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)
17.3

Dockrell to Bell, no run, Bell calmly forward in defence

17.4

Dockrell to Bell, no run, some flight from Dockrell draws Bell out of his crease, some dip draws an inside edge and it runs to mid-on. Lovely bowling

17.5

Dockrell to Bell, no run, Bell is back in his crease this time to pick out cover with a drive. The throw whips in from the fielder and O'Brien is in full voice. Good hustle from the Irish

17.6

Dockrell to Bell, no run, fuller and flighted outside off, Bell punches to cover again

England 114/2   IR Bell 0* (4b)
18.2

Stirling to Bell, no run, huge cheer from O'Brien as a sliding stop from short midwicket stops Bell collecting a single

18.3

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, this time Bell beats the man to milk to long-on

England 116/2   IR Bell 1* (6b)
19.1

Mooney to Bell, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, back of a length and Bell steers to point

19.2

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, very similar delivery but this time Bell is up on his toes to punch a single down the ground

19.6

Mooney to Bell, no run, Bell stands tall to defend to point

England 122/2   IR Bell 2* (9b)
20.2

Stirling to Bell, no run, attempted drive, a bit of a leading edge

20.3

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, now Bell's in on the reverse-sweeping act! Another muffed shot

20.6

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, clunked down to long-on, a single to end a tidy over

England 126/2   IR Bell 4* (12b)
21.1

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, on the toes, a touch too full, flicked down to fine leg

21.4

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, firm drive, full face of the bat. Another single to long-off

21.6

Mooney to Bell, no run, quicker delivery, rising onto the toes to punch into the covers. Good over

England 130/2   IR Bell 6* (15b)
22.2

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, a dab to wide mid-on. Solid work from Stirling, really nailing his length on off stump, with a hint of grip off the pitch

22.6

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, a bit more width, met with an uppish steer to deep point. Thoughts about a second but the fielder swoops well

England 138/2   IR Bell 8* (17b)
23.1

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, attacking delivery, full and targeting the stumps. Chopped down to third man with a late adjustment

23.4

Mooney to Bell, 2 runs, chaos! A flick off the toes, Bell wanted two all along, Trott was dallying, but the throw came to the wrong end, O'Brien relayed, but the chance was gone

23.5

Mooney to Bell, no run, outside off, and O'Brien whips off the bails for good measure

23.6

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, punched drive to cover, to keep the strike

England 143/2   IR Bell 12* (21b)
24.1

Stirling to Bell, no run, top work again, really probing that line on off stump

24.2

Stirling to Bell, no run, tossed right up, Bell drives hard, but cover intercepts beautifully

24.3

Stirling to Bell, no run, cramped for room by another well-flighted delivery on the stumps

24.4

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, a jab to point, and a relieved single

England 144/2   IR Bell 13* (25b)
25.1

Cusack to Bell, 1 run, tucked off the toes, another single to deep backward square

25.3

Cusack to Bell, FOUR, quality strike to bring up the 150. A fraction over-pitched, a full flow of the bat, and the Sledgehammer puts this one over the infield, one bounce over long-on

25.4

Cusack to Bell, 1 run, off the strike with a dab. Sensible batting, as the cliche goes

England 151/2   IR Bell 19* (28b 1x4)
26.6

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, Trott keeps the strike. He's now very very close indeed to a new record for fastest to 1000 runs - another 21, and Sir Viv (and KP) are history ...

England 158/2   IR Bell 20* (29b 1x4)
27.1

Dockrell to Bell, no run, down the track, but Dockrell's flight is too flighty. Bell can't get to the pitch properly

27.2

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, stays back in the crease this time, and nurdles into the legside

27.5

Dockrell to Bell, no run, teasing work, subtle variations on every delivery. Five men up in the circle to keep the pressure on

27.6

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, a calm sweep to keep the strike, but another wonderfully cool over

England 161/2   IR Bell 22* (33b 1x4)
28.1

Stirling to Bell, no run, blocked out to point

28.2

Stirling to Bell, no run, wristy flick, but mid-on is equal to the shot, and forces Bell to scurry back to the crease

28.3

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, turned to leg, but can't pierce the field

28.5

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, a rare loose delivery, a low full-toss, punched out to deep cover

England 164/2   IR Bell 24* (37b 1x4)
29.1

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, a touch of room to work the gap, as Dockrell drops an inch short and Bell steps back and across for a flick to midwicket

29.3

Dockrell to Bell, SIX, the Sledgehammer breaks the ice! Down the track, a beautifully timed lofted drive, over the ropes at long-off!

29.4

Dockrell to Bell, 1 leg bye, on the pads, turned down the leg-side

29.6

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, on the pads, tucked square

England 175/2   IR Bell 32* (41b 1x4 1x6)
30.1

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, Bell keeps the strike rotating

30.3

Stirling to Bell, no run, that one skidded through a touch low. Bell adjusts late, with a look of surprise

30.4

Stirling to Bell, no run, worked into the leg side

30.5

Stirling to Bell, no run, a fraction short of a length, punched on the up

30.6

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, flicked to the leg-side, but that's another fine over

England 178/2   IR Bell 34* (46b 1x4 1x6)
31.1

Dockrell to Bell, FOUR, ooh, almost all over for Bell as he eased down the wicket to try and chip over long-on, got more edge than middle and Joyce hared in but could only get it on the half-volley, it slipped through him and bobbled away to the rope

31.2

Dockrell to Bell, no run, after that alarm Bell reverts to careful defence

31.3

Dockrell to Bell, no run, more flight from Dockrell, more defence from Bell

31.4

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, touch shorter and Bell gets deep into his crease to clip to leg

England 183/2   IR Bell 39* (50b 2x4 1x6)
32.1

Stirling to Bell, no run, Stirling is doing a fine job and Bell can only defend

32.2

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, the line drifts a touch to leg and Bell picks off a single

32.4

Stirling to Bell, 2 runs, Bell advances down the track and skews a drive square of the wicket on the off side. He was aiming straighter

32.5

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, better timing this time, for a very middle-overs single down the ground

England 194/2   IR Bell 43* (54b 2x4 1x6)
33.1

Rankin to Bell, no run, starts well, landing back of a length around off stump. Bell on his toes to defend

33.2

Rankin to Bell, no run, Bell cascades down the track, more fidgety than menacing, only to defend

33.3

Rankin to Bell, FOUR, touch short and Bell wheels a pull shot. Timing it very nicely to beat midwicket. Rankin continues to leak runs this tournament

33.4

Rankin to Bell, no run, better ball, hitting a length and Bell is forced back to defend

33.5

Rankin to Bell, 1 run, even fuller this time, straighter too, and meets a full and straight bat

England 203/2   IR Bell 48* (59b 3x4 1x6)
34.2

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, fuller ball, Bell threads down the ground

34.5

Stirling to Bell, 2 runs, shorter ball that Bell spoons wide of long-on to bring up his second successive half-century

34.6

Stirling to Bell, 1 run, workmanlike over, full of singles and doubles, ends with Bell chipping another single to the midwicket region

England 211/2   IR Bell 52* (62b 3x4 1x6)
35.1

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, Bell chops his first delivery down to third man. Touch too much pace in the wicket for Johnston to be at his most effective

35.4

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, fuller and Bell steps out to push a drive to long-off

England 214/2   IR Bell 54* (64b 3x4 1x6)
36.4

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, Bell this time works off his toes to jog a single

36.6

Dockrell to Bell, FOUR, ah, lovely Bell batting. Flowing, fluid cover drive that speeds to the rope

England 224/2   IR Bell 59* (66b 4x4 1x6)
37.2

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, Bell uses the width on offer to dink a cut shot to third man. England really coasting at the moment

37.4

Johnston to Bell, FOUR, oh, if he failed Bell would have been criticised. But he didn't. Jumps outside off stump, gets down on one knee and dabs this just over short fine leg for four

37.5

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, after all that modern business, Bell reaches for the textbook and drives beautifully down the ground

England 232/2   IR Bell 65* (69b 5x4 1x6)
38.2

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, Dockrell giving Bell no width so it's instead tickled to fine leg

38.4

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, Bell so far has done nothing at all rash in the Powerplay, instead happy to work a single to leg

38.6

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, despite the wides this is a good over that ends with Bell working a single to the leg side

England 241/2   IR Bell 68* (72b 5x4 1x6)
39.1

Cusack to Bell, 1 run, good tight line from Cusack, again Bell can only work into the leg side

39.3

Cusack to Bell, no run, Bell leaning back at defending to cover

39.4

Cusack to Bell, 1 run, Bell very content to pick off singles into space. Driving down the ground

England 249/2   IR Bell 70* (75b 5x4 1x6)
40.1

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, forward and driven into the covers. This could and should be a massive score. Well, massive by England's usual middling standards of massiveness

40.3

Dockrell to Bell, 5 wides, poor ball from Dockrell, he's not quite been the same since Bell lofted him for six. Wide all the way down the leg-side

40.3

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, worked into the leg-side for another single

40.6

Dockrell to Bell, 1 run, another nudge to the leg-side

England 267/2   IR Bell 73* (78b 5x4 1x6)
41.1

Johnston to Bell, no run, a crunching drive, on the up, but well intercepted at cover

41.2

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, driven, in the air, not at all timed as the bat twists on the point of impact, but cover can't scamper back in time. A let-off

41.5

Johnston to Bell, FOUR, well that's just a bit cheeky. Bell dances all over the shop, Johnston responds with a low full-bunger, and Bell shimmied inside the line to sweep up and over fine leg. Top shot!

41.6

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, a more ordinary stroke to finish the over, Centuries there for the taking today ...

England 274/2   IR Bell 79* (82b 6x4 1x6)
42.1

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, forward and defended to mid-off

42.3

Mooney to Bell, no run, there was width on offer, but a sharp piece of work in the gully saves a certain four. That was sweetly timed

42.4

Mooney to Bell, 1 run, into position for the pull, but doesn't quite middle it

42.6

Mooney to Bell, OUT, Bell falls! Wide on the crease, an attempted yorker turns into a full toss, Bell's clip is thoroughly middled, but Stirling at midwicket plucks a blinder low to his right!

IR Bell c Stirling b Mooney 81 (102m 86b 6x4 1x6) SR: 94.18

England 278/3   IR Bell 81 (86b 6x4 1x6)
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