Rashid and Hales lead England rout of Ireland

Adil Rashid shined with the ball to help England dismiss Ireland for just 126

The Irish, who memorably beat England at the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore, were embarrassed here as they collapsed spectacularly from 81-2 to 126 all out.

England, powered by a half-century from Alex Hales and an unbeaten 49 from Joe Root, chased down their target of 127 in 20 overs.

Then despite an unconvincing start of their own with the bat, England hurried past an inadequate total in 20 overs to bring an early and chastening conclusion for Ireland to their first global fixture in this country.

Rashid's return was second only to that of off-spinner Vic Marks's five for 20, against New Zealand at Wellington in 1984, by a specialist England slow bowler at this level.

Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien went LBW for one and four respectively before Stuart Thompson was bowled for four by the 27th over, followed George Dockrell for a duck.

The last two - Niall O'Brien and Tim Murtagh - wrapped up the innings and made the match a virtual no-contest.

The comprehensive win saw England start their build-up to next month's Champions Trophy tournament on home soil in style and Rashid told BBC Radio: "It was nice to bowl my variations".

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Stuart Thompson was next to go, bowled by a lovely Rashid googly. Yet his words after this performance offered encouragement this might be a big summer for him across all formats.

Morgan was thrilled with his side's dominant win, and said: "Very pleased, pretty convincing, we bowled one or two bad balls in the first ten overs but it was a good wicket, probably the best Bristol wicket we've played on, so losing the toss wasn't a bad thing. Hopefully we have shown we can do some damage and we can carry it on", the man-of-the-match added after surpassing his previous ODI best of four for 43 against Bangladesh in Chittagong in October.

"You don't become bad players overnight".

Porterfield admitted that part of the disappointment with the performance was letting the large amount of supporters that travelled to the south west of England.

But despite the fact spin is not usually the weapon of choice in early-season English conditions, Root started an implosion that altered the course of this match dramatically when he had William Porterfield, the captain, caught at mid-off.

Of the remaining five, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes will miss the series and play the IPL till May 14.

Ireland batting first got all out for 126 in 33 overs. "This is our first game of a long summer". Three out of the eight England players who are now in India for the 10th season of Indian Premier League (IPL), namely skipper Eoin Morgan and openers Jason Roy and Sam Billings, will return back in time to join the squad for the series.

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