Rashid puts Ireland in tailspin as England take 1st ODI

BRISTOL, England (AP) " Legspinner Adil Rashid took a career-best 5-27 as England crushed Ireland by seven wickets in the first of two one-day internationals on Friday.

On a day scheduled for 100 overs, only 53 were used, and lunch was taken after Ireland was blown away in its first ever match against England in England.

The home side chose Rashid as its only spinner and left out Moeen Ali, and Rashid was all it needed.

He took five of the last six wickets, three of them leg before, and hastened Ireland's slide from 90-3 to 126 all out in 33 overs. Andy Balbirnie top-scored with 30.

England needed only 20 overs to reach the winning target at 127-3, propelled by opener Alex Hales' blistering 55 off 39 balls, including 10 boundaries.

Joe Root finished on 49 not out.

The second match is on Sunday at Lord's.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

Stats provided by

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf04 at 26 May 2017 16:43:02 Processing Time: 435ms