Irish commentator Michael McNamee could not control his emotions as Ireland stunned reigning world champions England by seven wickets in the third and final ODI on Tuesday. The visitors chased down 329 with one ball to spare at the Ageas Bowl to finish the three-match series on a memorable note.
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.
Earlier in the game, England captain Eoin Morgan’s 84-ball 106 helped the hosts up a big total of 328. Morgan and Tom Banton, who made 58, added 146 before falling in quick succession. England suffered a mini collapse of 4 wickets for 26 as they failed to capitalise on the stunning start that saw them comfortably placed at 190 for 3 in the 27th over. David Willey then scored a fine fifty to ensure England put up a big total although it did not turn out to be enough.
Commentator struggles to contain his excitement:
As Ireland edged towards the famous win, Michael McNamee, sitting in the commentary box, was losing his patience. And when Kevin O’Brien hit the winning run on the penultimate deliver of the match, Michael McNamee just could not hold his excitement as he admitted he could barely talk.
“Ireland to win this match in Southampton. Kevin O’Brien, he’s hit the ball and he’s got the run and Ireland have done it,” he exclaimed as his country registered a historic win.
“Would you believe it? It’s Kevin O’Brien, the hero of Bangalore 2011. He is the hero again in Southampton in 2020. I can barely talk. They have done it again. They have beaten England on English soil. The world champions are beaten and another famous day in Irish cricket history, Michael McNamee added as his fellow commentators laughed at his sheer excitement.
Here is a clip of the same:
We can't help but think that Michael McNamee might have enjoyed this moment!
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