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Debutant Ben Foakes starred as his unbeaten 61 rescued England and helped them register a four-wicket win over Ireland in the one-off ODI in Dublin.
Being put in to bat first after the match was reduced to 45 overs due to rain and a soggy outfield, Ireland got off to a solid start as captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling amassed a 55-run partnership before Stirling was caught by debutant Jofra Archer at mid-on off the bowling of Tom Curran for 33.
Porterfield only mustered 17 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.
Debutant Lorcan Tucker and Kevin O’Brien both fell soon after, while wicketkeeper Gary Wilson only scored eight runs before he was dismissed by Adil Rashid.
Andy Balbirnie managed to make 29 runs before he was stumped by Foakes off the bowling of Joe Denly.
Debutant Mark Adair smashed a quickfire 32 before he was clean bowled by Archer.
With George Dockrell chipping in with 24, Ireland managed to go on and make 198 before they were bowled out.
Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Curran snapped up three, and Archer, Rashid and Denly chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 199 to win, England lost opener James Vince early on as he was brilliantly caught by Dockrell at midwicket off the bowling of debutant Josh Little for 18.
Joe Root only made seven runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Tim Murtagh.
England captain Eoin Morgan failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Little for a duck.
With debutant Dawid Malan and Denly falling soon after, England found themselves struggling at 66/5.
David Willey mustered 20 runs before he was caught by Adair at fine leg off the bowling of Little.
However, that was to be Ireland’s last taste of success as Foakes and Curran finished things off with a 98-run partnership, during which Foakes brought up his fifty.
Foakes ended up making 61, which came off 76 balls and included three boundaries and a six, while Curran remained undefeated on 47, which came off 56 deliveries and included five boundaries.
Little was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Murtagh and Boyd Rankin claimed one wicket each.
Foakes was named Man of the Match.