England v Ireland ICC World Cup full Highlights Video, Match Report, Scorecard

ICC World Cup 2011, 15th Match, Group B: England (Eng)v Ireland (Ire) Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 2nd March 2011 (D/N) full Highlights Video, Match Report and Scorecard.
Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest ever World Cup century to propel Ireland to a stunning three-wicket win over England in a Group B match in Bangalore overnight.

England v Ireland ICC World Cup 2011 Match Report
An astonishing knock by O'Brien, who clobbered 13 fours and 6 sixes to reach three figures in only 50 balls, helped the Irish to live up to their reputation as giant-killers as they overhauled England's total of 8 for 327 with five balls to spare.

It was the highest successful run chase in the tournament.

Kevin O'Brien's  fastest World Cup century in 50-ball
O'Brien came to the crease with almost half his side back in the pavilion with Ireland struggling on 4 for 106 in the 23rd over.

He then turned on a breathtaking show of power hitting while the M Chinnaswamy Stadium roared him on.

Inspired by O'Brien, Alex Cusack smashed 47 runs as they put on 162 runs for the sixth wicket before he was run out with Ireland still requiring 55 runs to win.

However, O'Brien soldiered on and no amount of bowling changes or field placings could stop him and England came loose at the seams with misfields and dropped catches aiding Ireland's chase.

Four years after beating Pakistan in the group stage in the Caribbean, the Irish repeated the feat to dent England's hopes of progressing into the knockout stages of the 2011 tournament.

"When you are 111-5 I just said to myself, we could just potter around and get 220 off 50 overs for eight or nine and the game would have been pretty boring to watch and it wouldn't have been anything to watch on TV," a grinning O'Brien said clutching his man of the match trophy.

"I just chanced my arm and said I'm going to be as positive as I can and I got a few away and didn't look back really.

"It's probably the best innings I've ever played. I just hit the ball pretty well and got a bit of luck and things went my way. I just kept going and kept attacking."

The 26-year-old O'Brien dismantled the English bowling to score 113 runs from 63 balls and his knock helped produce the first upset in this year's showpiece.

He was run out with 11 runs still required off as many balls.

However, John Mooney (33 off 30 balls) kept his head and with three required to win off the last over, smashed a boundary to spark off the Irish celebrations.

Having only narrowly beaten the Netherlands, England's remaining matches are against West Indies, Bangladesh and South Africa and skipper Andrew Strauss admitted that there is no margin for error if they are to go through to the next round.

"It was a great performance from Ireland. I'm not going to take anything away from them. They thoroughly deserved their victory. We've got to go away, lick our wounds and make sure we come back and play better," he said.

"The game coming up against South Africa (on Sunday) is a huge one for us.

"Generally we bounce back well from defeat in the past whether it's in Test cricket or one-day cricket and we are going to have to do that very quickly and probably be very honest with each other and realise where we can improve and make those improvements very quickly."

Strauss admitted that bowling on the flat sub-continent pitches was always going to be difficult, but flayed his bowlers for the way they have conceded most of those runs.

"What we don't want to be doing is haemorrhaging both sides of the wickets and kind of chasing our tails too much which potentially we have done in the last three games," Strauss said.

Ireland captain William Porterfield, who saw his side squander a winning position in their opening match against Bangladesh, hailed the "greatest" day for Irish cricket.

"We believed in ourselves. We had a bit of an upset the other night when we should have knocked off 200 against Bangladesh but to bounce back the way that the lads have bounced back, especially after losing a few early wickets," he said.

"We've still got four games left in this tournament so we'll be looking to put in a performance like that every game and you never know from there. We've still got a great chance of qualifying for the second phase."

England v Ireland ICC World Cup 2011 Scorecard

Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

England innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
AJ Strauss* b Dockrell 34 61 37 2 1 91.89
KP Pietersen c †NJ O'Brien b Stirling 59 77 50 7 2 118.00
IJL Trott b Mooney 92 126 92 9 0 100.00
IR Bell c Stirling b Mooney 81 102 86 6 1 94.18
PD Collingwood c KJ O'Brien b Mooney 16 21 11 0 1 145.45
MJ Prior† b Johnston 6 7 5 1 0 120.00
TT Bresnan c Johnston b Mooney 4 23 8 0 0 50.00
MH Yardy b Johnston 3 8 6 0 0 50.00
GP Swann not out 9 8 5 1 0 180.00
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 20) 23
Total (8 wickets; 50 overs; 220 mins) 327 (6.54 runs per over)
Did not bat SCJ Broad,

JM Anderson

Fall of wickets1-91 (Strauss, 13.3 ov), 2-111 (Pietersen, 16.6 ov), 3-278 (Bell, 42.6 ov), 4-288 (Trott, 44.3 ov), 5-299 (Prior, 45.6 ov), 6-312 (Collingwood, 46.6 ov), 7-317 (Yardy, 48.3 ov), 8-327 (Bresnan, 49.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ
WB Rankin 7 0 51 0 7.28 (4w)
DT Johnston 10 0 58 2 5.80
AR Cusack 4 0 39 0 9.75 (1w)
GH Dockrell 10 0 68 1 6.80 (5w)
JF Mooney 9 0 63 4 7.00 (1w)
PR Stirling 10 0 45 1 4.50
Ireland innings (target: 328 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
WTS Porterfield* b Anderson 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
PR Stirling c Pietersen b Bresnan 32 45 28 5 1 114.28
EC Joyce st †Prior b Swann 32 90 61 3 0 52.45
NJ O'Brien† b Swann 29 37 36 2 1 80.55
GC Wilson lbw b Swann 3 17 14 0 0 21.42
KJ O'Brien run out (†Prior/Bresnan) 113 123 63 13 6 179.36
AR Cusack run out (Broad/Collingwood) 47 80 58 3 1 81.03
JF Mooney not out 33 40 30 6 0 110.00
DT Johnston not out 7 6 4 1 0 175.00
Extras (b 5, lb 16, w 12) 33
Total (7 wickets; 49.1 overs; 223 mins) 329 (6.69 runs per over)
Did not bat GH Dockrell,

WB Rankin

Fall of wickets1-0 (Porterfield, 0.1 ov), 2-62 (Stirling, 9.5 ov), 3-103 (NJ O'Brien, 20.2 ov), 4-106 (Joyce, 22.2 ov), 5-111 (Wilson, 24.2 ov), 6-273 (Cusack, 41.3 ov), 7-317 (KJ O'Brien, 48.1 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 8.1 1 49 1 6.00 (1w)
SCJ Broad 9 0 73 0 8.11 (2w)
TT Bresnan 10 0 64 1 6.40 (2w)
MH Yardy 7 0 49 0 7.00 (2w)
GP Swann 10 0 47 3 4.70
PD Collingwood 5 0 26 0 5.20

Toss England, who chose to bat
Points Ireland 2, England 0
Player of the match KJ O'Brien (Ireland)

England v Ireland ICC World Cup 2011 Highlight Video

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