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)

16.1

Stirling to Trott, no run, starts flat and quick and around middle, prodded into the leg side

16.2

Stirling to Trott, no run, outside off stump this time and Trott happy to get his eye in against the new bowler

16.3

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, after two dots Trott is comfortable to work a single to point

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   PR Stirling 1-0-1-1

18.1

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, Trott working the singles with ease it seems. Sits on the back foot, soft-hand prods to cover and skips through for one

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

18.4

Stirling to Trott, 2 runs, another smooth shot from Trott, waiting on the back foot to find a gap wide of short cover and glide a couple

18.5

Stirling to Trott, no run, driven harder this time, but straight to mid-off

18.6

Stirling to Trott, no run, Trott on the back foot this time to bunt to mid-on. Decent mini-period for Ireland

England 118/2   PR Stirling 2-0-5-1

20.1

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, good length from Stirling, outside off stump, punched off the back foot

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

20.4

Stirling to Trott, no run, driven, and missed! Top bowling from Stirling, right on the money, as a colleague has just wittered (as opposed to Twittered)

20.5

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, Trott works the gap

20.6

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

England 126/2   PR Stirling 3-0-9-1

22.1

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, worked out to point

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

22.3

Stirling to Trott, FOUR, that's unlucky, nothing wrong at all with the ball, perfect length, Trott played for non-existent turn, found a fat edge, and it's the first boundary for seven overs

22.4

Stirling to Trott, no run, plugging that good length again, nudged out to cover

22.5

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, good flight, worked to leg

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   PR Stirling 4-0-17-1

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

24.5

Stirling to Trott, no run, that reverse sweep again! The third England batsman to attempt it against Stirling, and yet again, he makes a total hash of it

24.6

Stirling to Trott, no run, the best shot of the over, a well timed clip through midwicket. But more sharp fielding cuts off the runs. An excellent over

England 144/2   PR Stirling 5-0-18-1

26.1

Stirling to Trott, FOUR, top strike once again, slightly too full, Trott advances and flicks up and over midwicket

26.2

Stirling to Trott, no run, driven out to cover

26.3

Stirling to Trott, no run, a jabbed push to point, Trott thinks of a single, but thinks again

26.4

Stirling to Trott, no run, open-faced drive, and an excellent interception in the gully, diving one-handed to the right

26.5

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, flicked out to deep midwicket

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   PR Stirling 5-0-24-1

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

28.4

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, a fraction shorter, and driven on the up to point

28.5

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

28.6

Stirling to Trott, no run, an unsubtle drive, back to the bowler. The spinners are keeping Ireland in the game

England 164/2   PR Stirling 6-0-27-1

30.1

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

30.2

Stirling to Trott, 1 run

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   PR Stirling 7-0-30-1

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

32.3

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, Trott happy to pick off the singles against Stirling, staying deep in his crease to work to leg

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

32.6

Stirling to Trott, FOUR, annoying for Stirling. Nothing wrong with the delivery, it was very full but squeezed off an outside edge and hurried away to the third man boundary

England 198/2   PR Stirling 8-0-39-1

34.1

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, Trott glides a shortish ball backwards of point

34.2

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

34.3

Stirling to Trott, no run, driven to cover, no great intent

34.4

Stirling to Trott, 1 run, Trott skips down the wicket and fiddles into the leg side

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   PR Stirling 9-0-45-1

Match Coverage

Photos

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

© Irish Independent

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

© Irish Times

All photos for this match | Galleries

  • ESPN Cricinfo

World Cup Videos

... and that's that

... and that's that
13:40 | Apr 11, 2011
Inside ESPNcricinfo

Inside ESPNcricinfo
12:49 | Apr 10, 2011
 World Cup review

World Cup review
05:26 | Apr 8, 2011
Frozen Out

Frozen Out
46:34 | Apr 5, 2011