Top-ranked England look to kick start the World Cup preparation against Ireland
Our prediction is that the English team will defeat Ireland in the one-off ODI at Dublin.
Eoin Morgan, the Irish-born captain of the English cricket team will return to his birthplace Dublin as England kick start their preparations for the world cup with this only ODI on the Ireland tour. The match will be hosted at the Malahide Cricket Club ground, also known as ‘The Village’, located on the east coast of Ireland in Dublin.
Ireland had put up a good performance in their last ODI series against a good Afghanistan side in Indian conditions, drawing the 5 match series 2-2. Interestingly, England also drew their last series with the West Indies in a similar manner.
Ireland does have a history of upsetting England in 2011 world cup, but that was an outlier and seems unlikely to repeat.
Ireland would not be expecting a win out of this game against a strong English team. However, they have nothing to lose and would likely go full throttle against the world number one team.
The hosts have not garnered much success on this ground and have won just two out of the 10 completed ODIs here. The experienced wicket-keeper batsman Gary Wilson is back after an eye issue and two uncapped players Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker have been called in the squad. Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling put up a good performance with the bat in their last series and Ireland will be hoping for good support to them from the old guns Porterfield and O’Brien.
They will be banking on the bowling from in-form Dockrell and Rankin to restrict the England batting line up which is a hard thing to do given that England bat way too deep.
William Porterfield (c), Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling
England is set to host the 2019 Cricket World Cup later in the summer, so they will be eyeing this match as a key part of their preparations for the World Cup. This will be England's third visit to Dublin, the previous two being in 2013 and 2015, and the visitors are undefeated at this venue.
They are currently struggling with injury and other concerns with several of their key players missing in the squad. Alex Hales’ ban and Jason Roy's back spasms have paved the way for James Vince and Sam Billings’ absence due to shoulder injury means Ben Foakes is set to make his England white-ball debut in his place. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are being rested after their stints in the IPL.
Eoin Morgan also sat out Middlesex's match at The Oval after complaining of sore shins but he is expected to be fit for the match. However, England is a strong unit in spite of all these issues with the new players coming in with the form on their side.
Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Foakes (wk), James Vince, Joe Root, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid
The pitch has traditionally been a good batting surface. The weather is expected to be cloudy with a 20% rain chance. Going by the recent record, this looks like a good batting wicket but the conditions might be overcast so the team winning the toss might look to utilize the early seaming conditions and restrict the team batting first.
The team winning the toss should look to Bowl first here to gain an advantage of early seam movement and should look to chase in a slightly better batting condition in the second half.
This is a contest between the top-ranked team versus a team that failed to qualify for the world cup. However, The England side is depleted and coming off a not so good series against West Indies. We can expect a good contest here with the Ireland side looking confident and playing in home conditions. However, it looks improbable that this Irish side could topple the English team.
Our prediction is that England will kick start their World Cup preparation against Ireland with a comfortable win at Dublin, on 3rd May 2019.
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