|Third One Day International, Ageas Bowl, Southampton|
|England 328 (49.5 overs): Morgan 106, Banton 58, Willey 51|
|Irlande 329-3 (49,5 overs): Stirling 143, Balbirnie 113|
|Ireland won by seven wickets; England won series 2-1|
Ireland stunned England in a thrilling third one-day international game, ending a 329 chase with one ball to lose at the Ageas Bowl.
Paul Stirling smashed 142 of 128 balls and captain Andrew Balbirnie 113 of 112, sharing a superb stand of 214 for the second wicket.
Stirling was exhausted with 65 needed and Balbirnie managed 15 points later, but Ireland held their nerve to seal a seven-wicket victory in the final game of a series England won 2-1 .
Kevin O’Brien and Harry Tector, who scored an unbroken 50, scored the necessary eights at the end of the final, as Ireland won only their second victory over England in ODI.
James Vince let Stirling down on 95 and 139, Tom Banton put Tector on 19 and a ragged England played several costly, bullet-free strokes late.
Eoin Morgan’s 106 of 84 balls seemed to have put them on track for victory.
Morgan and Banton, who made 58, added 146 but both fell in quick succession in a 4-26 collapse as England failed to take full advantage of their 190-3 position in the 27th .
Still, the world champions, although without many of the key players who make up the test team, should have defended their total.
It was Ireland’s most successful pursuit in ODI, beating their famous pursuit against England in the 2011 World Cup and giving them 10 points in the 2023 World Cup qualifying league.
Bangalore repeated in Southampton
The Irish first order was abject in the first two games of this series before shooting in astonishing fashion.
With little choice but to attack, opener Stirling broke away and threw six sixes into the empty stands, targeting a short limit on the side of the leg.
He got a liking to Saqib Mahmood early on, then attacked leg thrower Adil Rashid, England’s key player in recent years, sweeping him over the rope three times.
Balbirnie, who like Stirling had struggled against this streak, played a firmer hand, racking up rather than going for power shots.
The confusion that saw Tom Curran exhaust Stirling and a bad shot from Balbirnie – he hit Rashid long with the required comfortable rate – could have cost Ireland, but Tector and O’Brien, 20, held on.
The pursuit was the most successful pursuit by a visiting team to England in the ODI, coming from a team 11th in the International Cricket Council rankings.
It was O’Brien, the man who managed 113 unbeaten on 63 balls in Bangalore, who hit the winning run which resulted in Irish cheers ringing around the empty stadium.
England eat their lines
It was a jubilant evening for Ireland but disappointing for England as they lost their grip on the game with bat and ball.
They were without Captain Morgan on the field. He missed Ireland’s heats with a groin injury, with Moeen Ali in the lead.
Stirling’s Drops were tough, while Tector was rewarded when Banton misjudged a long-term chance.
The game was in balance after the wickets of Stirling and Balbirnie and with 42 needed on 27 balls.
David Willey then threw a full waist throw that was hit for six by O’Brien and called with a wide.
Ireland were big favorites for the final with eight required, but another no-ball up to Mahmood did not help England.
Morgan later said a score of 360 or 370 might have been possible, but the loss of himself and Banton in quick succession prevented that.
Jason Roy was out of the first for the second game in a row, Vince followed shots of 25 and 16 with another 16 to do little to calm calls for him to be dropped, and Moeen Ali failed again, throwing a single. take extra short blanket for one.
Without a 42-ball 51 from series player Willey, who continued his impressive all-round form, and undefeated 38 from Tom Curran, England might not have reached 250.
“A special day for Ireland” – what they said
England Captain Eoin Morgan: “Ireland’s credit – they surpassed us today. We had an average day and stuttered throughout.
“It was in and around a normal score, but the wicket improved and Ireland played better than in the last two games. ”
Irish drummer Paul Stirling on BBC Test Match Special: “It’s a special day for Ireland – winning against England on your own turf – but getting 10 points on the board is the most important thing. We are delighted with it. ”
Captain of Ireland Andrew Balbirnie: “I feel ecstatic. We didn’t play our best cricket in the first two games, but achieving this performance, especially with the bat, gives us the confidence that we can compete with the best whenever those matches happen. It is very satisfying to do so. win. ”
Former English drummer Michael Carberry: “Ireland looked dead and buried after the two defeats but the fight it showed…
“They dug with the ball from the back – there were times when it looked like England was going to release something huge but Ireland kept chipping away. They were special with the bat. “