The caravan of the three-match One-day International series between hosts England and Ireland moves to its final leg with Eoin Morgan’s side set to lock horns with the Irish in the final ODI of the series.
With the series done and dusted, the final match might look like no more than a dead rubber but with crucial ICC ODI Super League up for grabs, both sides will look to avoid any slip-up and will put their best foot forward.
England’s bowling has been the cornerstone of their success in the series thus far. While David Willey has wreaked havoc with the new ball against the Irish top-order, Adil Rashid’s with all his guile and skills, has proved to be impossible to negotiate in the middle-overs.
As far as batting is concerned, the likes of James Vince and Tom Banton have failed to make the most of their opportunities while Sam Billings, on the other hand, has looked like he’s batting on a completely different track as compared to other batsmen.
Can Ireland avert the ignominy of a 0-3 whitewash against England?
Ireland, on the other, has been pretty disappointing in the series thus far. Their top-order has fallen like a pack of cards in both the games, leaving too much for Curtis Campher to do.
The likes of Paul Stirling, skipper Andrew Balbirnie and all-rounder Kevin O’Brien are yet to register any substantial score thus far, something the Irish fans will hope is not the case in the final ODI as the visitors look to avert the ignominy of a 0-3 whitewash.
Curtis Campher has proved to be a real find for the Irish in this series. The South African-born Ireland cricketer has scored back-to-back half-centuries thus far and has only been dismissed once. Ireland will hope that the 21-year-old goes on to convert his start into a three-figure score in the final game.
Ireland’s bowling, unlike their batting, has been pretty impressive this far. In both the games, they managed to put the English middle-order under pressure but the lack of runs on the board meant that the hosts managed to get away on both occasions. Will that be the case in the final ODI too? We’ll wait and see.
England vs Ireland 2020, 3rd ODI, Southampton- Match Prediction-
England have proved to be too good for the Irish thus far. The Eoin Morgan’s side has proved the enormous amount of depth that England white-ball set-up boasts of currently. Needless to say, they will once again start as favorites.