England vs Ireland
England vs Ireland (Credits: Twitter)

England lived up to their favourites tag and thrashed Ireland in a lopsided contest in the first ODI earlier this week. While the hosts were the favourites to win the match, many were expecting Ireland to give the second-string England side a run for their money.

However, Ireland were blown away by the world champions who were playing their first ODI since winning the World Cup in July last year. Recalled Joe Denly starred with the ball, picking up five wickets as the home side bowled out the tourists for just 172. Sam Billings then scored an impressive fifty to guide his team to a comfortable 6-wicket win.

With points up for grabs in the Cricket World Cup Super League, Ireland might not really get many such opportunities to fetch precious points against a top side that isn’t at full-strength and they will be desperate to bounce back. The tourists did show promise in the series-opener and will be looking to perform well in the do-or-die second ODI.

Toss report:

Ireland have won the toss and have decided to bat first against England in the second ODI.

Playing XI:

Ireland:

Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker(w), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, Craig Young

England:

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(w), James Vince, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood