England vs Ireland 2nd ODI: Bairstow stars as England claim unassailable 2-0 lead

Jonny Bairstow 82 England Ireland 2nd ODI Southampton cricket

Jonny Bairstow walloped 14 boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 82

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Jonny Bairstow smashed a magnificent 82 to lead England to a four-wicket win over Ireland in the second ODI in Southampton.

Opting to bat first, Ireland got off to a disappointing start as opener Gareth Delany was trapped lbw off the bowling of David Willey for a duck.

Paul Stirling only made 12 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Tom Banton at backward point off the bowling of Willey.

Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie was the next to go as he gave James Vince his first international wicket when he was caught behind for 15.

Kevin O’Brien was clean bowled for three runs by Adil Rashid, who also took out Harry Tector for 28.

With Rashid also removing Lorcan Tucker for 21, Ireland found themselves in trouble at 91/6.

However, Curtis Campher, who made a fifty on debut in the first ODI, stabilised the innings with Simi Singh as they amassed a 60-run partnership.

Singh ended up making 25 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Saqib Mahmood.

Campher went on to score 68, which came off 87 balls and included eight boundaries, before he became Mahmood’s second victim.

Andy McBrine made a quickfire 24 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Reece Topley on the final ball of the innings.

Thanks to Campher, Ireland finished on 212/9.

Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Willey and Mahmood snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Vince and Topley, they chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 213 to win, England lost opener Jason Roy on the third ball of the innings as he was dismissed by Craig Young for a duck.

Bairstow and Vince made up for the loss of Roy with a 71-run partnership before Vince was clean bowled by Campher for 16.

Banton only made 15 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Campher.

Bairstow went on to hammer a 41-ball 82, which included 14 boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Little.

Little then removed England captain Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali in the same over to leave the hosts in a spot of bother at 137/6.

However, Sam Billings and Willey finished things off for England with an unbeaten 79-run partnership.

Billings concluded the match on 46, which came off 61 balls and included six boundaries, while Willey remained undefeated on 47, which came off 46 deliveries and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Little was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Campher took two and Young claimed one.

Bairstow was named Man of the Match.

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