The 2nd ODI of the three-match series between England and Ireland will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. This match starts at 3 PM local time (6:30 PM IST) (1 PM GMT). It can be watched live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. It will be streamed live on Sony LIV.
It will be a quick turnaround for England and Ireland after a low-scoring affair in the series opener. The hosts were too strong to handle for the Irish players thanks to their bowlers. In fact, the tourists put up a decent fight after being reduced to 28/5. Curtis Campher led the way with the bat on debut while the bowlers had put England in trouble at one stage only for Sam Billings and skipper Eoin Morgan to complete a clinical victory.
No doubt Ireland will come up an improved performance in the second game with this being a must-win encounter for them. But England are clear favourites to seal the series with one match to go and they will hope for the likes of David Willey and others to continue picking wickets.
The surface at the Rose Bowl was brilliant for the series opener and if the same pitch is used for this game, expect it to turn even more. Adil Rashid’s odd deliveries turned a lot in the first ODI. Expect some swing first up for the pacers.
Average first innings score: 219 (Last five ODIs at the venue)
Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings, Tom Banton, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh.
Do not go by the way England openers struggled in the first ODI. Jason Roy, especially, is a hard hitter and he likes to dominate from the word go. If England bats first, expect him to go berserk and score a big one.
Tom Curran is likely to come good in this game and you can bet on him to pick more wickets. Ireland will definitely put up a better show with the bat and if they bat long enough, Curran’s death bowling skills will come into play.
This is a bit risky pick but expect the captain to lead from the front after getting out by playing a rash shot in the series opener. Balbirnie is a talented batsman and he might be amongst the runs in this must-win game for Ireland.
This is a must-win game for Ireland and they will put up a much better show. Expect this game to go deep but England will thrive even in testing times to seal the series.
Our Prediction: England is expected to win this match and seal the series.
Best Bet: England to win @1.062 at bet365 - 12 Units
Value Bet: Opening partnership for England to score 50+ runs @2.20 at betway - 6 Units