Murtagh, Adair Rattled England Down To 85 In Lord's Test feature image

2019 World Cup-winning team, England is playing their first test match after the title win. Things getting worse for England after this unpredictable performance of the Irish team. Test cricket, you have been missed. Not sure England will feel the same way. Apart from the toss, nothing has gone their way in the first session at lord’s venue. Tim Murtagh, who has played at Lord’s for more than 12 years, was the chief wrecker for Ireland. Murtagh, Adair, and Rankin totally rattled England down to just 85 runs.

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Murtagh, Adair Rattled England Down To 85 In Lord’s Test

He started it all by removing debutant Jason Roy in the third over. Rory Burns and Joe Denly somewhat steadied the ship but once it was rocked by Adair, there was no recovering. Murtagh with his nagging accuracy kept sending one English batsman after another back to the pavilion and recorded his career-best Test figures at his adopted home. Adair and Rankin backed him superbly and together the trio managed to bowl out England to their lowest total at Lord’s in this millennium.

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Ireland, asked to field first, were brilliant with their bowling, catching as well as reviewing as they pinned England on the floor with 43 for 7 and eventually shot them down for just 85 in the opening session of the game. Joe Denly (23), debutant Olly Stone (19) and Sam Curran (18) were the only Englishmen to manage a double-digit score.

The procession started as early as in the third over. Murtagh kept bowling in the channel just outside off stump, Jason Roy edged one for Paul Stirling at first slip. His opening partner, Rory Burns, played an equally loose shot to be caught behind in the tenth over.

Mark Adair trapped Joe Denly and Joe Root plumb lbw though William Porterfield had to take the help of a DRS review to send his counterpart back to the pavilion. Jonny Bairstow also was guilty of throwing his wicket to Tim.

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Mooen Ali played out a maiden from Adair before edging one behind to give Murtagh his fifth and final wicket of the day, while reducing England to 43 for 7. Later, Mark Adair and Boyd Rankin picked up the remaining wickets.

Ireland is runaway winners from this point but England’s bowlers would love these conditions too. Unless they fall prey to overtrying, they could shine too. Interesting couple of sessions that could dictate the flow of this game.

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