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Updated: March 3, 2011 02:23 IST

Ireland shocks England

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Ireland's Kevin O'Brien raise his bat after completing his 100 runs against England during their World Cup match in Bangalore on Wednesday.
PTI Ireland's Kevin O'Brien raise his bat after completing his 100 runs against England during their World Cup match in Bangalore on Wednesday.

O'Brien, with a 50-ball century, sets the Chinnaswamy Stadium on fire

Kevin O'Brien (113, 63b, 13x4, 6x6) scored the fastest World Cup century to help minnows Ireland defeat England by three wickets in a Group ‘B' contest at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday. Batting first, England made 327 for eight, which Ireland overhauled in the final over, with three wickets remaining.

O'Brien brought up his century in just 50 balls, bettering Matthew Hayden's effort of a hundred in 66 balls against South Africa at St. Kitts, West Indies in 2007.

Ireland slumped to 111 for five in the 25th over, but a hurricane partnership of 162 runs off 103 balls (including 62 runs off the batting powerplay) for the sixth wicket between O'Brien and Alex Cusack (47) turned things around. O'Brien added another 44 runs for the seventh wicket with John Mooney (33 n.o.) before being run out in the penultimate over. Mooney saw out the win in the company of Trent Jhonston with five balls to spare.

Ireland claimed its first win and sits on two points while the loss leaves England with just three points (a win against Netherlands and a tie against India) after three matches. England faces South Africa next on March 6 in Chennai.

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Before the match against India, Strauss was bragging saying England have come to spoil India's party blah blah. But be careful what you wish for Strauss. O'Brein had ideas just like you and spoiled your(Strauss') and England's party, didn't he?

from:  Raj
Posted on: Mar 3, 2011 at 05:27 IST

Ireland shocking England and if they can beat WI - also highly possible even if they lose to India, Ireland can qualify for the knockout stage. Also depends how well they do against SA but Ireland has more than 60% chances of advancing to the knockout stage as third or fouth team from group B. Who knows if they'll spring a surpsise in the knockout stage also? So will that make ICC to eat their words and allow Ireland to particiapte in the next WC? Will ICC be that adamant and mulish in their shortsighted policies? I was expecting Nederland to beat WI but that didn't happen. Maybe Ireland is the dark horse from group B. Kenya entered the semis in WC 2003 that's why ICC didn't adopt these stupid policies they're talking about now for WC 2007. Still there is time for a dark horse or two in this WC to topple the ICC's so called plans for WC 2015.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Mar 3, 2011 at 04:39 IST

Fine, quick report but one missing bit: O'Brien hit the longest six of this tournament so far in this match, which should have been mentioned here.

from:  Musafir Baitha
Posted on: Mar 3, 2011 at 01:08 IST

Incredible stuff. It's time the 'underdogs' got in on the action. I hope all the associate teams follow Ireland's lead and give the 'regular' teams a run for their money. Hope Ireland gets through to the semis.

from:  Gem
Posted on: Mar 3, 2011 at 00:26 IST
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