England’s destructive white ball opener in Jonny Bairstow showed why he is best in the business when it comes to opening the batting as he thrashed the Irish bowlers to all parts while chasing 213 in the 2nd ODI.
After losing the first game of the series, Ireland came into the game needing to win the match to stay alive in the series but once again the defending champions were too hot to handle for the Irish boys as they lost the game by 4 wickets
The defending champions are playing their first game after the world cup final at Lord’s and they have started on a right note by opening their account with a series win against Ireland which will also fetch them crucial 20 points in the ODI super league.
Jonny Bairstow was hitting the ball as sweet as ever as he reached his 50 in just 21 deliveries which provided some great entertainment for the fans.
England needed 213 runs to win the series and it was expected that England would win it rather comprehensively after Bairstow's blinder but Ireland showed good character to put England in critical situation. England were reduced to 137 runs for the loss of 6 wickets but Sam Billings and David Willey added 79 runs for the 7th wicket partnership to take their country home without further fuss.
After winning the toss, Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie elected to bat first for the 2nd time in a row but David Willey was once again in top rhythm as he broke the top order of Ireland by removing both their openers in quick succession.
It was once again the 21-year old from South Africa in Curtis Campher who rescued Ireland and was involved in 2 crucial partnerships with Simi Singh and Andy McBrine to take Ireland to a respectable total of 212. Campher top scored for Ireland with 68 runs from 87 balls to go with his 2 wickets with the ball.