Only ODI, England tour of Ireland at Dublin (Malahide), May 3 2019
(43.1/45 ov)
(42/45 ov, target 199)
England won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
ENG Innings
Full commentary
end of over 435 runs
ENG: 199/6CRR: 4.73 
Tom Curran47 (56)
Ben Foakes61 (76)
Josh Little8-0-45-4
Mark Adair8-0-48-0

7.43pm Well, that wraps things up for the prologue to England's season. It's been a terrifically entertaining day. From Alan, Justin and myself, goodbye!

Eoin Morgan: "At certain stages we knew it would be challenging, but the bowlers did a great job, and three or four of us batted really poorly. But Foakes outstanding on debut, he and Curran got us over the line, last year against Scotland we got beaten at our own game, but today we found a way to win."

Man of Match is Ben Foakes "Nipping about a bit, had to take what was on offer. Because we kept them under 200, the rate never got away from us." Well, that was brief.

Will Porterfield "The start we got, was tricky in the morning, but we can't fault the fight with three debutants, didn't look out of place. The lads that played today have a bright future. Seven ODIs in next 15-20 days, great time for us."

7.34pm Tom: "Didn't we have basically the same result last time England played at Malahide? " Last but one visit had similarities ....

7.28pm Gosh, that was more of a thriller than we had bargained for when the pitch inspection was taking place some seven and a half hours ago. It's been a blazing contest, lit up by debutants galore. Ben Foakes and Josh Little share top billing, Jofra Archer attracts the scrutiny, and England head home for their Biggest Summer of Cricket Of All Time with more questions than answers ... though, in the form of Willey, Curran, Plunkett et al, mostly good ones, to be fair.

Little to Curran, (no ball) FOUR runs
round the wicket, hauled out through the leg side, and that's an extra too, so that is the end of that!
end of over 4211 runs
ENG: 194/6CRR: 4.61 • RRR: 1.66 • Need 5 runs from 18b
Tom Curran43 (55)
Ben Foakes61 (76)
Mark Adair8-0-48-0
Josh Little8-0-40-4

Robin: "To be fair England hasn't had a debutant wicketkeeper since Davies in 2009. Just off the top of my head Prior, Bairstow, Kieswetter, Buttler, Billings have probably all kept wicket just not on debut." Never let facts get in the way of a good stat

Adair to Curran, 1 run
in the blockhole, flogged on the up, and the game is surely up now
Adair to Curran, 2 runs
slapped uppishly, wide of the lumbering Boyd Rankin at mid-on, who gives away the second run
Adair to Foakes, 1 run
slower ball, Foakes waits well and opens the face to third man
Adair to Foakes, 2 runs
squeezed through third man... England are down to single figures
Adair to Curran, 1 run
slashed on the up to deep cover, Curran in a rush to finish this, and dropped by Tucker, sprinting in! So near, he made the ground, but lost his composure, and maybe now, the match...
Adair to Curran, FOUR runs
low full toss, smashed one bounce to the rope! That is a massive start to the over

Right, last roll of the dice. This needs to be the over, surely, to get the breakthrough

end of over 418 runs
ENG: 183/6CRR: 4.46 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 16 runs from 24b
Tom Curran35 (51)
Ben Foakes58 (74)
Josh Little8-0-40-4
Mark Adair7-0-37-0

Usman: "I don't know why everyone is forgetting that this is England." Oh, I haven't, don't you worry...

Little to Curran, 1 run
up on the toes, bashed to deep cover, another single as England ... seemingly ... close in
Little to Curran, no run
full length, slapped to cover
Little to Curran, no run
swish! A touch impetuous for a change, pulling when the ball wasn't quite there for the shot. Whistles past the off stump

Hypocaust: "Ben Foakes is the first English keeper to make a fifty on men's ODI debut" Well, well ...

Little to Foakes, 1 run
round the wicket now, a touch more cramped on the back foot, but worked into the on-side