Ireland, on the back of a historic five-wicket haul by Tim Murtagh, dismissed the famed England batting order for just 85 runs in the one-off Test match at the iconic Lord’s stadium in London.
Despite winning the toss and electing to bat first on a fairly good batting surface, Tim Murtagh’s bowling spell completely rattled the famed English batting order. At one point, England were facing a scare of being bowled out for their lowest ever Test total.
Joe Denly top-scored for England with 23 runs. Eight batsmen registered single-digit score while three batsmen Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali were dismissed without troubling the scorers.
Murtagh- the star performer
Murtagh provided the much-needed early breakthroughs for the Ireland team when they were asked to field first. He dismissed both the opening batsmen of England – Rory Burns and debutant Jason Roy who came into the match on the back of a successful World Cup campaign.
Murtagh then returned to trouble the middle order batsmen, getting rid of Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes. Moeen Ali became his fifth victim.
Apart from Murtagh, Mark Adair picked up a couple of wickets. Boyd Rankin also contributed with a wicket as Ireland used only four bowlers to restrict England for under 100 runs.
For England, Joe Denly and Rory Burns stitched 28 runs for the second wicket which eventually turned out to be the highest partnership of the innings.
England will now look to make a comeback with their bowling attack.