Southampton, August 5
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie starred as Ireland claimed solely a second win over England in its historical past after overcoming the world champions within the closing over.
Set a goal of 329 — the identical rating they completed on to beat England on the 2011 World Cup — the Irish laid the muse with a 214-run stand between Stirling and captain Balbirnie within the closing match of the Royal London sequence on Tuesday.
Stirling was run out for 142 whereas Balbirnie holed out for 113 with 50 nonetheless required from 33 deliveries, however Kevin O’Brien – the hero of Bangalore – fittingly received them over the road from the penultimate ball with seven wickets to spare underneath lights.
After being requested to bat first, England had stuttered to 44-Three however Eoin Morgan’s 106 from 84 balls was the cornerstone of 328 all out in 49.5 overs, the captain sharing a 146-run stand with Tom Banton.
England received the sequence 2-1 however Balbirnie took delight in the truth that his staff can now boast victories over each white-ball world champions, having toppled the West Indies in T20 in January.
“We’ve beaten the T20 world champions in their own backyards and we’ve beaten the ODI champions,” Balbirnie stated.
“It’s a huge win for us and this group. For the young guys to be involved in this series but to also be involved in a win like that is special and one we’ll remember forever,” he stated.
“I don’t know if it’s sunk in. Hopefully we’ve given the kids and the young generation a bit of a boost and something to strive towards.” AP