The third and last ODI of the three-match series between England and Ireland will be played at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. This match starts at 6:30 PM IST (3 PM local time) (1 PM GMT). It will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.
England and Ireland will lock horns for one final time in the ongoing ODI series on Tuesday. Despite the series being decided, the last match won’t be a dead rubber thanks to the ICC introducing the ODI Super League which provides significance to bilateral contests. Coming back to the series, England have won both the ODIs so far and are the clear favourites to whitewash the visitors.
But Ireland bowlers and their lower-order batsman Curtis Campher have impressed a lot. The top five batsmen have disappointed as they got out playing rash strokes and putting team in trouble. They will hope to put England under pressure at least in the final ODI and try to leave the country with a win under their belt.
With Ireland batting first and posting under-par totals in two ODIs, it is still unknown what is a match-winning score at the venue. The pitch has been very good to bat on with the new ball swinging early on. Spinners are always in the game and Adil Rashid’s three wickets in the last outing prove it.
Average first innings: 217 (Last six ODIs at the venue)
Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings, Tom Banton/Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali/Liam Dawson, Reece Topley, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood/Tom Curran
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany/William Porterfield, Andy Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Simi Singh.
It might be surprising that we are keeping faith on Jason Roy despite his two back-to-back failures. But he is definitely due a big score in this series and he will be itching to do so in the final ODI. Expect him to go bonkers with the bat especially if England bats first.
David Willey has made a brilliant comeback into the England side. He has picked seven wickets so far in the series and scored a vital 47 as well with the bat in the second game. He will be keen to finish the series well to keep his stakes high for the next series when the preferred set of bowlers return.
Campher made his debut in this series itself but the maturity he showed with bat and ball has been brilliant. In both ODIs, he helped Ireland reach respectable scoring half-centuries and also picked 3 wickets so far. He will be itching to end the series on a high and possibly help his team win the match.
As expected, England are proving to be too strong for Ireland despite the visitors fighting hard with the ball. But simply they are not able to put enough runs on the board to put the opposition’s strong batting line-up under pressure. England are expected to win this match as well.
Our Prediction: England are expected to whitewash Ireland.
Best Bet: Harry Tector to be top Ireland batsman @7.5 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: England to win the match @1.06 at betway - 12 Units