Ireland and England are all set to face each other in a cricket match this weekend! The two teams are facing each other after quite a while so there is excitement all around. While England is definitely the odds-on favourite to win here, Ireland is also a team known to have pulled some major upsets over the past few years. This Ireland vs England ODI match is all set to be a thriller!
Let us take a closer look at the match and see what the competition is all about:
Date and Time for Ireland vs England ODI Match
This cricket match between ENG vs IRE is taking place on the 3rd of May, at 10:45 AM. England will be led by Eoin Morgan while Ireland will be led by William Porterfield. The match takes place at The Village, Malahide on Ireland’s Eastern Coast. The ground can host about 11,000 people.
It is a regular One Day International match which England is playing before the country gears up to face the visiting Pakistan. This match is also critical because the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will also be held in England and Wales later this year.
Unlike the previous years’ World Cup tournament, this year only 10 teams will participate in it. All these ten teams will face off against each other in the first round. While England and Pakistan both made it to the ten qualified teams, Ireland did not.
How to watch Ireland vs England ODI Cricket Match Online?
Fans of the two teams can easily watch the match on TV. However, in case you are not able to access a TV near you, there are ways in which you can watch Ireland vs England ODI cricket match online as well! The simplest way to do it is by watching it on Sky Sports Cricket. ESPN+ is also a great option for mobile users.
Viewers of the match need to get a Sky Sports Day Pass (£8.99), or a Week Pass (£14.99), or a Month Pass (£33.99). However, those who do not have access to Sky Sports can also get a subscription of NOW TV to watch the match online. NOW TV app can be used to stream this match on a smart TV, on a smartphone or even on consoles!
Focus on England vs Pakistan
While Ireland vs England ODI is the match at hand, the focus here is basically the England vs Pakistan matches which begin shortly. The first match between England and Pakistan takes place on the 5th of May, just two days after this match.
This series includes one T20 International along with 5 ODIs. With just 30 days to go to the World Cup, it will be interesting to see if England, the odds-on favourite, are able to beat Ireland? Or does Ireland pull an upset here and shock. Given that the World Cup is going to take place in England, the team has a strong home advantage this year! It will be interesting to see how they perform over the next couple of weeks.