Ireland in England, 3 ODI Series, 2020

England vs Ireland - 2nd ODI

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date & Time: 01 August 2020

England 216/6

RR: 6.64 | England beat Ireland by 4 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy c Gareth Delany & b Craig Young c Gareth Delany & b Craig Young 0300
Jonny Bairstow c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Josh Little c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Josh Little 8241142
James Vince bowled Curtis Campher bowled Curtis Campher 162630
Tom Banton lbw Curtis Campher lbw Curtis Campher 151530
Sam Billings not out not out 466160
Eoin Morgan c Curtis Campher & b Josh Little c Curtis Campher & b Josh Little 0200
Moeen Ali c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Josh Little c Lorcan Tucker (W) & b Josh Little 0300
David Willey not out not out 474652
Adil Rashid
Reece Topley
Saqib Mahmood
Extras 10 (b 2, lb 0, w 6, nb 2)
Total 216 (6 Wkts, 32.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Jason Roy,0.3), 71-2 (James Vince,8.4), 98-3 (Tom Banton,12.2), 131-4 (Jonny Bairstow,16), 137-5 (Eoin Morgan,17.2), 137-6 (Moeen Ali,17.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Craig Young9 0 68 1 7.56
Josh Little10 3 60 3 6.00
Andy McBrine5 0 33 0 6.60
Curtis Campher6.3 1 50 2 7.94
Simi Singh2 0 3 0 1.50
Paul Stirling 0 0 0 0 0
Andy Balbirnie 0 0 0 0 0
Gareth Delany 0 0 0 0 0
Harry Tector 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin O'Brien 0 0 0 0 0
Lorcan Tucker 0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this encounter then! A dead rubber awaits as far as series is concerned but points on offer in the ODI Super League. England might want to test their strength while Ireland would be eager to end the series on the winning note. Will they be able to do so or will it be all England once again in the third game? That game too will be played at this very venue on Tuesday, 4th August 2020. Join us at 1400 local (1300 GMT) to enjoy action. Until then, take care!

Jonny Bairstow is named MAN OF THE MATCH for his blistering knock. He starts by telling me that he was in the mood of playing his best cricket. On getting to 3,000 runs, he says that he is proud to reach the landmark and hopes that he scores a lot more in the next few years. Adds that he is looking at the 2023 World Cup. Feels he is enjoying the batting at the top-order and mentions that he has worked hard on his game and is striking the ball nicely. Praises the bowling unit as a whole. Finishes by praising Campher and Ireland bowlers too.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, tells that he did not know that they have got 20 points in the ODI Super League. Credits Bairstow at the top and Billings in the middle order for his performance. On Morgan giving the ball to Vince, Morgan tells that Vince has been their 6th bowler in the last 2 games but didn't get the chance to bowl so he threw the ball to him. Praises Mahmood for his performance and hopes he will play a few more games. On Bairstow's performance, Morgan tells that he is someone who can score freely without worrying about the surface. On his batting position in the two games, Morgan says that he is happy to step aside for the youngsters to bat up the order but he will not be playing at no. 6 for long.

Andy Balbirnie, the Ireland skipper, says they were too much short and they lost again five wickets early. Adds that Campher batted brilliantly and he again showed Ireland how to go about it. Mentions that they had to put attacking fields as they were defending a low score. States that they needed someone to step up and Josh Little did just that.

Who will be named the player of the match? Campher from the losing camp? Rashid for his brilliant bowling? Or Willey for his wickets early on and a vital inning with the bat too? Stay with us to find out.

Earlier in the game, after being asked to bowl first, England bowled tightly as Willey struck early. Ireland looked down and out but their hero from the last game, the 1-game old Campher once again scored a fine half-century and added important runs, first with Singh and then with McBrine to help Ireland post a total over 200. For England, Rashid was the pick of the bowler as he took 3 wickets while Willey and Mahmood got two to their name. They were taken for some runs in the death overs but their performance at the start meant that Ireland couldn't go towards a huge total. And, with the total being modest once again, even after a bit of struggle, England scaled it comfortably in the end.

Ireland got the first wicket quickly but they were blown away by the onslaught of Bairstow. He targeted Young and Little and when the spinner came inside the 10th over, he too was smashed. Campher provided a couple of breakthroughs while Little in the middle overs took 3 wickets in 2 overs to give the Irish side some hope but they eventually failed to get another wicket.

The run chase didn't start well for England as they lost Roy in the first over. However, his partner on the other end, was in a blistering mood as he nailed boundaries at will on his way to his 21st ODI half ton. While he saw a few wickets fall from his end, he kept smashing them at will. England stuttered a bit post his wicket but Billings and Willey calmly took the side home.

Another game! Another not-so-emphatic victory for England but they take the series 2-0 with one game still to be played. When they lost their 6th wicket on 137, Ireland would've sensed a chance. However, Billings and Willey with their unbeaten 79-run stand took the team to the victory.

32.3
4
C Campher to D Willey, FOUR! GAME OVER! Short ball around off and middle, Willey rocks back and powerfully hammers it towards the deep square leg fence to seal the game and series. ENGLAND WIN BY 6 WICKETS.
32.2
2
C Campher to D Willey, Scores are level! Short ball around off, Willey pulls it off the toe end of his bat towards deep mid-wicket. Two taken.
32.1
0
C Campher to D Willey, Fullish ball just outside off, Willey strokes it towards the cover fielder.

Curtis Campher is back on.

31.6
0
C Young to Sam Billings, On a good length on off, Sam blocks it well.
31.6
0
C Young to Sam Billings, WIDE! Young bowls a bouncer, Billings does well to duck under it.
31.5
2
C Young to Sam Billings, On a length on middle, Billings flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
31.4
4
C Young to Sam Billings, FOUR! Hammered! This time it is Billings. Young bowls a back of a length ball on middle, Billings rocks back and powers it to the deep square leg fence.
31.3
1
C Young to D Willey, On a length on middle, Willey flicks it through square leg for a run.
31.2
6
C Young to D Willey, SIX! Terrific shot! Short delivery on middle, Willey pulls it over square leg for a maximum.
31.1
0
C Young to D Willey, Full delivery on off, Willey drives it to mid off.
30.6
0
J Little to Sam Billings, On a length on off, Billings punches it to covers.
30.5
0
J Little to Sam Billings, Full delivery on middle, Billings drives it to mid on.
30.4
0
J Little to Sam Billings, Length delivery outside off, Billings drives it towards covers.
30.3
0
J Little to Sam Billings, On a length on off, Sam taps it to point.
30.2
0
J Little to Sam Billings, Length delivery on off, Billings plays it to point.
30.1
0
J Little to Sam Billings, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Billings looks to cut but misses it.
29.6
1
C Young to Sam Billings, Short delivery on middle, Billings pulls it through square leg for a run.
29.5
1
C Young to D Willey, Length delivery on off, Willey taps it through point for a single.
29.4
0
C Young to D Willey, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Willey looks to pull but misses it.
29.3
0
C Young to D Willey, Full delivery on off, Willey blocks it off the front foot.
29.2
1
C Young to Sam Billings, Short delivery on middle, Billings pulls it through square leg for a run.
29.1
1
C Young to D Willey, On a length on middle, Willey flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
28.6
4
J Little to Sam Billings, FOUR! Good shot! Full delivery on off, Billings drives it through mid off for a boundary.
28.5
0
J Little to Sam Billings, Full delivery on middle, Billings drives it to mid on.
28.4
1
J Little to D Willey, Short delivery on off, Willey punches it towards mid off for a single.
28.3
1
J Little to Sam Billings, On a length on off, Billings guides it towards third man for a run.
28.2
0
J Little to Sam Billings, Full delivery on off, Billings drives it to covers.
28.1
0
J Little to Sam Billings, On a good length on off, Billings blocks it off the front foot.

Josh Little is back on.

27.6
1
C Young to Sam Billings, Single to end the over! Back of a length ball around off, pulled to deep square leg.
27.5
0
C Young to Sam Billings, Bouncer outside off, Billings doesn't go after it.
27.4
4
C Young to Sam Billings, FOUR! That was timed to perfection. Fuller and around off, Billings just punches it through mid on and the ball races away to the long on fence.
27.3
0
C Young to Sam Billings, On middle on a good length, flicked to mid-wicket.
27.2
2
C Young to Sam Billings, Shortish around off, Billings is on the back foot to punch it towards long on for two.
27.1
0
C Young to Sam Billings, Fuller and around off from Young, pushed to mid off uppishly.
26.6
0
S Singh to D Willey, Another tight over from Singh as the last ball is pushed back to the bowler. Just a run from the over.
26.5
0
S Singh to D Willey, Quicker one again, this one is played towards mid-wicket.
26.4
0
S Singh to D Willey, Quicker one around the pads, Willey comes down the track and defends it towards the leg side.
26.3
0
S Singh to D Willey, On off, defended off the front foot back to the bowler.
26.2
0
S Singh to D Willey, Shortish and on middle, Willey pushes it back to the bowler.

It was a thoroughly dominating performance by England in the first ODI with David Willey leading from the front on his comeback to the England squad. He picked up a 5-fer and with the help of the other bowlers, the home side restricted the Irish to a paltry 172. Then England's top order struggled but Sam Billings, playing an ODI after 2 years, came to the party and scored an unbeaten 67. He along with skipper Eoin Morgan helped them reach the target with more than 22 overs to spare. England have no reasons to change their batting though as they would want to give another opportunity to the likes of Tom Banton and James Vince. The skipper stated during the post-match presentation of the first ODI that they will look at how the bowlers pull up and then decide on the bowling combination. They will go into the game with confidence and will hope that they can clinch the series with one game to spare. Ireland, on the other hand, were disappointing with the bat. Losing 5 wickets with just 28 runs on the board is not ideal against a side like England. They though would be pleased with the performance of Curtis Campher, who assessed the conditions well and helped his side reach 172. He bowled well too and now Ireland would hope that the youngster can continue his performances. The visiting side would want to figure out a way to play David Willey early on and not give him many wickets. To win against a side like England, they need to be at their best. Their bowling was decent but the target was too low to defend. They will now want to put that performance behind them and play better and level the series. Will Ireland be able to level the series or will England continue to dominate?

England Team Squad -Eoin Morgan,James Vince,Jason Roy,Joe Denly,Liam Livingstone,David Willey,Lewis Gregory,Liam Dawson,Moeen Ali,Tom Curran,Jonny Bairstow,Sam Billings,Tom Banton,Adil Rashid,Reece Topley,Richard Gleeson,Saqib Mahmood

Ireland Team Squad -Andy Balbirnie,Harry Tector,Simi Singh,William Porterfield,Curtis Campher,Gareth Delany,Josh Little,Kevin O'Brien,Paul Stirling,Lorcan Tucker,Andy McBrine,Craig Young,George Dockrell,Peter Chase