ICC Cricket World Cup, 15th Match, Group B: England v Ireland at Bangalore, Mar 2, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 15th match, Group B
Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (neutral venue)
2 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Rankin to Strauss, no run, good line and length, angling across the left-hander, ignored by Strauss with a raise of the bat

0.2

Rankin to Strauss, 1 run, full length, an open-faced drive, squeezes through point to get the innings up and running

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (2b)
1.1

Johnston to Strauss, no run, standing tall on the back foot, pushed into the covers

1.2

Johnston to Strauss, 2 runs, a birthday bonus for Strauss, on the toes and milked into the legside. He worked the gaps so well against India

1.3

Johnston to Strauss, no run, back outside off stump this time, left alone

1.4

Johnston to Strauss, 1 run, full length but enough width to have a go, Strauss chops a cut into the gully and scampers through

1.6

Johnston to Strauss, no run, solid line and length, a heavy ball outside off stump, and the end of a mostly tidy over

England 11/0   AJ Strauss 4* (7b)
2.6

Rankin to Strauss, 2 runs, again, Strauss's eye for the bread-and-butter run is faultless. Slightly leg-sided, and flicked effortlessly into the gap at midwicket

England 22/0   AJ Strauss 6* (8b)
3.3

Johnston to Strauss, no run, watchful work from Strauss, treating each ball on its merits

3.4

Johnston to Strauss, FOUR, too much width, and the skipper has a thrash. No control on the shot, but none needed. He went hard, and third man couldn't cut that off

3.5

Johnston to Strauss, no run, outside off, attempts the dab, but doesn't get enough on it

3.6

Johnston to Strauss, no run, angled into the pads, and nudged to midwicket

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 10* (12b 1x4)
4.4

Rankin to Strauss, no run, bouncer, decent delivery with good carry. Strauss sways

4.5

Rankin to Strauss, no run

4.6

Rankin to Strauss, SIX, Strauss goes for the pull, a spiralling top-edge, Dockrell at fine leg looked for all money like taking the chance, but the ball had enough legs to plop over the boundary! Lucky for the skipper, not quite as emphatic as his six off Yuvraj!

England 34/0   AJ Strauss 16* (15b 1x4 1x6)
5.3

Johnston to Strauss, 1 run, unexpected aggro from Strauss! Down the track and a dirty great hack into the leg-side. That could have gone anywhere, but ended up at midwicket

England 36/0   AJ Strauss 17* (16b 1x4 1x6)
6.1

Rankin to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads from Rankin this time, clipped hard to deep square leg, and they jog a couple

6.2

Rankin to Strauss, no run, cracking square drive, but straight to the fielder. Good relay throw from Joyce to ensure no cheeky singles

6.3

Rankin to Strauss, no run, Strauss rocks back to pull, a touch frenetically. And doesn't time it

6.4

Rankin to Strauss, 1 wide, down the leg-side, not by much, but enough

6.4

Rankin to Strauss, 1 run, a bludgeoning drive into the covers, and Kevin O'Brien looks in big trouble here. He stopped the initial drive, went to collect the rebound, and his knee clicked in completely the wrong direction as his foot slid. Let's hope it looked worse than it actually was. Happily, he's back on his feet now. A solid unit

England 44/0   AJ Strauss 20* (20b 1x4 1x6)
7.2

Johnston to Strauss, 1 run, a push and go from Strauss, mid-off was set back, and his instant call worked a treat

7.5

Johnston to Strauss, 1 run, shovelled into the leg side, another well-selected single

England 50/0   AJ Strauss 22* (22b 1x4 1x6)
8.1

Cusack to Strauss, FOUR, that's a cute shot from Strauss. The keeper was standing up, the slips were absent, so a delicate deflection races for four through third man

8.2

Cusack to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, worked out to square leg

8.6

Cusack to Strauss, no run, a misjudgement from Strauss, and that drops inches short of short midwicket. A late indecision - should he pull or shouldn't it - nearly costs the skipper!

England 60/0   AJ Strauss 27* (25b 2x4 1x6)
9.6

Johnston to Strauss, 1 run, a steady steer for a single to third man. That's the end of the Powerplay

England 72/0   AJ Strauss 28* (26b 2x4 1x6)
10.1

Cusack to Strauss, no run, bustling start from Cusack to the new over, his ODI bowling average is excellent, by the way. Strauss laces a drive but picks out cover. He's done that a lot today

10.2

Cusack to Strauss, no run, swing and miss outside off. Strauss advancing down the wicket and swishing at fresh air

10.3

Cusack to Strauss, 1 run, this time Strauss finds bat on ball, though not very much bat and it squirts off the outside edge down to third man

England 73/0   AJ Strauss 29* (29b 2x4 1x6)
11.1

Dockrell to Strauss, 1 run, starts with flight, which is good to see, good line to - around middle. Strauss deep into his crease, dinking into the leg side

11.3

Dockrell to Strauss, 1 wide, oops, the line is wrong, shoved down the leg side. Strauss tried to wheel a pull shot but got nothing of it

11.3

Dockrell to Strauss, 1 run, tucked into the midwicket region

England 81/0   AJ Strauss 31* (31b 2x4 1x6)
12.1

Mooney to Strauss, 2 runs, starts down the leg side, and flicked away as a result with Strauss scampering back for a second

12.2

Mooney to Strauss, 1 run, just the slightest bit of width and Strauss dabs a delicate sing to fine third man

12.4

Mooney to Strauss, no run, strained appeal from the bowler, but he didn't get much company as this thuds off Strauss's pads. It was heading down

12.5

Mooney to Strauss, no run, good delivery this, back of a length, tight on off stump. Strauss would have to invent to find runs, he doesn't

12.6

Mooney to Strauss, no run, very similar delivery and this time Strauss did try and work a single with a flick of the wrists, but too early on the ball and a leading edge causes a flutter of alarm

England 89/0   AJ Strauss 34* (36b 2x4 1x6)
13.3

Dockrell to Strauss, OUT, Dockrell strikes again! Strauss out for 34 on his 34th birthday. Dockrell maintained his line, Strauss jumped outside off to try and manufacture a shovel to leg, in the end he couldn't catch up with the ball and it went straight into his stumps

AJ Strauss b Dockrell 34 (61m 37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 91.89

England 91/1   AJ Strauss 34 (37b 2x4 1x6)
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