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Southampton: England series victory taste against Ireland is now been soured by their defeat in the final match at Ageas Bowl against Ireland on Tuesday, but they claimed the 20 crucial points for World Cup Super League.
Ireland won the final match of the series by 7 wickets and chased down a mammoth total of 329 runs in a nail-biting encounter against England. This is also the highest total chased by Ireland in their cricketing history. Last time when they chased the target of 310+ was in the 2011 World Cup and that too against the English team.
Morgan battled in the first innings for England
The English captain Eoin Morgan scored a sensational 106 runs in just 84 deliveries in the first innings at a strike rate of 126. England was reduced to 44 for 3 in the first 8 overs. Eoin Morgan came to bat at number four for England and then he along with Tom Banton made a partnership of 146 runs before Morgan got out in the 27th over.
Eoin Morgan dominated the partnership and out of 146 runs between them, Morgan scored 106 runs. Tom Banton and the lower order batsmen David Willey also completed their half-centuries and helped England to score 328 runs.
Two centuries gifted the game to Ireland
Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirirnie were the two stars in the Ireland chase against England. The 50-runs opening stand between Paul Stirling and Gareth Delany set the tone for the Irish team.
After the dismissal of Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie came in to bat at number 3. Then the 214 runs stand between the opener Paul Stirling and the Andy Balbirnie drifted the momentum away from the English side. Ireland sealed a remarking victory with 7 wickets in their hand.
Even after Ireland's victory in the final ODI, England won the series by 2-1. Now, from today the entire action for the English side will shift back to the men in whites. England will play the first Test match against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester. The match will start at 3:30 IST.