducing an edge that landed straight in the hands of the wicketkeeper Sam Billings.

Ireland skipper William Porterfield, who was struggling, succumbed to Joe Root handing a catch to Liam Plunkett in the mid-off. Soon Rashid tagged trapping Gary Wilson for a lbw that Ireland reviewed, which ultimately went against them. Ireland were tottering at 94 for 5.

Kevin O’Brien and Niall O’Brien tried to rebuild and concentrated taking singles. However, Rashid struck again, as this time a googly hit the front pads which ended Kevin’s innings. In the same over, Rashid got the better of Stuart Thompson as well, dismissing him off for 4.

Meanwhile, Root bagged his second wicket, removing Dockrell, trapping him front of the leg stump. Tim Murtagh and Niall found steadiness but Rashid ended with his fourth one that hit the back leg. Rashid got lucky for the fifth time as Murtagh played it high in the air which found the safe hands of Alex Hales.

Brief scores:

Ireland 126 in 33 overs (Ed Joyce 23, Andrew Balbirnie 30; Adil Rashid 5 for 27, Joe Root 2 for 9) vs England