Southampton: World champions England defeated Ireland by six wickets in the first one-day international at Southampton on Thursday as white-ball cricket returned from the coronavirus lockdown.
England, in their first home ODI since winning the World Cup, were in trouble at 78-4, chasing a modest 173 to win.
But Sam Billings (67 not out) and captain Eoin Morgan (36 not out), a former Ireland batsman, saw them to victory with more than 22 overs to spare as England went 1-0 up in a three-match series.
Earlier, David Willey marked his England recall with an ODI best 5-30.
gland registered 6th consecutive ODI win at Southampton since 2016.
England registered 6th consecutive ODI win against Ireland.
This was England’s ninth win over Ireland in 11 ODIs.
David Willey registered his career-best figures of 5/30 in ODIs.
This was David Willey first five-wicket haul in ODIs.
David Willey became third left-arm bowler for England to take a 5-wicket haul in ODIs.
67 unbeaten is Sam Billings’ highest score in ODIs.
This was Sam Billings’ third ODI half-century.
Cutis Campher becomes third Ireland batsman to score 50 or more on debut.
Debutant Campher was the highest scorer for Ireland as he scored unbeaten 59 off 118 balls. Apart from him, Andy McBrine scored 40 off 48 balls. The duo added 66 for the eighth wicket to take Ireland close to the 150-run mark. The second ODI now takes place on August 01.