England vs Ireland live score 2nd ODI at Southampton: Ireland opt to bat first, Reece Topley to play first ODI in 4 years

England vs Ireland 2nd ODI live score: Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and opted to bat first in the second ODI against England at Southampton. England won the 1st ODI comfortable by six wickets. Eoin Morgan’s men will be looking to seal the series by winning this match. Can Ireland spring in a surprise and keep the series alive?

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Good start from Willey: David Willey starts well with the new ball. He beat Paul Stirling with the angle on a couple of occasions. Ireland 1/0 after the first over.

The players, umpires and support staff take the knee to support of the Black Lives Matter campaign. We are minutes away from the first ball.

Stat: With Topley’s return to international cricket, this becomes the first instance in more than four years of en England side having more than one left-arm seamer in their side. David Willey had ran through the Ireland top-order in the first ODI, this might be a good tactical move by England.

“It’s a used wicket so that’s why we want to bat first, but we’ve got to bat better. We need to show a bit more application early on in the innings,” said Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie.

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

Ireland Playing XI: 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

Team News: Ireland’s Barry McCarthy is ruled out for the rest of the series, confirms captain Balbirnie. Josh Little has come into the side. Reece Topley replaces Tom Curran and will play his first ODI in four years.

TOSS: Ireland win the toss and opt to bat first.

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