England will be up against Ireland in the first ODI match of the Ireland Tour of England at The Headingley in Leeds on September 20. This is going to be a three-match ODI series in England and is being seen as good preparation for the bench strength of the English team, while the Irish team have already started the preparations for the 2027 World Cup with this series.
England had squared off against New Zealand in their last match, where England won the toss and elected to bat. They started decently, although they lost Bairstow pretty early. Dawid Malan held the fort from one end, kept scoring continuously as he notched up another century, and took his team to a strong total of 311 runs. In reply, New Zealand did not start as they would have hoped for. There were a couple of good knocks, but they lacked a player who could take charge like Malan did for England and, hence, lost the match by 100 runs.
Ireland had last played against Nepal, where Ireland won the toss, and they elected to field. Nepal started decently, lost a couple of wickets, but kept scoring at a good pace. Third and fifth-wicket partnerships were brilliant enough to bring them back in the game and place them in a good spot. By the end of the innings, they were able to post a good total of 268 runs. Ireland did not start too strong, but half-centuries by Harry Tector and Curtis Campher brought them back and made the match interesting as they won the match closely by just two wickets.