Ireland stuns world champion England in the final ODI
The last ODI match between Ireland and England in the ongoing series will certainly a history for the Irish. Both the captains have scored centuries with the bat. Paul Sterling, however, was with Irish captain Andy Balbirney. Together, the two have surpassed Eoin Morgan’s fame. Wrote the Irish Conquest.
The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. They were successful in the first over. English opener Jason Roy could not get out of the circle of off form. Irish pacer Craig Young returned the ball with a slip catch (1). Johnny Bairstow, who batted brilliantly in the second ODI, returned to the match with 4 runs. He was bowled by Mark Adair.
When the two openers returned with a few runs, England was in danger. James Vince and Eoin Morgan continued to bat for the third wicket under pressure. When Vince left with 16 off 17 balls, captain Morgan became the last hope. He took the helm with Tom Banton after the third wicket fell for 44 runs.
Morgan’s bat was not affected by the top three batsmen. From the beginning he has been batting fluently and in Marquette. Banton gave him great company. Morgan reached 50 off just 39 balls. He also made the next 50 runs with 39 balls. When he completes a century off 6 balls, half of England’s innings is left in the innings.
Josh Little ended Morgan’s innings. Morgan was dismissed for 107 off 64 balls with 15 fours and 4 sixes. Banton could not last long after that. He became lbw off Gareth Delaney’s 57 off 51 balls. Curtis Camper sent Moin Ali back in the next over. Although Sam Billings settled down, he was dismissed before the age of twenty. After scoring 19 runs, he caught mid-on by Adair and went back. England went from 190 for 3 to 216 for 6.
From there, David Wiley and Tom Karan took the helm. The pair of 83 runs for the eighth wicket. Camper breaks the pair back to Willie. Willie scored 51 runs. Adil Rashid 3 and Shakib Mahmud 12 runs out of England’s innings ended. Tom Karan was unbeaten on 37 off 54 balls. The hosts were able to score 327 runs.
Paul Sterling and Gareth Delaney put on 50 runs for the first wicket to chase the big target. Delaney made 12 off 21 balls and was bowled by Willie, but Sterling kept one end in check. He added 214 runs with captain Andy Balbirney. This huge pairing strengthened the Irish ‘chances of victory. Lays the foundation of Safarkarid’s victory.
Sterling and Balbirney seemed to rule the English bowlers. Both of them met in the century. Morgan’s reputation was tarnished in the twentieth century. Sterling was run out for 142 off 127 balls. He had 9 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. Then Adil Rashid sent Balbirni to the toilet. However, he returned with 113 runs next to the name.
Ireland needed 40 off 33 balls after Balbirney’s departure. Harry Tector and Kevin O’Brien do the rest. Kevin remained unbeaten after playing a valuable innings of 21 off 15 balls.
Ireland has managed to chase the target of 329 runs given by England in this match like the 2011 World Cup. 329 runs so big as the target, but Ireland may have more courage to chase this run in the future.