Southampton: Outstanding generations from captain Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Sterling assisted Ireland comprehensively beat World Champions England by seven wicket at this final ODI of the three-game series.
In a match filled with twist and turns in the Ageas Bowl, the people, who’d lost the show, on Tuesday chased the goal of 329 at the final over to catch 10 key points at the Cricket World Cup Super League.
Electing to area for the very first time in the show, Balbirnie could have been originally happy as Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and James Vince were dismissed prior to the score had attained 50. But, England skipper Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton gather a 146-run stand to put the hosts back . Morgan was especially belligerent as he struck his way into an 84-chunk 106, which comprised 15 fours and four sixes.
But then came a Irish resurgence, as they picked up four wickets in quick succession. England’s lower order fought back, however, with David Willey with his brawn at a 42-chunk 51, while Tom Curran finished unbeaten on 38 since England were bowled out for 328 using a ball to spare at the 50th over of the innings.
Ireland began off in pursuit of that which are their biggest-ever pursuit in ODIs, edging out their famous victory over England in the 2011 World Cup in which they’d chased down a goal of 328, as a result of some 50-chunk century by Kevin O’Brien.
Stirling and Gareth Deland stitched together a 50-run opening partnership, together with the former leading 36 of those runs since Ireland managed to construct a stage which was missing in the past two ODIs.
Balbirnie, who arrived second, then joined forces with Sterling and the group put on 214 for the next wicket. After scoring 142 off only 128 chunks, Sterling got run-out due to a mix-up together with his captain at the 42nd over. Thereafter, Balbirnie attempted to accelerate the scoring rate. However, that was costly as he lofted Adil Rashid into Sam Billings in long-off and return into the dressing room after scoring 113 runs.
England appeared set to pay back control at the point, but Harry Tector (29*) and O’Brien (21*) assisted Ireland enroll another famous win against England.
Brief scores: England 328 out (Eoin Morgan 106, Tom Banton 58; Craig Young 3-53), Ireland 329-3 (Paul Stirling 142, Andrew Balbirnie 113; Adil Rashid 1-61)