Clinical bowling performance followed by Jonny Bairstow’s belligerent batting display was enough to see England win the second game of the series played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton played on Saturday.
With this result, England have already sealed the series with 2-0 lead against Ireland.
The day started with Ireland Skipper Andrew Balbirnie winning the toss and opting to bat first. The decision completely backfired as the visitors were reduced to 44 for 4 after 16 overs. Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker put on a 34-run partnership in an effort to rebuild the innings.
Harry Tector’s innings was a struggle as he scored 28 runs off 55 balls with the help of two fours, whereas wicket-keeper Lorcan Tucker chipped in with 21 runs off 31 balls.
All-rounder Curtis Campher and Simi Singh came together at the crease and put on a 60-run partnership for the seventh to see Ireland get close to 150-run mark.
Simi Singh played a supporting role to Campher and was dismissed in the 41st over of the innings. He scored 25 runs off 33 balls with the help of three boundaries.
For Ireland, Curtis Campher was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 68 runs off 87 balls with the help of eight boundaries. He put on a 56-run stand with Andy McBrine to help Ireland post 212 for 9 in 50 overs.
For England, Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 34 in his 10 overs. Besides Rashid, David Willey and Saqib Mahmood claimed two wickets each.
In pursuit of 213 runs, England got off to a poor start as opener Jason Roy perished for a duck in the opening over of the innings. Jonny Bairstow and James Vince led the fightback for England with 71-run partnership for the second wicket.
James Vince once again failed to make the most of the opportunity with the bat. He could only score 16 runs off 26 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Rookie batsman Tom Banton also failed to make an impression with the bat and perished after scoring 15 runs off 15 balls.
For England, Jonny Bairstow produced a scintillating innings of 82 runs off just 41 balls with the help of fourteen fours and two sixes. He was dismissed by Joshua Little in the 15th over to see England suffer a collapse.
England Captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Moeen Ali perished in the 17th over to see England go from 131 for 3 to 137 for 6. With the side needing another 79 runs for victory, Sam Billings and David Willey put on an unbeaten partnership to help England register four-wicket win.
Sam Billings played a measured innings of 46 not out off 61 balls with the help of six boundaries. He was well supported by David Willey, who smashed an unbeaten 47 runs off 46 balls with the help of five boundaries and two sixes.
For Ireland, Joshua Little claimed three wickets and conceded 60 runs from his ten overs. All-rounder Curtis Campher also picked up two wickets.