127 minutes, Tim Murtagh’s heroics and other stats as Ireland bundle England for 85


Just 10 days after their World Cup 2019 winning high, England were brought down to Earth as Ireland bowled them out for a mere 85 runs in the 1st innings of the one-off Test at Lord’s on Wednesday.

Tim Murtagh took a five-for against England at Lord's

Tim Murtagh took a five-for against England at Lord’s (Reuters)


  • England were bundled inside the 1st session
  • Tim Mutagh produced a spell of 5/13 to trigger the England collapse
  • Murtagh was ably supported by fellow pacers Boyd Rankin and Mark Adair

Ireland stunned England on the first day of the four-day test match at Lord’s on Wednesday, bowling them out for 85. This was just 10 days after the hosts lifted the World Cup at the same ground. Tim Murtagh (5/13) was well supported by his fellow pacers Mark Adair (3/32) and former England seamer Boyd Rankin (2/5) as only 3 England players managed to cross double digits.

Here are some stats about England’s collapse.

– It was England’s lowest Test innings score at home since 1997 when they were bowled out for 77 by Australia.

– It was England’s shortest completed innings ever, in terms of overs faced (23.4 overs).

– The innings lasted a mere 127 minutes

– It was the fourth time England have lost 10 wickets in a session in the last three years. The other three were against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2016, against New Zealand in Auckland and against India at Trent Bridge, both in 2018.

– The 13 runs conceded by Tim Murtagh was the second-lowest for a bowler taking a five or more wickets against England. Jerome Taylor took five for 11 in Kingston in 2009.

– England did at least avoid their lowest test total (45 against Australia in 1887)

(With Reuters inputs)

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