Root, Rashid help England to an easy seven wicket win over Ireland
England 127-3 (Hales 55) beat
Ireland 126 (Rashid 5-27) by seven wickets
First One-Day International in Bristol
Adil Rashid picked his maiden five-wicket haul to curtail Ireland at 126 as Alex Hales' brisk 55 along with Joe Root's unbeaten 49 helped England cruise to a comfortable seven wicket win over Ireland in Bristol on Friday.
Things didn't go as planned for the visitors after skipper William Potterfield opted to bat first after winning the coin toss.
Ed Joyce (23) and Paul Stirling (20) managed to put up a quick 40-run opening stand within six overs before Mark Wood (1-24) got one through Stirling's defenses to give the hosts their first wicket.
David Willey (1-34) then got rid of Joyce in the seventh over as Jake Ball (1-16) managed to pick Andy Balbirnie (30), who showed decent panache during his brief stay at the crease.
The visitors had 81 runs on the board after losing Balbirnie in the 18th over. The situation was manageable before Adil Rashid (5-27) arrived at the scene.
The 29-year-old legbreak ripped apart the middle order along with Root (2-9), who proved more than handy with the ball on a slight bouncy Bristol wicket.
Rashid got rid of the prize wickets of Niall O'Brien (16), Gary Wilson (1) and Kevin O'Brien (4) along with Stuart Thompson (4) and Tim Murtagh (11) to accomplish his maiden five-wicket-haul in One Day Internationals.
Root managed to take out Irish skipper Porterfield (14) and Dockrell (0) in a spell which made him look nothing less than like a seasoned off break bowler.
After curtailing the visitors to 126, the English opening pair came out to bat with clear intentions of wrapping it up before the lunch break.
However, Peter Chase (3-44) sent Jason Roy (0) back to the pavilion on a duck after facing five balls of the opening over to make things interesting for the handful of viewers at the County Ground.
Although Root along with Hales (55) forged a 77-run partnership stand for the second wicket by scoring seven runs per over to set the hosts back on course.
Hales, who got a reprieve off Chase's bowling in the fifth over after Niall O'Brien grassed a catch, completed his seventh ODI fifty in just 33 balls.
Chase finally managed to get of Hales in the 12th over as Eoin Morgan (10) became his third victim in the 15th over.
Despite the two hiccups, Root along with Bairstow (10 not out) got the job done ahead of the mandatory break with seven wickets to spare. Rashid was deservedly awarded the man of the match award for his bowling efforts.
The second as well as the final ODI of this series will now be played at the Lord's on Sunday.
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