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)
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

1.5

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

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   DT Johnston 1-0-4-0
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

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   DT Johnston 2-0-9-0
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

5.3

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

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   DT Johnston 2-0-15-0
7.1

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

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

7.3

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

7.5

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

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   DT Johnston 3-0-19-0
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

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   DT Johnston 4-0-31-0
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

35.2

Johnston to Trott, no run, tight line and length and Trott can do nothing with it

35.3

Johnston to Trott, 1 run, the line drifts a touch towards the legs and Trott happily flicks with the angle

35.4

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

35.5

Johnston to Trott, no run, good work from Johnston, maintaining his discipline and Trott finds mid-off

35.6

Johnston to Trott, 1 run, Johnston runs his fingers over the ball and it slips out as a gentle beamer, Trott glides a single and the bowler apologises

England 215/2   DT Johnston 5-0-35-0
37.1

Johnston to Trott, 1 run, Johnston as accurate as ever and Trott as efficient as ever, opening the face to pinch a single to point

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

37.3

Johnston to Trott, 1 run, fuller and wider, invites a flash from Trott that speeds out to deep point

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

37.6

Johnston to Trott, 1 run, touch shorter to Trott and he has to stand tall to cut carefully out on the off side

England 233/2   DT Johnston 6-0-44-0
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

41.3

Johnston to Trott, no run, driven into the covers again

41.4

Johnston to Trott, 1 run, dobbled onto a good length, met with a firm drive to long-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   DT Johnston 5-0-51-0
45.1

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, one more to the cause, off target from Johnston

45.2

Johnston to Prior, 1 run, patted out to point and an easy single

45.3

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 run, another reverse sweep, and it's the best executed of the four batsmen to attempt it, though that isn't saying much

45.4

Johnston to Prior, 1 run, bunted down the ground again, just short of the fielder. This pair are making runs look tough to come by

45.5

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped hard to deep midwicket

45.6

Johnston to Prior, OUT, that was always coming. Prior's eye for a gap has deserted him, as he retreats to square leg in a bid to carve through the covers, but he's made too much room

MJ Prior b Johnston 6 (7m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

England 299/5   DT Johnston 6-0-55-1
48.1

Johnston to Yardy, 1 run, dropped! Banged in short from round the wicket, Yardy didn't get hold of the pull and Wilson at deep midwicket stooped low, but not far enough forward!

48.2

Johnston to Bresnan, 1 run, thrashed cover-drive, hits the field

48.3

Johnston to Yardy, OUT, good delivery, slower ball, pinpoint accuracy, Yardy loses the top of his middle stump as he climbs into a cut and misses everything

MH Yardy b Johnston 3 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

48.4

Johnston to Swann, 1 run, good delivery again, on off stump, and nurdled out to point

48.5

Johnston to Bresnan, no run, well bowled again, but England's batsmen have resorted to hopeless thrashes and slogs since the end of the Trott and Bell stand. Outside off, and through to the keeper

48.6

Johnston to Bresnan, no run, slower ball again, and Bresnan shrugs as if to say he didn't pick it. Which would appear to be true

England 318/7   DT Johnston 7-0-58-2
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