Ireland finally defeated England in the third and final ODI match of the series by seven wickets in Southampton.
It was all because of the 214 run stand between the Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie (113 off 112 balls) and opener Paul Stirling (142 off 128 balls) that helped the visitors clinch the last over victory in the third and the final ODI on Wednesday.
Put into bat, England piled out 328 runs in 49.5 overs, as the skipper Eoin Morgan scored 106 runs off 84 balls as he partnered with Tom Banton (58 off 51 balls) to take the home side’s score over 300 runs. All-rounder David Willey scored 51 runs while Sam Curran also scored 38* off 54 balls.
Craig Young picked the most number of wickets as he finished with the figures of 3/53 in his spell. While Joshua Little and Curtis Campher finished with a couple of wickets each.
As the chase started. Ireland lost the opener Gareth Delany (12 runs) in the 9th over when the score was 50 runs. After his departure, skipper Andrew Balbirnie came into bat and the veteran duo combined together a partnership of 214 runs and took the side past 250 runs mark.
Stirling was run out on 142 runs when Ireland was on 264 runs, and after a few overs the visitors also lost Balbirnie to the spinner Adil Rashid. Only Rashid and David Willey could pick one wicket each for England while one wicket was a run out inflicted by Jason Roy.
In the end, Kevin O Brien (21 off 15 balls) and Harry Tector (29 off 26 balls) pulled the last over victory for the visitors and therefore took the won the first and only match in the series.
David Willey was given the Player of the Series award following his all-round performance in the entire series.