It was a gentle cruise in the evening sunset. And then, England took a decidedly unwanted detour: from 131-3, in pursuit of 213, to 137-6. The tranquil waters suddenly seemed shark-infected.
For a fraught half hour or so, England feared that their slapdash navigation would lead to their second defeat to Ireland. But Sam Billings and David Willey displayed the equanimity that England had fleetingly misplaced, sharing 79 to clinch a series victory before Tuesday's final one-day international.
There had been no sense of the jitters that were to come while Jonny Bairstow was batting with his customary white-ball swagger. Crunching the ball down the ground, and swatting away anything short of a length through the on side, Bairstow in this mood is simply one of the most imperious sights in white-ball batting. Ireland can, at least, comfort themselves in the knowledge that the contempt he showed their attack is not confined to them.
England’s fastest ever century in ODI attack is 46 balls, by Jos Buttler. Bairstow in this mood seemed to have his eyes on that prize. In the end he had to content himself with getting England’s joint fastest ODI half-century, in 21 balls, en route to a 41-ball 82. In the process, he became the equal fastest Englishman, and the fifth-fastest ever, to 3000 ODI runs.
Here was yet another reminder that, for all the focus on Bairstow’s uncertain Test match situation, he is a white-ball titan. With 3007 ODI runs at 47 apiece - blitzed at a strike rate in excess of 100 - Bairstow would demand inclusion into both an all-time England ODI XI and, in all probability, a contemporary ODI world XI too.
While he reflected on his many white-ball achievements with pride, Bairstow confirmed his intention to play first-class cricket for Yorkshire this week and ultimately regain his Test berth.
“I'll be trying my best, that's all I can do, to put myself back in the shop window to be selected in the Test squad again,” he said. "I'm concentrating on scoring runs - and trying to get a lot of them - here and then down the line what happens happens.”
That it fleetingly looked as if Bairstow’s belligerence would not set up an England victory owed to Josh Little’s aggressive second spell. Little - who had taken four wickets on ODI debut against England at Malahide - does not have express pace, but used his short ball intelligently and bowled full to invite the drive. In six balls he snared a trio of World Cup winners - Bairstow, slashing behind; Eoin Morgan, carving to cover to repeat his duck against Little last year; and Moeen Ali, top-edging a bouncer.
While Little is raw - and he has not advanced as hoped in the year since his ODI debut - his chutzpah, character and left-arm variety provide essential variety to Ireland’s attack. Little was empowered by enterprising captaincy from Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie, who retained slip fielders and continually sought wickets.
He needed to do so because, despite an impressive lower-middle order rescue operation, Ireland’s 212-9 was at least 50 shy of the sort of total they would have craved to test the world champions. Ultimately this was, once again, a match that Ireland lost with a top-order collapse. If this wasn’t quite as spectacular as Thursday’s 28-5, 44-4 - with Willey again incisive with his new ball swing - was still an unwelcome encore.
Adil Rashid then matched his exceptional bowling two days earlier. His control, and use of the googly - including a sumptuous one that bowled Kevin O'Brien - suggested a bowler who may reach new heights in the years ahead.
Rashid's great gift is his threat in the middle overs to batsmen who are set. Both Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker reached 20s, but never looked assured against Rashid. Trying to be assertive as the run rate, both fell to soft dismissals - Tector caught at mid-on, and Tector sweeping lamely. The upshot was that Ireland had slumped to 91-6.
As on Thursday, Curtis Campher - who is still only on a Cricket Ireland emerging player contract but has been comfortably Ireland’s best cricketer this series - responded to crisis with an innings of great skill and savvy.
While his 59* on Thursday was - understandably after entering at 28-5 - one-paced, he showed off a greater range in this effort, reaching his 50 with a scoop off Topley. Campher calls himself a bowling allrounder, but looks like he should already be batting in Ireland’s top six.
Balbirnie would have watched on ruefully. Overcast conditions tempted Eoin Morgan to give James Vince the ball, for the very first time in one-day international cricket. Shaping to cut, Balbirnie pulled his bat inside the line - but too late; “a brain fade,” he later called it. Balbirnie could well be the answer to a pub quiz question in years to come - who was James Vince’s only international wicket?
Despite this unexpected fillip, Vince could do with some runs. After being clean bowled by Campher’s bristling fast-medium for 16, Vince has now made between 14 and 43 in nine of his past 10 ODI innings. Only four players have batted as often in England’s ODI top four while averaging as little as his 23.53. England’s white-ball batting depth is such that, already, Tuesday’s final ODI has the feel of being a critical game in Vince’s ODI career.
But while Vince has yet to grasp the unexpected opportunities this series has presented, for the second consecutive game Billings came in at number five and remained unbeaten when the winning runs were hit. The calmness of his unbeaten 46, playing risk-free cricket while Willey was more expansive, indicated a player making good on Morgan’s desire for England to build their middle-order depth.
England had Billings and Willey to thank for victory in the first ODI and it was the same pair who did the job at the end today. Bairstow did the major damage, while Billings is yet to be dismissed in this series. It looked like it could become hairy when Morgan and Moeen fell in the same over but, as expected, Ireland just didn't have enough runs.
England win by four wickets
And they take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
OVER 33: ENG 216/6 (Billings 46* Willey 47*)
Campher is back into the attack and Willey brings the scores level by clubbing a short one for two over mid-wicket, before finishing the job with the same shot and a one-bounce four through square-leg. Job done. England win.
OVER 32: ENG 210/6 (Billings 46* Willey 41*)
Poor from Young, short and on leg stump to Willey, who accepts the invitation and pulls it over the rope at backward square-leg for six. A single brings Billings on strike and he swats a powerful pull of his own, which flies away to the boundary for four more. Just three to win now.
OVER 31: ENG 196/6 (Billings 40* Willey 34*)
Little to Billings = maiden.
OVER 30: ENG 196/6 (Billings 40* Willey 34*)
Young almost picks up Willey as he under-edges an attempted pull, but it doesn't quite carry through to the keeper who takes in on the bounce. Four singles from the over. Seventeen more runs needed.
OVER 29: ENG 192/6 (Billings 38* Willey 32*)
Ireland, desperate for a wicket to stop this match heading for an inevitable conclusion, throw the ball to Little for one final burst. But Billings shows more excellent timing to drive past mid-off on the up for four. You have to be in some form to play type of shot. It certainly wasn't a half-volley.
OVER 28: ENG 186/6 (Billings 33* Willey 31*)
That's gorgeous from Billings. Young is back into the attack and Billings first punches through mid-on for two before driving wonderfully through mid-wicket for four. Perfect timing. The hosts move closer.
OVER 27: ENG 179/6 (Billings 26* Willey 31*)
Just a single off an uneventful Singh over.
OVER 26: ENG 178/6 (Billings 25* Willey 31*)
Have a bit of that. The singles groove continues with three of them added before Willey rocks back and cuts hard through cover for four. England require 35 off 144 balls.
OVER 25: ENG 171/6 (Billings 23* Willey 26*)
Spin at both ends now with Singh brought into the attack. But little threat and little reason for the batsmen to try anything rash. Two more singles is the result.
OVER 24: ENG 169/6 (Billings 22* Willey 25*)
Time for a return to the off-spin of McBrine. And England ease their way to two more singles.
OVER 23: ENG 167/6 (Billings 21* Willey 24*)
Campher returns in place of Young. Can he be Ireland's Ben Stokes? Not in this over. Three singles paves the way for two crunching Willey boundaries. Both through cover, one along the floor and one aerial. An expensive over and England edge ever closer.
OVER 22: ENG 154/6 (Billings 19* Willey 13*)
England are dealing in singles now, which is perfectly fine from their perspective. Ha... well, that was the case until the final ball of the over when Little banged one in to Willey, who just helped it on its way for a monster six over backward square-leg. That will help their cause.
OVER 21: ENG 146/6 (Billings 18* Willey 6*)
Time to take things sensibly. Block out the good ones, take quick singles and work the wide ones without taking any unnecessary risks. Three runs from Young's over.
OVER 20: ENG 143/6 (Billings 17* Willey 4*)
Ireland have just dragged their length back marginally since Bairstow's dismissal and England have finally stopped trying to flay everything to the boundary. Billings plays out a White maiden.
OVER 19: ENG 143/6 (Billings 17* Willey 4*)
Ireland have little choice but to go in for the kill now with Young brought back into the attack. Ooh, and he almost picks up Willey with an uppish drive that falls just short of the diving cover fielder on its way to the boundary.
Josh Little v Eoin Morgan in ODIs:— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
OVER 18: ENG 137/6 (Billings 17* Willey 0*)
Well the complexion of this game has changed rather a lot hasn't it. The only thing you can guarantee is that England won't run out of overs.
WICKET! Moeen c Tucker b Little 0
Erm... this isn't quite going to plan for England. The captain and vice-captain have both fallen in the same over without scoring. This one was banged in short to Moeen, who attempted pull it and only succeeded in top-edging, which allowed the keeper to take a few strides to his right and complete the job. FOW 137/6
WICKET! Morgan c Campher b Little 0
It's a duck for the skipper, who was stuck on the crease and slashed it straight into the hands of cover. FOW 137/5
OVER 17: ENG 137/4 (Billings 17* Morgan 0*)
What a ball from Campher, cutting into Billings, beating the batsman and ripping over middle stump (before going for two byes). I tell you what, this Campher bloke is a serious cricketer. Looks a mighty fine batsman and he's wanging it down in the mid-80s with the ball. Billings then adds four with a perfectly-timed flick through mid-wicket.
OVER 16: ENG 131/4 (Billings 13* Morgan 0*)
A match-winning knock from Bairstow? Almost certainly. He had just delivered two perfect cuts before his dismissal: the first of which was deft and run fine, the second brutally pumped in front of square. With that, he equalled Joe Root as the fastest Englishman to 3000 ODI runs by innings (they both took 72). But that is all for today.
WICKET! Bairstow c Tucker b Little 82
Not the best ball Little will ever bowl. It was full, wide and there to be hit. Bairstow tried to flay it through the off side, but nicked it to the keeper instead. A fine innings comes to an end. FOW 131/4
OVER 15: ENG 120/3 (Billings 12* Bairstow 73*)
Ireland have little choice but to attack and they have two slips in place as Billings clips off his legs for four through square-leg. Wonderful timing. He then lifts one over cover for two more.
OVER 14: ENG 114/3 (Billings 6* Bairstow 73*)
Shot. Couple of hops as Bairstow cracks another shot over the bowler's head down the ground for four. Another lovely, straight drive by Bairstow. Sublime. Goes for it a third time but that's off the bottom of the bat and cut off for a single. Drive from Billings blocked at mid off but he does get a single to keep the strike.
OVER 13: ENG 104/3 (Billings 5* Bairstow 64*)
Second ball and that's a fine shot by Billings off his back foot through point. A single each, Bairstow keeping the strike.
WICKET! Banton lbw b Campher 15
Good timing by Banton, beats the diving fielder at midwicket with a nudge for four. But then big appeal and Banton's gone lbw! Stayed low, bottom of the front pad. No review. FOW 98/3
OVER 12: ENG 94/2 (Banton 11* Bairstow 63*)
Single for Bairstow into the leg side. And now one for Banton, sitting back, sending a single to midwicket. Bairstow down the ground, hard strike, four. Into the 60s.
OVER 11: ENG 88/2 (Banton 10* Bairstow 58*)
Edge by Banton but misses the stumps and fielders, four. No ball from Campher means a free hit for Bairstow - hit well by there's a man at mid on to cut that off for a single. Nice drive from the ground for Banton for four.
OVER 10: ENG 77/2 (Banton 1* Bairstow 57*)
Couple of singles as Banton gets off the mark. Hard hit from Bairstow, loads of power, rattles that to deep midwicket for four. Lovely.
OVER 9: ENG 71/2 (Banton 0* Bairstow 52*)
Banton survives his first two balls. Great impact from Campher, who was class with the bat earlier too.
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WICKET! Vince b Campher 16
Campher now bowling, hoping for a nick down the leg side from Vince but not happening there. But now he bowls him! Inside edge taking out middle stump. Vince gone again. FOW 71/2
OVER 8: ENG 71/1 (Vince 16* Bairstow 52*)
Is that a six? Skip down the ground towards McBrine from Bairstow and he sends it way over mid off. One bounce, four. Ireland hoping to slow things up a bit with some spin after some expensive overs.
Worth remembering that Bairstow was out to McBrine on Thursday early on - now he's trying to make amends and he'll do so with a big six over mid off this time! That's his 50, tying the fastest ODI 50 by an England player. 51* runs off 21 balls.
Single too from Vince. England cantering here.
England's fastest ODI century is 46 balls from Jos Buttler. Could be under threat from Jonny Bairstow in this mood— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) August 1, 2020
OVER 7: ENG 59/1 (Vince 15* Bairstow 41*)
Six from Bairstow to start the over! Flies over square leg into the bottom of the stand, delightful. Three off the next following a mis-field out at point. Vince adds two to finish off a good over.
OVER 6: ENG 48/1 (Vince 13* Bairstow 32*)
Vince comes to the party with one of those Vince drives that look so nice. More runs there, cutting through the field in the off side for four more.
OVER 5: ENG 40/1 (Vince 5* Bairstow 32*)
Bairstow crashes a four through midwicket on the pull. That's so sharp. Singles for both before Bairstow gets under one and dispatches it past mid on for another boundary.
Aggressive start from England. In the five overs they have faced so far, they have attacked 52% of their deliveries - at the same stage Ireland had attacked 32%. #ENGvIRE— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
OVER 4: ENG 30/1 (Vince 4* Bairstow 23*)
Vince gets in on the act, swiveling and pulling that for four. Next ball is a wide and that's all from the over, England's run rate on about 9.5.
OVER 3: ENG 25/1 (Vince 0* Bairstow 23*)
Flick off the pads from Bairstow, ball in the slot and he sends it to deep midwicket. He's motoring now.
Swing and a miss though, Little getting up to 86mph. That's better timing, sits up and Bairstow pulls it smoothly for four past midwicket. And then he does it again! A dozen runs off each of the past two overs.
OVER 2: ENG 13/1 (Vince 0* Bairstow 11*)
Little from the other end. Sky showing a package of his three wickets against England from last year, barely recognised him with his head shaved. More muscle, too. He starts with a wide.
Bairstow off the mark with a cover drive, blocked and gets two. Then he whacks a boundary up and extra cover, supreme, before another boundary with a low inside edge that whizzed past the keeper. Adds a single to keep the strike.
OVER 1: ENG 1/1 (Vince 0* Bairstow 0*)
First ball to Vince is a wide and then Young stops his run-up. Odd shot that from Roy and he'll be seething.
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WICKET! Roy c Delany b Young 0
No tenth ton for him today! Roy reaching for a wider delivery, doesn't got enough it and it drops perfectly for Delany at extra cover. Great start for Ireland. FOW 0/1
And we're back
Young with the ball first up to the familiar pairing of Roy and Bairstow. Roy on nine ODI hundreds.
Ireland need early wickets here. They got Jonny Bairstow with spin last time, but it was only the fourth time he's ever been dismissed by spin in Overs 1-10 - will they gamble again? #ENGvIRE— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
England need 213 runs to win
How to assess that? Well, Rashid was outstanding, as was Willey in his opening spell and Topley on his international return. Once again, Campher was the standout performer with the bat for Ireland, and they have him to thank for posting a total in excess of 200. It shouldn't be anywhere near enough to trouble England, but at least they just about have something to defend. Back shortly.
Campher = a man with skills:
OVER 50: IRE 212/9 (Young 2*)
Wonderful death bowling from Topley, who fully deserves that wicket and could have had another after deceiving Young with an excellent slower ball, but Willey couldn't quite hold onto a tricky catch after charging in from mid-off.
WICKET! McBrine c Bairstow b Topley 24
Topley has a wicket with the last ball of the innings! A rapid bouncer is too good for McBrine and it flicks the glove on the way through to Bairstow. Just too quick. FOW 212/9
OVER 49: IRE 209/8 (Young 1* McBrine 22*)
Mahmood is back for the penultimate over of the innings. Single, single, wicket, single... and then close to picking up Young who top edges his first delivery and watches Bairstow fall short after haring to square leg and diving for the catch. An impressive end from Mahmood.
WICKET! Campher c Rashid b Mahmood 68
An excellent innings comes to an end. Campher looks to hit long but edges down to third man, where Rashid does well to make good ground to his left and hold onto a tough catch. Campher now has an international batting average. FOW 207/8
OVER 48: IRE 205/7 (Campher 67* McBrine 20*)
Ireland's last 50 has come off just 35 balls and these two batsmen don't want to stop now. Campher pulls for one before McBrine steps back and lifts over the off-side infield for two. Topley comes back brilliantly though, beating the bat with a bumper, a cutter and a slower-ball bouncer.
OVER 47: IRE 200/7 (Campher 66* McBrine 16*)
This will be Willey's last over and Campher greets him with a bullet of a hook shot, smashing it off his nose for four. He immediately follows up by getting under a slower full toss and lifting over mid-off for four more. But the best is saved for last with a reverse ramp shot/switch hit for another four. You'd think Ireland won't have enough to defend here, but you never know. Campher (especially), Singh and McBrine have batted very well today.
OVER 46: IRE 185/7 (Campher 52* McBrine 15*)
This is good work from Topley, firing in a yorker at Campher before deceiving him with a slower ball. But Campher then plays a quite brilliant ramp shot to loft the ball over short fine-leg and bring up back-to-back 50s at the start of his international career. A fine talent is the young
South African Irishman.
OVER 45: IRE 179/7 (Campher 47* McBrine 14*)
That is a lovely shot from McBrine, who steps down the track and clobbers Willey over his head for a one-bounce four. That mark of 200 is moving ever nearer and the big shots are on show. Campher misses an attempted heave and then cuts high over the infield to the point boundary for two.
OVER 44: IRE 171/7 (Campher 45* McBrine 9*)
Topley is back into the attack and finds some seam and bounce to beat McBrine's outside edge, before Campher chops a slower ball inches from his own stumps. Four singles from this one.
OVER 43: IRE 167/7 (Campher 43* McBrine 7*)
Streaky, but effective, from Campher who goes for an aerial pull shot off Willey's bouncer and watches it just evade Billings in the deep to run over the rope for four. These two batsmen are looking to be busy now. Singles galore and quick running between the wickets. Nine runs off the over.
OVER 42: IRE 157/7 (Campher 35* McBrine 5*)
As in the first ODI, Campher will be left with the tail. McBrine showed he could bat in that match, but he is almost sent packing immediately as his dive was well short when running a crazy single to mid-off. Luckily for him, Willey's throw was off target so he survives and ends the over guiding Mahmood for four fine of third man.
WICKET! Singh c Bairstow b Mahmood 25
Mahmood hasn't looked overly threatening today, but he has a soft wicket here with Singh trying to give himself some room to cut and feathering through to the keeper. The partnership is broken. FOW 151/7
OVER 41: IRE 147/6 (Campher 34* Singh 21*)
Time for Willey to return and Morgan will hope he can polish things off. Ireland - who posted 172 in the first ODI - will be eyeing up 200. That shouldn't really be enough, but at least it's something considering the position they were in. No wicket for Willey, but just two singles as Campher's big swings come to nothing. The set batsman looks like he's trying to up the rate now.
OVER 40: IRE 145/6 (Campher 33* Singh 20*)
Hmm, this is strange. Mahmood appears to beat the bat as Campher has a waft outside off, but Bairstow is 100 per cent convinced it grazed the edge. It didn't look at all like that was the case, but he convinces Morgan to review the not out decision... and the review confirms bat was nowhere near ball. No idea what Bairstow heard there, but England now have no reviews left. Singh then guides a neat four through the vacant third-man area. England could do with a wicket now.
OVER 39: IRE 138/6 (Campher 31* Singh 15*)
Still no big shot. Two more singles off Moeen. The overs are ticking by, the partnership is almost 50, both sides are as content as the situation dictates.
OVER 38: IRE 136/6 (Campher 30* Singh 14*)
Mahmood gets one to cut back into Campher's back leg. He asks the question, but the umpire isn't interested and there will be no review because it was sliding down leg. The sequence of singles continues with four of them off the first four balls.
OVER 37: IRE 132/6 (Campher 29* Singh 12*)
Ireland can't really afford to take any risks so it's all about rotating the strike and ticking things along. And giving Campher the strike. Three more singles off Moeen.
OVER 36: IRE 129/6 (Campher 27* Singh 11*)
Mahmood comes back into the attack, a single is taken and then he hits Campher with a glancing blow off the helmet. The result is two leg byes and a mandatory concussion test... prompting drinks to be taken five balls into the over. The concussion test is passed and the over belatedly comes to an end with everyone rehydrated.
OVER 35: IRE 125/6 (Campher 26* Singh 10*)
Campher is enjoying himself in this series. Now he capitalises on Moeen dropping one short and pulls hard for four through mid-wicket, which prompts Morgan to remove the man at slip. Can Campher haul Ireland up to 180-odd?
OVER 34: IRE 119/6 (Campher 20* Singh 10*)
Boof. Campher spots a bit of a loopy, slower one from Rashid and slaps it aerially for four straight down the ground. That's the end of Rashid for the day. An excellent effort from him with figures of three for 34 off his 10 overs.
OVER 33: IRE 114/6 (Campher 15* Singh 10*)
That's more like it for Ireland, with five easy singles taken off Moeen's over. Risk-free cricket.
OVER 32: IRE 109/6 (Campher 12* Singh 8*)
Morgan has no man out on the leg side, which is amazing goading captaincy at this stage of an innings with a leg-spinner on. Singh takes the challenge and sweeps off middle stump for four fine of backward square-leg. There's then one big shout as Singh is struck on the pad by a googly, but the umpire says no and England opt against the review. A second big shout prompts the same shake of the head from the umpire, but this time Morgan does review. Singh was attempting another sweep and was actually hit on the shoulder, but the review shows he was struck outside the line of off stump. Good contest.
OVER 31: IRE 104/6 (Campher 11* Singh 4*)
These Ireland batsmen are looking to be busier against the spinners now, but just two singles are added off Moeen's over.
OVER 30: IRE 102/6 (Campher 10* Singh 3*)
Runs for Ireland courtesy of a Rashid googly that slides down leg and beats Bairstow behind the stumps. And it's a front-foot no-ball! So a free hit for Ireland, which Singh slaps for one to the cover sweeper. That no-ball was given by the third umpire, which is protocol in this series.
OVER 29: IRE 93/6 (Campher 8* Singh 2*)
Time for Moeen to have another crack and see if he can finish things off with his fellow spinner. Nothing untoward, but only one run from the over.
Rashid = the first England spinner to reach 150 ODI wickets:
Adil Rashid becomes the fifth Englishman to take 150 ODI wicket, and the first spinner.— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
Of those four others (Darren Gough, Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson, Stuart Broad), only Flintoff has a better strike rate than Rashid's 33.4. #ENGvIRE
OVER 28: IRE 92/6 (Campher 8* Singh 1*)
Adil Rashid today: three for 19 off seven overs.
WICKET! Tucker c Topley b Rashid 21
That's what pressure does. Tucker attempts to drag one from wide outside off but gets his attempted sweep horribly wrong. He has no control whatsoever over the shot as the ball loops gently off the top edge to Topley at backward square-leg. FOW 91/6
OVER 27: IRE 91/5 (Campher 8* Tucker 21*)
Lovely shot from Campher, who uses Mahmood's pace and cuts hard through point for four. That wasn't very short or wide, but Campher played it very well, continuing his fine form from Thursday.
OVER 26: IRE 87/5 (Campher 4* Tucker 21*)
Just nothing happening for Ireland off Rashid. He's totally suffocating them.
OVER 25: IRE 86/5 (Campher 3* Tucker 21*)
Close to a wicket for Mahmood as he gets one to rear up at Tucker and takes the outside edge. There is no first slip in place though so Bairstow's dive is in despair and the result is four very fortunate runs. That would have been straight into first slip's hands.
OVER 24: IRE 80/5 (Campher 2* Tucker 16*)
Rashid is all over the batsmen today. All over them. And he almost cleans up Campher first ball, with an inside edge passing the stumps by an inch.
WICKET! Tector c Mahmood b Rashid 28
Can Rashid make his googly count or will the stalemate continue? Dot, dot, one, dot... and the pressure tells with Tector looking to hit over the top and instead chipping straight down mid-on's throat. All so easy. FOW 78/5
OVER 23: IRE 77/4 (Tector 28* Tucker 15*)
Good pace from Mahmood in the high 80s here, but Tucker does well to ride some bounce and swivel pull the ball very fine for four. Ireland needed this partnership.
OVER 22: IRE 71/4 (Tector 27* Tucker 10*)
Back to the Rashid googly battle. Every time he bowls it, he appears no more than a whisker away from either crashing into pad or wicket. Tector is fortunate for an inside edge to save him here, but the batsmen don't seem to have a way of scoring off the leggie, as Bairstow is frequently reminding them.
OVER 21: IRE 70/4 (Tector 26* Tucker 10*)
That is indeed the end of Vince as Mahmood comes on in the Liam Plunkett, middle overs, role. These two batsmen are rotating the strike nicely now, nicking singles here and there. Three of them in fact off this over.
OVER 20: IRE 67/4 (Tector 24* Tucker 9*)
I'm not sure the Ireland batsmen can pick Rashid's googly at all here, which makes things very interesting. Four runs off an uneventful over. No big shots.
Adil Rashid has slightly changed his approach when bowling to right-handers. He's bowling quicker, and with more googlies:— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
2019 - 14% googlies, Avg Speed - 49.6 mph
2020 - 23% googlies, Avg Speed - 51.3 mph#ENGvIRE
OVER 19: IRE 63/4 (Tector 23* Tucker 6*)
Finally, the Ireland batsmen have decided to try and do something against Vince, who is now into his fourth over. Tector pulls for one after advancing down the track and Tucker then flays for three over short mid-wicket, before ending the over by lofting Vince over the bowler's head for a one-bounce four. I suspect that will be the end we see of Vince bowling today.
OVER 18: IRE 52/4 (Tector 17* Tucker 2*)
Oh my word, Tector has just leathered a Rashid full toss straight back past the bowler and OFF THE UMPIRE"S HEAD for four. That glanced David Millns - standing in his first ODI today - on the way through. Very fortunate it didn't hit him an harder. Tucker ends the over adding two with an inside edge to fine leg.
OVER 17: IRE 45/4 (Tector 13* Tucker 0*)
No suggestion of Morgan going in for the kill after drinks, as Vince continues. Maybe the England captain is trying to ease Ireland up to a total like you do in a friendly village game. Or maybe Vince is in fact the killer man. What do I know? One run from the over. Ireland just have to survive for a couple dozen overs here.
OVER 16: IRE 44/4 (Tector 12* Tucker 0*)
This isn't going well for Ireland. Time for a drinks break.
WICKET! O'Brien b Rashid 3
Rashid comes on in place of Moeen and he does O'Brien all ends up with a googly. The Ireland batsman is utterly clueless, playing totally down the wrong line as the ball eases between bat and pad before hitting middle stump. FOW 44/4
OVER 15: IRE 41/3 (Tector 10* O'Brien 2*)
Was that a good ball from Vince to get rid of Balbirnie? I don't know any more. What on earth is he even doing bowling??? It was a gentle half-tracker, but perhaps it seamed slightly into the batsman. Eoin Morgan knows a hell of a lot more than I do, that's for sure.
WICKET FOR VINCE 💥— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 1, 2020
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WICKET! Balbirnie c Bairstow b Vince 15
Would you believe it!!! Vince bangs it in halfway down, Balbirnie goes to cut it, then tries to pull his bat back as he has second thoughts about the shot, but feathers it off the face through to Bairstow. VINCE HAS HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL WICKET! FOW 39/3
OVER 14: IRE 38/2 (Tector 9* Balbirnie 15*)
"Big shot's coming here," goads Bairstow behind the stumps as the batsmen continue to block and nudge Moeen. It doesn't work this time though, with three singles added. England will be happy enough with that. This is slow going.
OVER 13: IRE 35/2 (Tector 7* Balbirnie 14*)
I'll give you five guesses as to who is coming on to bowl now. No? It's... James Vince! This is his first bowl in ODI cricket and he has just two wickets in his entire List A career. I wonder what Morgan's thinking is here. Surely this is letting Ireland off the hook. Vince bowls medium pace (high 70s) and he begins with a leg-stump floater that Tector turns for two. The rest of the over passes without incident as Balbirnie defends an off-stump line.
OVER 12: IRE 32/2 (Tector 4* Balbirnie 14*)
Reece Topley's return spell in international cricket comes to an end after some tidy work and Moeen is brought into the attack. Tector pushes a single into the off side and Balbirnie then sweeps beautifully for four all along the floor through a vacant square-leg region.
OVER 11: IRE 27/2 (Tector 3* Balbirnie 10*)
Slightly too full from Willey and Balbirnie stands tall to drive straight back past the bowler for four. A lovely shot, that. Perhaps Balbirnie is just starting to work his way into this after a tough start.
David Willey's strength as an opening bowler in white ball cricket is that he can swing the ball both ways. As shown below, he's able to push the ball across the batsman (the Stirling wicket) and bring it back in (the Delany wicket). #ENGvIRE pic.twitter.com/EwFFysLTPD— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
OVER 10: IRE 20/2 (Tector 2* Balbirnie 5*)
Finally, Balbirnie sorts his footwork out and crunches a lovely drive off Topley... but it gets no further than mid-off so the result is no more than a single.
I have to admit I've found Kevin Pietersen to be a fine commentator with some interesting insight (when he manages to curb his know-it-all arrogance), but for the love of God PLEASE can we have five minutes without the relentless golf banter with co-commentators.
OVER 9: IRE 19/2 (Tector 2* Balbirnie 4*)
Oh, what a beauty from Willey, cutting Balbirnie in half and bouncing just over off stump. I'm afraid to say there's been a huge gulf in class between the batsmen and bowlers today. Just one more single added. The ball is moving a long way (and both ways, in Willey's case).
OVER 8: IRE 18/2 (Tector 2* Balbirnie 3*)
These Ireland batsmen seem to be somewhat clueless to Topley angling the ball across them today. Just one run off the over.
OVER 7: IRE 17/2 (Tector 2* Balbirnie 2*)
Tector, fresh from his duck on ODI debut, is the new man. And he gets off the mark with a flick off his pads for two. Willey has two for six from his four overs. That man is hot right now.
WICKET! Stirling c Banton b Willey 12
Another wicket for Willey. Stirling spots some width to capitalise on, throws his bat at the ball and slices his attempted drive behind square on the off side, where Banton holds onto a fine catch, diving to his left at point. A big loss for Ireland. FOW 15/2
OVER 6: IRE 15/1 (Stirling 12* Balbirnie 2*)
Nothing changes from Topley, who is pushing into the high 80s now, as he continues to guide the ball across the batsman and beat the outside edge. Two more singles added.
OVER 5: IRE 13/1 (Stirling 11* Balbirnie 1*)
When you see Willey bowl as well as he did on Thursday and today, it's hard to believe he was left out of England's World Cup squad. But... they did win the whole darn thing without him. He's just so dangerous at mixing up his in- and out-swingers to keep the batsmen guessing. Probably wise to remind myself that this is only Ireland he's up against.
WICKET! Delany lbw Willey 0
It's been a tortuous innings for Delany and it comes to an end as he is struck on the pad, prompting the finger to be raised. It's the in-swinger from Willey, which pitches on middle, holds its line and is hitting two-thirds of the way up the central stump. No review used. That was dead. FOW 12/1
OVER 4: IRE 11/0 (Stirling 10* Delany 0*)
Topley is sticking to a line just outside off stump to Delany, moving the ball across and away from the right-hander. Delany isn't prepared to chance his arm just yet, which means stalemate for now and another maiden.
OVER 3: IRE 11/0 (Stirling 10* Delany 0*)
Willey is mixing things up with in- and out-swingers to keep Stirling guessing here. The Ireland opener takes a step down the track to try and throw Willey off his length, but there's nothing at all to work with and the result is a maiden.
OVER 2: IRE 11/0 (Stirling 10* Delany 0*)
Welcome back to international cricket Reece Topley. Or perhaps not. Stirling drives his very first ball for four through mid-off and then repeats the trick a couple of balls later past cover. Topley comes back well though, tightening his line at a healthy pace in the mid-80s.
OVER 1: IRE 2/0 (Stirling 1* Delany 0*)
Willey, fresh from his Michelle the other day, kicks things off... with a leg-side wide. He had Stirling caught at short mid-wicket on Thursday so may well target the same leg-stump line today. He does indeed, but Stirling tickles a single to fine leg to get off the mark. A tidy opening over from Willey. Just two from it.
Here come the players
It's overcast down in Southampton, where there could be a shower or two today. Hopefully nothing that will prevent a result.
Good stat. But: What. A. Look. Straight out of Dodgeball.
Reece Topley could play for @englandcricket in today's 2nd ODI v Ireland. Should he play with David Willey, it will be the first time in 1,597 days that England have fielded 2 left-arm seamers in an international which was Topley's last Eng game v SA in Mumbai in World T20 2016 pic.twitter.com/x5nKvcx97q— Richard V Isaacs (@RVICricketStats) August 1, 2020
And a bit more on Willey...
David Willey is the king of the new ball in ODIs.— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 1, 2020
In the UK, he has a strike rate of 36.6 in Overs 1-10; no English bowler in the last decade (min 20 overs) has a better strike. #ENGvIRE
Some insight from Rob Key and Kevin Pietersen into David Willey's top performance.
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Bit of county news before we get cracking
Somerset pace bowler Jamie Overton will join Surrey at the end of the season. The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and will make the switch in November.
"We're very pleased Jamie will be joining us and I look forward to seeing him perform in a Surrey shirt," Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.
Overton has taken 164 wickets in his 64 first-class appearances and added: "From the moment that Alec made contact and talked me through the opportunity, I was excited about coming to Surrey.
"I'm obviously aware of the club's history and success and these were all major attractions for me in moving from Somerset." PA
Morgan not fussed about losing the toss
Might be a bit of moisture in the wicket but looking to replicate our intensity up front.
Ireland win the toss and will bat
Darkish clouds over the Ageas Bowl. Hopefully they clear off. There's a chance of rain according to the Met Office but only about 40 and 30 per cent.
Team news: Reece Topley comes back into the England side with Tom Curran missing out in England's only change. It's Topley's first England game since 2016.
Josh Little meanwhile comes in for Barry McCarthy, who is out for the rest of the series.
ENG: Roy, Bairstow, Vince, Morgan, Billings, Banton, Moeen, Willey, Topley, Rashid Mahmood
IRE: Stirling, Delany, Balbirnie, Tector, O'Brien, Tucker, Campher, Singh, McBrine, Young, Little
The rise of Ireland
The Irish captain Andy Balbirnie outlines the challenge ahead for his side.
Our young guys have got to come in and compete against the world champions in their backyard and there's no hiding place. They're ready to stand up and be counted. That's a really great attitude to have.
The group that we have now, with young guys coming in, they have showed that fearless attitude.
Paul Stirling's match impact ranks among the best in the world, as Tim Wigmore explores here.
After his impressive knock earlier this week, Tim Wigmore examines whether Sam Billings has what it takes to take over from Eoin Morgan in England's middle order.
David Willey after taking five wickets on Thursday
It was just special to be playing for England again. My main priority was to enjoy it, so the (five wickets) were just the icing on the cake.
I've been working quite hard to try to get back to my best and if not better than I have been previously. It's been a roller coaster but I was just out there enjoying my cricket.
I'm moving in the right direction and I feel like my best cricket is still to come. But it's just great to be back out there wearing this shirt with the Three Lions on, so I just want to enjoy it.
How England wrapped things up on Thursday
Sam Billings is determined to seize a regular middle-order spot in England's one-day side after benefiting from an injury to one of his closest friends to play a starring role in Thursday's six-wicket win over Ireland.
While several World Cup winners were absent due to their Test commitments, Billings was still set for a familiar role as drinks carrier in the Royal London series opener until Kent team-mate Joe Denly went down with back spasms.
Billings was drafted into the XI and marked his 16th ODI appearance in five years with a format-best 67 not out, helping England over the line after they had stumbled to 78 for four in their pursuit of 173 at the Ageas Bowl.
Billings is under no illusion as to how difficult it is to break into the white-ball sides, having spent a good chunk of his career on the fringes, but he feels more ready than ever to challenge for a place.
Key to that belief is a more positive mindset and a fine-tuning of his technique, now standing still at the crease and eschewing the pronounced dip with his hands before the bowler releases the ball.
"In the past I have come in for the odd game here or there, put way too much pressure on myself and got away from what I have done well in the past," the Kent captain said.
"It's an opportunity that has come out of an unfortunate situation to one of my best mates but that's sport and at the end of the day, I have got to do what I have got to do.
"The middle-order role is a very tough one but one that I'm looking forward to making my own really. (England captain) Eoin Morgan has chucked the challenge out for all of us batsmen.
"There are a ridiculous number of white-ball batsmen in the one-day set-up at the moment and for me I just want to focus, keep working hard, keep doing what I'm doing.
"I'm happy with where my game's at. I made a few technical tweaks after my injury last year and I think that's put me in a much better place for international cricket.
"It's nice to see the hard work that I have put in come to fruition. I have done all I can do. That's what I have got to focus on moving forward."
The 29-year-old admitted his England career "hit a heavy speed bump" last year, when a dislocated shoulder weeks before the World Cup potentially deprived him of a squad place.
He made three centuries in four County Championship matches but underwhelmed during a Twenty20 series in New Zealand, when he was vice-captain to Morgan, and was overlooked for white-ball assignments in South Africa.
But after shining in his first ODI since June 2018, he added: "For me, it's just about building that momentum back up, it has been very up and down over the last five years.
"I see this as actually just a starting point and I have easily my best cricket ahead of me, I have got no doubts about that. All I can do is take my opportunities when they arise."
Denly's injury has ruled him out of the series against Ireland ahead of the penultimate match on Saturday, with Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone stepping into the 14-man squad from the reserves.
The quick turnaround in games could mean an international return for left-arm seamer Reece Topley, who last played for England four years ago and has had multiple surgeries on his lower back following several stress fractures. PA