result
2nd ODI (D/N), Southampton, Aug 1 2020, Ireland tour of England
212/9
(32.3/50 ov, target 213)216/6
England won by 4 wickets (with 105 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
82 (41) & 3 catches
jonny-bairstow

8.39pm So, another match done in this bio-secure summer. Another comprehensive England win, but Ireland had their moments. From Chandan, Saurabh and Miller, good night!

Jonny Bairstow is Man of the Match. "You have to find things to get you in the mood to play your best cricket," he says. "It's quite individual, some like to be chilled out, some light to get cross and angry..." Can't imagine which camp he falls into.

3000 runs, fifth fastest to the landmark. "Very proud of that, it's been a testing journey. We go again, try and reach 4000, contribute to the team as we have been doing for the past four years."

Eoin Morgan has 20 points for the ODI league, but isn't thinking about such things. "We lost wickets in the chase, but the way the guys played, Jonny was outstanding at the top and Sam Billings finished it off again."

On James VInces' bowling, "it had been raining for some time, quite tacky, didn't think the fast bowlers would get much out of it. Getting their skipper was a huge bonus."

Saqib in the Plunkett role. "His ceiling is extremely high, hopefully he'll play more games."

Bairstow's batting: "We've a lot of guys who can do that at the top of the order, it takes the wicket out of the equation, and takes the game away from the opposition."

"We gave it a good crack in the field but we were too many too short," says Ireland's captain Andy Balbirnie, who says Curtis Campher could earn a promotion. "It's something we've talked about, he's an exciting prospect. We had to be attacking, the way these guys play it could be over very quickly. Josh Little was the spark we needed, we needed someone to step up to the plate after missing the first game."

Will he bat again on Tuesday... "potentially".

8.24 pm: Despite a wobble, England showed their depth and got home comfortably. Sam Billings with a second successive cool headed knock. Willey showed his value with bat and ball, but Bairstow was the barnstormer, with a destroyer of an innings. For Ireland, Campher continues to make impressive strides - was their best batsman and one of their best bowlers. Josh Little showed his wicket-taking ability by causing a collapse in the middle, but eventually, Ireland didn't have the firepower to throttle England.

32.3
4
Campher to Willey, FOUR runs

finishes in style, another short ball smacks a pull shot to deep square leg and England win the series

32.2
2
Campher to Willey, 2 runs

Short outside off, goes for the pull but gets it off the toe-end through midwicket. Gets two and scores are level

Sriram Sundar: "Out of all cricket's firsts coming back from COVID, I think I'm going to be the the first person whose comment got published from inside a COVID ward. Yay!"

Wow! Did not know that's where you were. Take care!

And for those wondering, Sriram Sundar has responded: "Oh! Thanks Saurabh. I'm all safe inside my PPE. I'm a doctor. "

32.1
Campher to Willey, no run

full outside off, punched to cover

Sriram Sundar: "How far has Bairstow come! I remember a time when he was just out of the XI, Hales was opening and Bairstow was playing any position up and down the order. Not unlike Billings. "

end of over 3214 runs
ENG: 210/6CRR: 6.56 RRR: 0.16
Sam Billings46 (61)
David Willey41 (43)
Craig Young 9-0-68-1
Josh Little 10-3-60-3
31.6
Young to Billings, no run

fuller outside off, tapped to cover

31.6
1w
Young to Billings, 1 wide

dug in short but goes too high over the batsman and it'll be a wide.

Just 4 needed now. For the win and for Billing's 50

31.5
2
Young to Billings, 2 runs

length on the stumps, flicked through midwicket for a couple

31.4
4
Young to Billings, FOUR runs

he's been unleashing fierce pulls but finding the man in the deep. This time he places it perfectly and collects a boundary

31.3
1
Young to Willey, 1 run

turned off his pads to fine leg

31.2
6
Young to Willey, SIX runs

one-handed pull for six. Short down legside and Willey has been feasting on those. Gets it right off the meat and the ball travels all the way even though one hand came off the handle

31.1
Young to Willey, no run

full on the stumps, driven to mid-off

Santhosh : "What Ireland need is a left arm spinner . With injured bowlers recovering and making some small adjustment in their batting line up, they can perform better and can challenge any team"

George Dockrell's probably nodding at this, somewhere...

end of over 31Maiden
ENG: 196/6CRR: 6.32 RRR: 0.89
Sam Billings40 (58)
David Willey34 (40)
Josh Little 10-3-60-3
Craig Young 8-0-54-1
30.6
Little to Billings, no run

full and wide outside off, slapped to cover

30.5
Little to Billings, no run

pushed to mid-on

30.4
Little to Billings, no run

good stop by the point fielder. That was cut with power but he flew to his right and got a hand to it to stop it going further

30.3
Little to Billings, no run

length on the stumps, defended towards gully with an angled bat

30.2
Little to Billings, no run

keeps it a stump to stump line now. Billings stays in his crease and beside the ball, steers to point

30.1
Little to Billings, no run

length outside off, went to cut it but the ball didn't bounce as much as he thought it would. Goes under his bat

Thomas: "This was the match: 100 off 40 balls. Compare to a HS of 50 in 47 ODIs and 26* in 28 T20s (although he didn't bat in all of them)... haven't quite seen that blazing form from him with the bat on the international stage. (Where it is a bit trickier to just smash the ball to all parts)"