The opening series of the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League came to an end on Tuesday in a thrilling fashion as Ireland stunned England in the third and final ODI. The tourists thrashed the hosts by seven wickets although the series ended 2-1 in England’s favour.
After deciding to bowl first, Ireland started well as they sent back Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and James Vince before the score had reached 50. But Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton put together a 146-run stand to put the hosts back on top. Morgan scored 106 off just 84 balls while Banton scored 58 before England suffered another mini collapse.
England found themselves 7 down for 216 from 190 for 3. But the hosts came up with another fightback in the form of a 73-run partnership between Tom Curran and David Willey, who had scored 51 from 42 balls before they were all out for 328 in the final over.
In reply, Ireland chased down the total with a ball to spare. Opener Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie set the platform for the monumental win. Stirling smashed 142 off 128 balls while Balbirnie scored 113 off 112 as the two shared 214 runs for the second wicket to set Ireland on course for the impressive win.
Stirling was run out with 65 needed and Balbirnie holed out 15 runs later. However, Ireland made sure to keep things under control and went on to register a thrilling win. Kevin O’Brien and Harry Tector shared an unbeaten partnership of 50 runs and scored the eight needed off the final over.
ODI World Cup Super League points table:
With the win in the third ODI, Ireland got off the mark in the ODI World Cup Super League while England missed the opportunity to take all the 30 points available in the three-match series.
Teams are awarded 10 points for a win, five for a tie, no-result or abandoned match and none for a loss in the ODI World Cup Super League, which sees 13 teams vie for direct qualifying places in the next World Cup in India in 2023. India and seven other teams will make it directly from the league with the remaining two getting a second chance through a Qualifier.
England are currently at the top of the standings with 20 points followed by Ireland on 10 points. No other team has played any match so far.
Here is the ODI World Cup Super League points table:
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