England chase 213 to beat Ireland: second one-day international – live!

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11th over: England 88-2 (Bairstow 58, Banton 10) Banton inside-edges Campher just wide of the stumps for four. His second boundary is a classier affair, a beautifully timed straight drive.

“Does Bairstow have somewhere to be tonight?” asks Stephen Brown. “Do they get to leave the biobubble today?”

10th over: England 77-2 (Bairstow 57, Banton 1) “Evening Rob,” says Will Lane. “Bairstow is brilliant, I never would have thought four years ago that Alex Hales wouldn’t get into the ODI team. Even without being ostracised by captain fantastic Morgan, I’m not sure he would make it into the team. On another, related note, given the option of YJB and Roy, who would you choose? (FWIW for aesthetic reasons I would go with Roy.)”

I can’t split them. Even the statisticians can’t split them – since they opened together for the first time in the aftermath of Bristol, their performance is almost identical:

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