Paul Stirling slams a record-equaling 11th ODI ton
A blistering knock (128) by opener Paul Stirling helped Ireland post 259/9 in the ongoing second ODI against Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Stirling slammed his 11th ODI hundred and third in the last five matches. Notably, he equaled fellow batsman William Porterfield's record of most ODI hundreds by an Ireland batsman. Here is more on the same.
Stirling now has joint-most hundreds (11) for Ireland in ODIs along with Porterfield. Notably, this is five more than the next-best Andrew Balbirnie (6) on the tally. It is interesting to note that Stirling already has most fifties by an Ireland player in the format (24). He is also the leading run-scorer for Ireland in ODI cricket by a fair distance (4,579).
Stirling has now scored three centuries in his last five ODI innings. His scores in these games read as - 128, 39, 4, 131* and 142. Since January 2020, Stirling has racked up 541 runs from 10 ODI innings at a phenomenal average of 60.11.
As far as international cricket is concerned, Stirling is Ireland's leading run-getter across formats. He owns 6,807 runs from 205 matches at an average of 34.90. Others on the list are Kevin O'Brien (5,549), Porterfield (5,228), Gary Wilson (3,385), Balbirnie (3,208) and Niall O'Brien (3,065). Notably, Stirling has also smashed most sixes among the Irish batsmen (174) in international cricket.
Stirling tuned out to be the lone warrior as Ireland managed 259/9 at the end of 50 overs. He finished on 128 off 132 balls, an innings laced with 12 fours and 4 sixes. Although his 106-run stand with Curtis Campher (47) drove Ireland to a commanding position, things went downhill after the former's dismissal. As a result, the visitors suffered a batting collapse.