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Bairstow was in splendid form in the second ODI

Bairstow was in splendid form in the second ODI

Inching closer

10 overs. 76 required. Ireland inching closer. The duo of Stirling and Balbirinie have even stitched a stand of 200!! Stellar efforts. The Ireland skipper himself is nearing the three-figure mark.

Meanwhile, Livingstone, the substitute, made a brilliant save to stop a boundary. Action and drama. Twists and turns!

Cricbuzz @cricbuzz ???? for Paul Stirling! ???? - 9th in ODIs - 1st against England Runs: 100 | Balls: 96 | Fours: 5 | Sixes: 5 #ENGvIRE 07:08 PM • Aug 08, 2020

Ireland to create an upset?

15 overs to go. 113 needed. Ireland are marching along to what could be a famous victory against the current World champions. Stirling is certainly playing a 'Sterling' hand. 126 off just 117 and he isn't finished yet!

Johns. @CricCrazyJohns Hundred for Paul Stirling, chasing 329 against World Champions, he has completed 100* from just 96 balls including 5 fours and 5 sixes. What an incredible knock. #ENGvIRE 07:08 PM • Aug 08, 2020

Superlative ton

Brilliant hundred from Stirling. He has explored every nook and cranny of the ground with his explosive stroke-play. Cuts, lofts, hoicks, drives... you name a shot and he has cracked it. On the other hand, Balbirine has completed a fine fifty. Excellent stand for the visitors.

Meanwhile, England perhaps would be left to rue the fact that Vince fluffed a chance off Saqib's bowling, with Stirling getting the reprieve.

Ben Long @LongyWTID Crucially for Ireland Paul Stirling has currently faced 72 balls while the other two batsmen who have been in, Delaney and Balbirnie have faced a combined total of 49. 06:37 PM • Aug 08, 2020

Stirling on the move

Stirling and bazooka hits! The right-hander took on Rashid by tonking him over midwicket for a huge six. He also cut Moeen to the boundary hoardings. Ireland are certainly in the game.

Willey with the first incision

As expected, Willey, the man in form, has made the first incision. Delany shuffled across too much and Willey targeted the leg-stump to castle him. Stirling, on the other hand, looks in prime form. He clubbed Saqib for a couple of sixes.

He also got to his fifty with a single off Moeen. Stirling now needs to get a big one.

Steady start

Ireland's openers - Stirling and Gareth Delany - have made a steady start. 29 for no loss after seven overs. However, they need to up the ante, if they want to put up a good fight.

"Eoin Morgan felt tightness in his groin while making his century and will not field. Moeen Ali will captain the side in his absence," tweets Rob Johnston.

Morgan reigns supreme

Eoin Morgan's blazing hundred powered England to a substantial 328.

The visitors, who elected to bowl, started on the right note when Craig Young found a hint of shape away from the right-handed Jason Roy to produce the edge, with Andy Balbirnie pouching the catch in the slip cordon. Mark Adair, returning from an injury, then castled Jonny Bairstow. However, despite losing the openers, England stuck to their tried and tested mantra of playing with an aggressive intent.

Morgan led from the front by cracking a flurry of shots including pulls, drives and lofts. Banton, who strode out to the middle at the fall of James Vince's wicket. gave Morgan the required support, as the pair shared a timely 146-run stand in just over 18 overs. Banton and Morgan also crossed their respective milestones - fifty and hundred. Incidentally, Morgan reached the landmark in style with a six and a four. Eventually, Morgan fell to Joshua Little, with Harry Tector taking the catch at backward point.

Morgan's wicket also opened the gates for Ireland to make further dents, with Banton and Moeen Ali falling in quick succession. Sam Billings, who has been in good form in the series, also fell cheaply. With the score reading 216 for 7, Willey and Tom Curran then propped up the home side. Willey even tonked a one-handed hit over deep backward square leg off Adair, and soon reached his fifty with a six off Andy McBrine. Once Willey fell to Curtis Campher, Curran took over by crunching a few boundaries to take the home team well past the 300-run mark.

Willey's run of form

David Willey has been in the form of his life since his return to the England side. Despite England losing wickets, Willey played with a sense of bravado and reached his fifty with a six!

England still look set to get a big score.

Seven down

Adair chipped in by dismissing Billings. Seven Down. A few jitters in the England camp? Excellent captaincy by Balbirnie. The Ireland skipper has mostly kept attacking fields and looked for wickets.

Campher, the golden arm

Moeen Ali falls cheaply once again. He just got a leading edge to a back of a length delivery from Campher to covers. Campher with the golden arm. Three quick wickets...

Mufaddal Vohra @mufaddal_vohra Brilliant century from Eoin Morgan, smashed the ton in just 78 balls. His 14th ODI hundred, great striking by him in this innings. 02:59 PM • Aug 08, 2020

Little with the last laugh

Eventually, Little had the last laugh, removing the centurion Morgan. The England skipper could only get a leading edge on his loft and Tector pouched a fine catch at backward point. Ireland would have a sigh of relief.

Banton followed his captain back to the hut, trapped in front to a skidder from Gareth Delany.

Morgan, Banton... raining fours and sixes

England once again showing their batting might. Despite losing wickets, Banton and Morgan played with freedom. Raining fours and sixes from the batsmen's willow. The duo has stitched a stand of almost 130 in just 98 balls! Banton also completed his maiden ODI fifty.

Meanwhile, Morgan got to his 14th ODI ton with a six and a boundary. The Irish bowlers have hurled quite a short balls at Morgan, but haven't got the direction right.

Enterprising fifty

Morgan leading from the front. The England skipper with a fifty. Trademark innings from the England captain. Drives down the ground, a few slogs and the occasional pull. He has helped the hosts to make a smart recovery.

Another failure

Ireland continue to pick up wickets. A hint of inward movement off the pitch for Young, as he induced the inside edge of Vince. Initially not given but Ireland took the review and got it reversed. Another failure for Vince.

Nice, Gary! @FervidCrickster Adair plays his first match of the series, and gets the in-form Jonathan Bairstow out! #ENGvIRE 01:18 PM • Aug 08, 2020

One brings two...

One brings two as Bairstow followed Roy back to the hut. He tried the big heave, but his bottom hand took over, and he was beaten by the inward movement. Bowled. Good delivery from Adair.

Roy and poor form

Roy's poor form continues. Young with the wicket. A hint of shape on the away-going with Roy pushing hard at it to eke out an edge to the slip cordon. The Ireland camp is chuffed to bits.

Toss and teams:

Ireland have elected to field. A change in strategy from the visitors.

Good chance for the duo of Bairstow and Roy to build a stand while batting first. Tom Curran, as expected, returns to the England side. On the other hand, Ireland have picked Mark Adair. He is a vital cog of Ireland's set-up.

Teams:

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(w), James Vince, Eoin Morgan(c), Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood

Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker(w), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, Craig Young

Eoin Morgan: "We would have bowled first. The wicket looks a lot better today. One forced change, Topley is out with a groin injury,Tom Curran comes in for him. The guys who have come in have been really impressive so far. Willey has found inroads with the new ball. There are plenty of changes and opportunities down the line."

Andrew Balbirnie: "We are gonna bowl first. It looks a pretty good wicket and it will stay similar as the day goes on. Simi Singh drops out, Adair comes in. There is a lot of experience in our squad outside the XI, but we need to give more exposure to our young guys."

Build Up:

Curtis Campher with the runs. Curtis Campher with the wickets. The promising all-rounder has been the fulcrum of the Ireland side through the course of the ODI series versus England. However, barring a couple of decent contributions from batsmen lower down the order, the rest of the batting unit has struggled to make an impact.

The Ireland camp would hope for the likes of Stirling, Balbirnie and co. to raise their game in the final ODI of the series. The experienced Porterfield could also get a chance. On a slightly positive, Joshua Little picked up a few wickets in the second ODI.

England, who have already wrapped up the rubber, would look for a clean-sweep. And as the series is a part of the Cricket World Cup Super League, there are 10 points up for grabs as well.

In the second game, Jonny Bairstow was in supreme form, cracking an imposing 41-ball 82. On the other hand, David Willey continued his good form with the ball. He also made a vital contribution with the bat in hand. Sam Billings too has made an impact in the series. There are a few injury concerns for England. Reece Topley will miss the final ODI with a left groin strain. Tom Curran looks set to make a comeback into the side.

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