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Stirling, Balbirnie tons stun England as Ireland clinch historic win
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Stirling, Balbirnie tons stun England as Ireland clinch historic win

Remarkable centuries from opener Paul Stirling and skipper Andy Balbirnie lifted Ireland to a famous victory over world champions England in the final ODI at the Ageas Bowl.

The pair batted with supreme nonchalance during their record 214-run partnership for the second wicket before Harry Tector and Kevin O’Brien powered the visitors over the line in a nervy finish.

Ireland chased down the daunting 329-run target with seven batsmen yet to arrive at the crease, denoting the emphatic margin of victory.

The historic triumph, which was followed by loud cheers from the Ireland camp echoing across the desolate stadium, marks only their second ODI win over England and their first since the 2011 World Cup heist in Bangalore.

After being floored by a mammoth stand between Stirling and Balbirnie, England fought back briefly by prising out the two batting mainstays.

However, a lack of discipline in the field indicated by spilled chances and misdirected yorkers ending up over the waist of the batters did not help the home side's cause as they faltered in the death overs.

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