Bairstow’s heroics ensure that England take an unassailable 2-0 lead against Ireland

Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first in their must-win clash against England.

England opener Jonny Bairstow smashed a blistering 82 runs to guide England to victory in the second one day international against Ireland. This second win means that England have taken an unassailable lead in the three match series.

Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first in their must-win clash against England.

The visitors lost openers Paul Sterling (12) and Gareth Delany (0), skipper Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien (three) cheaply.

Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker too failed to convert their good starts into big scores and departed for 28 and 21, respectively.

Curtis Campher then scored a crucial knock of 68 runs as Ireland posted a score of 212 for nine in their stipulated 50 overs.

For England, Adil Rashid bagged three wickets, while Dawid Willey and Saqib Mahmood claimed two wickets each.

James Vince and Reece Topley also chipped in with a wicket each.

In reply, England lost opener Jason Roy for a duck.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow then smashed a quick-fire knock of 82 runs, including 14 boundaries and two sixes, off just 41 balls.

Subsequently, Sam Billings and Dawid Willey also notched up crucial unbeaten knocks of 46 and 47 runs, respectively to help England chase down the score in just 32.3 overs and emerge victorious.

Josh Little scalped three wickets for Ireland, while Campher and Craig Young took two and a wicket, respectively.

With the win, England have clinched the three-match series with a game to spare. With the series in the bag, the two teams are due to go at loggerheads with each other for a third and final game which can be considered as a dead-rubber. The final ODI will be played at the same venue, Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton.

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