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ENG vs IRE, 3rd ODI, Highlights: Ireland chase 329 to beat England in last-over thriller

England vs Ireland (ENG vs IRE) 3rd ODI Highlights: Paul Stirling (142) and Andrew Balbirnie's (113) 214-run second-wicket partnership helped Ireland win by seven wickets.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 5, 2020 9:37:45 am
England vs Ireland 3rd ODI Highlights: Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie formed a crucial partnership.

England vs Ireland (ENG vs IRE) 3rd ODI Highlights: Ireland forged a famous night as they defeated England for the first time on England soil by seven wickets after chasing down their 328 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday.

Helped by Eoin Morgan’s 106, England set themselves for a big total by reaching 182/3 in 25 overs. Ireland bowlers took back control, but after defiant knocks from tailenders David Willey (51) and Tom Curran (38*), they finished their innings on 328-all out.

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Ireland started their innings brilliantly — Paul Stirling (142) and Andrew Balbirnie’s (113) 214-run second-wicket partnership helped Ireland stay in the chase till the 42nd over. Kevin O’Brien (21*) and Harry Tector (29*) saw out the match towards the end.

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England vs Ireland 3rd ODI Highlights:

02:37 (IST)05 Aug 2020
'A night to remember!'
02:24 (IST)05 Aug 2020
History repeats itself?
02:22 (IST)05 Aug 2020

AND IRELAND WIN IT! The visitors win the match by seven wickets! After a dot ball on the fourth delivery, the veteran O'Brien leads Ireland to a first-ever win over England in England with a single on the penultimate delivery of the innings. What a match! England won the series, but Ireland won hearts with this win in Southampton! And it's all down to the 214-run partnership between Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie! Ireland make their way into the World Cup Super League points table too!

02:19 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Scores tied

Tector takes a single on the third ball, but oh no, it is a no ball from Mahmood! O'Brien gets a crucial two and the scores are tied now. Ireland need just one more run in three balls. IRE are 328/3 after 49.3 overs.

02:18 (IST)05 Aug 2020
5 more runs needed

Saqib Mahmood with the ball for the final over, and boy, it is a nail-biter here at the Ageas Bowl. O'Brien deals with the first ball brilliantly, getting a two after hitting it through the covers. He follows it up with a single. IRE are 324/3 after 49.3 overs.

02:15 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Tector to the rescue

A single and a hurried two runs from Tector -- every run is crucial for Ireland now. And the rookie then belts an 85mph near-yorker on off stump from Curran to the rope. The visitors just need 8 more runs in the final over. IRE are 321/3 after 49 overs.

02:11 (IST)05 Aug 2020
IRE edging closer

After Tector is dropped in the previous over, O'Brien breaks the streak of singles with a finely hit boundary to backward point. A vital, vital four. The visitors need 17 runs from 12 balls now. IRE are 311/3 after 48 overs.

02:01 (IST)05 Aug 2020

Oh it's a huge one! Kevin O'Brien absolutely slams a Willey high full-toss out of the park through deep square and that should relieve some of the pressure. The visitors need 31 runs from 24 balls now. IRE are 298/3 after 46 overs.

01:57 (IST)05 Aug 2020
One to remember!
01:53 (IST)05 Aug 2020

And that's the end of the captain's knock. Balbirnie (113) tosses an Adil Rashid delivery invitingly and it is caught at long-off. England truly back in control right at the nick of time. The visitors still need 50 runs from 33 balls. IRE are 279/3 after 44.3 overs.

01:50 (IST)05 Aug 2020
ENG taking control

17 balls since a boundary. Is the pressure getting to Balbirnie's head? IRE are 275/2 after 44 overs.

01:41 (IST)05 Aug 2020

BREAKTHROUGH FOR ENGLAND! Stirling has been dismissed by an accurate throw to the stumps by Curran. The batsman leaves having scored 142, hitting 9 boundaries and 6 sixes. What a knock! IRE are 264/2 after 41.4 overs.

01:36 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Balbirnie hits hundred!

Anything Eoin Morgan can do... Andrew Balbirnie (102*) gets his 6th ODI century, and what a captain's innings it has been. 100 balls and 12 fours. He came in at 50/1 and since then, he has formed a 200 run partnership trying to chase down a target of 329 against the world champions. Still, the visitors need 67 more runs from 53 balls. IRE are 262/1 after 41.1 overs.

01:20 (IST)05 Aug 2020
IRE maintain course

Willey got hammered by Stirling (135*) and Balbirnie (83*). A four and a six. Up next, the stand-in captain and he gets smacked for a four too by Balbirnie. The visitors are not stopping anytime soon. Moeen must have a headache now. IRE are 236/1 after 37 overs.

01:06 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Stirling ups the ante

Stirling (124*) adds much-needed runs and boosts the runrate of Ireland with two consecutive fours to Willey. First ball, he pounds it through long-off and the second ball, he hits it clean through the gap at square leg. IRE are 213/1 after 34 overs.

00:52 (IST)05 Aug 2020
ENG slowing visitors down

Curran and Mahmood have slowed down the runrate with Ireland batsmen only managing singles now. The match is poised very delicately right now, and if the visitors have to win, they have to continue with this partnership. IRE are 185/1 after 30 overs.

00:36 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Stirling gets his century!

After Balbirnie (53*) hit his 10th ODI fifty, Stirling (100*) has brought up his 9th ODI hundred and what an innings it has been. 96 balls, five fours and five sixes. Absolutely majestic innings! Ireland need 161 runs more. IRE are 171/1 after 27 overs.

00:23 (IST)05 Aug 2020
IRE cross 150

Southampton is witnessing a true cricketing tale here, with Stirling (88*) and Balbirnie (47*) giving it their all to instill hopes in the Irish's hearts. After two slow overs, the fireworks are back again as Stirling sends one out of the park. IRE are 152/1 after 24 overs.

00:07 (IST)05 Aug 2020
IRE in the driving seat

A maiden over for Adil Rashid, but it has all been Ireland so far in the second innings. Stirling (78*) is having a knock of his career here, with four boundaries and four sixes so far. The captain Balbirnie is on 31* and honestly, a visitor win isn't all that improbable now. Moeen has to come up with something to change the tide. IRE are 126/1 after 20 overs.

23:47 (IST)04 Aug 2020
Stirling hits fifty

A deserved half-century for Paul Stirling (50*)! 52 balls, two fours and two sixes and helping his team to a solid start against the world champions. Andrew Balbirnie (23*) has partnered him well too since coming on. IRE are 88/1 after 15 overs.

England Squad: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(w), James Vince, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Liam Dawson, Liam Livingstone

Ireland Squad: Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker(w), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Peter Chase, William Porterfield, George Dockrell