ENGvsIRE 3rd ODI stats: Twin centuries by Paul Stirling .

Southampton: England vs Ireland 3rd ODI: Despite being a dead rubber, cricket fans witnessed an enthralling contest between England and Ireland in the third and final ODI played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Despite being a dead rubber, cricket fans witnessed an enthralling contest between England and Ireland in the third and final ODI played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. After having already won the series, England started off on a positive note and set up a stiff 329-run target for the Irish.

However, what came next was something that one would have least hoped for, but a powerful show by two Irish batsmen Paul Stirling and skipper Andy Balbirnie saw them chase down the total rather easily. Stirling was run-out on 142 from 128 balls, while Balbirnie also smashed a century, before he was removed by Adil Rashid on 113 (112).

The match went into the final over and the winning runs were struck by star Irish batsman Kevin O Brien, who had once done a similar job in Bangalore almost 10 years ago.  The visitors eventually won the contest by seven wickets with one ball to spare.


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