Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
In a repeat of their 2011 World Cup exploits, and Ireland hunted down 329 to win the third and final ODI of a three-match ODI series against England by seven wickets in Southampton on Tuesday. Their win was powered by some sublime batting performances from opener Paul Stirling (142) and captain Andrew Balbirnie (113) as they won with a delivery to spare.
During a group match at the 2011 World Cup, Ireland had similarly chased down 329 with Kevin O’Brien hitting a famous century. O’Brien (21*) on Tuesday didn’t take the centre stage, but he hit the winning run as his unbroken partnership of 50 runs with Harry Tector (29*) was also vital in avoiding a late hiccup.
Having already has lost the series 2-0, Ireland was looking to finish on a high but were left with a stiff challenge after a century from another Irishman and England captain Eoin Morgan (106) propelled the hosts to 328-all out in 49.5 overs.