England vs Ireland Third ODI Southampton Match Report

Paul Stirling along with Andrew Balbirnie scored respective centuries, as Ireland stunned England by seven Wickets in the third and the final one dayer at Southampton on Tuesday.

After being sent into bat, England lost Jason Roy in the first over to Craig Young who was caught at second slip by Balbirnie, while opening partner Jonny Bairstow was bowled by Mark Adair for 4.

James Vince also departed for 16 as the home side were in a spot of bother at 44-3.

Tom Banton brought up his maiden ODI half-century but played second fiddle along with his skipper Eoin Morgan, as the pair were involved in a 146 run stand for the fourth wicket, before Morgan departed after scoring a brilliant 106.

England’s innings fell apart after the departure of skipper Morgan, as the home side from 190/4 slumped to 216/7.

David Willey along with Tom Curran bailed England out of trouble with a valuable 73 run stand for the eight wicket, before Willey departed after making a useful 51.

Curran along with Saqib Mahmood added 30 invaluable runs for the last wicket, as England were eventually dismissed for 328 in 49.5 overs.

Craig Young was Ireland’s best bowler as he finished with figures of 3/53, while Josh Little along with Curtis Campher bagged two wickets each.

Chasing 329, Irish pair of Paul Stirling along with Gareth Delany started brilliantly as the the duo put on a quickfire 50 runs for the opening wicket, before Delany was bowled by Willey for 12.

Stirling along with skipper Balbirnie added 214 runs for the second wicket, before a mix up saw the former departing for a quickfire 142. His knock came off 128 deliveries with nine fours and six sixes.

Paul Stirling

The skipper also perished soon, as he was caught at deep by Sam Billings off Adil Rashid for 113.

Harry Tector along with Kevin O’Brien ensured that there were not further hiccups, as they saw the team through by remaining unbeaten on 29 and 21 respectively, as the hosts eased past the target with a ball to spare.

England eventually won the three match series 2-1.

Paul Stirling was declared the Man of the Match, while David Willey was adjudged the Player of the series.

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