Watch: David Willey’s maiden 5-wicket haul propel England to win in series opener

The England vs Ireland ODI series marked the first ODI series after the coronavirus lockdown. It will also be a part of the recently-announced ODI Super League, implying that it now carries a lot of significance for Ireland. Each point the Irish earn in the Super League would go a long way in ensuring their World Cup qualification.

David Willey was the showstopper for the Three Lions after he registered his maiden ODI five-wicket haul. Willey was also awarded the Player of the Match after his stellar display to single-handedly bundle out Ireland for a trivial 172. 

The left-arm fast bowling all-rounder in David Willey who has been given an opportunity in the absence of top-tier players, bowled brilliantly to break the game for Ireland with his new ball spell, finishing with figures of 5/30. 

The visitors were asked to bat first by the England captain Eoin Morgan who won the toss and what looked like a batting paradise turned into a graveyard for Ireland as the left arm pacer in David Willey demolished Ireland with 4 quick wickets. There wasn’t much movement on offer nor the pitch was helping the bowlers to a greater extent but Ireland batters weren’t batting to their potential.

The reigning world champions England lived up to their lofty repute after registering an emphatic win against Ireland, in the Royal London series opener in Southampton. The Eoin Morgan side secured a comprehensive six-wickets victory to eclipse Ireland, and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.