Dublin (Ireland), Sep 4: An Irishman's century defeated the Ireland team in a One Day International here on Tuesday (September 3). Eoin Morgan, former Ireland player, now captain of England, struck a career best 124 not out to lead his team to a six-wicket victory over his former team-mates.
Captain and opener William Porterfield's 112 had set up a good score for Ireland in the first half of the match. Ireland made 269/7 in 50 overs thanks to his century. The Irish bowlers put England in a spot of bother at 48/4 in 14.5 overs. But Morgan and Ravi Bopara (101 not out) rescued the team to give them a win in this one off ODI.
Morgan struck 8 fours and 4 sixes in his 106-ball innings. Bopara collected 10 boundaries and 5 sixes during his 75-ball knock. England reached the target in 43 overs. Morgan finished the game off with a six of George Dockrell.
Before moving to England after the 2007 World Cup, the left-handed Morgan had played 23 ODIs for Ireland.
Morgan and Bopara's unbroken 228-run stand for the fifth wicket is a record in ODIs and also joint second highest for England in the format.
When Morgan arrived at the crease, he was greeted by boos by the fans. But later, the same fans applauded his efforts upon reaching a fifth ODI ton. Bopara brought up his maiden ODI century.