England cruise to a seven-wicket victory over Ireland in Bristol to begin their Champions Cup preparations in style.
have kicked off their Champions Cup preparations in style by seeing off England by seven wickets in their first home one-day international match of the summer. Ireland
The hosts got over the line with 30 overs left thanks largely to the batting of unbeaten pair
(55) and Alex Hales (49). Joe Root
After making a positive start to the contest, Ireland faltered and lost their last eight wickets for just 45, with
accountable for five of those. Adil Rashid top scored for the tourists with 30 runs, while Andrew Balbirnie (20) and Paul Stirling (23) lasted for a combined hour before being sent packing. Ed Joyce
England started slowly in response to Ireland's 126 as
was caught without scoring, but it was plain sailing in the end courtesy of Hales and Root, while Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan also managed 10 runs apiece. Jonny Bairstow
The second Test takes place at Lord's on Sunday.
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