Curran, Foakes guide England

MATCH-WINNING: England's Ben Foakes en route his unbeaten 61 against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. AFP

Tom Curran and Ben Foakes put together an unbeaten 98-run partnership to help England beat Ireland by four wickets in a one-off one-dayer here on Friday.

Chasing 199 to win, England slipped to 101 for six as Ireland's 19-year-old debutant bowler Josh Little made the most of seaming conditions to claim 4/45.

However, wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes scored an unbeaten 61 and all-rounder Curran added 47 not out to give the top-ranked one-day side a scrappy victory.

England had won the toss and elected to bowl after the match was put back by two hours and reduced to 45 overs per side amid concerns over a soggy outfield after overnight rain.

Ireland captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling made a steady start and were 46 without loss at the end of 10 overs.

But when they had reached 55, England quick Curran lured Stirling (33) into chipping the ball to a diving Jofra Archer at mid-on.

Seamer Liam Plunkett removed Porterfield (17) and Lorcan Tucker (seven), before Curran added a second of his own when Joe Denly caught the experienced Kevin O'Brien (four) at backward point.

The hosts were 111/6 but debutant Mark Adair hinted at a fightback as he smashed two sixes off Curran.

Archer, who conceded 21 runs off his first spell of four overs on his ODI debut, returned to the attack to remove Adair with a 90 mph ball that went clean through the batsman and uprooted the off stump.

Plunkett, who finished as England's standout bowler with 4/35, and Curran picked apart the Ireland lower order as the hosts were all out with 11 balls to play.

"At certain stages we knew it would be challenging, but the bowlers did a great job," England captain Eoin Morgan said.

England next travel to Cardiff for a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan on Sunday, before the two teams play a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday. 

Brief scores: Ireland: 198 all out in 43.1 overs (Paul Stirling 33, Andy Balbirnie 29; Tom Curran 3-35, Liam Plunkett 4-35) lt to England: 199/6 in 42 overs (Ben Foakes 61 not out, Tom Curran 47 not out; Joshua Little 4-54). 

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