July 27, 2019 10:15 AM NPT
LONDON, July 27: Ireland’s dream of pulling off one of the biggest shocks in the history of test cricket was shattered as they collapsed to 38 all out to lose by 143 runs to England at Lord’s on Friday.
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad ruthlessly exploited the murky conditions to take all 10 wickets in the space of 15.4 overs as Ireland posted the lowest-ever total at Lord’s.
Ireland made a dream start when Stuart Thompson polished off England’s second innings with the first ball of the day, clean bowling Olly Stone to dismiss the hosts for 303 and leave themselves two days to knock off 182 runs.
After a rain delay and with the lights required in the gloom, Ireland began the chase in encouraging fashion, reaching 11 without loss, but the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion as Woakes and Broad ripped them apart in little more than an hour.