The Ireland team on Tuesday had a brilliant outing in Southampton after they thumped England by 7 wickets in their own backyard in the third and final ODI of the series.
After losing the first two games, the Irish side was playing for pride while the hosts England were seeking a clean sweep win.
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. England didn’t really have a great start as they lost Jason Roy in the very first over but captain Eoin Morgan took the charge in his hands and smacked 84-ball 106 to help his side put 328 on the board.
???? Love it, Michael, love it. pic.twitter.com/eDQnuB1uGN— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) August 4, 2020
The Closers. pic.twitter.com/y9r510Z7dH— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) August 4, 2020
Tom Banton and David Willey too chipped in with brisk fifties before the team was bundled out in the last over of the innings.
In reply, Ireland openers Paul Stirling and Gareth Delany put a 50-run stand before Delany was out for 12. But this didn’t really stop Stirling and skipper Balbirnie to smash the English bowlers all around the park.
Both the batsmen notched up individual hundreds and led the side to victory. Ireland surpassed India’s record of the highest chase in England.
England will now begin the three-match Test series against Pakistan at home from Wednesday.