Yeah! All of us were left pondering if this is the same squad who indeed won the greatest title in world cricket? In their debut test, at the Lords, Ireland squared the host. All credit to a dominating performance by Tim Murtagh, who picked up an astonishing 5 wicket-haul.
The wickets tumbled like a pack of cards and England was bundled for 85 even before the royal crowd could have a bite of the tasty lunch in the royal hall. Ireland’s Tim Murtagh, who played his first game at the Lords, received a standing ovation around Lord’s and was quick to get his name registered for the MCC Hall Of Fame.
As much as Irish playersare being appreciated for their eye-opening performance, the English players have been subject to mock and criticism from the fans over the globe. Probably, it is right to say that the dream has come to an end. The same happened to India when it won the 2011 World Cup. The team was slaughtered 4-0 by England at the same venue. Moreover, the English batsmen seemed to have carried the hangover of the 50 over game. The leg was not moving and the batsmen were caught fishing outside the off stump.
Howbeit, there was a silver line in the game and that was that England somehow woke up and was back to its destructive best when it came to bowling. The bowlers, after conceding in the post lunch session, struck 8 wickets in the post tea session to dismantle an inspired Ireland.
Despite, England making a comeback; the Irishmen still have the upper hand in the game. This alone is a reason why the twitter has ripped the England team apart. The fans, who were mostly upset by the way England won the cup, were at their ruthless best while tearing anyone who came in front to protect either England or its players.
Nonetheless, this match is going to augur well in the memories of the fans, and more importantly the players. Whether Ireland wins this or not, this match has found its way into the record books with the unexpected turn of events and some stupendous performance by Ireland.