England vs Ireland 2nd ODI
By Megha Mallick
England won the second One Day International against Ireland by 4 wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, going 2-0 up in the series. Jonny Bairstow put England into the driver’s seat, chasing 213. There were a few consecutive wickets, looking like a ray of hope for Ireland, but Sam Billings and David Willey put together a 79 run partnership to take England to victory.
Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first. Barry McCarthy was ruled out for the rest of the series, and Josh Little replaced him. For England, Reece Topley came in place of Tom Curran.
Willey had to wait for his third over to get into the wickets column but he did it in style, when he caught Gareth Delany LBW for a duck. Tom Banton caught Paul Stirling off Willey for 12 and Ireland were at 15/2. James Vince got his first ODI wicket, when Andrew Balbirnie was caught behind for 15.
Adil Rashid bowled a perfect googly and Kevin O’ Brien (3) had no clue. Saqib Mahmood caught Harry Tector off Rashid for 28. Lorcan Tucker was caught by Topley for 21, also off Rashid. Ireland were at 92/6.
Simi Singh was caught behind off Mahmood for 25. Ireland were at 152/7. A boundary brought up successive half centuries in ODIs for Curtis Campher. He was caught by Rashid off Mahmood for 68. Andy McBrine was caught behind off Topley for 24, bringing an end to the Ireland innings.
Ireland struck in the first over, when Delany caught Jason Roy off Craig Young for a duck. England had lost a wicket without scoring a single run.
Bairstow brought up his fifty with a six in just 21 balls. Campher bowled out Vince for 16, and caught Banton LBW for 15.
Tucker caught Bairstow off Little for 82. He also picked up Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali for ducks, who were caught by Campher and Tucker respectively. England lost six wickets for 137, but Billings and Willey took them to safety.