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‘Mind blowing innings’ -Fans react as Ollie Pope floors Ireland with mindboggling 205 off 208 balls at Lords in one-off Test

England scored 524-4 in the first innings.
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England and Ireland squared off at Lords for the one-off four-day Test match. The Three Lions hit the right notes straightaway after winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. Their bowlers were on the fore as Stuart Broad picked up a five-wicket haul. He was supplemented by Jack Leach who picked three scalps. Matthew Potts also contributed with the ball with two wickets. The batting was a no-show by Ireland as three people got into the 30s. But other than that, there was no significant resistance as they were all out for 172.

In the first innings England showed why they rated ‘Bazball’ highly. They declared on 524-4. The batting lineup contributed right through. Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett gave a booming start as Crawley scored 56 off 45 balls with 11 fours. Ben Duckett got in and converted it into a big innings. The left-hander scored 182 off 178 balls with 24 fours and one six. Ireland were not out of their misery yet as Ollie Pope rooted them to the ground.

Joe Root completed 11,000 runs in Test Cricket and overtook Sir Alistar Cook

The right-hander smashed a stroke-filled, quickfire knock of 205 off 208 balls with 22 fours and three sixes. The Irishmen did not have any answers to the youngster’s assault as they were badly mauled. Pope has been a shining star for England in Test cricket as he has scored 2046 runs in 36 games at an average of 35.27 and at a strike rate of 61.27.  In his short Test career, he has scored 11 fifties and four hundreds.

Joe Root also had a good hit out in the middle after his IPL stint as he scored a quickfire 56 off 59 balls with four fours and one six. This was Root’s 58th Test fifty as he reached 11000 runs in the five-day format. He also broke Sir Alastair Cook’s record as he completed the 11000 run mark in 238 innings while Cook took 252 innings to get there. Root became the second Englishmen to get to the landmark after Cook.

England ended Day 2 in a position of dominance as Ireland are tottering at 97-3 and still trail by 255 runs with two days to go in the Test match. The Ashes will commence after the Ireland Test match and The World Test Championship final that will be played at the Oval.

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