After an incredibly impressive knock of the English night watchman Jack Leach, the Irish bowlers fought back to survive the one-off test on Lord’s balanced balance.
The day began with Leach at the crease next to Rory Burns, after the two had been instructed to survive one night before. While Burns fell victim to Boyd Rankin for six years, Leach and debutant Jason Roy took control of the trial during the inaugural session.
Both batsmen advanced to their first fifty-fives and took England to lunch. Leach, with a first-class average of 10.97 before that match, impressed with a nimble inning, while Roy was usually aggressive, outperforming his first test of five on Wednesday.
The aggressive Roy lost his life for 72, clenched by Stuart Thompson, but Leach continued to find the rope as he advanced into the 1990s, targeting the prospect of three in the Home of Cricket. It seemed Leach’s day Mark Adair missed a tough shot in the left-hander’s locking belt. Fortunately for Ireland, Leach beat Tim Murtagh again three balls later and gave Adair a chance at salvation. He gratefully accepted her.
What followed was a kind of remake for England as they collapsed in much the same way as the first day. Joe Denly was called to a run before he was sent back by Skipper Joe Root.
England's Jack Leach hit 92 before Ireland's bowlers fought back on day two of the one-off Test at Lord's.— ICC (@ICC) July 25, 2019
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Denly paid the price for a run for 10. Jonny Bairstow fell in love with a duck with six balls, and while Moeen Ali survived a pair, he could only add nine After a goal from England, he continued his disappointing run with the bat.
Ireland’s momentum continued to increase; Root and Chris Woakes both fell to the stunning Adair to leave England in further trouble, with seven wickets falling for 77 runs.
Sam Curran stopped the rotting with a 29-ball 37, which showed two sixes, and Stuart Broad also made some pleasurable blows to improve England’s lead to 181, before bad light, followed by rain, ended the game of the day prematurely.
The last pair of England will be continued tomorrow with page 303/9.