Ireland picked up a dramatic final-over victory at the Ageas Bowl tonight, meaning the three-match series finished 2-1 to England.

Eoin Morgan’s men were eyeing up a clean sweep coming into the third and final ODI but the visitors made a fast start to the game, dismissing our dangerous top three of Jason Roy, the in-form Jonny Bairstow and James Vince for 44 runs.

Morgan and Tom Banton came in to steady the ship and put in a superb shift. Morgan was constantly peppering the boundary and produced a fantastic 106 before sending one high and being caught out. Banton was there right beside his skipper as he made a solid 58 – showcasing some of his dazzling strokeplay.

They were both dismissed, however, in quick succession just after the innings halfway point. Moeen Ali and Sam Billings followed suit shortly after, but David Willey and Tom Curran showed their skill with the bat to keep England in control.

Willey’s quickfire 51 – which included some mammoth strikes – put England on 289-8, allowing Curran (38) to see out all but one ball with Adil Rashid and finally Saqib Mahmood.

England set Ireland a difficult 329 to chase and would have to defend it without captain Morgan, who picked up an injury while batting.

The visitors made a strong start to their run chase with Paul Stirling and Gareth Delany making 50 before the latter was bowled round his legs by Willey – continuing his impressive series.

Andrew Balbirnie joined Stirling and quickly settled as the experienced duo added a 214-run partnership to slowly but surely help Ireland push toward their target.

England managed to remove both late on, however, to ensure a nervy atmosphere as the game drew to a close.

Ireland’s Harry Tector and Kevin O’Brien kept their nerve, though, and saw Ireland over the line for a famous victory inside the final over.

A thrilling clash and a fantastic performance from the visitors. The focus for English cricket now shifts to the Pakistan Test series, which gets underway tomorrow.

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