All-round England beat Ireland at Lord's to wrap up series 2-0
England 328-6 (Morgan 76) beat
Ireland 243 (Porterfield 82) by 83 runs
Second One-Day International, Lord's
After a late flourish from Jonny Bairstow helped England post 328 for six, three wicket hauls from Joe Root and Liam Plunkett helped the hosts dismiss Ireland for 243 runs in the chase to win the second One-Day International at Lord's by 83 runs and wrap up the series 2-0.
Ireland decided to bowl first on winning the toss. After a brief 49 run opening stand, England lost both Jason Roy (20) and Alex Hales (32) to Barry McCarthy (2-61) and Tim Murtagh (1-50) respectively.
Eoin Morgan (76) looked positive from outright as seen with his six that came in the fifth delivery he faced and with a boundary and a six, the duo brought the 50-run stand in the 21st over. At the halfway mark, England were 131 for two.
Both Morgan and Root reached their respective fifties in the 29th over, needing 49 and 57 deliveries respectively for the milestone. Between overs 32 and 34, the duo slammed five boundaries between them as they upped the ante.
However, Ireland made a brief comeback when Peter Chase (2-69) had caught at mid off while Morgan chipped a McCarthy delivery to cover fielder as the score read 220 for four at the end of 40 overs.
In the next five overs, England managed only 42 runs and also lost Sam Billings (7). Bairstow stepped up the gear in the final three overs as he plundered three apiece of sixes and fours to help England end the innings at 328 for six in the 50 overs. The home side reached 51 runs in the final three overs to end the innings on a high.
In the second and third over, Paul Stirling (48) smashed five boundaries to set the tone for the chase. With a flurry of boundaries from Stirling's blade, Ireland ended the first powerplay strong at 59 for naught.
Stirling's 42-ball knock finally ended when England decided to use a review to overturn a caught behind decision with Jake Ball (1-38) being the wicket-taker.
The wickets continued to tumble as Root (3-52) castled Ed Joyce (16) and also accounted for Niall O'Brien (15) and Gary Wilson (13) while Plunkett (3-23) removed Andy Balbirnie (2) to reduce Ireland to 154 for five.
William Porterfield (82), who was put down in the 29th over, reached a 53-ball fifty but Ireland never looked comfortable in the chase as they were bowled out for 243 runs 46.1 overs. Root, Plunkett, Mark Wood (2-38), Ball and Adil Rashid (1-68) were the wicket takers.
The win also meant England completed the series 2-0 with Root bagging the player of the match award.
© Cricket World 2017