England vs Ireland Third One Day International
By Megha Mallick
Ireland pulled off a record win to defeat England in their backyard for the first time, by 7 wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday.
Although England captain Eoin Morgan put up a valiant effort to score 106, the chase put to pace by the Irish batsmen prevented a whitewash.
Tom Banton (58) and David Willey (51) also put their feet forward to take England to 328, before they were bowled out. Craig Young took 3 wickets, those of Jason Roy (1), James Vince (16) and Sam Billings (19).
Coming in to bat, Ireland opener Gareth Delany was bowled by Willey for 12. From there on, it was a complete Irish show. Paul Stirling brought up his half century in 52 balls, with two fours and two sixes, helping his team to a solid start against the world champions. After 15 overs, Ireland were at 88/1.
Andrew Balbirnie hit his 10th ODI half century and Stirling brought up his ninth ODI century. The former, too, got his sixth ODI hundred, which was a perfect captain’s innings. Stirling was dismissed by an accurate throw to the stumps by Tom Curran for 142. Ireland were at 264/2 after 41.4 overs.
Billings caught Balbirnie for 113 off Adil Rashid. After 44.3 overs, Ireland were at 279/3. The veteran Kevin O’ Brien (21) led Ireland to a win with a single on the last ball of the innings.
Stirling was awarded the MoM and Willey the MoS.