Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Southampton, Aug 4 2020, Ireland tour of England
328
(49.5/50 ov, target 329)
329/3
Ireland won by 7 wickets
Player Of The Match
2m
• The Report by Matt Roller

Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie set up famous chase as Ireland hunt down 329

Ireland's batting comes good at the last as they emulate Bangalore heroics with record chase

Match centre 
Scorer: Thilak Ram
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England328(49.5 overs)
Eoin Morgan106 (84)
Tom Banton58 (51)
Craig Young3/53(10)
Josh Little2/62(8.5)
Ireland329/3(49.5 overs)
Paul Stirling142 (128)
Andy Balbirnie113 (112)
Adil Rashid1/61(10)
David Willey1/70(10)

10.15pm: That's your lot from the white-ball bubble - we've had fun, haven't we? Matt's report will sum up a run-filled series finale, and then get ready for a change of pace, because there's a Test match starting in about 12 hours' time. Thanks for chipping in, as always. From myself, Miller and Vishal, as well as Chandan and Thilak, it's goodnight and good luck. Bye!

10pm: Well, that was worth staying up for... Time for the presentations, starting with Man of the Match Paul Stirling: "It was brilliant to get our first win in the competition, especially after a couple of tough games, showed a lot of character to come back. We've chased over 300 a number of times, particularly in World Cups, so we knew we could do it, freed us up to go hard at the top, have a bit of fun and it was a solid chase in the end. We haven't played for so long, you get used to sticking your pads on having some nerves and then you get back to normal. You get past that and feel like you're back to normal again. Nice to go on. [Partnership?] Love batting with Bal, we seem to put on good partnerships. Great to bat with and his knock was pretty special as well. [Innings rank?] This is sup there, definitely, against England in England, nice knock to have but it's the win and the team that counts."

Player of the Series, David Willey: "Nice to get a go, and be back in the fold. When I bat it means we're in a bit of strife, but it was nice to get a few runs and a few wickets. I'm happy to get another chance, after the World Cup and not being involved in the winter, I wasn't sure if I was done, so wanted to come out and enjoy it. Yorkshire want me to play Saturday but we'll see how we go there. Normally when I go back and play county I get injured!"

Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie: "We're delighted with how that finished, didn't perform with the bat at all in the first two ODIs, so to come back in the field and then chase a total like that against a good side was great. We thought we could chase it but we had to bat well. Faded a bit in the field but manged to take regular wickets and 320-330 we knew we were in the game. [Powerplay approach?] I tried to be positive, different to Paul but we dovetailed well, and we created the big partnership which went a long way to winning the game. [Super League] It's going to be a scrap for us, we have to be competitive in all our games, we're grateful for the opportunity to come here, to the ECB for putting it on, and to come away with 10 points. We've got two weeks back home in quarantine and we have to get through that and back to training, but we're grateful and hopefully there'll be many more fixtures ahead."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Full credit to Ireland, they've outplayed us today. We had an average day, stuttered throughout, we rebuilt from three down and then stuttered again, got to in-and-around a par score. But Ireland played well, and we have to thank them for coming over. [Target defendable?] We have more than enough wicket-takers in our group., Paul Stirling came out and had a good day but we failed to take opportunities when they arose. We weren't on top of our game today. We're learning more about players coming in and have opportunities to show what they can to. David WiIley, Sam Billings, Tom Banton, the bowling unit... Today was an insight on a better wicket what 50-over international cricket is like. It can be cruel. [Fitness?] Bit of a groin tweak, so didn't risk coming out, thought Moeen did a great job, he's very wise and uses every bit of experience, and he did everything he could. We have bowlers who take wickets, but we didn't take opportunities. Short and sharp but great fun to be back and hopefully the start of some more exciting white-ball cricket to come."

9.52pm: The whoops and cheers from the Ireland balcony were audible around a deserted Ageas Bowl, as Ireland completed only their second victory over England - the other being a certain Bangalore bushwhacking back in 2011 (when they also finished on 329, by the way). Kevin O'Brien was out in the middle to finish this one off, after twin tons from Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie, as Ireland finally roused themselves after two tepid performances had seen the series slip away. They've knocked England over on their home patch, despite a century from the captain, Eoin Morgan, and you can bet the world is going to hear about it, behind closed doors or otherwise!

"Ireland hit nine less 4s than England and one less 6," notes Ramble. "Just over 40 runs less in boundaries, as well as losing 7 less wickets. More than one way to achieve a total. Smart chase."

"Might find a pub named 329 somewhere in Dublin," chirps Ajeet

"So all 3 tons tonight are by Irish..!!" One way or another that's right, Azweer

And here's Justin Smyth, of this parish: "Fully deserved the win today. Fantastic display of batting from Stirling and Balbirnie, shame that the series has to end now. 10 points on the table. More then we thought that we could at the start of the series. Night to remember and it might not be an early one!"

49.5
1
Mahmood to O'Brien, 1 run
short again, KOB swats it through backward square leg, and Ireland have done it! A famous win, by seven wickets - and they're on the World Cup Super League points table, too!
49.4
Mahmood to O'Brien, no run
short ball, 90mph outside off and KOB misses with an attempted cut

"Super over????" Unlikely now, Hayden... One to win from three

49.3
2
Mahmood to O'Brien, 2 runs
full and straight, 90mph/145kph and swatted through the leg side, leveling the scores

Free hit

49.3
2nb
Mahmood to Tector, (no ball) 1 run
agh, another high full toss, that'll be a no-ball and maybe the game for Ireland... Tector kept his head and swung it away for one into the deep, too
49.2
1
Mahmood to O'Brien, 1 run
full toss, 88mph and carted leg side, could have gone anywhere but finds deep square leg for a single

Todd: "Where's Liam Plunkett or Chris Jordan when you need them?" Time for young Saqib to show what he can do...

49.1
2
Mahmood to O'Brien, 2 runs
full length outside off, 87mph/139kph and KOB munches it though the covers in front of the sweeper for two

Saqib Mahmood it is to bowl the final over, with Ireland needing eight to win. Where's your hard-earned?

end of over 499 runs
IRE: 321/3CRR: 6.55 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 8 from 6b
Kevin O'Brien15 (10)
Harry Tector28 (25)
Tom Curran10-0-67-0
David Willey10-1-70-1

"Moeen? Vince? Why won't it be Mahmood, the most economical bowler of the side?" Aw, no fun, Ankit Sharma

48.6
1
Curran to O'Brien, 1 run
full outside off, KOB calmly punches through the covers for one
48.5
1
Curran to Tector, 1 run
back of a length outside off, Tector slashes at it, squirts away behind point, Willey dives to cut it off and prevent four more!
48.4
4
Curran to Tector, FOUR runs
85mph near-yorker on off stump, Tector belts it through backward point! Connects when it matters, Curran didn't quite get that right and pays with a boundary
48.3
2
Curran to Tector, 2 runs
heaved away leg side, into the gap between deep midwicket and long-on, Livingstone does really well on the rope, sliding around to flick the ball back in
48.2
Curran to Tector, no run
pace off, ballooning from back of a length outside off, Tector again fails to connect with a wild hack
48.1
1
Curran to O'Brien, 1 run
pitched up on off stump, swiped down the ground to long-on

Right to the end, 17 from 12, Ireland closing in on that maiden win over England in England...

end of over 487 runs
IRE: 312/3CRR: 6.5 • RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 from 12b
Kevin O'Brien13 (8)
Harry Tector21 (21)
David Willey10-1-70-1
Tom Curran9-0-58-0
47.6
1
Willey to O'Brien, 1 run
low full toss to finish, slapped through the covers for one more
47.6
1w
Willey to O'Brien, 1 wide
speared down wide of the stumps, right on the tramline as O'Brien swings and comes off his feet... No, called wide!
47.5
Willey to O'Brien, no run
full in the channel, not quite landed the yorker but KOB swings and misses at this one
47.4
4
Willey to O'Brien, FOUR runs
full toss, bit of width and KOB launches it over backward point! Willey misses his mark and O'Brien carves out a vital boundary

"I'm guessing Moeen will have to finish it off, if we get to that last over," muses Sumit. James Vince's dobbers, all the way

47.3
1
Willey to Tector, 1 run
wide yorker, 82mph and Tector can only squeeze it towards point off the toe of the bat
47.2
Willey to Tector, no run
gets this right again, full and out towards the tramlines as the batsman swipes and misses
Best performances - batsmen
PR Stirling
142 runs (128)
9 fours
6 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
flick
28 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
44211416141356
A Balbirnie
113 runs (112)
12 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
cover drive
26 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
771520286525
Best performances - bowlers
CA Young
O
10
M
1
R
53
W
3
Eco
5.30
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
JB Little
O
8.5
M
0
R
62
W
2
Eco
7.01
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
TossIreland , elected to field first
SeriesIreland tour of EnglandICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League 2020
Player Of The Match
Paul Stirling
Player Of The Series
David Willey
Series resultEngland won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 4258
Season2020
Match days04 August 2020 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Martin Saggers
David Millns
TV Umpire
Alex Wharf
Reserve Umpire
Mike Burns
Match Referee
Phil Whitticase
PointsIreland 10, England 0