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)
0.3

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, nice start from Rankin, wide of the crease, hitting a good length and angling in at off stump. Defended

0.4

Rankin to Pietersen, 2 runs, slightly offline, and a firm clip is well gathered at fine leg to save the boundary

0.5

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, striding forward, but not quite there for the drive. Rankin fields in his followthrough

0.6

Rankin to Pietersen, FOUR, that's a cracking shot, KP was walking across his stumps before the ball was released, and he used the natural angle to lever a ball from outside off through midwicket, all along the ground. Classy

England 7/0   KP Pietersen 6* (4b 1x4)
1.5

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, dabbed out to cover, and KP does the scampering this time

England 11/0   KP Pietersen 7* (5b 1x4)
2.1

Rankin to Pietersen, FOUR, well, that was a thick inside-edge from a pushed drive, but it whistles through square leg. Top edging!

2.2

Rankin to Pietersen, FOUR, that's no edge, that's a stunningly full-faced drive. He didn't try to hit it too hard, he just chose his gap, a millimetre to the side of the non-striker's stumps, and no-one could stop it

2.3

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, across his stumps, and blocked

2.4

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, good line and length, KP bides his time

2.5

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 run, worked off the hip to keep the strike rotating. Comfortable start for England's openers

England 20/0   KP Pietersen 16* (10b 3x4)
3.1

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, outside off, no stroke offered

3.2

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, tighter line, KP tries to work the single into the leg-side, but gets into a slight tangle. No great alarm

England 23/0   KP Pietersen 17* (12b 3x4)
4.1

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, attempted nurdle into the leg side, can't find the gap on this occasion

4.2

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, big stride outside off, but the ball was too wide to take on comfortably

4.3

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 run, a push and go into the off side. Easy

England 28/0   KP Pietersen 18* (15b 3x4)
5.1

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, KP walks across his stumps again, but is in control of the flick through square leg

5.2

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, big stride, pushed into the covers

5.4

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, forward and defended to mid-on

5.5

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, attempted swish through midwicket, sharply fielded and KP is kept under wraps by a threatened shy

5.6

Johnston to Pietersen, FOUR, a good over spoiled by a bad ball to finish. On the toes, firmly clipped. Four all the way

England 40/0   KP Pietersen 23* (20b 4x4)
6.5

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 wide, whizzing down the leg side

6.5

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, pushed out to cover

6.6

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 run, on the pads, flicked hard to midwicket

England 46/0   KP Pietersen 24* (22b 4x4)
7.1

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, worked off the pads for a single

7.3

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, patted back down the track. Good length again

7.4

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, on the pads, flicked but intercepted by short backward square. A let-off

7.6

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, an imperceptible shuffle at the crease, but KP's extra room doesn't result in a booming drive through the covers. Merely a nudge to point

England 50/0   KP Pietersen 26* (26b 4x4)
8.3

Cusack to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-off, but too well timed and KP wisely opts against a red bull run

8.4

Cusack to Pietersen, FOUR, floated up, a touch too full, and Pietersen drills this on the up, through the gap, and away to the cover boundary

8.5

Cusack to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked off the toes, a scamper to mid-on

England 60/0   KP Pietersen 31* (29b 5x4)
9.1

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, tight line and length on off stump. Solidly blocked

9.2

Johnston to Pietersen, SIX, a pie-chart states that ninety percent of KP's tournament runs have come in the arc from cover to backward square, and here's a shot to boost that percentage, a booming drive over long-on for six!

9.3

Johnston to Pietersen, 2 runs, nudged into the covers

9.4

Johnston to Pietersen, 2 runs, Strauss had to scamper as KP flicks to deep midwicket, he'd have been gone if the shy had hit, but it didn't

9.5

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, another flick to midwicket

England 71/0   KP Pietersen 42* (34b 5x4 1x6)
10.4

Cusack to Pietersen, no run, good line from Cusack, tight on off stump and Pietersen is rooted to the crease in defence

10.5

Cusack to Pietersen, no run, again the line is tight and nowhere for Pietersen to do

10.6

Cusack to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, a good over gets ruined thanks to a slight err in line. Who'd be a bowler? Angling onto leg stump and Pietersen flicks it airily to the midwicket boundary

England 77/0   KP Pietersen 46* (37b 6x4 1x6)
11.2

Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 run, no width on offer and Pietersen hops back to squeeze a careful cut shot to deep point

11.4

Dockrell to Pietersen, no run, very respectful forward defence from Pietersen. Good flight and line from Dockrell

11.5

Dockrell to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely shot this, really high quality. Skipped down the wicket to find a half-volley and flicked powerfully to bring up a rapid half-century. Looks in might good order

11.6

Dockrell to Pietersen, no run, ooh, Pietersen aims a hard sweep, almost throwing himself off his feet in the process. Misses and it bobbles away off the pads

England 85/0   KP Pietersen 51* (41b 7x4 1x6)
12.3

Mooney to Pietersen, 1 run, very swift running earns a single to short third man despite a direct hit. Pietersen dabbed and Strauss called him through in a hurry

England 89/0   KP Pietersen 52* (42b 7x4 1x6)
13.1

Dockrell to Pietersen, no run, that's the delivery that Pietersen gets into trouble with against left-arm spinners. Skidding on with the angle, he looked to give himself room expecting turn before hurrying a jab down when it didn't come

13.2

Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 wide, Dockrell intent on preventing width but goes too far this time and spears down the leg side

13.2

Dockrell to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen gets himself off strike by dinking a single

England 91/0   KP Pietersen 53* (44b 7x4 1x6)
14.4

Mooney to Pietersen, SIX, wow, Pietersen gets all of this. Gone a mile! Just a touch too short, Pietersen was lunging forward but rocked back and dismissed it from his sight, swatting high into the stands over midwicket

14.5

Mooney to Pietersen, no run, this time it's defended, Mooney getting his length right

14.6

Mooney to Pietersen, no run, damaging over that, despite ending with a dot

England 107/1   KP Pietersen 59* (47b 7x4 2x6)
16.4

Stirling to Pietersen, no run, beaten! Outside off stump, touch of flight, drift even and Pietersen lunged across to defend but it slid past the edge

16.5

Stirling to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen a bit twitchy here in defence against Stirling

16.6

Stirling to Pietersen, OUT, would you believe it? I guess you would have to. Ridiculous end to promising innings. Having faced two deliveries from Stirling, and played neither well, Pietersen aims a cute, reverse-dab. Manages a top edge that loops up for O'Brien to gobble behind the stumps

KP Pietersen c †NJ O'Brien b Stirling 59 (77m 50b 7x4 2x6) SR: 118.00

England 111/2   KP Pietersen 59 (50b 7x4 2x6)
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