|Second ODI International, Aegis Bowl, Southampton|
|Ireland 212-9 (50 overs): Camper 68 *, Rashid 3-34|
|England 216-6 (32.3 overs): Bairstow 82, Will 47 ^, Billings 46 *; Small 3-60|
|England won by four wickets|
England stumbled against Ireland in the second ODI but won by four wickets to take an unexpected 2-0 series lead.
Chasing 213, the hosts were flying early, with Jenny Bairstow as1 off the 2nd ball.
But after the fall of the Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Moin Ali soon followed – Josh Little left the English at 137–6.
Sam Billings and David Wiley’s home9 innings left England with 1..3 overs left.
Billings finished unbeaten with 4 and Willie’s unbeaten 47, but the game was closer than expected during Ireland’s disappointing batting performance, and when Bairstow gave England a 131-3 victory in 13 overs.
Ireland were 91-6 at one stage and 21-year-old all-rounder Curtis Camper had to be thanked again for taking them to a respectable score. After making his debut in the first ODI with a half-run, he followed his half-century and also scored 2-44.
Will, on behalf of England, backed his first international on Thursday with two more wickets for five wickets and leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed a great 3-34.
The series concludes at the same venue on Tuesday.
England’s batsmen fight again
In the first match of the series on Thursday, England chased down 133 runs and lost four top order wickets, which was the English batting display.
Bearstore’s tough fight – he equaled England’s fastest fifty in ODIs by crossing the landmark with just 21 balls – ensured there was no need to score fast, but both Morgan and Moin were hit by an attacking stroke without a run.
Billings was left to guide England to victory for the second time in three days after the series opener’s unbeaten 67 runs.
When Ireland felt victorious and composed the anchor character, Willie was allowed to play more offensive shots with two sixes in the draw, a time he saw in times of danger.
If England collapsed further, it could have ruined professional bowling performance where Rashid continued his great form.
He was a stand-out bowler, but for the first time in more than four years he had a wicket for Reese Topley in his first game, which he deserved after a great opening spell combined with left-arm bowler Willie.