ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 15th match, Group B

England v Ireland

Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

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

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   WB Rankin 1-0-7-0

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

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   WB Rankin 2-0-18-0

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

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   WB Rankin 3-0-25-0

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

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   WB Rankin 4-0-31-0

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

33.6

Rankin to Trott, 1 wide, touch harsh this from the umpire. Especially given the pitch is dreamy for batting. It was wide of off and Trott missed a cut shot, only to be reprieved by the umpire

33.6

Rankin to Trott, 1 run, straighter, a little too straight and Trott fiddles around the corner

England 205/2   WB Rankin 5-0-38-0

43.1

Rankin to Trott, FOUR, can't argue with that. Shortish delivery, leaping into the splice. Soft hands to guide the boundary through fine third man

43.2

Rankin to Trott, 1 wide, Rankin responds with a leg-side wide. He and Anderson are being expensive

43.2

Rankin to Trott, 1 run, works the single to get Collingwood on strike

43.3

Rankin to Collingwood, 1 run, off the mark straightaway with a push into the covers

43.4

Rankin to Trott, 1 run, on the pads, flicked through square leg. Trott ticks along

43.5

Rankin to Collingwood, 1 run, down the track, a shovel to mid-on, and Colly has to scamper to make his ground. That would have been out if it had hit

43.6

Rankin to Trott, 1 run, on the pads again, worked down the leg-side

England 288/3   WB Rankin 6-0-48-0

47.1

Rankin to Yardy, 1 run, full length, jabbed down in the crease, and they rush through

47.2

Rankin to Bresnan, no run, that was in Bresnan's slot, but his slap down the ground finds only thin air

47.3

Rankin to Bresnan, 1 run, smeared into the covers, no-one's nearby to claim the catch

47.4

Rankin to Yardy, no run, gives room, and misses. This innings is flatlining a touch. Which probably won't matter today, but will in future contests

47.5

Rankin to Yardy, no run, another good delivery, swinging away, and beating Yardy's thrashed cut/drive

47.6

Rankin to Yardy, 1 run, whisked out to deep point. Yardy likes to use the bowler's pace and keep the ball behind square, but the field is well set to him

England 315/6   WB Rankin 7-0-51-0

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Mar 3, 2011

Ireland's World Cup win over England made the front page of the <i>Irish Independent</i>, England v Ireland, Group B, World Cup, Bangalore, March 2, 2011

Ireland's World Cup win over England made the front page of the Irish Independent

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Mar 3, 2011

Ireland's win against England makes it to the front page of the <i>Irish Times</i> , England v Ireland, Group B, World Cup, Bangalore, March 2, 2011

Ireland's win against England makes it to the front page of the Irish Times

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