Match Details

ENG vs IRE Only Match TEST, ENG vs IRE 2023

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ENG 524-4(82.4)
12-00.4
England won by 10 wickets 🏆
172(56.2)
IRE
86.2362-10
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Player of the Match

Ollie Pope
205(208)
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So, that's a wrap on this One-Off Test match between England and Ireland at Lord's. England winning by 10 wickets not before a spirited performance from the Irish today. Stay tuned for more cricketing action across the globe in our network. For now, this is Ayan Chatterjee signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Ninaad Dixit and Deepak Prakash alongside scorer/analyst Ghanendra Singh Thakur. Stay safe, happy, and cool. Goodnight and CHEERS!  
Ben Stokes (England Captain): "Ireland displayed great determination and resilience, giving us valuable insights into the approach we might need against Australia. The pitch became flatter as the game progressed, and our strategy of playing the game in our own way allowed us to potentially dismiss Ireland without having to bat again. It put the pressure on Ireland to achieve a substantial score. Overall, it was a good test, and credit goes to Ireland for their performance today.

When it comes to individual performances, Jonny returned to the team and did a solid job behind the stumps. It felt good to be back in the arena. Tongue, on the other hand, came in and impressed us with his versatile skills in the role of the third seamer. This adaptability is something we value in our seam bowlers.

We try to keep things simple for everyone, especially the new players. We explain their roles, encourage them to focus on their strengths, and not worry about the other aspects. It was truly special to achieve a five-wicket haul for England at Lord's.

(Knee Injury) Fortunately, I didn't sustain any major injury. My knee twisted slightly inward, causing it to hyperextend. However, I was able to bowl this morning, so there's no need to worry.

(Ashes) Not much more we can do. The new way is you get as ready as you can, get in the right frame of mind. Great to get back as a group, spending quality time together before the Ashes. Really looking forward to it."

Andy Balbirnie (Ireland Captain): "Character not in doubt, we've got a tough group. Test cricket is relatively new to us, and yesterday was a difficult day. However, the fact that we managed to make England bat again was a small victory. 

Despite being in a tough spot, it was heartening to hear the crowd's support in the stadium. We are determined to develop the game in our country, so these small wins hold significance. We enter matches with the belief that we can compete, but England quickly demonstrated their high standard, making it difficult for us to keep up. We are learning as we go and need to adapt rapidly. Hopefully, next time we will show the benefits of our learning process.

(On captaining against Bazball) It gets you thinking, looking around for ideas, but it's exciting and I thought guys played well.It was an exciting experience, and I believe the team played well. Today, we displayed glimpses of our potential, and that is something we can take pride in.

It is essential for us to face teams at a similar level to solidify our understanding of the format. Although it's challenging to play here before the Ashes, these are the fixtures we have been given.

Huge event for us(World Cup qualifiers), a lot of focus on that for us. Dust ourselves off, get on a plane and hopefully produce good cricket."

Ollie Pope (Player of the match): "It's always an incredible experience to be at Lord's in front of a packed house. Great to get back with the boys, we've had a lot of fun, nice to contribute. It feels great to make a meaningful contribution. In terms of preparation, I personally prefer to establish a rhythm and find my own pace, which is something I carried over from the County Championship.Nice to cash in pre-Ashes. [Batting No3] Great opportunity to set up the innings for your team.

Batting at number three presents a fantastic chance to lay a solid foundation for the team's innings. There are a few more gaps in the field, making it even more enjoyable. As for my role as vice-captain, not much has changed.

We have a wealth of experience within the team, and my role mainly involves sharing insights and ideas with Stokesy. It's important for us to gel as a team and for the batsmen to get comfortable with each other's style. The anticipation for the upcoming Ashes series is high, and we can't wait to get started."

Jonny Bairstow to BBC: "Its nice to be back out there. Really good batting performance and to get overs in the legs of the bowlers is another good thing. I missed it. It was great to be back out there at Lord's around the group and everything like that. Leg feels good and hopefully we go back again in couple of weeks time. It was about winning the game. I would have loved to bat though."
Ollie Pope is the player of the match.
9:10 PM IST: Zak Crawley finishes things off in style with 3 boundaries in 4 balls as England completes the formalities of winning the game by 10 wickets here at Lord's and win the one-off Test. Ireland showed tremendous fight on Day 3 but it turned out to be a bridge too far for the Irish in the end. Loads of positives for the Irish despite going down here.  

Let's recap the Test match that we have witnessed over the last three days. Ireland were put into bat first by England under overcast conditions and were skittled out for 172 in 56.2 overs. Nobody really got going with James McCollum scoring 36, Paul Stirling 30 and Curtis Campher 33. Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/51 in 17 overs. He was ably supported by Jack Leach who picked up 3 wickets and Matthew Potts picked up a couple of wickets as well. 

In reply, England powered their way to a massive 524/4 declared in 82.4 overs. Ollie Pope was the star with a majestic maiden Test double ton as he scored 205 off 208 balls. He was ably supported by Ben Duckett who scored 182. Quickfire 50s from Crawley and Root contributed to the total as Joe Root went past 11,000 Test runs. Andy McBrine got a couple of wickets for Ireland while Graham Hume and Fionn Hand got one wicket each. It was a bad performance with the ball from Ireland. 

Faced with a deficit of 352 runs, Ireland showed great fight today. They lost James McCollum to a twisted ankle injury yesterday for 12 runs. The fightback today was initially led by Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker. Tector scored 51 while Tucker scored 44. Thereafter, it was the Mark Adair and Andy McBrine show. Adair scored 88 and fell 12 short of a 100. While McBrine lost his partners and stayed unbeaten on 86* as Ireland ended with 362/9 in 86.2 overs with James McCollum retired hurt. 

The debutant Josh Tongue was wicketless in the first innings. He returned with a five wicket haul and got to the honours board. He finished with 5/66 in 21 overs. A wicket apiece for Broad, Potts, Root and Leach. England were made to toil hard in the field in the second innings.

Zak Crawley came and completed the formalities as England have now won 11 out of 13 Tests under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. A tremendous change of fortunes and good preparation going into the Ashes series.   
0.4 M Adair to Z Crawley
4 FOUR!! That's it, Crawley finishes it in just 4 balls!! Fuller delivery on the stumps. Crawley gets his bat in  the line of the ball and drives it straight. The ball beats the diving mid-on to his left and races away for a boundary. A comprehensive victory for England, as they thumped Ireland by 10 wickets in  one-off Test. 
0.3 M Adair to Z Crawley
4 FOUR!! Crawley is in a hurry to finish it in the very first over!! Good length delivery on the off-stump line. Crawley hangs back and punches it through the covers. The ball beats the short extra covers fielder and races away for a boundary. 
0.2 M Adair to Z Crawley
0 Touch fuller delivery on the off. Crawley leans forward and defends it. 
0.1 M Adair to Z Crawley
4 FOUR!! Poor ball and punished straightaway!! Short of length delivery on the stumps. Crawley plants his foot and pulls it along the ground. The ball beats the short square leg fielder and races away for a boundary. 
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9:05 PM IST: We are ready for the brief chase! Openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett take their positions. Mark Adair will bowl the first ball.
8:57 PM IST: Ireland's spirited performance comes to an end. They have been bowled out for 362 with McCollum retired hurt. They fought like warriors today with Tector and Tucker showing fight. Tector scored 51 and Tucker scored 44. But then it was the Mark Adair Andy McBrine show as they dazzled under the Lord's sunshine. Adair scored a brilliant 88 while McBrine ended with 86* off 115 balls. The lower middle order fought as Ireland finished with 362 in 86.2 overs. 

The debutant Josh Tongue was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/66 in 21 overs. The rest of the bowlers that bowled picked up a wicket each. Broad, Potts, Root, and Leach picked one wicket each. 

So, England will have to bat again and have to chase 11 runs to win this Test. Back with their short chase and the final innings of the match soon. Stay tuned!   
86.2 S Broad to G Hume
W BOWLED'EM!! After a grueling battle between the bat and the bowl, Ireland are skittled for 362 runs. Good length delivery shaping into the off-stump line. Hume leans forward to defend but plays the wrong line as the ball past the bat and strikes at the off-stump. England needs 11 runs to win this match. 
86.1 S Broad to G Hume
4 FOUR!! Around the wicket. Fuller delivery around the off-stump line. Hume gets the thick outside edge of the bat. The ball past the slip cordon and races away for a boundary. 
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