England vs Ireland, 3rd ODI: Fantasy Prediction, Pitch Report and Playing 11

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  • England lock horns with Ireland in the last ODI of the three-match series on August 4 at Southampton.

  • England leads the series by 2-0 margin.

England will look forward to ride on the momentum gained after winning the first two matches and finish the series on a high note when they take on Ireland in the last ODI to be played at Southampton on Tuesday (August 4).


On the other hand, Ireland will leave no stones unturned to avoid a whitewash, and gain a crucial ten points as the series is also a part of ICC World Cup Super League.

Although the scoreline of 2-0 might suggest England have thoroughly dominated the clash, Ireland did put them under serious pressure in the second ODI. Also, for Ireland, their top-order batsmen have been a colossal disappointment.


England vs Ireland Probable XIs:

England

In the absence of England’s mainstays like Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Joe Root, young guns of English squad got a pleasant opportunity to showcase their talent.


While players like David Willey and Sam Billings have splendidly capitalized the opportunity, the likes of Tom Banton, James Vince and Moeen Ali are yet to prove their mettle. Even Jason Roy would be desperate to go big in the third ODI.

On the bowling front, Liam Dawson might come in for injured Reece Topley.

Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), James Vince, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Tom Banton, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood


Ireland

There will be a massive burden on the opening duo for Ireland, Paul Stirling and Gareth Delany, to provide a solid start to their team. Both these batsmen have fallen prey to David Willey inside the first eight overs and exposed the Irish middle-order early in the game.

Curtis Campher has been the batsman for tourists, showing commendable technicalities and patience as he scored a gutsy half-century in consecutive matches.


Joshua Little has been their standout bowler in the last match, and Ireland will be expecting a similar sort of performance on Tuesday.

Predicted XI: Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Kevin O’Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Joshua Little

Here are the fantasy XI suggestions:


Fantasy Suggestion #1:

Jason Roy, Kevin O’Brien, Eoin Morgan, Andrew Balbirnie, Saqib Mahmood, David Willey, Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings

Captain: Jason Roy, Vice-Captain: David Willey

Fantasy Suggestion #2:

Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Andrew Balbirnie, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Adil Rashid, Craig Young, David Willey

Captain: Jonny Bairstow, Vice-Captain: Paul Stirling

Pitch Report:

The pitch is likely to offer a hint of movement in early overs, and both captains will like to bowl first after winning the toss.

CATEGORY: England, ODI

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