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)

0.6

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)   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!

England 15/0   KP Pietersen 11* (6b 2x4)   WB Rankin 1.1-0-11-0

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

England 19/0   KP Pietersen 15* (7b 3x4)   WB Rankin 1.2-0-15-0

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

England 27/0   AJ Strauss 10* (10b 1x4)   DT Johnston 1.4-0-9-0

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)   DT Johnston 2-0-15-0

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

England 54/0   AJ Strauss 26* (23b 2x4 1x6)   AR Cusack 0.1-0-4-0

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

England 59/0   KP Pietersen 30* (28b 5x4)   AR Cusack 0.4-0-9-0

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)   AR Cusack 2-0-15-0

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

England 85/0   KP Pietersen 51* (40b 7x4 1x6)   GH Dockrell 0.5-0-8-0

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

England 96/1   IJL Trott 5* (4b 1x4)   JF Mooney 1.1-0-8-0

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

England 100/1   IJL Trott 9* (5b 2x4)   JF Mooney 1.2-0-12-0

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

England 136/2   IJL Trott 32* (32b 3x4)   PR Stirling 3.3-0-15-1

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

England 150/2   IR Bell 18* (27b 1x4)   AR Cusack 2.3-0-21-0

26.1

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

England 156/2   IJL Trott 40* (42b 4x4)   PR Stirling 4.1-0-22-1

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

England 182/2   IR Bell 38* (47b 2x4 1x6)   GH Dockrell 5.1-0-34-1

31.6

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

England 189/2   IJL Trott 52* (55b 5x4)   GH Dockrell 6-0-41-1

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   IJL Trott 57* (57b 6x4)   PR Stirling 8-0-39-1

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

England 202/2   IR Bell 47* (57b 3x4 1x6)   WB Rankin 4.3-0-35-0

36.6

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

England 224/2   IR Bell 59* (66b 4x4 1x6)   GH Dockrell 7-0-50-1

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

England 231/2   IR Bell 64* (68b 5x4 1x6)   DT Johnston 5.4-0-42-0

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

England 253/2   IJL Trott 76* (77b 7x4)   AR Cusack 3.5-0-35-0

39.6

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

England 257/2   IJL Trott 80* (78b 8x4)   AR Cusack 4-0-39-0

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!

England 273/2   IR Bell 78* (81b 6x4 1x6)   DT Johnston 4.5-0-50-0

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

England 282/3   IJL Trott 89* (86b 9x4)   WB Rankin 5.1-0-42-0

44.6

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

England 294/4   MJ Prior 4* (2b 1x4)   JF Mooney 7-0-41-2

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

England 326/7   GP Swann 8* (4b 1x4)   JF Mooney 8.4-0-62-3

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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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