Cricket News: Ireland beat England in the final ODI of the 3-match ODI series

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Ireland vs England 2020 third ODI highlights – Only the second time in the history of all their clashes against mighty England, have the underdogs Ireland been able to beat them. The first one was the emphatic chase of 328 runs in the 2011 World Cup in Bengaluru and the second one being the final ODI of the 3-match ODI series in England. Chasing down a mighty target of 329 against the defending World Champions is certainly not an easy task. But time and again, Ireland have proved that their cricketing prowess is capable of knocking down even the mightiest of the opponents.ireland vs england 2020 third odi highlights

Ireland won the toss and chose to field first. The Irish bowlers managed to get their team to a good start by claiming three early wickets reducing England to 44-3 in just 8.1 overs. England were able to stabilise the quick loss of wickets with an excellent 146 run partnership between Banton and Morgan. Riding on skipper Morgan’s 84-ball 106 and fifties from Banton and Willey, England managed to put up a good score of 328 on the board in 49.5 overs before being bowled out. They were expecting to wrap the final ODI with ease but the Irish had other plans.

Ireland vs England 2020 third ODI highlights

A match-defining stand between Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie shook the English bowling attack. Their 214 run partnership overturned the match in their favour. Harry Tector and Kevin O Brien did the rest with their respective cameos. England missed two chances when they dropped catches of Paul Stirling. But more than anything it was a strong Irish batting side which helped them snatch the win away from the defending World Champions.

Ireland vs England 2020 third ODI highlights

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Paul Sterling, the Man of the Match, said in the post-match presentation that it did take a lot of character to come back especially after their first 2 losses in the series. He said that batting with Balbirnie was great and hoped that they would have many more partnerships in the future that would be as impactful as it was that day. He said that winning against England in England is a great feeling but more importantly winning is great.

Ireland vs England 2020 third ODI highlights

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Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, said that the Irish clearly outplayed them and it was their missed chances against Sterling which were to be blamed. Talking about his injury which caused him to miss the fielding, he said that it was just a groin tweak and hopefully he would get better before the Pakistan series.

England plays Pakistan in a 3 match test series from today.

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