England took 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series against Ireland with a comfortable 6-wicket victory in the first ODI on Thursday. Ireland’s innings was rescued by debutant Curtis Campher after a top-order debacle but reached only 172. The total was too less for the Irish team to hold England even after they picked four wickets in first 15 overs. Ireland made the brave decision of dropping senior batsman William Porterfield while England would be continuing their batting line-up from the previous outing.
Here are some key stats and numbers to look out ahead of the crucial second ODI game in Southampton:
6 – England has extended their winning streak at the Ageas Oval in Southampton as they won all the six ODI games played since the start of 2016. Three of the last four victories at this venue came by a margin of six or more wickets.
70 – William Porterfield was dropped from Ireland’s playing XI on Thursday which brought an end to his 70 consecutive ODI appearances for Ireland since January 2015. Paul Stirling also had similar streak coinciding with that of Porterfield. Hence, by playing in the first ODI, Stirling now holds the record for most consecutive ODI appearances for Ireland by playing 71 successive matches.
147 – Adil Rashid needs three more wickets to become the first England spinner and overall the 5th player to bag 150 wickets for England in the ODI format.
200 – Paul Stirling is set to become the 3rd player to feature in as many as 200 matches in International cricket for Ireland on Saturday. Till date, only Kevin O’Brien (245) and William Porterfield (203) have completed 200 International appearances for Ireland.
211 – Eoin Morgan now has hit a total of 211 sixes in International cricket as England captain. The two sixes he struck during the first ODI helped him to equal MS Dhoni’s tally of 211 sixes as skipper and jointly hold the record for hitting most International sixes as captain.
1913 – Runs Andy Balbirnie has scored in ODI cricket thus far in the 64 innings he has batted. Balbirnie needs 87 more runs to become the 7th player to complete 2000 ODI runs for Ireland.
2004 – Runs James Vince has aggregated in List A cricket at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Vince has batted in 44 List A innings at this venue with an average of 46.6 and a strike rate of 105.91. He struck six hundreds and nine fifties in the 50-over format at this venue.
Vince, during the first ODI, became the 2nd player after Sean Ervine (2052) to go past 2000 runs in List A cricket at the Ageas Bowl. The England batter has a chance to surpass Ervine’s tally if he scores a fifty on Saturday.
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