Paul Stirling Eoin Morgan (Courtesy: Twitter)
Paul Stirling Eoin Morgan (Courtesy: Twitter)
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England captain Eoin Morgan knows Paul Stirling from the time they shared the dressing room for Middlesex. After Stirling played a match-winning knock, Morgan was in all praise for the Irish opener. Stirling played the role of a sheet anchor as he guided Ireland to a famous seven-wicket victory over England in the third ODI, denying them a clean sweep.

It was a special knock for Paul Stirling as he notched up 142 runs off 128 balls to help Ireland clinch the match in the final over. Asked to bat, England put up a target of 329 to chase for Ireland. Stirling stood his ground from the onset of the match as he hit nine boundaries and six sixes, forging a key partnership with his captain Andrew Balbirnie, to take his side home.

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Ireland won the third ODI by 7 wickets (Credits: Twitter)

Morgan said that Stirling is a dangerous opening batsman and many bowlers don’t like bowling to him. The England captain also added that Stirling is a kind of opener who can hit sixes and fours to take the match away from the opposition.

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“He’s as dangerous an opening batsman as there is around the world,” he said of the 29-year-old.

“I know guys do not like bowling at him, he hits good balls for four or six and, on his day, he can take a game away from you.”

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Paul Stirling. Credits: Peter Della Penna.

Incidentally, Morgan also scored a century in the third ODI on Tuesday, but his effort went in-vain.

Stirling was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his stellar performance as England sealed the three-ODI series 2-1.