Twitter Reactions: Jonny Bairstow's quick-fire knock and Adil Rashid's leg-spin masterclass steer England to a comfortable victory

Twitter Reactions: Jonny Bairstow’s quick-fire knock and Adil Rashid’s leg-spin masterclass steer England to a comfortable victory

Bairstow emerged as the top-scorer for England, gathering 82 off just 41 deliveries that included 14 fours and 2 sixes.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

A brilliant inning of 82 from 41 balls by Jonny Bairstow and a leg-spin masterclass from Adil Rashid paved way for England’s victory in the second ODI against Ireland at Rose Bowl. With the triumph, England also clinched unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Ireland, after electing to bat first after winning the toss, posted 212 runs on the scoreboard on the back of Curtis Campher’s half-century. Campher stitched 68 off 87 when no Irish batsman was able to stick to the crease for a prolonged period. Fans also witnessed cameos late cameos from Simranjit Singh (25) and Andy McBrine (24) as the Andrew Balbirnie-led side amassed 212 runs in the stipulated 50 overs at the loss of nine wickets.

Adil Rashid became first England spinner to pick 150 wickets

England’s Adil Rashid emerged as the most successful bowler as he scalped a three-fer at a brilliant economy of 3.40. Rashid also achieved the milestone of becoming the first England spinner to pick 150 wickets in ODIs as he scalped the wickets of Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker and Kevin O’Brien at Rose Bowl. Before Rashid, Graeme Swann (104) had the most wickets as a spinner for England in ODIs.

England, in response, lost Jason Roy in the first over itself when the opener gave an easy catch to Gareth Delany at extra cover. After Roy’s departure, Bairstow and Vince stitched a 71-run partnership to put their side in the driving seat. A few wickets fell in a heap to raise Ireland’s hope but that wasn’t enough to steer them to the victory. Sam Billings and David Willey put together an unbeaten 79-run stand to take the hosts a comprehensive four-wicket victory.

Bairstow emerged as the top-scorer for England, gathering 82 off just 41 deliveries that included 14 fours and 2 sixes. Billing struck 46 off 61 while Willey stitched 47 off 46 as England sailed to the victory in the 33rd over. Joshua Little was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland as he scalped three wickets while conceding 60 runs from his spell.

The third and final ODI series is scheduled to take place on 4th August at Southampton where Ireland will be fighting to clinch a consolation win. Meanwhile, England’s next assignment is going to be against Pakistan as they two sides are slated to lock horns in three Test and as many T20Is, starting from 5th August.

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