The 1st ODI of the three-match series between England and Ireland will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. It starts at 3 PM local time (6:30 PM IST) (1 PM GMT) and will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV in India.
After England and West Indies, Ireland is set to become the third team to resume international cricket with the three-match ODI series against the hosts. Both the sides will be playing the format after a long break thanks to the COVID-19 enforced break. England are a bit thin in terms of experience as they will miss the services of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes as they were involved in the Test series against the West Indies.
But they also have some of the best players in the country in this team and this is the best chance for the management to groom the talent keeping in mind the next World Cup. Ireland, on the other hand, is one which keeps giving a good fight to England time and again. This is a good chance for them to put pressure on the home side in the absence of their top players.
Being a bio-secure venue, The Rose Bowl is having a lot of cricket this summer. Recently, it hosted two Test matches and though the surface used will be different for this ODI, there will be some wear and tear on the pitch. It will bring the spinners into the game as the day progresses.
Average first innings score: 248 (In 28 ODIs played at the venue)
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Tom Banton/Joe Denly, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings/Liam Dawson, Tom Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley/Saqib Mahmood
Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andy Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Gareth Delany/Joshua Little, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy McBrine, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young
Jason Roy is an explosive player and it goes without saying that he will be looking to take the attack to the opposition in this game. He opens the innings alongside Jonny Bairstow and the duo will be looking to get off to a flyer.
Eoin Morgan’s record at The Rose Bowl is extremely good with the bat. He has scored 610 runs in 14 matches at the venue and will be key to the home team’s chances again.
Ireland batsmen have struggled against spin before and for the same reason, Adil Rashid will be threatening in this match, especially if England bats first.
Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie will be key for the visitors’ chances to dent England early in the series. Expect him to lead from the front with the bat.
No matter how much Ireland have come close to defeating England in the recent past, the hosts are favourites to start the series with a win. The World Champions led by Eoin Morgan seem to be too strong to handle for the Irish players and expect England to go 1-0 up in the three-match tussle.
Our Prediction: England is expected to win this match.
Best Bet: England to win @1.11 at bet365 - 12 Units
Value Bet: Roy and Bairstow both to score 50 @4.33 at betway - 7 Units