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)

2.29pm Here come Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss, whose 158 on Sunday was arguably the greatest England one-day innings of all time. How on earth will he follow that up? By giving the strike to his partner, I reckon ... KP is bristling for a big one, and almost looked like producing it until a freak caught-and-bowled from Munaf.

Boyd Rankin has the new ball, and a new blond hairstyle. Recognition is going to be a nightmare today, but whatever. Here we go!

2.25pm "Ireland's call" has been given a very funky Euro-beat makeover. The fans were positively rocking in the stands. Fortunately "God save the Queen" is a model of staid normality. We're ready to get this show on the road...

2.20pm The teams are preparing for the anthems, and look, there's the trophy in all its gleaming gloryness. Wonder how close either of these teams will actually get to lifting it? Actually, don't answer that...

2.15pm A few minutes to go until the start, so just time to go and update your Fantasy teams - not that I've yet got round to changing a single member of my world-beating outfit. Dockrell, Bell and Broad are my men to watch today. And if you haven't yet signed up to Fantasy, why on earth not? Click here at once!

2.10pm A good toss for England to win, I suspect. They haven't had to set a total in this tournament so far, but their efforts when chasing imply that their batting is in good order at the moment. Ireland will miss the services of Botha, who bowled well against Bangladesh but has gone down with injury and/or illness. Broad would sympathise. (Though probably not very much).

Some spectacular barnets will be on display today, as Ireland's captain Will Porterfield shows off his new purple-haired look, courtesy of a "Shave or Dye" charity stunt the Irish took part in on the eve of the game. All in a good cause, and adds to the colour of a rather more muted occasion than we saw three days ago...

England win the toss and bat. A good toss for Andrew Strauss to win, and Stuart Broad is back from illness in place of Ajmal Shahzad. A reprieve for James Anderson, who went for 91 against India. Gary Wilson is back in the side for Ireland, in place of Andre Botha, who bowled well against Bangladesh.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson.

Ireland 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Alex Cusack, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Gary Wilson, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Boyd Rankin

2pm There are clear tinges of green in the Bangalore wicket, as the groundsmen takes pity on the bowlers who were thwacked for 338 apiece on Sunday. Here comes the toss.

1.55pm Top 'o the morning to you, and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary for another potentially gripping encounter in Bangalore. Whether England can keep up their 100% thriller quota for the rest of the tournament remains to be seen, but let's face it, it's not wise to take your eyes off the contest when Andrew Strauss and his men are involved. After flirting with catastrophe against the Dutch in Nagpur, they clawed their way to a face-saving six-wicket victory, and then moved onto Sunday's humdinger against India, a match that will be recalled as one of the finest in the history of 50-over cricket.

So, with that in mind, what can the Irish come up with today? They themselves were involved in a mini-classic against Bangladesh in Dhaka last week, and with a bit more composure from their batsmen, they would surely have chased down a meagre target of 206. They've got to start from scratch all over again today, but they are a good enough outfit to spring a surprise - and England will be one of the teams they truly believe they can beat.

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

End of over 1 (7 runs) England 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
KP Pietersen    6* (4b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    1* (2b)     

The ageless Trent Johnston will share the new ball.

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

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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

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End of over 2 (4 runs) England 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
AJ Strauss    4* (7b)      DT Johnston    1-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    7* (5b 1x4)      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

End of over 3 (11 runs) England 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
AJ Strauss    6* (8b)      WB Rankin    2-0-18-0
KP Pietersen    16* (10b 3x4)      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

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
AJ Strauss    10* (12b 1x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-9-0
KP Pietersen    17* (12b 3x4)      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!

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 34/0 (RR: 6.80)
AJ Strauss    16* (15b 1x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    3-0-25-0
KP Pietersen    18* (15b 3x4)      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

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 40/0 (RR: 6.66)
KP Pietersen    23* (20b 4x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    17* (16b 1x4 1x6)      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

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 46/0 (RR: 6.57)
KP Pietersen    24* (22b 4x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-31-0
AJ Strauss    20* (20b 1x4 1x6)      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

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 50/0 (RR: 6.25)
KP Pietersen    26* (26b 4x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-19-0
AJ Strauss    22* (22b 1x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    4-0-31-0

8.1

Cusack to Strauss, FOUR, that's a cute shot from Strauss. The keeper was standing up, the slips were absent, so a delicate deflection races for four through third man

The keeper immediately drops back after that

8.2

Cusack to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, worked out to square leg

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

8.6

Cusack to Strauss, no run, a misjudgement from Strauss, and that drops inches short of short midwicket. A late indecision - should he pull or shouldn't it - nearly costs the skipper!

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 60/0 (RR: 6.66)
AJ Strauss    27* (25b 2x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    1-0-10-0
KP Pietersen    31* (29b 5x4)      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

And with that, it's time for Sahil Dutta to say good morning/afternoon

End of over 10 (12 runs) England 72/0 (RR: 7.20)
AJ Strauss    28* (26b 2x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    4-0-31-0
KP Pietersen    42* (34b 5x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    1-0-10-0

Morning all. Powerplay taken, predictably. I reckon they should have given themselves a couple of overs of the Doctor, but ho-hum.

10.1

Cusack to Strauss, no run, bustling start from Cusack to the new over, his ODI bowling average is excellent, by the way. Strauss laces a drive but picks out cover. He's done that a lot today

10.2

Cusack to Strauss, no run, swing and miss outside off. Strauss advancing down the wicket and swishing at fresh air

10.3

Cusack to Strauss, 1 run, this time Strauss finds bat on ball, though not very much bat and it squirts off the outside edge down to third man

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

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 77/0 (RR: 7.00)
KP Pietersen    46* (37b 6x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    2-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    29* (29b 2x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    4-0-31-0

Aha, this should be intriguing. George Dockrell into the attack. Ireland might have opened with him but he has his chance now...

11.1

Dockrell to Strauss, 1 run, starts with flight, which is good to see, good line to - around middle. Strauss deep into his crease, dinking into the leg side

11.2

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

11.3

Dockrell to Strauss, 1 wide, oops, the line is wrong, shoved down the leg side. Strauss tried to wheel a pull shot but got nothing of it

11.3

Dockrell to Strauss, 1 run, tucked into the midwicket region

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

End of over 12 (8 runs) England 85/0 (RR: 7.08)
KP Pietersen    51* (41b 7x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    1-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    31* (31b 2x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    2-0-15-0

Double change, here's Cricinfo's John Mooney...

12.1

Mooney to Strauss, 2 runs, starts down the leg side, and flicked away as a result with Strauss scampering back for a second

12.2

Mooney to Strauss, 1 run, just the slightest bit of width and Strauss dabs a delicate sing to fine third man

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

12.4

Mooney to Strauss, no run, strained appeal from the bowler, but he didn't get much company as this thuds off Strauss's pads. It was heading down

12.5

Mooney to Strauss, no run, good delivery this, back of a length, tight on off stump. Strauss would have to invent to find runs, he doesn't

12.6

Mooney to Strauss, no run, very similar delivery and this time Strauss did try and work a single with a flick of the wrists, but too early on the ball and a leading edge causes a flutter of alarm

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 89/0 (RR: 6.84)
AJ Strauss    34* (36b 2x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    1-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    52* (42b 7x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    1-0-8-0

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

13.3

Dockrell to Strauss, OUT, Dockrell strikes again! Strauss out for 34 on his 34th birthday. Dockrell maintained his line, Strauss jumped outside off to try and manufacture a shovel to leg, in the end he couldn't catch up with the ball and it went straight into his stumps

AJ Strauss b Dockrell 34 (61m 37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 91.89

Here's Jonathan Trott who needs 64 runs to equal his partner - KP - and Viv Richards' record for the quickest to 1000 ODI runs.

13.4

Dockrell to Trott, no run, very straight and a touch of flight from Dockrell and careful defence from Trott

13.5

Dockrell to Trott, no run, hint of edge here as Trott goes back to cut, runs harmlessly to short third man

13.6

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, Trott is away in classic Trott fashion, getting deep into his crease and flicking a single to deep midwicket

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 92/1 (RR: 6.57)
IJL Trott    1* (3b)      GH Dockrell    2-0-11-1
KP Pietersen    53* (44b 7x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    1-0-4-0

14.1

Mooney to Trott, FOUR, nicely done, Trott is actually a very efficient driver of the ball. Gets some width, and the right length and neatly punches a drive to the point boundary

14.2

Mooney to Trott, FOUR, too short from Mooney, too wide too. The pitch is coming on nicely so that's asking for trouble. Trott, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of timing, cuts past a sprawling third man

14.3

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, worked square of the wicket, looks in fine order so far

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

End of over 15 (15 runs) England 107/1 (RR: 7.13)
KP Pietersen    59* (47b 7x4 2x6)      JF Mooney    2-0-19-0
IJL Trott    10* (6b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    2-0-11-1

15.1

Dockrell to Trott, no run, good flight, good line too and Trott pops forward in defence

15.2

Dockrell to Trott, no run, this time Trott hops back to try and work a single to the leg side, but Dockrell's length is too full

15.3

Dockrell to Trott, 2 runs, Trott repeats the shot and beats the infield to collect a couple to deep midwicket

15.4

Dockrell to Trott, no run, rare sight of Trott edging down the track, only to defend though

15.5

Dockrell to Trott, no run, again the line and length is impeccable, touch quicker and flatter this time, Trott prods to midwicket

15.6

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, very good over with Trott flowing a drive to deep cover. Dockrell is ridiculously composed, especially for a teenager. Smart chap too, apparently

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 110/1 (RR: 6.87)
IJL Trott    13* (12b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    3-0-14-1
KP Pietersen    59* (47b 7x4 2x6)      JF Mooney    2-0-19-0

Another young spinner, chunkier fellow mind, and more of a part-timer. Here's Paul Stirling...

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

End of over 17 (1 run) England 111/2 (RR: 6.52)
     PR Stirling    1-0-1-1
IJL Trott    14* (15b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    3-0-14-1

Pietersen's epic wait for three figures continues. His last was in Cuttack in 2008.

17.1

Dockrell to Trott, no run, Trott leans a drive to cover

17.2

Dockrell to Trott, 3 runs, ah lovely shot, Trott flicking hard off his legs down to deep midwicket where Wilson slides along the boundary to save the extra run

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 114/2 (RR: 6.33)
IR Bell    0* (4b)      GH Dockrell    4-0-17-1
IJL Trott    17* (17b 2x4)      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

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 118/2 (RR: 6.21)
IJL Trott    20* (21b 2x4)      PR Stirling    2-0-5-1
IR Bell    1* (6b)      GH Dockrell    4-0-17-1

John Mooney is back. He was on the wrong end of KP's intent. But things should be easier for him now...

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

19.3

Mooney to Trott, no run, fuller this time, something near a yorker. Squirted to point

19.4

Mooney to Trott, 2 runs, lovely drive again from Trott, picking a gap wide of deep cover to saunter a couple

19.5

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, this time it's worked square of the wicket. Trott very busy after missing out against India

19.6

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

Time for a change here. Miller awaits... Hello everyone.

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 122/2 (RR: 6.10)
IR Bell    2* (9b)      JF Mooney    3-0-23-0
IJL Trott    23* (24b 2x4)      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

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 126/2 (RR: 6.00)
IR Bell    4* (12b)      PR Stirling    3-0-9-1
IJL Trott    25* (27b 2x4)      JF Mooney    3-0-23-0

Two exceptionally dreadful shots to end two immensely promising innings. And the net result is that Ireland are doing alright

21.1

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

21.2

Mooney to Trott, no run, driven hard, back to the bowler, who fields well - low, in his followthrough

21.3

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, flicked off the toes out to midwicket

21.4

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

The Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice ... as our man in Bangalore, @zaltzcricket, puts it, is easing himself in

21.5

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, singles, singles everywhere. Calm accumulation for now

21.6

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

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 130/2 (RR: 5.90)
IR Bell    6* (15b)      JF Mooney    4-0-27-0
IJL Trott    27* (30b 2x4)      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

End of over 23 (8 runs) England 138/2 (RR: 6.00)
IR Bell    8* (17b)      PR Stirling    4-0-17-1
IJL Trott    33* (34b 3x4)      JF Mooney    4-0-27-0

23.1

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

23.2

Mooney to Trott, no run, hard drive, back to the bowler, who parries

23.3

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, out to cover with a punch off the back foot

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

So, will either or both of these teams reach the last eight and beyond? Or, indeed, neither. Work it out in our Predictor

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 143/2 (RR: 5.95)
IR Bell    12* (21b)      JF Mooney    5-0-32-0
IJL Trott    34* (36b 3x4)      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

End of over 25 (1 run) England 144/2 (RR: 5.76)
IJL Trott    34* (38b 3x4)      PR Stirling    5-0-18-1
IR Bell    13* (25b)      JF Mooney    5-0-32-0

We are halfway through, and England are well placed

25.1

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

25.2

Cusack to Trott, 1 run, open-faced glide through third man

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

25.5

Cusack to Trott, no run, forward and defended back down the track

25.6

Cusack to Trott, 1 run, milked off the toes, through midwicket for another single. A better over from England's run-rate point of view

End of over 26 (8 runs) England 152/2 (RR: 5.84)
IJL Trott    36* (41b 3x4)      AR Cusack    3-0-23-0
IR Bell    19* (28b 1x4)      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 ...

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 158/2 (RR: 5.85)
IR Bell    20* (29b 1x4)      PR Stirling    5-0-24-1
IJL Trott    41* (46b 4x4)      AR Cusack    3-0-23-0

Right, here's Dockrell. This will be interesting

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

27.3

Dockrell to Trott, no run, solid block, bat and pad tight together on line of middle and leg

27.4

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, back of a length, cut firmly to cover, but so little pace on the ball

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

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 161/2 (RR: 5.75)
IR Bell    22* (33b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    5-0-20-1
IJL Trott    42* (48b 4x4)      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

Who will win this match? Predict here

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 164/2 (RR: 5.65)
IJL Trott    43* (50b 4x4)      PR Stirling    6-0-27-1
IR Bell    24* (37b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    5-0-20-1

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

29.2

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, six men in the circle but Trott finds the single

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

29.5

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, nudged out to square leg

29.6

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

It should be time to hand back to Sahil, but he is mid-picture uploading, so I'll take another one. Like Paul Collingwood (circa 2006), we are a team of multi-dimensional players on this desk ...

End of over 30 (11 runs) England 175/2 (RR: 5.83)
IR Bell    32* (41b 1x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    5-0-30-1
IJL Trott    45* (52b 4x4)      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

Right, Sahil's cropped and good to go. Here he is

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 178/2 (RR: 5.74)
IR Bell    34* (46b 1x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    7-0-30-1
IJL Trott    46* (53b 4x4)      GH Dockrell    5-0-30-1

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

31.5

Dockrell to Trott, 2 runs, Dockrell gets his line wrong and onto the pads, Trott flicks two more very efficiently

31.6

Dockrell to Trott, FOUR, fifty for Trott! Run machine. Sweeps hard and fine of deep square, typically unfussy and effective innings

End of over 32 (11 runs) England 189/2 (RR: 5.90)
IJL Trott    52* (55b 5x4)      GH Dockrell    6-0-41-1
IR Bell    39* (50b 2x4 1x6)      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

End of over 33 (9 runs) England 198/2 (RR: 6.00)
IJL Trott    57* (57b 6x4)      PR Stirling    8-0-39-1
IR Bell    43* (54b 2x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    6-0-41-1

Trott is nearing that 64-run mark which will take him level with Viv Richards and Kevin Pietersen as the quickest (in terms of matches) to 1000 ODI runs. He's also just changed his bat, had a choice of about 15... Boyd Rankin returns to the attack.

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

End of over 34 (7 runs) England 205/2 (RR: 6.02)
IJL Trott    58* (58b 6x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-38-0
IR Bell    48* (59b 3x4 1x6)      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

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 211/2 (RR: 6.02)
IR Bell    52* (62b 3x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    9-0-45-1
IJL Trott    60* (61b 6x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-38-0

Rankin has been shoved out of the attack and Trent Johnston is in. O'Brien up to the stumps.

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

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 215/2 (RR: 5.97)
IJL Trott    62* (65b 6x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-35-0
IR Bell    54* (64b 3x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    9-0-45-1

George Dockrell is back.

36.1

Dockrell to Trott, 2 runs, and Trott greets him with a whip to leg to equal the record for the quickest to 1000 ODI runs, just 21 innings! Good company as well, Viv Richards and Kevin Pietersen. Well done him

36.2

Dockrell to Trott, no run, forward and careful in defence

36.3

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, and again Trott clips into the leg side, so straightforward

36.4

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

36.5

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, Trott nudges a single to midwicket. But you already knew that

36.6

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

End of over 37 (9 runs) England 224/2 (RR: 6.05)
IR Bell    59* (66b 4x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    7-0-50-1
IJL Trott    66* (69b 6x4)      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

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 233/2 (RR: 6.13)
IJL Trott    69* (72b 6x4)      DT Johnston    6-0-44-0
IR Bell    65* (69b 5x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    7-0-50-1

Right then. This should be fun. Batting Powerplay taken. Here is where the wheels come off I suppose. The theory should be to keep playing normally, and boundaries will come. The practice has often been more chaotic.

38.1

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, Dockrell to bowl it and Trott does indeed play normally, fiddling a single to the leg side

38.2

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

38.3

Dockrell to Trott, 1 wide, this is speared down leg, no much flight on that

38.3

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, another leg-side whip from Trott, good work from Dockrell so far

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

38.5

Dockrell to Trott, no run, smart fielding at short midwicket saves a single

38.6

Dockrell to Trott, 2 wides, with the field up on the off side Dockrell can't give width, that means though that the line goes wrong occasionally. Like here as Dockrell fires a long way down the leg side

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

End of over 39 (8 runs) England 241/2 (RR: 6.17)
IR Bell    68* (72b 5x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    8-0-58-1
IJL Trott    71* (75b 6x4)      DT Johnston    6-0-44-0

Alex Cusack returns. His first three overs weren't great and pace in the Powerplay could be trouble.

39.1

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

39.2

Cusack to Trott, 5 wides, oh no! In his desperation to prevent width Cusack has fired this down leg and left O'Brien no chance standing up to the stumps

39.2

Cusack to Trott, 1 run, this is wide of off and almost punished as Trott threads a cut into space, but a diving, sprawling stop from Dockrell saves a certain boundary. Good work, limbs all over the place from him

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

39.5

Cusack to Trott, FOUR, wow! That was odd. Looked like Trott mistimed this and played too early on a back-foot punch. But it flew past mid-on and raced to the boundary

39.6

Cusack to Trott, FOUR, he definitely timed this! Forward and flowing into a drive, races past mid-off

This might be an entertaining finish. It certainly will be with Miller on hand... Hello everyone, here we go

End of over 40 (16 runs) England 257/2 (RR: 6.42)
IJL Trott    80* (78b 8x4)      AR Cusack    4-0-39-0
IR Bell    70* (75b 5x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    8-0-58-1

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

40.2

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, short and pulled into the leg-side

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

40.4

Dockrell to Trott, no run, back into the crease and punched into the covers

40.5

Dockrell to Trott, 1 run, worked into the leg-side

Dennis Amiss and Barry Wood's gargantuan stand against East Africa in 1975 is in the sights of this Warwickshire pair

40.6

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

End of over 41 (10 runs) England 267/2 (RR: 6.51)
IR Bell    73* (78b 5x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    8-0-68-1
IJL Trott    82* (81b 8x4)      AR Cusack    4-0-39-0

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 ...

Talking of which, the Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice is in my Fantasy team. Get in.

End of over 42 (7 runs) England 274/2 (RR: 6.52)
IR Bell    79* (82b 6x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    5-0-51-0
IJL Trott    83* (83b 8x4)      GH Dockrell    8-0-68-1

42.1

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

42.2

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, wide on the crease, Trott uses the angle to farm a single to long-on

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

42.5

Mooney to Trott, 1 run, driven down the ground, another single

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

So, here comes Paul Collingwood. A timely appearance from England's point of view. If he can rediscover his touch in the next seven overs, so much the better

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 278/3 (RR: 6.46)
     JF Mooney    6-0-36-1
IJL Trott    85* (85b 8x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-51-0

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

Trott and Bell's stand of 167 was England's third-highest in World Cup history

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

End of over 44 (10 runs) England 288/3 (RR: 6.54)
IJL Trott    92* (89b 9x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-48-0
PD Collingwood    2* (2b)      JF Mooney    6-0-36-1

44.1

Mooney to Trott, no run, a thumping pull, but straight to midwicket

44.2

Mooney to Trott, no run, outside off, slightly short of a length so Trott has to wait for it to arrive, and as a result his timing is off

44.3

Mooney to Trott, OUT, stand and deliver! A flat-footed smack down the ground, but instead of a six over long-off, Trott loses his off stump!

IJL Trott b Mooney 92 (126m 92b 9x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Michael Atherton in the Sky commentary box was midway through singing the praises of his patience and shot selection, etc. It happens ...

So Collingwood and Prior, the two biggest culprits in England's failure to force victory against India, are reunited

44.4

Mooney to Prior, 1 bye, zoinks, that was close. Beaten first-up, outside off on the drive

44.5

Mooney to Collingwood, 1 run, an ugly smear across the line from Collingwood, not dissimilar to the shot that bowled him against India. But Zaheer is a touch more rapid ...

44.6

Mooney to Prior, FOUR, attempted yorker, and smacked through long-on. Shot

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 294/4 (RR: 6.53)
MJ Prior    4* (2b 1x4)      JF Mooney    7-0-41-2
PD Collingwood    3* (3b)      WB Rankin    6-0-48-0

Five overs to go. England will expect nearer 350 than not. I wonder if England can tie the tie and make 338 again?

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

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 299/5 (RR: 6.50)
     DT Johnston    6-0-55-1
PD Collingwood    5* (6b)      JF Mooney    7-0-41-2

Where's Ravi when you need him? This is the sort of scenario in which he might make 45 from 16, as he did against Bangladesh at Edgbaston in the summer ... instead it's Bresnan

46.1

Mooney to Collingwood, 2 runs, chopped through third man, literally, as the fielder fumbles. And that's the seventh 300 of the tournament

46.2

Mooney to Collingwood, 2 runs, two more to the total as Mooney roars with frustration

46.3

Mooney to Collingwood, SIX, that's better from Collingwood! Too full from Mooney, in the slot, and pummelled over the leg-side, onto the roof of the stand

46.4

Mooney to Collingwood, 1 run, low full-toss, and Collingwood might have expected to launch that over midwicket for six. Instead he's rolled it along the ground to the sweeper

I very much doubt whether England have ever managed three 290-plus scores in consecutive ODI performances

46.5

Mooney to Bresnan, 1 run, good yorker, and a good run too, as Collingwood sprints for a single as the ball bobbles into the crease. I say good, but it would have been out if Mooney's boot had been on target

46.6

Mooney to Collingwood, 1 wide, way outside off, no reaching that

46.6

Mooney to Collingwood, OUT, an inconclusive performance from Collingwood. Another swipe down the ground, but it was badly sliced, and mid-on made no mistake

PD Collingwood c KJ O'Brien b Mooney 16 (21m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 145.45

Food for thought for Andy Flower... Here's Michael Yardy

End of over 47 (13 runs) England 312/6 (RR: 6.63)
     JF Mooney    8-0-54-3
TT Bresnan    1* (1b)      DT Johnston    6-0-55-1

Big Boyd, with his appropriately yellow plumage, returns to the attack

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

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 315/6 (RR: 6.56)
MH Yardy    2* (4b)      WB Rankin    7-0-51-0
TT Bresnan    2* (3b)      JF Mooney    8-0-54-3

Trent Johnston has the ball for his final over of this match

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

Discussions about the field placings, third man and fine leg are up

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

Johnston's 50th ODI wicket, and this is a good fightback from Ireland. It's probably too little too late, but they've got spirit

Graeme Swann likes the aerial route, especially over cover. Here we go

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

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 318/7 (RR: 6.48)
TT Bresnan    3* (6b)      DT Johnston    7-0-58-2
GP Swann    1* (1b)      WB Rankin    7-0-51-0

49.1

Mooney to Swann, 1 run, jabbed out to point with an open face

49.2

Mooney to Bresnan, 1 run, slogged to long-on, another good delivery in the circumstances

49.3

Mooney to Swann, 2 runs, smacked up and over deep point. Still a shortage of boundaries for England

49.4

Mooney to Swann, FOUR, that's better from Swann, a half-volley in the shot for a big swing, one bounce down the ground

Two sixes in two balls, and England will have tied the tie ... 338 v 338 v 338 ...

49.5

Mooney to Swann, 1 run, so much for that theory, in the slot, and deflected for a single

49.6

Mooney to Bresnan, OUT, swirling, spiralling, steepling slog, into the leg-side, midwicket steadies himself well, sprints in, steps back, and snaffles a tough chance to finish the innings on a high

TT Bresnan c Johnston b Mooney 4 (23m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

So, that's the end of that. Another impressive total for England, but they've yet to enjoy an easy ride at this World Cup. Will today be the day, or will there be a further twist in store? Join us in 20 minutes or so to find out how the chase will go.

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End of over 50 (9 runs) England 327/8
     JF Mooney    9-0-63-4
GP Swann    9* (5b 1x4)      DT Johnston    7-0-58-2

Match Coverage

Chatterbox - England v Ireland, Group B, Bangalore
Report - O'Brien blazes Ireland to glory
Analysis - Easy as spit for O'Brien
Stats Analysis - Boundaries do it for Ireland
Analysis - Awesome O'Brien laps up finest hour
News - 'Watch out India, you're next'
Dileep Premachandran - A wake-up call for a cliquey sport
News - Strauss stunned by England humiliation
News - Partying supporters send message to ICC
Features - Bangalore turns green after night of Ireland's lives
The Index - Why England lost to Ireland
Andrew Miller - England's destiny slipping through their grasp
News - Johnston says Ireland not ready for Tests
What They Said About - 'Ireland broke the sound barrier last night'
News - Niall O'Brien aims high after 'regulation' win
News - Contented Cusack cherishes upset
News - Swann 'shell-shocked' after humiliating defeat
Awards - The night of the possible
World Cup Vignettes - A pink typhoon
Video Harsha's World Cup Daily - World Cup cricket's most romantic night
Video Interviews - O'Briens delighted
Video Press Conference - Andrew Strauss: Bit of a shock for us
Video Press Conference - William Porterfield: Biggest victory for Irish cricket
Audio Switch Hit - Jolly green giant
Video ESPNcricinfo Weekly - Thrillers reignite ODIs
Video Running Between the Cricket - Of Bangalore and the Irish party
Video News and Analysis - Ireland's Kevin O'Brien tees off!
Video ESPNcricinfo Weekly - Where do Ireland go from here?
Video ESPNcricinfo Awards - ODI batting winner 2011: Kevin O'Brien
Video World Cup Vignettes - O'Brien sticks it to the neighbours
Gallery - Kevin O'Brien record hundred stuns England

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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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