The 2nd ODI started on exactly in the similar fashion as that of the 1st match between the hosts England and the visitors Ireland. The left-arm swing bowling all-rounder in David Willey gave the breakthrough immediately for England and continued from where he left in the 1st game where he was adjudged man of the match for his 5 wicket haul.
Ireland continued to experiment with their team as they left out their experienced former captain in William Porterfield for the 2nd game in a row. It is very clear from their intention that they want to build a team for their future by injecting youngsters into the team.
The defending champions are playing without their first choice players except for their openers in Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, their captain and the spin twins in Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. One of the underrated wrist spinners in the limited overs format is Adil Rashid. He was instrumental in England’s glorious world cup triumph and has been the leader of the spin attack for the past 4 years.
After the loss of 3 quick wickets, Kevi O Brien and Harry Tector were trying to rescue Ireland but the introduction of Adil Rashid meant that the partnership is never going to prosper as Rashid bowled an absolute ripper to dismiss the veteran Kevin O Brien. It also turned out to be Adil Rashid's 150th wicket in ODIs.
The first game showed that Ireland are no match to the defending champions and a good show was expected from them in the 2nd ODI but Ireland have once again disappointed and lots of soft dismissals have hurt them to a great extent.
England are playing with 2 left-arm seamers as Reece Topely replaced Tom Curran who played the last game. They are persisting with Saqib Mahmood who might be the long term solution to fill Liam Plunkett's void as a middle overs specialist.