England v Ireland – Jonny Bairstow Inspires
England somewhat stumbled across the line in their second ODI against Ireland, winning by four wickets at the Ageas Bowl thanks to Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow. This means that they now take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Winning the toss Andrew Balbirnie elected to bat first. This, despite their woes in the first ODI just two days earlier. It seemed for a long time as though the skeletons from the first match were in play once more as the visitors were 91-6 at one stage.
Curtis Campher Stars Again For Ireland
It was 21-year-old all-rounder Curtis Campher once again taking them to a respectable score. The South African born youngster followed his half-century on debut in the first ODI, with 68 in this match.
With lower-order runs from Simi Singh and Andy McBrine Ireland posted 212-9 from their 50 overs. This was a marked improvement from Thursday, when they were bowled out with overs to spare.
The hosts got off to a flier early on, with Bairstow striking a 41-ball 82, albeit with wickets tumbling around him. Jason Roy went without scoring, whilst James Vince and Tom Banton both got starts before departing.
When Bairstow fell, skipper Eoin Morgan and vice-captain Moeen Ali soon followed, all to Irish seamer Josh Little. At this stage, England were 137-6 with the game very much in the balance.
Sam Billings and David Willey Seal The Deal
The fall of the sixth wicket brought together Sam Billings and David Willey. Billings ending on an unbeaten 46 and Yorkshire all-rounder Willey was 47 not out, but the game was closer than had been expected, given the low target and Bairstow’s blistering opening.
With one match left to play on Tuesday England may have wrapped up the series, albeit in unconvincing fashion, not befitting of the current world champions. However, Morgan and the selectors may decide to make changes in the final match. For Ireland, they will look to improve once more to avoid a whitewash to start their summer.
England v Ireland – Bairstow Has A Day Out
England v Ireland was a slightly better contest then the first game, until Jonny Bairstow decided to go ballistic. In fact, the game was still there to be won for Ireland. England were 6 wickets down. But Sam Billings and David Willey combined to guide England to victory. Bairstow was incredibly lethal, scoring at a strike of rate of close to 200. He has been impressive in ODI cricket right throughout his career.
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