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Ireland can lord it despite loss: skipper Porterfield


By Ian Callender in Bristol

Captain William Porterfield is expecting Ireland to bounce back from what he described as a "bad day at the office" when they face England in the second and final one-day international of the series at Lord's tomorrow (11am).

Ireland's historic first ODI in England could hardly have gone worse, defeated before the lunch interval by seven wickets after being bowled out for 126, their sixth lowest total in the format.

And once again it was a Rashid who spun Ireland to defeat, their lessons against their destroyer-in-chief against Afghanistan going unlearnt.

For Rashid Khan in India, read Adil Rashid in Bristol, the England leg spinner finishing with his best ODI figures of 5-27, with the Irish middle order completely bamboozled.

But Porterfield insisted "one bad game does not make us a bad team", adding: "We have lost the first match of the series before and come back and that's the biggest thing, so we will have an open and honest review, park it in Bristol and move down to Lord's.

"We know Rashid (like Rashid Khan) is going to bowl a lot of googlies, that's nothing new, but we have to play him a lot better.

"The result is particularly disappointing because we had a fantastic support here and it will be even bigger at Lord's so that makes us determined to put it right. You want to entertain but you also want to give your home fans something to cheer and that is a big motivating factor for Sunday."

Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce both entertained in an opening partnership of 40 in just 5.3 overs but both were then dismissed in the space of nine balls, Stirling to only his third ball from Mark Wood - he did not look comfortable against the first two - and Joyce disappointingly trapped in front by the innocuous left armer David Willey.

Porterfield and Andy Balbirnie led a recovery of sorts, taking the score to 81 for two with Balbirnie much more fluent than his captain who, in his 100th ODI innings, scored 11 singles and a two from 45 balls before driving Test captain and part-time spinner Joe Root tamely to mid-off.

It took Rashid only three balls against Gary Wilson before the Derbyshire professional was his first victim and the Ireland procession was under way, their last seven wickets falling for 36 runs in 70 balls. Of those, only a patient Niall O'Brien and Tim Murtagh reached double figures.

The one plus that Porterfield took away from a blustery Bristol was the bowling of Peter Chase who carried on where he left off in Monday's inter-pro by taking all three England wickets.

He should have had top scorer Alex Hales for 10 in his third over but O'Brien dropped him off the glove down the leg side - and indeed Murtagh had already missed a return catch off the opener before he had scored.

Chase actually got his man in his next over, a skyer superbly judged, as usual, by the captain, but it was the first over of his second spell and Hales had added another 45 runs from 26 balls, finishing with 10 boundaries.

His favourite wicket was England captain Eoin Morgan, caught at long leg for 10, but that was a rare moment of celebration for Ireland.

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