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England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Group B, Bangalore

O'Brien blazes Ireland to glory

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

March 2, 2011

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Ireland 329 for 7 (K O'Brien 113, Cusack 47, Swann 3-47) beat England 327 for 8 (Trott 92, Bell 81, Pietersen 59, Mooney 4-63) by three wickets
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Kevin O'Brien roars with triumph after bringing up his 50-ball century, England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 2, 2011
Kevin O'Brien played the innings of his life in one of the most famous upsets of all time © Getty Images

Kevin O'Brien stunned England with the fastest hundred in World Cup history as Ireland secured their greatest victory with a monumental three-wicket triumph in Bangalore. O'Brien clubbed a magnificent 113 off 63 deliveries as Ireland earned the highest World Cup run-chase with four balls to spare. After he'd added a match-changing 162 with Alex Cusack, John Mooney joined him to play the innings of his life and help write another famous chapter in Irish sport.

When the partnership was broken with 55 still needed Ireland could have lost their way, especially when O'Brien couldn't get the strike back. However, after struggling to get the ball away Mooney suddenly started locating the boundary, firstly off the outside edge but then with two nerveless drives through the covers, each coming after England had strung together a few dot balls to build pressure. He was the dominant partner in the seven-wicket stand.

Still, though, there was a final twist when O'Brien was run out in the penultimate over. Trent Johnston, however, drove his first ball, a full toss from Stuart Broad, for four as the equation came down to below a run-a-ball for the first time in the entire chase. The final over started with just three needed and off the second ball Mooney clipped Anderson through midwicket to set off epic celebrations that will take over any available Bangalore bar tonight.

O'Brien's innings was breathtaking. He entered when Ed Joyce, seemingly Ireland's last chance of making the chase a contest, was stumped off Graeme Swann to leave their run-chase floundering at 106 for 4, which soon became 111 for 5 when Gary Wilson fell lbw. But O'Brien proceeded to tear the England attack apart. He showed power reminiscent of Kieron Pollard but with a calmer head and better technique, bringing up his hundred off 50 balls with a tuck for two into the leg side to beat Matthew Hayden's World Cup record of 66 deliveries. It led to a reveal of his the purple head-do as part of Ireland's charity fundraising campaign.

He showed his intent early when he thumped Swann through the covers second-ball and the tucked into the offspinner's ninth over with two sixes over midwicket which injected life into Ireland's innings. O'Brien was on 35 off 22 balls when Ireland took the batting Powerplay and it was during those five overs that the chance of the impossible became possible as 62 runs surged onto the total.

As happened against Ryan ten Doeschate's onslaught in their opening match against the Netherlands, England's bowlers started to lose the plot during another wayward, undisciplined display. Michael Yardy went for 16 as did James Anderson whom O'Brien pulled for a huge six to take him to a 30-ball fifty. Anderson's next over went for 17 including another leg-side pull and in between whiles, even the normally reliable Tim Bresnan was dispatched, including the finest shot of O'Brien's innings when he drove a six clean over cover.

Really, though, fielding restrictions meant nothing to O'Brien and he continued on his merry way with another huge blow over midwicket to take him into the 90s. Then the whole of Ireland held their breath as O'Brien's next attempt to clear the rope sent the ball high into the night sky where Andrew Strauss made a lot of ground but then couldn't hold on.

O'Brien needed support to play his incredible innings and Cusack's role can't be understated in the amazing scenes which unfolded. He was almost lost in O'Brien's slipstream but sensibly rotated the strike until, off his 49th ball, he joined the boundary hitting by launching Collingwood over midwicket then thumped Yardy straight down the ground. Even his dismissal, run-out from backward point, was for the team cause as he ensured O'Brien stayed at the crease. Although he wasn't quite there at the end he had written himself a permanent place in Irish folklore.

Even more incredibly this wasn't a run chase built on solid foundations. William Porterfield dragged the first ball of the innings into his stumps and although Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien all played neatly their contributions were seemingly too insignificant in such a huge pursuit. In the final outcome, however, the intent shown by Stirling, in particular, showed Ireland wouldn't take a backward step.

Tellingly, too, Stirling was given a life when Matt Prior shelled a simple chance which set the tone for another shoddy fielding display. However, it looked like England would comfortably emerge unscathed when Swann removed three middle-order scalps with a teasing spell of drift, flight and turn to leave Ireland 111 for 5. Already, though, O'Brien was at the non-striker's end and about embark on one of the great match-winning displays.

There are so many areas England will rue, chiefly another below-par display in the field but they will also look back on the closing stages of their seemingly impressive 327. The final five overs only brought 33 runs as Mooney preceded his crucial batting effort with some smart death bowling and a career-best 4 for 63. It meant, like for India three days ago, the 350-plus that was on the cards when Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell were adding 167 for the third wicket didn't materialise. This tournament is proving that big first-innings scores are no certainty of victory.

It will be largely forgotten because of what followed, but Trott wrote his own place in the record books when he reached 1000 runs in his 21st innings to equal the mark set by Viv Richards and Kevin Pietersen. The latter had set up the innings with a sparkling 59 before throwing away his chance of a hundred with a top-edged reverse sweep. It wasn't England's only piece of lazy cricket. Bell's was a lovely, easy, innings as he moved along with smart placement and deft touches to tick off his fifty from 61 balls.

After their problems against India, England actually used the batting Powerplay reasonably well to collect 45 runs and even though the middle order failed to fire once again it appeared fairly insignificant when Ireland's top order was whittled away. One man, though, stood in their way and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Comments: 368 
Posted by samudra715 on (March 5, 2011, 8:11 GMT)

I wish Ireland every success but do they have good cricket structure in Ireland to make sure the regular supply of good cricketers if they become a test playing nation? anybody has any idea...

Posted by harshthakor on (March 4, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Keep it up Ireland!One of the greatest performances ever in a World Cup with an underdog conquering a potential champion in the most convincing of fashions.Let us hope Ireland emerges into a major power in International Cricket.Imagine resseructing themselves from the grave at112-5 to chase 327 runs.It would have been a graet achievement even by a top team.Ireland showed phenomenal fighting spirit and O'Brien played possibly the best ever innings in a World Cup.Let us hope that atleast one minnow becomes a giant.The match was again a tribute to one-day Cricket.

Posted by freddieraghu on (March 4, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

England's defeat may be shocking, but not unexpected. Seeing their warm-up against Canada where Rizwan Cheema smashed 92, their opening game against Dutch where Ryan Ten Doeschate smashed hundred with dutch scoring 110 in last 10 overs, no one would be SHELL-SHOCKED and STUNNED but Swann and Strauss did... coz Everyone but England team have got their senses right and can predict a simple fact that an egg will be broken sooner or later after falling from 100th floor.

Posted by Shao_Kahn on (March 4, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

IRL will win on Sunday if Sreesanth is in the Indian line-up...The Irish deserve Test status rather than the useless Bangladeshi team

Posted by cricket2011 on (March 4, 2011, 3:59 GMT)

Kochi IPL team really missed Kevin O'Brien

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

well played very well played ireland,really hats off for you guys, chasing such a big total under pressure was worth watching. The professionalism which irish team has shown sometimes seems missing in even test playing nations. It may hard to believe for english spectators to watch what is happening there....!!. Well referring to what Trent Johnston said that his side is not ready to take on test playing sides in tests. ICC must atleast now permit ireland to tour test palying nations to play One day and T20s, as they are much capable to play with.Irish learning is far more better than Bangladesh i must say as they are growing. Being a pakistani, PCB can invite irish team to play one dayers and t20s against them, may be in Pakistan or some neutral place. In the end i must say Irish team is improving so well.ICC must give them chance.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

Wat a terrific n gr8 innings from Kevin O'Brien. Take a bow Ireland !! I m sure Ireland will go thru 2 d next round ....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

chanceless!!!! go Ireland go.......great knock for england........

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

From NY: Even though I am a Pakistani Fan. I want Irish to progress and go through the next round.. All the best..You guys are the next big thing in cricket.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Amazed by Ireland `s chase carry on K'O'B

Posted by NishathP on (March 3, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

Congratulations Ireland! You guys deserve every bit of accolade that comes your way!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

What a match !!! Kevin O'Brien made it single handedly ! Deadly !Really we have missed his innings.

Posted by Mushtaq_50 on (March 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

What a fantastic Match now O' Brien is entitled to award SIR from British Govt. Like Richard Hadley

Posted by Judas503 on (March 3, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

India really have their works cut out. They haven't been bowling particularly well in the tournament. The Irish might be sniffing Indian blood.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

Classic..............!! What a performance.....great determination for Superb contribution ...hatsoff.....o'brien...... :) :)

Posted by AIRkris on (March 3, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

these days if a team dont get 350 batting first, de team is as good as dead... some influence de T20 has on ODI... i actually like it as i prefer de longer one-day version...

Posted by Advanced_Donkeys on (March 3, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

Ireland,You not only defeated England,but also defeated the ICC.Cheers!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

What a Match it is!!!!!!!!! They irish are unbelievable team...... I like them very much, what a fighting attitude they have... I love to support them....

Posted by BDHUNTER on (March 3, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

That's why ODI is still alive,Ireland win the match out of no where,No team can chase 300+ after losing half wics within 100....,I wonder there is lots of mystery in IRELAND teams.....TOP 10 get atlest one 50 runs in career.So they can bat up to 11. And England lost the game without realizing whats is happing to them,they r smilling and lose. I also wonder how bangladesh get escaped for Irish.......

Finally i think Group B has lots of thing still to deliver,we just wait and see what will be next victim...........................!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

That the beauty of the game. India should not be disheartened by the tie as Ireland have chased mammoth against England

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (March 3, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

O'Brien scored an amazing century. The other teams will have noticed a weakness though. He got really tired after scoring a century. All the other teams have to do is wait untill he has racked up a huge score. Then he's toast!

Posted by cricket2011 on (March 3, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

Welldone Ireland Welldone Obrein

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Please do not get carried away and compare TEST CRICKET with one day tournaments. I am not taking away Ireland's win it is very creditable. That is why it is said " Glorious uncertainties of Cricket".

People go to see exciting one day matches between strong sides, reducing the number of Teams would make the tournament very competitive.

Posted by Farzan_Sohel on (March 3, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

With due respect to Irish players, I must say English bowling is crap. In three matches opponents made more than 950 runs against English bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

Now all those pooh poohing india for not able 2 defend 300 +, what have u got 2 say abt england? r they also pedestrian? hope u have all got some weird explanation for this too. But d fact of the matter is no team in this world cup can claim that their attack is most potent bcos d conditons r batting freindly & on any given day evry team will get a hammering. Dont believe just wait & watch.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

advantage of this tournament lies in the format of it, One Bad game doesn't cost u tournament early... atleast 2nd round is confirmend for better sides....

Posted by sverige on (March 3, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

O'Brien - Has a bright future and possibility to become England No:7 batsmen in the future :P

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

Its a great treat to get to watch an excellent match like this....... but i felt that the English bowlers had taken it too easy and it showed in their body languages..... nevertheless an outstanding display by the Irish, especially Kevin 'O Brien.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

one of the best innings in One day cricket. Still england had enough chances to win it, they dropped to many catches.

Posted by k_biran on (March 3, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

@ Sam Abedin dont say anything until it's over, wait till the end then everybody knows who r over-hyped bunch of mediocrities!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

I think - ENGLAND WILL WIN THE world cup - inshallah :))))

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (March 3, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

well i do regret for my comment on this stand out game,but not for my comment on the whole and for many who shared my mind before this game..All we need is to see the ability of the minnows to fit 4 a win, if not to win,and i dont see canada kenya and 4 the case even zimbabwe to rasie their hands for the case.....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

The greatest match of this tournament so far.I wonder why Ban,Ire & Ned were kept in the same group.If they were kept in different groups,Nz would have had a hard time qualifying for the second round.Go IRELAND Go....!!!!

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (March 3, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Ireland not only defeated England,but also defeated the ICC.Shame on u ICC for not allowing the minnows to play for the next worldcups. you are amazing Ireland!All the best from Srilanka.Hope u'll gain test status soon and join the big boys club this year.Cheers!!!

Posted by RashidSurya on (March 3, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

I am Bangladeshi, I support England after my Bangladesh. I think Bangladeshi bowling is better than England in ODI.

Posted by ArunPrabu on (March 3, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

One should not forget the matured innings of Cusack. He played really well. He deserved a half century as well. Their mental strength should be cheered...

Posted by vidyasagar06071993 on (March 3, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

ireland showed nerves of steel.exhilarating cricket.ireland deserve test status

Posted by TheHonestCritic on (March 3, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

What a match? I switched on my TV set when IRE was some 130-5 & soon had this feeling that this is going to be a very close match. Pitch was flat, K Obrien was hitting clean , Cusack was batting sensibly.I am much impressed with how sensibly they chased the target when it was reduced to some 50 runs. They took singles & went for a big hit only on the last ball of the over. Ireland is the best of the associate teams & should look to get a Test playing nation status soon. ICC should help them achieve that & should be strict in not allowing England poach their talented players. They are already targeting Joyce & Docrell. Imagine Ion Morgan in Ireland Team; had they not poached him. India beware on this sunday; this team means business.

Posted by Suryank on (March 3, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

With the bowling attack India have now, it looks impossible to contain Ireland from chasing any score. Dhoni Awake, Please drop Piyush and try to include Ashwin in the squad, Piyush is a non thinking bowler and he dont show any willingness to win the match on his face. He is a waste body in the team.

Posted by BULTY on (March 3, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Good performance by the Irish team particularly Kevin O'Brien to have scripted a stunning upset in WC 2011. But in hind-saight, one needs to ponder the conduct of this match particularly in the light of the same Irish team failing to chase 222 against Bangladesh the other day at Mirpur. Yes, Ireland have caused an upset here & there but not certainly in chasing a total of 327, a WC record. My point is also strengthened when one observes that the asking rate for Ireland somewhere in the midway was over 8 runs an over. Did the English bowlers bowl that bad? Was it an under performance by England or has it really happened genuinely? Questions like these will definitely be asked. England have, in this WC, struggled against Netherlands, played out a tie from a winning position against India and now a defeat against Ireland. Where does England go from here? Definitely a wake up call for India but not certainly to cause a back to back upset, which is rarely seen in cricket. GO INDIA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

england should their habit of importing irish players.....ireland has showed their true potential and they should apply for test status....

Posted by ponnu_KKR on (March 3, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

What an innings!!! stunning!!! My dear INDIA... beware, they are on full strength.. either you bowl well or score atleast 400 every match to enter the semis.. otherwise no chance!!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Oh sweet, so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

what the hell! at the end of englands innings i thought that england will win the match, but.... :O

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

What Ireland has did yesterday even make the Champion sides proud perhaps no teams in the History of the cricket has chased down 327 after being reduced to 111-5 at one stage .Its still a shame to regard Ireland as anon-associate member even though they showed a spark of being world class in both the matches and also in Wc 07 they had played.Cricketting faternity must not use the Word UPSET,STUN for this effort as we had the history of minnows defeating Test sides but largely in a situation were the Associated through complacency bowled out cheaply but here they snatched victory fro the jaw o possible defeat.HATS OF TO THEM...BANGLADESH PLEASE SEE AND IMPROVE YOURSELF

Posted by jktvish on (March 3, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

India losing to Ireland. You must be joking. Let's see the match on Sunday. Everyone can see the Irish boys getting smashed by Indian men. We will see if Indians are over hyped or not.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

Terrific performance from Ireland… ICC should think about this and should give more matches to them (Netherlands, Ireland, Kenya) otherwise how will they grow up… Well-done Ireland.

Posted by sachin_2078 on (March 3, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Some how i feel there is a big hype about England Team. Look the first match england won against Netherlands only b'cos Netherland did not had the bowling attack to defend 292. Second match tied with India, again the Indian bowling made the match a TIE. So England were never dominating force and eventually lost to England.

Posted by mr82 on (March 3, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

ple don't take it as an upset. They really played well. Can't say it as an upset. I hope every other test playing nations would be in toruble and even lost earlier without fighting. But this is just a super planned outting. Superb wow.

Posted by mravikiran on (March 3, 2011, 5:26 GMT)

Thank God... Andy Flower is safe...

Posted by offcutter on (March 3, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

Absolutely wonderful. What a delight, and how great for the game. It just demonstrates why it is so important to keep the so-called minnows in the World Cup. These 'upsets' are what make cricket worth watching in an otherwise often rather dull competition. And they will help to build the game. I am in England supporter, but who can begrudge the wonderful Irish team this victory. Fantastic day for cricket.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

As an Indian, now I understand what is the condition of Bangalore stadium. Because I confused lot how England chased India's enormous total. It's all about the pitch I mean this pitch is purely batting pitch and it favors the team batting second. I still feel India's bowling is strong. I hope Dhoni should take this match( England vs Ireland ) as a credit. Truly speaking, that they didn't under perform in their match against England.

Obviously, India has to stick with their current batting and bowling attack. Because after seeing the yesterday's match one thing is pretty much clear that Indians are well prepared for the world cup. They don't have to get demoralized after their previous encounter. Let's hope for the best and await for more shocking.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

GREAT performance by irish team best wishes 4 rest of tourmament India be aware of Ireland. our bowling is not better than England's.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

World cup needed matches like this!I have never seen a match like that

Posted by hotcric01 on (March 3, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

What a fantastic inning!wish you a good cricket future O'brien.You will be a unforgettable character in cricket.You are a good example for other players. Indian bowlers are better than english bowlers.Teams want to match winning bowlers like Malinga,Zaheer,Roach,Johnson,Tait,Murali,Steyn,etc.. in these conditions. Good luck IRELAND!

Posted by hellraiser9 on (March 3, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

Wow..What a performance from Kevin O brien.. 116 in 63 deliveries.. it goes to show how he blunted the LUCKY england bowling attack disdainly.. just 3 days back everyone was criticizing Indian team thinking that bowling was bad but look at england bowlers...they dont have proper spinners who can support swann and even fast bowling dept looks out of sorts .. Irish on the other hand bowled really well ...and saved almost 30 to 40 runs to keep the score down to 327..NOW..this performance goes to show HOW FLAT the wicket is during the second innings in bangalore..now this performance by IRISH team goes to show the brilliant effort by indian bowlers to manage a tie against England (very lucky to get even a tie) ..same ground same england got the treatment and their bowling attack is weak..very weak..ENGLAND -YOU CANT DEPEND ON LUCK ALL THE TIME .. and IRELAND- WELL DONE GUYS AWESOME.. Kevin o brien, mooney , and CUSACK he played a very matured innings ..ENGLAND got what it deserved..

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (March 3, 2011, 4:46 GMT)

Yesterday England pushed the self destruction button by losing to minnow Ireland, only 1 win out of 3 matches, now their next match is against powerful S.A, which is very difficult to win then dangerous host Bang. after that they have to face the danger of Gale if he is in mood, he'll thrash the hopes of England. hmm...

Posted by santi77 on (March 3, 2011, 4:35 GMT)

though Ireland done the unthinkable pitch seems to be one sided.feels sad for the poor bowlers..even score of 350 is not enough is disappointing..we should prepare pitches where bowlers also have some purchase like the one where Pakistan vs Srilanka match was played..anyway well done Ireland..

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 4:29 GMT)

Is this an upset or what? Over 200 runs in the last 25 overs!! Watchout world Irish are no pushovers!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

I really hate this to called as world cup upset. I personally believe Ireland is no more minnows. Last night was most unbelievable performance from Irish Team. The English had only one option to taste this Irish cream bitterness. What a match? Nobody in the world would have imagined about this victory. Ireland were once at 113/5, it was hard to believe how did they soon recovered and sailed towards victory margin. Even i wonder whether professional cricket teams like India or Australia or South Africa would have recovered from that stage. Of course, England had nightmare at fielding, there were lost of catches missed and misfield. England couldn't figured out what was happening to them.

However, one man, the machine Mr.Kevin o brein did the magic to Irish Team. Fantastic batting display by him. Even English team and their fans lauded the performance of Ireland. Well Done! At last, World cup is alive. Cheers!

Posted by Balumekka on (March 3, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

Great show Ireland, Congratulations. You have really made your statement loud and clear with regard to ICC's policy of not allowing associates to play in WC!!!!! On the other hand, Bangalore pitch is utterly useless I think, nothing for bowlers. No surprise that India not producing enough top quality bowlers, with these sort of pitches. India's batsmen are the best in world cricket, bowlers are probably just ordinary. So to defend, even posting a total of 340 by batsman is not enough for Indian bowlers!!!!

Posted by jagadeesh.bammidi on (March 3, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

what a fantastic match it was... KOB has played the innings of his life... its seems SA is the only team with strong bowling line up in group B... Indian team has to work hard to win the world cup...

Posted by bhaskar77 on (March 3, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

Great win Ireland, congratulations! Some folks here seem to be using circular logic when it suits them. India defeated Bangladesh who defeated Ireland, so shouldn't India defeat Ireland? But India also tied England who lost to Ireland. So shouldn't Ireland defeat India? Why use the latter reasoning to make a ridiculous conclusion, when both lines of "reasoning" are bogus? And please don't get started on winning margins, runs scored, form of bowlers etc etc. If a win can be a win for one side, it can be considered the same way for the other side too. This was ODI cricket at its best: unpredictable. And if you don't believe it, scroll down to the bottom four comments in the list.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

Thats it!!! now its anybody's world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just what cricketing world needed..

Posted by r0ketman on (March 3, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

First of all Hats off to Ireland, well played and you guys deserved to win. Second of all, it is so amusing to see Indian fans coming to the discussion and claiming Ireland is a much better team than BD. One claimed "Ireland has beaten BD repeatedly". Really? Define repeatedly. Ireland won against BD in ODIs twice, it is the same number of wins BD has against India. So, can we say BD has beaten India repeatedly? BD hs beaten Ireland 5 times. Another Indian fan claimed Ireland is a better team because BD does not have a batsman like O'Brien. Well apparently no other team in the WC history has a batsman who scored a century faster than O'Brien. So Ireland should be considered the best cricket team? The claim that Ireland should have beaten BD is baseless, BD won fair and square. It was no fluke, as BD Bowled out NZ for 174 two months ago. So praise Ireland, they deserve it, dont bash BD and prove that you guys are still sore from 2007.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

terrific match...pleasure to watch....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:22 GMT)

LEGEN...Wait for it... O'BRIENDARY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

@Sam Abedin These bunch of over hyped cricketers have shown real results in last 2 years... Ask Australia and SA for that matter... India is definitely playing in finals...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

@Ibbani and Rakesh Sharma- watch Bangladesh make the quarters and India watching from home just like in 2007- Indian supporters need to be reminded again that Bangladesh is- just as it was in 2007 a much better one-day team than India who have poor bowling and pathetic fielding!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

@ Sam just wait and watch! we all know Indian Blowing is week but its not true that our team is over-hyped bunch of mediocrities!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:01 GMT)

It's not the inclusion of weak associates that makes the tournament boring. It's the format. 12 teams divided into two groups of six battling for two spots in the semis can be a great format. Test status or ranking should be irrelevant for qualification of one-day World Cup. Top eight ranked ODI teams automatically qualifies, whereas, the rest of the full members and top associates fight for the rest four positions in a qualifier tournament. This can be an eight team qualifying tournament, which itself will bring some good fan followings.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

Great article. I dont know what the solution is to the player base arguments (true) but we do have a history (200 years) and we have won every major associate underage tournament for several years. Interesting to note Dockrell decided on Cricket not hockey around the time of the Pak game. Stirling too. Think on that ICC. We are not asking for test status tomorrow just a clear published plan for how we can get there. I posted on this site in the previews that this was the best prepared Ireland team ever to leave these shores and I would stand by there performance win or lose. Chasing the record score in a WC game is the achievement worth noting. Anyone with a cricket brain knows that thought this was a surprise it wasn't a shock. It will take someone at the ICC with more brains than me to figure out how you can bring a brilliantly run sport in a minor nation into the main cricket fold but I hope they do it before we lose Dockrell, Stirling and Rankin to England.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

well done ireland...time and again they have shown that even with little exposure at the international level they have beaten good sides..the chase against england was another example..i still do not figure out for what the ICC is waiting for to bring such teams in the rankings and prepare a calendar as to they can start playing international matches regularly..if the world cup is suppose to be a platform for the associate teams i think the Irish team has excelled and surpassed everyone's expectation for they deserve a place in the ICC curriculum..!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 2:57 GMT)

didn't think Ireland would win at first but was surprised to see them come back and beat England, great job O'Brien

Posted by swamistyle on (March 3, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

Thoroughly deserved & heart-warming David v Goliath triumph. At 5/100 odd with half your overs gone & still needing another 200 to win, it would have been easy to throw ur hands in the air & say it was all too hard. But u never gave up, chanced ur arm, rode ur luck & have now pulled off one of the great run chases in cricket history. For that you should be proud Ireland. Well done! Looks like yet another failed World Cup campaign for England. Its amazing how an empire that once ruled the globe & who invented cricket, soccer, rugby, tennis, etc. can't win any of them! David Lloyd commented during the WI v Net game that the Dutch were getting ahead of themselves & were wrong to think they nearly beat Eng in their 1st game. He claimed despite the scorecard, England in actual fact won that game "easily" & had the match completely under control from start to finish. Wonder what he is claiming now? If the Dutch had Dirk Nannes & Ind hadnt choked at the death on Sun, Eng would be 0-3 now

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

England once saved by UDRS from a certain defeat against India, lost justifiably against Ireland, Wonderful Wonderful Ireland, God knows what India is goin' to do against them, chasing is better i guess

Posted by Honeybunny on (March 3, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

After this Match..... Indian has got something so that they can be revealed. Great display of shots from K.O'Brien and good support by Alex Cusack. Contribution from some of the top order batsmen to maintain that run rate helped in the end. Sloppy fielding by English men was irritating to see, catches went down Matt Prior, Strauss and Anderson. They looked lost since O'Brien's 50.

Lots to come in this world cup.... this is just the beginning. Irish men "Men in Green" have sent the message for "Men in Blue" to be prepared...... for another shock..

Posted by MijanurRahman on (March 3, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

As a BD FAN, I'm happy to learn that Tigers beat Ireland, a team that beat England. Very interesting to see that a team that cannot chase 205 against Bangladesh has chased 327 against England. Congrats to both Bangladesh and Ireland. You both will qualify for the quarter finals making an exit for England and West Indies! ! !

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (March 3, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

icc please stop giving step motherly treatment to countries like ireland, kenya. These countries play real time cricket once in 4-5 years, ireland they cause 2 upsets in 2007 wc and one upset already in 2011 wc please give them at least odi status cricket needs to grow globally. we all talk about afridis,, razaqs, sehwags, tendulkars please look at kevin o brien, he is a special talent ..kudos

Posted by crickesh on (March 3, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

Missed the innings :( ...I switched off after the fall of Ed Joyce. What a waste I am

Posted by prasanna1118 on (March 3, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

World cup needed matches like this!I have never seen a match like that

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

India will definitely lose to Ireland! Any team can score 300 against India. India won't make the semis- guaranteed! Just an over-hyped bunch of mediocrities!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 2:04 GMT)

@Rakesh_Sharma- If Ireland is better than Bangladesh simply because they beat in the 2007 World Cup, then Bangladesh is much better than India because they beat India in the same 2007 world cup and dumped them out of the tournament. If it was not for Sehwag's once-in-alifetime innings, India would have definitely lost to Bangladesh again, because Bangladesh is just the better overall one day side with better bowling and fielding that is miles ahead of India's old man fielding efforts. Despite all the nerves, the boys from Bangladesh still beat Ireland in Dhaka last week. Let's see if India's weak-sister bowling can avoid a loss to Ireland at HOME in India on Sunday!Any team in this world cup even Canada can score at least 250 against India! Go Irish!

Posted by Browndog1968 on (March 3, 2011, 1:57 GMT)

Exactly why the minnows should stay in the World Cup, These are the matches that make the cup watchable and different.

Posted by ibbani on (March 3, 2011, 1:53 GMT)

India - beware, Irish fire power is in disguise, you are playing against them on the same track which has witnessed 2 mammoth totals chased and tied in other. Not a certain cakewalk as thought before this match. Grup B is spicing up now. Bangla & Ned are out for sure, 5 teams will fight for 4 spots. Ind, SA, Eng, WI/IRE, ????

Posted by ns1000 on (March 3, 2011, 1:45 GMT)

great match? clearly. Can Ireland knock off India? No. What Ireland has proved is that mind over matter is just as important. India, SA, SL, Pak, and Aussies can learn from this. If you want to win...think like a winner. Great on you Ireland and wish you the best. Realistically, you deserve much better than what the rest of the WC will dish out to you, but the better teams need to learn from their methods very quickly. Otherwise, teams like Pak or NZ or WI who are not the favorites could walk away with this trophy. Thanks Ireland for giving it your best. If every team who is capable of winning could do this consistently, they would win. Simple. Yes?

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 3, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

Earlier winner of ICC qualifying cup made it to wc. Of late thet started taking top 4 of this ICC cup. Only he finalist must be in . Once Ireland is given Test status or Full membership( hopefully soon) just winner must be in of ICC associate qualifying tournament. Hope Afghanistan becomes the 12th team in 2015( all home grown talent. Although Netherland is good it consists of mostly imports.

Posted by crow_eater on (March 3, 2011, 1:15 GMT)

Well done Ireland! Fantastic effort by O'Brien & the rest of the team. I'll echo the other sentiments here, if Bangladesh can become a test playing nation then you have to make Ireland one as well. Great work boys.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

Really well played Ireland. They need to be supported by ICC to become a test nation. Go Ireland & also Holland !

Posted by RajanBorna on (March 3, 2011, 1:01 GMT)

Terrific,,Classic........plz one don't undermine this win just as an upset..they showed the character ; this great win is the logical sequence of their hard work and proper treatment of English bowling :). As a Bangladeshi I'm very happy to c their fantastic win. .ICC-what u think now? whatever..just make sure team like Ireland gets the chance for next WC. They may get test status soon after the other basic requirements done. I don't believe that Bangladesh got the status just on a win over Pak in 99. But u need the infrastructure and many other like this............. what I believe country like Ireland can set up in couple of years. Good Luck..

Posted by seaboy on (March 3, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

Great Great Great!!!! World cup needed matches like this!

Posted by macnaughty on (March 3, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

Make Ireland a test nation they clearly have the talent

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 0:45 GMT)

Bet England will poach O'brien since the ICC hardly ever lets the minnows play, and they won't even be in the next world cup.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 0:39 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi but I just can say enough how happy I am for the Irish. Despite what ICC says I always felt they are a good team. Today they wanted it more....."Hail to the Leprechauns"

Posted by LeftBrain on (March 3, 2011, 0:34 GMT)

England has to be worst bowling attack of the world at the moment, along with India.... Conceding 300+ runs to India and Ireland, 292 to Netherlands already.

So much for the over hyped and talent less teams.....

Posted by NetworkNerd on (March 3, 2011, 0:34 GMT)

Good performance by the Irish. No doubt about it. But seriously why are people calling for the irish to be given Test status? There is a big difference between ODI and Test cricket. Make them a permanant ODI team... sure. Test team? give them some trial matches first.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 3, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

@ Mani Biswas, Ireland could not win against Bangladesh because of Bangladesh bowling.Rest assured, they would have a feast against India. Be sure to watch the match :)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 0:14 GMT)

Gutted and heartbroken but respect. The boy played a blinder.

Posted by David47 on (March 3, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

Yep - great performance by O'Brien and Ireland. What gets me though, where are all the England cricket fans. Saw @landl47 at half time - no sign since. And a lot of Indian fans having a go at the poms (nothing wrong with that per se) in relation to the India game; but I'd be waiting until after Sunday before saying anything more. Interesting that one blogger mentioned the irony that despite the pre-tournament focus on spin the team with the best genuine pace bowling unit would go a long way to winning this WC - I agree with that 100%

Posted by JB77 on (March 3, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

Where was THIS James Anderson during the Ashes?! Wish this 'get tonked aorund by everyone and look very bloody ordinary' Anderson had turned up to the Ashes. Oh well. This makes me feel a bit better about it. Fiddle-de-dee cop that.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

best of luck guys, you should have wone again Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

this isnt an upset almost all ireland players play for a county team it was only a matter of time

Posted by Deepkar on (March 3, 2011, 0:02 GMT)

6Th march ind vs Ireland team. ind = england and ireland > england that means ireland > india. mathematically correct but it dosent work in cricket remember indias all succsesful tournaments they always start slow so watch out ireland india is next, ireland became my 2nd fevorite team when they won against pak in 2007 and i dont want them to take things for granted forget about todays game dont get in hangover i want u to compet with india may better team on the day win the match.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 23:47 GMT)

India shouldn't worried about Ireland at all as they have spinners to bundle Ireland.

Posted by mjk23 on (March 2, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

Speaking as an Englishman - well played Ireland, completely deserved and if you had your and our best batsman Eoin Morgan available it could have been even more comfortable for you.

Speaking as a cricket lover - ICC... wake up and smell the coffee. 12 countries should be at the next World Cup and Ireland should be made the 11th full member after this World Cup.

ICC, do something for the love of the game, not something for the love of lining your pockets with cash and political self interest please... Ah well, I can at least dream Afghanistan will play Australia in the opening game of the 2015 World Cup...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 23:29 GMT)

great great great!!!! no other words to say. Cricket is now invaded into the hearts of europe and other countries......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 23:26 GMT)

@Rakesh Sharma and the similarly minded: About Ireland beating Bangladesh repeatedly: just for the record: in 7 ODIs, Bangladesh has won 5 times and the Irish have won twice. This isn't to take anything away from the Irish-at this point of time, the Irish are more deserving of Test status than Bangladesh was in 2000. But Bangladesh has progressed since 2000, and whatever the reservations of the past, on the basis of recent performances, the doubts must stop. Any reasonable cricket fan will see that Bangladesh can compete with the best in ODIs. While Bangladesh is still finding it difficult to chalk up wins in Tests, we have taken 1st innings leads against Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand, and apart from the wins against Zim and the Windies, if you look closely at recent results on a session by session basis, you will see that we have dominated successive sessions against India, Sri Lanka and England. Its only a matter of time before the wins start coming.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 23:13 GMT)

Broad bowls 9 overs for 73 runs, Yardy bowls 7overs for 49 runs how does captain AS defend that? We can ask KP to contain himself and do a ton its overdue, but 327 is alot of runs and AS and 10 other English men should have defended that

Posted by Silloh on (March 2, 2011, 23:08 GMT)

Congrats Ireland ... awesome especially against England ! The sheer power and timing from O'Brien was unbelievable. This should make Ricy Ponting think twice about saying that the so called minnows should not be playing in the world cup. As a matter of interest is the coach for Ireland west Indian Phil Simmons ? If so congratulations are in order for the hardhitting Trini.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 23:07 GMT)

welll done ireland!! now they proven to the ICC they deserved test status!!! Give them test status please, ICC!!

Posted by landl47 on (March 2, 2011, 23:05 GMT)

Congratulations to Ireland and especially to Kevin O'Brien. Fantastic innings, and well backed-up by Cusack and Mooney (who also took 4 wickets). I wonder what odds you could have got when Ireland were 111-5 in 24.2 overs that not only would they win, but the England bowlers wouldn't take another wicket? As for England, it's terribly disappointing after the improvements they made in 2009/10 in the one-day game to see them bowl and field so badly. I thought before the tournament that their batting might be a bit thin with no genuine all-rounder, but I never thought their bowling and especially their fielding would be so poor. What happened to the team which was so sharp in the Ashes series? Now they have to beat both Bangladesh and WI just to qualify for the quarter-finals. Still, tonight belongs to Ireland. With St. Patrick's Day coming up, there will be some celebrating by the boys in green!!

Posted by SaraxCricket on (March 2, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

Congratulations to the entire Irish Team! Ireland deserves Test status!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

JOB well done Ireland...!!! Superb and marvelous... GREAT ANSWER FOR RICKY PONTING AND AUSTRALIA ABOUT HAVING !) NATIONS FOR THE WORLD CUP !!!!! Great Great Stuff..!!!

Posted by bhargavrams on (March 2, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

Well Done O'Brien.....but prove yourself by making these kind of knocks in a consistent basis.... Good Luck Ireland.........

Posted by RGee on (March 2, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

Great hitting by Kevin O' Brian! I am so happy to see England lose. Now India has to beat Ireland..........can they? India has to play better than they played against England to beat Ireland.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

A big UPSET for ENGLAND.. Ireland played well :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

Well played by the Irish lads good win.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:38 GMT)

And I thought England's game with India was dramatic and the best game of the tournament! The back end of the game sealed it for Ireland and Kevin O'Brien was phenomenal! You can't stop watching O'Brien's innings, it was breathtaking and just a joy to watch!

The minnows can't tussle with the big boys? Ireland aren't minnows by any stretch of the imagination, and if they turn over India they'll have the momentum and the belief to progress. Look at the records broken today by this match. Many records were broken today, and all by an associate nation. They deserve full Test status.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 2, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

The funny thing is that at 5/111 after 25overs I'm not sure how many of the fully fledged teams would have pulled this off. Now the question is, how long before England poach some of these current crop of Irishmen to play for them? Give them full membership ICC and stop the rot.

Posted by CustomKid on (March 2, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

Epic is all I can say. My all time fav innings in world cup cricket was S.Waughs 1999 120* against South Africa coming in at 3-50 odd and massive pressure on as a loss ment they were out of the WC. The whole Hershell Gibbs 'you just dropped the world cup' incident just added to the story although it was never said.

This has to go down as my number 1 now......or maybe = No1. Clean hitting at it's best. In a way not as much pressure as S.Waugh faced as Ireland aren't expected to go too far in this WC but no less important. What a dark day for English cricket. Are they now in danger of a first round exit??

Posted by shahzada4589 on (March 2, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

india is paying the price by making batting picth.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

Credit to O'Brien, Mooney, and the rest of the Ireland team. Also credit to Trott, Bell, Pietersen and Swann, but what the hell happened to our bowling attack? What was Broad doing?? I have put off commenting til now, as frankly, we should have won by quite a margin. After a draw against India, which we should have won to be honest, we are put on the back foot, and ultimately beaten by an emerging team. This is no time for complacency England. You have shown you are capable of better, its time to have a long hard think about improvements that can be made, especially where the bowling is concerned, and get your act together if you expect to get anywhere in this world cup. Sorry, but that was embarrassing.

Posted by rizindia on (March 2, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

Few days back England were 280 for 2 against India in 42 overs but failed to get 59 runs off 8 overs @ a run rate of 7 runs per over with 8 wickets in hand and TODAY Ireland with 113 runs for 5 in 25 overs managed to get another 216 runs in next 24 overs @ a run rate of 8.5 runs per over & loosing 2 wickets (run outs). Wonder whats going on with England. They cant loose important games that easily. Somewhere something is terribly wrong. Any idea guys? Whats happening?????

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:05 GMT)

Amazing victory, Blassssssst

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 2, 2011, 22:04 GMT)

M. Biswas: Now Bangladesh should beat England, how about that. And Gr.B is shaping into an interesting saga... watch out India, what Bangladesh failed to do the Greens might do just that, and that would be a whole lot interesting WC this time... Can it be!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

How thoughtful of the ICC to make sure England never suffer this embarrassment again by restricting future World Cups to Test Match countries only. It also saves them the trouble of getting Kevin O'Brien to play for England, just like Eoin Morgan (I wonder who he really wanted to win today..... lol)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

England has acquired a nasty habit of losin its pants when it comes to football nd cricket world cups....barring the exception of their their 20/20 triumph

Posted by avis1001 on (March 2, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

@Rakesh_Sharma - Well, if Obrien can continue making the same effort to reach 100 centuries, definitely he is better than Tendulkar.

Posted by WindiesSKB on (March 2, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

How 'bout those Irish?! Amazing. O'Brien rules!

Posted by soilder09 on (March 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

its good to see that the associate nations such as ireland and bangladesh and zimbabwe are improving. ireland won its one of the tougest chace and they deserved to win this, it looked like it was all over when they were 109-5 at one stage, but then k.obrien and cusak came to the rescue and who would have thought that they will make england pay. i dont think englend are gona go much far in the tournment as they are too much concerned on retaining the ashes and have forgeten on how to win one day games. well played ireland and espacially Kevin O'Brien

Posted by drsankalp on (March 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

This match truly exposed the real aukad of England which is most overrated team in world cricket. The england ashes win was pure fluke and nothing else! I wont be surprised if england lose all there matches in group stage now even from associate members.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

one the of the best innings i ever seen by non test nation ireland credit goes to team and kavin o'brien was outstanding he play like Afridi congratulation to all team on chasing the historical total

Posted by protea_fan on (March 2, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

If England persists in playing Stuart Broad they will get spanked like they did today. He was leaking runs like there's no tomorrow. They really can do better than that spoilt little brat. Just a pity he didn't play against India, I would have loved to see Yuvraj deal with him, again!

Hats off to Ireland though - they refused to take a step backwards. Any cricket supporter will respect that!

Posted by avis1001 on (March 2, 2011, 21:34 GMT)

@Rakesh_Sharma - Well, if Obrien can continue making the same effort to reach 100 centuries, definitely he is better than Tendulkar.

Posted by WexfordAussie on (March 2, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

We irish cricket lovers had the best day we could ask for, A win in a world cup A win against one of the "top tier " nations A win against the English I hope the ICC now recognises that the inclusion of the smaller teams gives hope and thrills to the world cup. I am very dissapointed that they are reducing the numbers to only ten teams, it excludes nations struggling to get attention in thier own countries. The world cup shines a spotlight on the sport and promotes growth. I'm sure we will see a few more kids over the summer at my club Well done to the lads in India.

Posted by Meety on (March 2, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

@Asad Mehmood - good one! Thats a fair call, but I suppose with the benefit of hindsight we must now accept Ireland REALLY ARE an emerging nation in cricket. @LSMKirkpatrick - ouch! Yes you did jump the gun! @Something_Witty - 100% right mate! Whilst it is being touted as one of the greatest upsets in ODI history, how many "upsets" do Ireland have to perform before they get due credit???? The other thing is - the stupid "design" of this Cup means that England HAVE NOT been dealt a Cup ending blow, they SHOULD qualify for the QTR FINALS & WILL only be 3 wins from winning the Cup, even though at this point in time (not withstanding their excellant effort v India), totally not deserving of been cooeee of the Finals.@AndyZaltzmannsHair - nice! @Rakesh_Sharma - Yes, I think Ireland have done more so far than the Bangars did to get Test status, the biggest difference is that Cricket is FAR more popular in Banga then Ireland, plus Ireland do have ex-pats, GIVE IRELAND TEST STATUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by milanrobby on (March 2, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

This was THE Game of the World Cup.....I can only imagine the abundance of happiness these gritty players have brought to their Homeland.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

I have never seen a match like that. What a nice pull shots he has played. Wonderful !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

Fantastic win by the boys today. Im sure I speak for all cricket players in Ireland by saying how proud I am today.

I do take exception to the posts on here calling us minnows and referring to associate nations as a group. To attempt to compare Ireland with teams like Canada is unfair and detracts from the proven ability of the team. Likewise comparing us to Holland. Yes they did well in one game what sets us apart is we consistently perform well against the test nations even in defeat.

This win was coming we lost by 2 runs against England not so long ago, we should have beaten Australia last summer. The ICC needs to take a serious look at expanding the game and stop thinking about the balance of power between east & west in the ICC.

We are building a national cricket stadium, we have multiple wins against the top sides, we have started to centrally contract players & we have proven serious about becoming a test side.

The ICC need to put up about a global game or shut up

Posted by SurlyCynic on (March 2, 2011, 21:15 GMT)

Minnows like England should have to qualify for future world cups.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

thank you obrien.You have given India`s chances a fillip whether they deserve it is another issue.With games against South Africa AND WEST iNDIES STILL REMAINING,ENGLAND`S CHANCES of qualifying for for the quarter finals are dicey.

Posted by Sontenam on (March 2, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

This shows that flat pitches like banglore can bring more nations and enthusiasm into ONE DAY CRICKET...!!!

Hitting Stayn, Akhtar, Bretlee, Johnson, Tait will be much easier on this pitch. Only a bowler who can reverse swing, bowl yorkers, can bowl good slow bowls like Fanie de Villiers can show some impact on this pitch.

This is indirectly a moral boost to Indian fans..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

Irish shouldnt be much happier though.. after watching that match... I remember the world cup match 1999 between Pakistan and Bangladesh.. and lose it on purpose to favor bangladesh.. so they can aquire test status.. same happen here.. England done a favor by losing the match to ireland.... so welcome Ireland in test playing nations...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:59 GMT)

last 15 overs decides the fate of most games now ! specially batting powerplay !!!

Posted by My_Beloved_Cricket on (March 2, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

OOOOOOooooo' Brien, Hatzzz Off to you! Best Run-chase I had ever seen!!! All cricketing nations, Watch out for this Irish Team...

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (March 2, 2011, 20:48 GMT)

Irish people in Ireland and around the world take a look at this game and make cricket two of your most popular sports in Ireland. ICC give Ireland test status very soon please.

Posted by bhaskar77 on (March 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

This one certainly qualifies as an instance of "the triumph of the Irish in the English speaking world".

Posted by Gujubhai on (March 2, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Congratulations Ireland you have done proud not only to your fellow countrymen but also those cricket lovers who are fed up of seeing the control of this beautiful game go the same way as FIFA government of Soccer. The minnows have every right to be in the World Cup and when something like this happens it gives the other minnows a belief that they too have every right to take part.

Shame England decided to leave out Bopara and leave Samit at home!! So much for the so called fitness approach to their selection policy. It's all about talent baby!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Terrific!!!! Excellent...plz one just don't undermine the win as just an upset, it their logical result at their hard work proper treatment of Engiish bowling. As a Bangladeshi..I"m really happy about Irish cricket . What. ICC u do? Whatever, just make sure team like Ireland get a chance paly next WC, otherwise it would shame for U..like what u did changing the WC format. Just bcoz..money relating India and Pak out before second round in 07... plzzz if only think about money then don't go don't say it world cup and never be stupid to say u want cricket all over the world the world with its glorious uncertainity........ya. Ireland may get test status after some time......I don't believe BD got that just on a win over Pak...but u do need infrastructure and many otherssss as well....I wish and hope that Irish will start covering that gap soon. Good Luck

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

liked it really interesting great job o' Brien

Posted by jaymuk on (March 2, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

First thing first, Ireland beating Pakistan in last world cup was not an off win as Irish proved against Bangladesh and now by beating England. ICC needs to wake up and let Ireland and other improved teams play against Test teams full or at least "A" sides. Of course it would not be money making machine but do not they make enough money already.

ICC is full of greedy pigs. They only schedule top 4 or 5 teams against each other, that attitude has prevented the spread of game internationally. India has played only 2 series outside in last 4 years, what does that tells us.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

Amazing performace by Ireland; India beware?

Posted by Wozza-CY on (March 2, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

Great win for Irish cricket...yet another upset against a test playing nation. Well done Kevy, but the whole team deserve the credit. They all play for each other, they go into every game thinking they can beat the opposition they are playing and are disapointed when they don't. I wish I was in a pub in Dublin tonight!!!

Posted by newborn1 on (March 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

All the best to ireland in upcoming match on 6th march, and other matches march 18th, win all of them, God will help you.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

Wow, hats off to Ireland for a superb batting show and Kevin O'Brien, what a knock under pressure. I had almost switched off the TV when I saw the huge score by England but since today was a Maha-Shiv-Ratri holiday in India and stock exchanges were closed, decided to check out the run chase. Boy, it was a good decision and a stunner that is going to stay with me for the rest of my life! Injured Eoin Morgan might be having second thoughts. Good luck Ireland.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 2, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

First of all, congrats to the Irish team. This win should come as a slap on the faces of ICC and those who said we should leave the associates out of the next worldcup. Thanks to them, there will be no more upsets like this.This is what happens to the English team, if the bowlers appeal for all the catches and the decisions go against them, simply put when their luck runs out. On wickets like these, chasing would be the way to go. No matter how many players they import from other countries like South Africa(KP, Trott), India(Ravi Bopara), Pakistan(Ajmal Shehzad), Ireland(Eoin Morgan) there are always more players for them to lap up like the O'Brein brothers.

Posted by BiggerAl66 on (March 2, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Well done Ireland, greatest run chase in the history of the World Cup. Really hope they qualify for the Quarter Finals and produce more performances like today's.

England really were not that bad, Kevin O'Brien just played the greatest innings ever in the tournament. It seems no score is safe any more even against the non test playing nations. England have shown they are better chasing and should opt to bowl first in future games.

Posted by baldeepak82 on (March 2, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

One of the best ODI innings. Awesome hitting from Kevin O Brien....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

Loved it, what an Innings by O'Brien, after many years we will talk to our younger generation about this innings, best of luck guys, you should have wone again Bangladesh!

Posted by bajwaf7 on (March 2, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

Irish did well. england did not bowl well in any of the games furthermore subcontinent pitches are always like that bowlers grave yard. Indian must watch out now for Irish, Holland and from westindies. there bowler are just below standard they are poor then english...if on the day indian batting collapse then who will save them .......i wish indian make less then 300 and see what will happen to them........ on these pitches

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 2, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

This one century by O'Brien is is greater, more useful, more relevant and more team oriented, one that matters than all the accumulated centuries of Tendulkar put together.

Posted by AJDoogs on (March 2, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

To be sure, all is as it should be in world cricket. The planets have un-aligned and England are losing once again realising their rightful place, Australia are starting to win so all is well. Thankyou Ireland and Mr O'Brien you blokes are legends!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Great game for Irish Cricket and cricket lovers all over. Amazing display of batsmanship..I wish after this game people stop bashing on indian bowling attack so much. On these flat tracks with exposure to 20/20 cricket no total is safe with any kind of bowling attack. Dont forget India almost chased down 350 odd against Aus with sachin's 175 and Yusuf Pathan scoring blistering 100 to chase down 320+ against NZ with overs to spare. Yes India could have fielded better and bowlers could have bowled tighter lines but at the end of the day there are two top tier teams playing so one team's effort will bound to look less impressive than other. Let the men in blue do their job and back them! Go Irish..you deserve the win and place in 2015 WC.

Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (March 2, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Step aside ICC ... World Cup Record Holders coming through !!!!!!! Hats off to the Pluck of the Irish !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Stunning performance by Irish guys. India, however will be carefull with this innings.

Posted by OrangeC on (March 2, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

Finally the first upset of the WC! The Cup is coming to life!!

Posted by evenflow_1990 on (March 2, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

so, when will the english purchase o'brien (like they bought morgan)?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Wot a match and wot an innings !!!! Brien shoud change his name to Kevin O'Butcher. To win a match with 5 balls to spare from a precarious situation 113/5 in 25 overs is commendable. This also shows that the victory against pakistan in the 07 WC was not fluke nor fixed. Full credits to the Irish team. There was too much of criticism of Indian bowlers after the sunday match but this performance from the Englishmen shows India did really well to gain a point. Two more defeats and poms can pack their bags. Point standings in Group B looks very very interesting from here on.

Posted by Acha12155 on (March 2, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

A great game to watch. I kept my nerves tight and started shivering every time KOB hit a boundary or a six. I was upset when he got out, but Ireland did a fantastic job.

I personally don't complain on England's performance. It's Irish day!

Last week India did well, but it was English's day so there was a tie.

Hats-off to the Irish and British teams. Good show!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

When they beat Pakistan in last world cup every one said Pakistan had fixed that game, what for now????? Where is ICC, and Logart anti fixing squard???? Its not just gr8 batting its also poor and substandard bowling from English side..... Haroon Logart and co (ICC) should take notice of this game....

Posted by MasterRipper on (March 2, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

OMG !!! Ireland - WHAT a game of cricket - IRELAND chased over 300 to beat England .... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA ... +10,000 to Ireland

Posted by AeyKay on (March 2, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

Where r u Darren Gough? Hope u wud have started searching for new set of england bowlers. Well ur team is getting defeated on any given day by any team in India.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

Wow i mean...this is something really remarkable.......Well done guys..the world cup's alive for sure......

Posted by hawksred11 on (March 2, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Superbly executed chase...well done to hold their nerve after the two run-outs. I can see The Sun headline now - Irish batter English tripe.

Posted by mafiasam on (March 2, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Now, that was a innings that cud be given the ODI batting of the year award by ICC over Tendulkar's 200. seeing the gravity of the situation. Razzaq's innings was no way in competition with Tendulkar's 200. Though, i would still give award to Tendulkar's 200 for the chancelessness of the innings. But Brilliant Batting by KJ O'Brien tonight. Hats off to his guts. The WC is so on, i hope some Group A minnows can put up a fight with test teams in that group. ODI cricket FTW.

Posted by kriskini on (March 2, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Great job ireland. Get the test status right away. Had the chase been against India then everyone would have cursed at Indian bowling rather than giving credit to Ireland. Good that India will be very careful now against Ireland this sunday at the same venue. India should be encouraged now that from England 280-2 at one time managed a tie.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

What a game!! Truly, a fantastic finish!! First, it was the tie between India and England and now Ireland beating England!! No matter what ever else happens for the rest of the World Cup, this will be remembered for these 2 games!!

Posted by damodhar on (March 2, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

What a cracker of game it was. What a way to chase & What a way to win. Kevin o Brian showed what's it all about power and temperament. The English had no clues to his batting poweress. The English were a bit complacent after their dramatic tie game with India thinking that Irish can crushed easily. Well, no doubt, England has the weakest bowling attack something similar to India. So, the men in blues have something to worry for. They simply cannot take the Irish and Dutches lightly. I am beginning to think about what would be India's position in cricket going forward if you have the minnows flourishing.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Really happy for the journeymen in the Irish side. Just goes to show, all you need to do is never lose sight of your dream and give it all you got! Slainte mhor

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

maybe now they will not consider not cutting down the teams in the next world cup. i am happy for the irish i have been following then since the last WC have good quality they just need to play more games and get more experience

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 2, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

@ Narendra Sharma . You got it right. This is not an upset . They chased the highest total in a professional way. All other upsets were batting collapses.You seems to know the history mate. Bangladesh is the classic example. Pakistan just collapsed and it was an upset in 1999. This was also the first time Bangladesh somehow qualified for any world cup.Greater stunner was that within few days they got Test status. Now IRELAND has so many victories. This nation has home breed cricketers. We need to voice out and see that IRELAND gets TEST status. They need not play too many tests against strong teams but to begin with start against the minnows like B'desh and Zimbabwe. We want IRELAND for TESTS.

Posted by AMC0 on (March 2, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

great innings by O Brien and rest of the Irish team. Ireland deserves a test status.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

Irish eyes are certainly smiling.Play it one more time. well done O.B. and the rest of the irish team .I.C.C. you have to accord full membership to the irish now.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

IT WAS NOT england VS Ireland



Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

Excellent performance. Very good for Cricket. Give these boys more opportunities. Let them compete......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

brilliant game the irish made history and it came on the right occasion now, what the victory meant to other associates is that they can ireland as inspiration and perform well and make icc seriously think again about the exclusion of associates from participating in the next world cup .the other i read it in news paper that one of the dutch batsmen who's probably in mid 30's speaks about their life with no much encouragement from the government still majority of people didn't actually knew about cricket they had to find other odd jobs to keep up their families with not many matches they play hardly 10-15 matches a year and they turn up for only world cup wich they do after beating many other associate nation [the same story with the other associates] one of them exclaimed "many party or go to club",but i had to go to work to matain my family .

Posted by MijanurRahman on (March 2, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

The match should make a berth of Test Status for the Irish immediately.

Posted by cvssankar on (March 2, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

Its a Fantastic Performance by Irish. If ICC Keeps only 10 in 2015 Surely Ireland will in Top Flight won't be any complaint from them. This Game adds Extra Pressure not only ICC to rethink the decision but for Zimbabwe, Kenya, Canada, Netherlands to do well in upcoming matches. Finally THE IRISH is come back to what everyone expect in this World Cup. For those who still talking about Easy pitch, batting pitch, luck win, small ground, chasing easy in bangalore. Just think for a minute Fastest World Cup 100 made by Irish where none of these attacking players yet to attain : gilchrist, hayden, sehwag, afridi, jayasuria, tendulkar, gayle, saed anwar, gibbs, list goes on and on and on..[To Early to call Pollard, Dilshan, Pathan, Dhoni] . May be someone get in future or even next day but now K.Obrien holds the Record.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

Great display of the gentlemen's game..........what an incredible performance from KEVIN O' (MY) BRIAN........U were magnificent........i think Bangalore is gaining the reputation of hosting the spectacular games......INDIA be careful we are up against them.

@ICC : Why we are seeing team like Ireland only once in every four years......they are the best cricket playing nation in associate countries...last world cup they beat Pakistan & this time England........this team definitely needs more chances to play with world top teams.

@ IPL team owners: you will get some of the best cricket talents in these associate nations........john davison from canada, doesutche from Netherland, Brian brothers from Ireland.........i bet they will prove as worthy as any other player in the shortest from of game.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 2, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

ICC made mistake by taking too many associates and now want to ban them completely. In plavce of 2 associates they took 4. Now they want to eliminate them altogether. The correct number must be 2. However by next World cup IRELAND must be Test country. Than they must keep maximum 2 Associates . This will help Afghanistan and Netherland to get in.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 2, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

@ Legster . IRELAND must be given Test status. Bangladesh just squeezed in to the world cup only the first time and with just one win against Pakistan were given Test status. IS this fair for IRELAND? Ireland has beaten Bangladesh repeatedly and beaten 4 Test nations, Bangladesh, Pa,kistan, England and Zimbabwe. How come they are not considered. Is this not hypocracy . It is only because of India that Bangladesh were granted Test status. Now India should help IRELAND. Even otherwise cricket fans find IRESH cricketers more entertaining than B'desh and they can generate more revenue on TV especially from Indian sponsors as compared to Bangladesh. Ireland gives International flavour to cricket. Cricket nmatches in Ireland can get Prime tiome spots in India due to time shift. Whatever Bangladesh is uptil now is only due to 11 years of thrashing experience. Still on any neutral venue IRELAND is much better than Bangladesh. So give IRELAND TEST STATUS. Cricket fans want IRland in TEST

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (March 2, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

People who are advocating minnows still don't get it. Just because Ireland won, does not mean you can bring in 50 minnows to the world cup. Just because Leander Paes (a minnow then) beat Goran Ivanisevic, does not mean anybody from India can be in India's Davis cup team. The top 10 teams that play good cricket "CONSISTENTLY" should play in WC. Ireland and Bangladesh have done that. That is why they deserve to be in the WC. Canada, Kenya...not so. Not yet. They are failures so far. Compare it to tennis where the minnows have to go through qualifiers. And the fact that they qualify after beating other minnows, means that they have earned it to be in the main tournament. These minnows mostly get routed in the first or second round. But the important thing to remember is that they are the BEST amongst all the minnows. The same logic should apply to cricket. Only the best 10 teams over a period of 4 years should qualify for a WC. I do not understand why this is so tough to understand.

Posted by stroogle on (March 2, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ICC no more of your dollar-scrimping, give the Irish test status! what more do they have to do, they've beaten three test playing nations, they could really do with the exposure and test cricket could do with some variety, these guys are entertaining!

Posted by USAPakCricFollower on (March 2, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

Unbelievable! Not just that Ireland won, as they have upset teams before, but to make 329 after being 111-5 against a test team. Congratulations, Ireland. You have earned this one and it shows your character. There's a lesson here for the member teams - never give up. It ain't over till the fat lady sings!

Posted by Judas503 on (March 2, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

I always thought Ireland has quality players. They proved my notion right today. There is no way this win is an upset because a run chase of such magnitude had been unsuccessful. I also agree with akhilesh0109. If the ICC wants a 10 member WC 2015, Ireland should definitely be in instead of Zimbabwe (if, otherwise, Zimbabwe prove it the contrary by good performances).

Posted by BravoBravo on (March 2, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

One thing I know for sure that Chinnaswamy, Bangalore pitch is a batsmen paradise. ENG (337) vs IND (337) and now ENG (327) vs Ireland (329). I don't know which team has the better batting line. Interestingly, out of these 3 teams only IND was bowled all out before completing 50 overs. Strange. ICC should investigate it. Having said that, congrats to Ireland team and to O'Brien for his flawless and speedy century. This match proves that there are no favorites here for the trophy. WC 2011 is wide open and trophy is up for grabs by any team who plays with finesse and courage. Finally, if my vote counts, I will vote for test staus for Irish team. Weell done BOYS.

Posted by TarunGoyal on (March 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

great show by Ireland, somehow I feel minnows in this group are playing good cricket. By the way is it just me, or the article is really written in a bad language. Some of the sentence formation leaves a lot to improvement. I hope this was done in an excitement and is not reflection of quality of articles to come in Cricinfo.

Posted by Michaelwalsh on (March 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

I really hope that we can get test status now I think we have proven ourselves now often enough to at least play 5 day games against the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. The ground is under construction in Dublin if that is the problem.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Once again David won against Goliath :D

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 2, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

A Brilliant innings by Kevin O'Brien! This was his day and nothing should detract from that and the unbelievable victory for the Irish that was a tribute to his skill and never-say-die spirit that gloriously transmitted itself to Alex Cusack, John Mooney and that old warrior, Trent Johnston. Where does this leave England (for those who care)? Their team selection really does need rethinking! Anderson and Broad were liabilities again (and neither is a death bowler, despite Strauss persisting with them). Shahzad did little wrong against the powerful Indian batting line-up and yet he sat this one out; Collingwood is no more than a (small) bits and pieces cricketer these days; Bopara clearly is not favoured by management, yet his time has surely arrived. Not for the first time, I want to know what is Plan B. It seems that once in the team, you are a season-ticket holder! Consistency of selection is only a virtue when the team is winning, or at least playing to its full potential.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

enjoyed watching Ireland batting... good stuff.. love to see India vs Ireland on Sunday!!!

Posted by waspsting on (March 2, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

So much for wiping "minnows" out of world cup.

What a MAGNIFICENT performance! - breathtaking!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:15 GMT)


Fastest century and highest run chase in an upset....this one will be remembered for long...glad I caught it on TV

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

Great result for Ireland, The ICC need to get off their collective butts, and pour some funding into the Irish cricket infrastructure so they can realise their dream of test cricket...As for England? good batting, shocking bowling, need to seriously up the temp to qual for the QFinals.....still, look on the bright side, just to shut the aussies up, who is it, I wonder who took one hell of a beating in the ashes?...lol

Posted by Swingit on (March 2, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

One thing that appears true is that no first innings lead is safe no matter who big, Thanks to the garbage pitches they have prepared in India to give the hosts a chance at winning. The irony is that spin wont help on these pitches either its only express pace that will help. So the only teams that have the pace to negate the pitch conditions are Windies (with Roach), South Africa (with Steyne and Morkel), Aussies (with Lee and Tait) and Pakistan (with Shoaib and Gul). Sorry Malinga has the yorkers but not the all out pace of the others I mentioned (ignore that stupid speed gun) better teams will get at him. So one of those 4 will win the World cup. Windies have nobody to even pretend to support Roach, South Africa are chokers at crunch time. Aussies are just past their prime and can no longer bat. So that leaves Pakistan to win the world cup if they can avoid being unpredictable

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

Ireland will do what Bangladesh failed teach the ad models a lesson or two.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

Well done to Ireland, but as an Englishman I must say our performance was absolutely unacceptable, but that is not to take anything away from Ireland who thoroughly deserved to win.........bring the Rugby!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Congrats to Irish nation. ICC should think seriously about this team to give them a full member status. It proved now they can defeat to any one on any target.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 2, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

Associate? What associate? These guys should long be playing regular ODI's/T-20's.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

Besides spare of thought for all Sachin critics who said Broad didn't play against India that is why India scored so many. Look at Broad's figures against minnows. Swan is England's finest bowler- this match also proves it, and Tendulkar mainly capitalized only against him

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

This is best Chase by any team I have seen in my life... hats off Ireland. Happy early st. Patrick's day!!! Enjoy, ya'll deserve it.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

if bangladesh can get test status after beating pakistan in 99 WC why can't Ireland. They beat 3 different test playing nations. Give Ireland test status and strip Bangladesh's test status. GOOD days ahead for cricket if ICC can encourage teams like Netherlands.

Posted by kamiDaDa on (March 2, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

Ireland deserve test status, not because the victory. The way they play this game, it is a true display of professional cricket.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

Edge of the seat thriller this one !! The Bengaluru crowd have been treated to two amazing encounters within a week !! Now, if the bangladeshis conspire to wreck England's party and beat them, Strauss & Co. might be on their way home.

Unimaginative batting in the death overs and a poor showing by Stuart Broad did the Poms in.

Posted by swingduck on (March 2, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

Good win for Ireland. Pity they made one ashamed to be Irish by visiting Mugabe's Zimbabwe last fall.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

For all Pakistani fans look, O Brian's innings was exactly similar feat as Razzaq's 100 against SA. They thought that Razzaq's feat was historical but we have witnessed a similar feat if not better in only 6 months and there have been many such innings in the past as well. whereas Tendulkar's 200 stills stands even after an year and such a feat never took place in the history of MENS ODI. That is the reason Tendulkars innings was from a different league altogether.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (March 2, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

Wow this is amazing. Power to the associate nations! Go Ireland, you made your country proud! You have now taken down 2 of the big boys in World Cups so far. I think its time you start playing regular ODIs like Bangladesh.

Posted by drtrinileggie on (March 2, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

Just go to show there is more in the world than narrow minded eng / aus axis and the ashes. THERE ARE OTHER CRICKET PLAYING COUNTRIES!!!!!!!


Well done Ireland, next India.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Congrats Ireland for beating good old england

Posted by ravimeesala on (March 2, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Fantastic match and looks like a re-match of last Sunday's match. Congratulations Ireland! This is a serious warning to India for their next Sunday's match. It's not going to be a cake walk for them! Beware of minnows!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mustufa on (March 2, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Agreed, test Status for Ireland, good enough to compete at that level now.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

You are abusing the Irish by calling this an upset. Clearly, they beat the Poms convincingly. They deserved to win and calling this an upset is quite ridiculous. It was a win !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

ireland should be given the status of one day playing team

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

I will be the first to admit i really doubted the capability of the Irish and ability to play cricket..today i want to correct that. When the Irish test status debate came up i was like no way they can't compete at the level of the other test nation. And also when the Bangladesh vs Ireland was over i was again believing that i was right..... Wow they have proved me wrong.....me being a Bangladeshi hail to your cricket and apologize for me ignorant thought.....i hope the best for the Irish and hope u guys get the test status that u truly deserve.... If Bangladesh can get test status by beating Pakistan in the 1999 WC then why cant Ireland (by beating Pakistan, Bangladesh WC 2007, Bangladesh WC 20/20 2008, Now England WC 2011) How much more do they have to prove the ICC that they belong with the Elites of Cricket..... PLZ ICC u much let Ireland cricket!!! BEST OF LUCK IRELAND!! I will be supporting u guys from now on....unless Ur playing Bangladesh....!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

It is ABOUT TIME!!! About time people realise how good we are! Being Indian born living in Ireland I don't know who to go for now! But I'm glad that IRISH people themselves are now taking interest in cricket! Its also about time that the lads are recognised by their own people! :P

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Awesome win! Hat's off to the Irish team.............

Posted by Legster on (March 2, 2011, 18:48 GMT)

Brilliantly done by the Irish, given that they've already beaten three test playing nations in ODIs I think the ICC should seriously be considering giving them test status, after all, countries like Bangladesh were given test status after just one win against a test nation in a world cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:48 GMT)

well done the boys in green :)

Posted by ammarhassan on (March 2, 2011, 18:48 GMT)

@Judas503 ... I second you ... What a WC we are having ... stunning innings and spectacular calmness from Irish batsmen ....

Posted by Scullion on (March 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

"As the ball sailed over the rope O'Brien stepped away from the crease and stood left foot over right, leaning on the bat with his left hand and his right propped nonchalantly on his hip, and spat. It was a pose he repeated after each of his 19 boundaries in a 63-ball 113 that set up the most famous victory in Irish cricketing history".

Maybe, in the not so distant future, the Irishman will play cricket!

Gerard Kelly

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Excellent job, inspired by sir I. Botham's prematch speach. Keep on doing boys to replace yourselves in the quarter final as the English will be blown away by the TIGERS at Chittagong! And I bet that this was the last opportunity for the English to gain 2 points here!

Posted by crussher on (March 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Quote: 'Posted by onnie_me on (March 02 2011, 12:58 PM GMT) Al these matches makes cricket hell a lot boring,let alone the top 8 nations play the game,let the rest of the world get more time to watch the sport and learn as it requires a lot of skill to comepete at the highest.... Posted by athentik on (March 02 2011, 12:35 PM GMT) Yet another jaundiced game involving two quite drab teams.'

You might want to think again! Well done the Irish! Best game of the tournament so far.

Posted by pappu_saala on (March 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

How dare we question their presence in the WC? Minnows or not .... one of the most exciting victories of all times!! Congrats to the Irish, hard luck England, you almost had it and then Kevin from the other side took over... Like I commented at the IND-ENG game, 350 is the new 300! Don't sit on a 300-350 score and think you have the game in the bag. Batting Power play and T20 are making batsmen chase down these totals.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Limited-over cricket is such a simple game... Just stop the side batting second from scoring the more runs than you did in your innings... Fail to do that and you lose !! End of. No excuses...England have now played three, won one (not without a struggle)... tied one (which they had in their pocket and threw away) and lost one (by failing to defend 327) This hardly augurs well for the rest of the competition. But fair play to Ireland, they deserved it.. An Associate Member side (I hate that term) chasing down 328 is no mean feat. Maybe the management should make the England quickies watch a video of Malinga bowling yesterday... they might learn something...

Posted by vimrul on (March 2, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

monster .. really monster Greatest batting i have evr seen !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

One of the upsets i cannot even believe

Posted by vajira12 on (March 2, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

Just great batting by O'Brien....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

In Bangalore the Team bats second obviously wins, what ever may be the bowling attack.. three days back England enjoyed it.. Now they are in the receiving end..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

i believe that day is not far away when Ireland will get test status...Best of luck Ireland!!

Posted by BlorScouser on (March 2, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

Super game! One of the best world cup comebacks i've seen and one of the biggest upsets. Great knock by Kevin O'Brien who was well supported by Cusack and Mooney. This is why we want associate teams in the 2015 world cup, or atleast a chance for them to compete for a place in the tournament.

Posted by docgtb on (March 2, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

what a victory. england gone.

Posted by Anneeq on (March 2, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Wow, when i last checked the score ireland were bwt 130 for 5 wickets, they showed real character today! Ireland CANNOT carry on being an associate team now!! I think we have ourselves a new team in the international fold....

Posted by Nampally on (March 2, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Oh, "Kevin Boy", Irish eyes are smiling for you. What a magnificiant innings of power and clean hitting. You have set all major teams on the defensive by chasing a 327 total and beating it. Indian bowling was severely criticised by one and all for not being able to defend 338 against England. You have shown that even England bowlers cannot defend a total of 327 on the Bangalore pitch. Fortunately India plays Ireland on Delhi wicket - which may not be that batsmen friendly as the Bangalore pitch. India will have to score 400 runs to survive the Irish assault and win. This is a big statement for the Associates and ICC reconsider your decision. Teams like WI, Netherland, Ireland (and even Afghanistan) can no longer be taken lightly. Unfortunately all these 3 big Associates are in Group B - causing lot of headaches to SA, India, England & B/D the 4 classified Major teams. So Group B Major teams look out - one of these teams may displace you for the Quarter finals.

Posted by fanofindiancricket on (March 2, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

oops that might have hurt England a bit more than the tie with India. I guess the Irish are better at spoiling parties eh Mr.Strauss!!!! Looking at this match, I think England were lucky to tie with India.Well done Ireland. You better hold onto Kevin O Brien 'cause the English will try to lure him now into their team:)

Posted by shark_bait on (March 2, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Fantastic game of cricket, irish have proved they are not minnows anymore.

Posted by wnwn on (March 2, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Well played Ireland. They should be allowed to play more odis because they are quite a decent team.

Posted by shrastogi on (March 2, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Bravo Ireland. This win would definitely force ICC to have 11 nations in reduced strength world cup. How could Ireland lose to Bangladesh ? If they had won that game they would have been in line for QF stage. Even now they have a chance. If Ireland has a good domestic setup and good pool of players they can even be elevated to test status. Minnows have more chances when their bowling is more ffective but Ireland today has shown that they can even chase big. As of Sunday if India bats first they would have to keep a target of about 350+ runs in mind given how its bowling is shaping. Better would be chase as the team would at least know the target.

Posted by sunnymachoo on (March 2, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

Uh, did any ICC official see that??? Now is this the reason why they want to throw these minnows out of the WC? Are they afraid of such upsets? Ireland today have shown how to fight in real sense for victory! Well done Irish team! Although, as a Pakistani fan we do not have very good memories related to Ireland but sport is sport and I fully admire and congratulate the Irish team for this perhaps the most outstanding performance of the world cup!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

India watch out for Ireland match on Sunday......they're emerging as the giant killers........

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 2, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

""We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England in cricket!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants. Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana--we have beaten them all. We have beaten them all.... YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELL OF A BEATING!!"

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

amazing victory .......congratssssssss Ierland..

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (March 2, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

doest this means the arrival of a worthy cricketing nation............well deadly roads ahead 4 sure.............

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

wonderful match .. Really amazing innings from kevin...

Posted by akhilesh0109 on (March 2, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

if u ultimately want a 10 TEAM WC after this match den plz get IRELAND instead of ZIMBABWE in d next tournament..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

C'Mon the Irish, 2 win this World Cup you are going to have to bowl well because anyone can bat on these pitches.

Posted by akpy on (March 2, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

great environment watching in office with my irish colleagues, who rightfully claim they own ashes in an indirect manner...they should have won against bangladesh too...great day for irish cricket and good luck to progressing to quarters..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

Haroon Logart and Ricky Ponting should ave good look at this match and then think about the comment's they made about excluding asociates from the next world cup. CMON YOU BOYS IN GREEN

Posted by nutsmedico11 on (March 2, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

i think now ICC have to think again regarding associate teams...

Posted by monaelcom on (March 2, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Ireland has shown ICC that nations like them should be there in Cricket World Cup 2015.

Posted by ksmani on (March 2, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

The reason Ireland won is because they kept england BELOW 338. If only india had done the same thing... Dhoneeeee..one more chance to stay at the top.. Ireland did what YOU (yes, not your bowlers.. its BAD captaincy on that match)..could not do. Just wake up, so that India can stay at the top of the group..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

So, onnie_me, you'd not prefer an associate nation upsetting the second, yes, second best, test playing cricket nation in the world? I well remember Australia being beaten in a World Cup by Zimbabwe, upsets will happen no matter how good you are ;-)

Posted by wbyeats on (March 2, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

I came home and saw the score and now am waiting for the highlights...I can't stop laughing and smiling in glee.....ICC take this--BAM!! Make sure your stupid decision for next world cup is negated after this.....great job O'Brien.....poor England!! CRICKET IS BEAUTIFUL!!

Posted by Jjerg on (March 2, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

I'm so happy that in four years there will be no chance of a special game like this. When will the ICC and the national boards realize that its games like this and the dreams of the underdog is what brings new fans to the sport? If the decision to eliminate associate members is really because they don't believe they deserve a share of the income, this match proves they and us, the supporters, deserve more consideration than the powers that be has given us. This match will go down in cricket history, I hope the associate members have more opportunities because of this.

Posted by Nampally on (March 2, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

It was a magnifiicient & stunning victory for the Ireland against all odds after losing their first wicket off the first ball. The O'Brien brothers led the way and well supported by Joyce, Cussack & Mooney's heroics. Kevin O'Brien was absolutely brilliant with his century at a strike rate of nearly 200. His innings was somewhat similar to Sehwag or Pathan of India in boldness and strike rate, hitting the ball cleanly for 5 sixers of the pace bowlers. Without his brutal assault Ireland had absolutely no chance of winning. He also struck a blow for the Associates by showing that teams like Ireland & Netherland are no longer Minnows. Ireland gave a warning to all other Major teams to look out and made a statement that they are the world power too. With more than half the team players representing various English counties they cannot be taken lightly. O'Brien's century will surely rank as one of the greatest ODI innings. I am sure the "Irish eyes will be smiling" tonight.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 2, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

That is what they call "Luck of the Irish", with St. Peter's day approaching, they were expecting a miracle, and got one :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

WOW and WOW and WOW well done the mighty fighting Irish, and woe betide a team (?) that has got ahead of themselves, again, after the ashes. Australia might not win this world cup, but they will go a lot closer than the poms!

Posted by Jabari18 on (March 2, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

@onnie_me and athentik I hoped you watched out the match

Posted by Analytical_Sathya on (March 2, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Ireland is definitely different from the other associate members.They have quality in their cricket with a very sportive and athletic outlook. They bring back the memories of South African team of 1992 full of quality but unseen and unheard worldwide.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

reland 329 for 7 (K O'Brien 113, Cusack 47, Swann 3-47) beat England 327 for 8 (Trott 92, Bell 81, Pietersen 59, Mooney 4-63) by three wickets

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

well done irish team. it was a match not to be missed. minnows can be giant killer. beware all the big teams!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

This is not an upset. No associate team has made so many so runs against a leading test playing team. All the upsets so far have been batting colapse of the stronger team.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Mind blowing performance Ireland......!! Congratulation.....

Posted by jjjjjjjjjjjj on (March 2, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

what a great match.......All the upsets of this WC are likely gonna be with Englands............. --Indian bowling attack need to learn a lot from Irish batting... Any way awesome match

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

India's revenge completed by Ireland one of the best match ever seen thanx alot kevin o'brien and cusack.I am expecting same things from other emerging countries like canada,kenya who do not playing seriously i have seen last match of kenya then do not seems like they are able to bowl complete 50 over,very pessimistic cricket.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

brave win in world cup matches

Posted by harry93 on (March 2, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

Awesome display from O'Brien and Ireland. McGlashan, any chance you could link to your original bulletin. That was some funny stuff you had in there. ;-)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

Congrats to the Irish but more importantly, bottom 4 comments on here, if you guys own hats, one piece of wonderful advice, EAT 'EM! :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

A majestic performance by the Irish guys. They have sent a strong,very strong message to the Indian bowling squad. Considering Swann's soul success in the game, I think Bhajji and Ashwin have already booked their place in the Playing 11 fro Sundays match. Further, as the so called minnows have already started displaying surprise results, it's high time to secure good win to keep a healthy NRR. Once again, splendid job by O'Brien, Cusack and Mooney.

Posted by jupiterlaw on (March 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

Well, that's Group B for you. Nobody said it would not be difficult to get out of it. I am just glad that it was not West Indies stepping on that banana peel.

Posted by manisacumen on (March 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

Thank God for making this happen. I though you will let down Ireland in the end. But not to be. Thank you God for once truly you are there. You didn't play spoilsport. Cricket more than Ireland needed this result.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

Well deserved win by Ireland. A very good team effort by them.Hats of to Kevin O Brian.He launched a brutal attack on the English bowlers.I think Ireland can defeat India as well.India's bowling attack is mediocre except for Zaheer.England had to pay the price for taking things lightly.Best wishes to Ireland for progressing to the Quarter finals.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

Woow!!! superb...one step ahead to get test status..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Wonderful match.. No one expected Ireland will win this match. Good shock to all the team. Hereafter they ll play carefully I think. Good lesson to everyone.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

absolute stunner...they fought till the last minute and made history by beating the English..O'Brien was at his best..Ireland's Cricket is getting brighter and louder..i hope their next opponent (India) do not take these Irish rockers easy..but great show of sport...!!!

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (March 2, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

England got far better balling attack so now I ask people who criticized Indian balling attack on Sunday... its not just Indianwho need to work on their balling attack is it!!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

‎'I think, we should really re-think about the Test Status of England cricket. Being bitten against an associate member is disgraceful for world cricket...hahaha..' Previously, England used to say this kind of statements after any Bangladeshi defeat.

Posted by Wexfordwonder on (March 2, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

I am only sorry that I could not watch the game but thanks cricinfo for the commentary, sadly it means that my work has been badly neglected today and may be again in the weeks to come. Fantastic win for Ireland, especially as it comes against their arch enemies.

Posted by bigwonder on (March 2, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

England just got a dose of what they were giving to India couple of days ago at Bangalore with lot of similarities. Today, England thought 300+ score is good enough against Ireland (so did India), although their fielding was not as bad as India's, England's bowlers were off target, especially little stuart as the most expensive over. Although India have scored over 400+ runs against Ireland in past world cups, they will not take them lightly. 4th spot for the quarter finals is up for the grabs with lot of contenders.

Posted by IndiaInderdeol17 on (March 2, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

awesome match. fun to watch

Posted by SamiFromHunza on (March 2, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

England and India have got the worst bowling. They should be scrapped from the list of favourites.

Posted by swikar22 on (March 2, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

My sister-in-law is Irish so I m really happy.This was a big slap by Ireland on behalf of the associates on the face of ICC for deciding to reduce the number of teams for the next world cup.There should be atleast 12 teams in the next world cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

This is a message to a IRELAND to the England...stop taking players from IRELAND. Ireland have their own playes ..100% Pure ireies team...not like england , some playes from SA and asians team.....thumbs down to england...england were never a great team and never will be.... GO ..IRELAND,HOLLAND,BANGLADESH,AFGANISTAN..teams of future.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

So far my favourite in world cup! Go Ireland Go!

Posted by Angad11 on (March 2, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

What a great game of cricket. Two great back to back matches at the same venue. B'lore should be given more matches. India plays Ireland at the same venue on sunday, better watchout India. Ireland not minnows anymore. This match has made group B very interesting.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

great game ireland..:))..u deserve to get the test status.:D

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

thrilled by ireland performence

Posted by BobbyWillis on (March 2, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

Record chase, record ton, record win! Famous day for Ireland made all the sweeter by hearing Geoffrey Boycott lose his cool (referring to the Irish as leprachauns). As an Irishman this rivals Ireland beating England 1-0 in the 1988 European championships. There is nothing like beating England at their own game on the greatest stage!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

Watch out India. Viru get back to the team, whereever u r. lol

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

# Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying 'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back when summer's in the meadow Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow 'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. #

Posted by capees on (March 2, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

What a match! I am seeing new stars coming in Cricket world 1) Ryan ten Doeschate 2) Kevin O'Brien. What a knock by kevin, its very tough to get these know while batting second, chasing more than 300, against England and after 5 wickets down. More over he swiftly change his game after getting 100, slow and guiding. Fabulous inning. I won't surprise if Ireland and Netherlands bring us more surprise. Being Indian and Indian fan, I am worrying about Indian bowlers.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (March 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

Big congrats Ireland ,I don,t think we should call you a minnow any more ,Come on ICC give them test status .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

After the performances against India and Ireland, some people (mostly Indians) were saying that Bangladesh's Test status should be revoked. Well, why isn't the same being said about English following their show against the Dutch and again today? I feel all this nonsense about Bangladesh not deserving Test status should stop. In sub-continental conditions, we will beat the Windies, the Kiwis and Zim more often than not. Though India first played Tests in 1932, it did not win beyond the subcontinent until 1969-1970 in New Zealand. Also, before the 1970s, England and Australia hardly sent full strength sides to the subcontinent. Above all, you did not have neutral umpires back then. Bangladesh belongs. And so do the Irish! I think Ireland should have Test status by this summer. ICC should also constructively help the Netherlands and Afghanistan towards the same direction.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

every match should be played at chinnaswamy stadium in banglore

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Nice play by Ireland. Now our bowlers must be dreading their next outing @blore vs Ireland!! seems like minimum score required is 400 on that pitch!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Luv u ireland u took revenge on behalf of INDIA.

Posted by absha1 on (March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

well, you have to keep the minnows but only have the top two in each group qualify. that will make for a great world cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

Wat a match . Ireland U beauty.. Hope ECB doesnt poach any more of your players!

Posted by BohemianBlues on (March 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

its funny every single game that Eng and Ire were involved has been engrossing. but congrats to Ire. great job!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

Well done Ireland!!. Did a world of good. Any chance for England to recruit him in the England team? They are good at doing that

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

what a unbelievable performance by IRISH its stunning absolutely stunning one of the famous upset ever in cricket history but alas its impact on my team(Bangladesh)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

what a game, hats off Ireland....

Posted by NP_NY on (March 2, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

The fighting Irish are back! What a chase! These guys really are proving that they belong in the big league. I would rate them ahead of Bangladesh although they lost to Bangla last week. No batsman in Bangla can do what Kevin did today. India needs to be very careful in their next game which against Ireland which is also in Bangalore. On a different note, can the curators make the pitch any more batsman friendly?! Four batting units have scored around 330 runs back to back! This can't be good for cricket.

Posted by Rahulbose on (March 2, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

Simply brilliant. This was on the cards right after Eng Ind match, I knew their bowling will cost them sometime. India better watch out their bowling is equally shabby. Now time for a true Irish celebration, hope they can find good Amber fluids in Bangalore. Take that ICC big wigs.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

well played ireland........ Kevin O'Brien was awesome..........

Posted by Rahulbose on (March 2, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

Simply brilliant. This was on the cards right after Eng Ind match, I knew their bowling will cost them sometime. India better watch out their bowling is equally shabby. Now time for a true Irish celebration, hope they can find good Amber fluids in Bangalore. Take that ICC big wigs.

Posted by Webba84 on (March 2, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Wow, bet those people who made comments before the game about how boring and useless it would be are feeling pretty silly about now :P

Posted by patanjali on (March 2, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Wow congrats Ireland.Obrein innings is one of the best innings i have watched in a Wc.Well now this group is wide open any team could beat any team(leave netherlands apart).

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Good win for Ireland. Steady as you go (tomorrow), South Africa.

Posted by CricketLoverToronto on (March 2, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

Group B makes Group A look like gully cricket.:-)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

LOL @ ICC for deciding to throw out the associate nations from the next world cup!! Ireland should get the friggin test status!! Die hypocrites!! Die!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

Awesome match.......Take a Bow O'Brien.......I feel now India has a competitor for worst bowling attack...

Posted by oze13 on (March 2, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

If all the wheels haven't come off then at least 3 of them are missing and the nuts are loose on the other. An absolutely disgraceful lack of effort. No batsmen scored a hundred against part time bowlers. Too many passing the buck and giving their wickets away too easily. Fielding is useless and bowling is pathetic. Before this tounament started I said Engllands team selection and application had 'shambles' written all over it. The shambles is now in full swing for everyone to see. Tweet your way out of this one!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

What a Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hey indian look Ireland beat England And Bangladesh Beat Ireland. I hope Ireland also beat India too. What a shame they tied with England. ho ho ho. he he he

Posted by hare on (March 2, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

Does it mean England's bowling is worse than India's?

Posted by hacking_tj on (March 2, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

Well now who is saying India has the weakest bowling line up,some facts.

England has at the moment the world best Off spinner & quite a potent fast bowling attack.

1)Australia chase down 333 against England at the recent series 2)England give away 292 runs in thir first World Cup Game 3)England give away 338 runs in their second World Cup Game 4)England give away 328 runs in their third World Cup Game

Well now that's an actual reality.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

Congratulations!!! It's a glorious victory for Ireland and also for cricket.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

O'brian did what india missed by a whisker....treat to watch..fastest world cup hundered...but i think india will handle him.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

What England has done? Who said before tournament that they are Favourites They are ----

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

Up until a fortnight ago, ENG couldn't defend 333 and chase 230 in Australia. They come to subcontinent, and while chasing abilities against pedestrian bowling attacks such as IND have come to their rescue, they will still not be able to defend any total whatsoever. The reason being their much hyped bowling attack in Swann, Broad and Anderson hasn't had any ODI match practice in the series down under as a run up to WC. At this rate, both IND and ENG look really vulnerable; and predictably one can see only one of them going into next round!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

ok. Now i would like to ask where is your so called super topper spinner?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

this is stunning victory 4 Ireland and I congratulate them. But to me it was a feast to watch for the Last Sunday's Draw :).

Posted by Judas503 on (March 2, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

Legendary match...best world cup I have ever watched.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

Weldon Ireland

England 327/8 (50 ov) Ireland 329/7 (49.1 ov) Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining

Posted by ABanandAvionics on (March 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Ireland have done that what we are expecting from some one 's every now and then any Malinga or roach picking up hatricks against minnows and now ireland returned the favour to england great

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

sira e latta yr.... awesome match..poor england india be carefull......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

Need a correction: 1st para 2nd sentence incorrectly mentions 4 balls to spare... whereas there were 5 balls remaining in the innings.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

what a BRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!OBRIENNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ho hoooooooo"

Posted by Mighty_Khan on (March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

Paddy Power has finally spoken. I am so much over joyed with Irish fabulous win. Having lived in Ireland for around 10 years as a medic, I have been the biggest supporter/fan of the Irish team unless they are playing the Pakistani Team. irish team rocks and I really enjoyed the Game against the English team. Well Done.... Hope Ireland kicks some serious butt and can qualify for semi finals.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

Wow!!!! What a victory!!!! Three cheers for Ireland!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

What a great match. Associate Nations make a huge statement.

Posted by agnimitra on (March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

really brilliant..... fantastic

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

CONGRATS IRELAND! Watch out INDIA! Gourp B is turning out to be the GROUP OF DEATH for sure!

BANGLADESH - Take some inspiration and confidence from Ireland and also having choked them earlier. It's time to take the game to the Windies boys...!


Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

Its a classic from Ireland...Little brother knocked out elder brother in a devastating manner. England failed to produce any respect....O'Brien simply destroyed them....If they can beat west indies......they must reach quarter final....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

Correction: the 1st ball of the last over went for 4

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

congrats Ireland. u guys have good future in cricket world

Posted by Dude_in_m0od on (March 2, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

I don't see any point in keeping Ireland and Netherlands out of 2015 WC....they deserve every bit of it...they've turned me into their BIG fan...!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

Good lesson for England. IF you do bad with others, you will surely be rewarded with such shocks. BOTH INDIA and ENGLAND played vital rule to get rid of Dangerious Pakistan Bowling Attack with the Help of ICC. Now everyone can see the Results.. ICC and INDIA fighting each other on UDRS, while England is beaten by IRISH.. JAISAY ko TAISA, ...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

Wow! That's all I can say...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

congrats ireland............great job..........keep doin it.....

Posted by Something_Witty on (March 2, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

Before this match I said that England could feel ashamed of themselves if they lost to the Irish. To some extent I take that back. They became a bit complacent after Ireland were 5 down and their bowling/fielding was rubbish, but nothing can take away from O'Brien's wonderful innings. Congrats to the Irish on their brilliant win.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

Well Done Ireland....Work harder and harder \

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

Congrtz Ireland.......!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

Last time when Ireland beat us Our coach died..... wondering whats gona happen to andy Flower lolz.... well played ireland Classic run chase..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

What a match, o' Brien u have good future in IPL, England out of quarter

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

World Cup's first upset. England were handsomely beaten by Ireland by 3 wickets. Good work done by O'Brien.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

What a match!!! congrats to Ireland cricket team. Well done.

Posted by MasterRipper on (March 2, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

OMG !!! Ireland - WHAT a game of cricket - IRELAND chased over 300 to beat England .... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA ... +10,000 to Ireland

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

Mind Blowing .... Victory..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

World Cup's first upset. England were handsomely beaten by Ireland by 3 wickets. Good work done by O'Brien.

Posted by imran1970 on (March 2, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

WEnglish Cricket, R.I.P. and may the ashes be taken to Chittagong.....lol

Posted by hacking_tj on (March 2, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Now bring on anyone who says India's bowling exposed----

England supposed to have world best off spinner right now & very highly rated fast bowling department

1)Australia chase down 333 against England 2)England give away 292 in their first World Cup Game 3)England give away 338 in their second World Cup Game 4)Today's effort

Did i need to say more

Posted by azaro on (March 2, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

So far this world cup has been embarrassing for England, they finally get some batting going and forget how to field and bowl. Now they can't catch either - they deserve to lose for this shabby performance.

Posted by qasim2009 on (March 2, 2011, 14:10 GMT)


Posted by LSMKirkpatrick on (March 2, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

A creditable performance from Strauss, Pietersen, Trott and Bell. However, Both Strauss and Flower must have a serious word with Collingwood, Prior, Bresnan and Yardy. 4 for 28 in 4.1 at the death is an utterly unacceptable performance. I , for one, am very disappointed that the middle order could not keep any sort of composure and add the runs that were available. Whilst I am jumping the gun and suggesting that a higher total may not be necessary aginst the Irish, such may not be the case in future matches. I cannot see Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Australia or South Africa failing to capitalise on such a poor performance. Collingwood needs to consider whether his time is over in ODI and Prior, Bresnan and Yardy need to settle down and play steadily to accumulate.

Posted by landl47 on (March 2, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

A decent total from England, but as at one time it looked as though England would make 350+, Ireland will feel relieved that it wasn't worse. England's top 4 made runs again and the Pietersen/Strauss opening partnership had its third 50+ stand in three games. The remarkable Trott made another score and he and Bell were totally in command during their big partnership. Now let's hope England's bowlers, with Broad back after illness, can bowl better than against India. Anderson, in particular, needs to bowl himself back into form ahead of the South Africa game.

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (March 2, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

Al these matches makes cricket hell a lot boring,let alone the top 8 nations play the game,let the rest of the world get more time to watch the sport and learn as it requires a lot of skill to comepete at the highest....

Posted by athentik on (March 2, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

Yet another jaundiced game involving two quite drab teams.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

nice i like these so much

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