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)

Evening all. Sahil here. Did you know Cricinfo have their own YouTube channel? It's pretty good. Anyway, Paul Stirling and William Porterfield will open and James Anderson, who could really do with a good game, has the new nut.

0.1

Anderson to Porterfield, OUT, ideal start for Anderson! Not a great delivery, full and wide outside off, but Porterfield dragged on to middle. Gut-wrenching for him and the Irish but just the spark Anderson needed

WTS Porterfield b Anderson 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ed Joyce is the new man, he opened in the corresponding fixture four years ago. For England.

0.2

Anderson to Joyce, no run, Anderson is straight this time, which is a relief for him. Joyce calmly nudges into the leg side

0.3

Anderson to Joyce, no run, swing and a miss outside off stump. Full from Anderson, not much movement in the air

0.4

Anderson to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce away, Ireland away. Smooth drive without a world of timing to extra cover

0.5

Anderson to Stirling, 1 wide, decent line to a left hander, but not to Stirling

0.5

Anderson to Stirling, no run, hint of movement away from the bat this time, Stirling flags it through to Prior

0.6

Anderson to Stirling, no run, beaten! That's the best delivery of the over. Aimed full and seaming away past the dangling outside edge

End of over 1 (2 runs) Ireland 2/1 (326 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 6.65)
PR Stirling    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-1
EC Joyce    1* (3b)     

Stuart Broad, looking a touch slimmer after his stomach troubles, is back into the side. He'll open the bowling but only after the groundsman has hammered down the footholes with a peculiar hammer-head type of instrument.

1.1

Broad to Joyce, no run, finally Broad bowls, and bowls well. Full, around off stump, good pace too. Joyce leans into a drive

1.2

Broad to Joyce, 1 wide, ah, decides to keep his loosener for the second delivery, spearing well down the leg side

1.2

Broad to Joyce, no run, ooh, big shout from England. The bowler wants a review and the captain... has been talked into it! Replays confirm the umpire's decision. It pitched a long way outside leg stump and struck Joyce on the pad as he tries to nudged to leg. Wasted review

1.3

Broad to Joyce, 1 run, back of a length again and enough width for Joyce to steer - with a hint of thickish edge - to third man

1.4

Broad to Stirling, no run, nicely played here. Full face of the bat pushing to mid-off

1.5

Broad to Stirling, SIX, good signs for Stirling. Up on one knee and swivelling a perfectly-timed pull shot, sailed away over the ropes

1.6

Broad to Stirling, no run, the response from the bowler is smart - on a length at off stump. Solidly blocked back to the bowler

End of over 2 (8 runs) Ireland 10/1 (318 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.62)
PR Stirling    6* (5b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-0
EC Joyce    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-1

2.1

Anderson to Joyce, no run, very good-looking drive from Joyce straight back down the ground. Anderson shoved down a hand to take the pace off

2.2

Anderson to Joyce, no run, flat-footed drive. Not a great shot just throwing his hands at the ball outside off and it skewed off the inside edge

2.3

Anderson to Joyce, no run, tighter delivery and a tighter shot. Anderson as straight as Joyce's bat

2.4

Anderson to Joyce, no run, Anderson happy to hold his length back, not searching for swing, Joyce compact in defence

2.5

Anderson to Joyce, no run, back of a length again but the line is good. Joyce defends

2.6

Anderson to Joyce, no run, maiden over for Anderson, that has been a rare, rare commodity for him in one-day cricket

End of over 3 (maiden) Ireland 10/1 (318 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 6.76)
EC Joyce    2* (12b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-1
PR Stirling    6* (5b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-8-0

3.1

Broad to Stirling, FOUR, Stirling wanted to go straighter than this but the thickish inside edge will do the job. Full and a touch leg-sided from Broad, Stirling cleared his front leg and swung through the line

3.2

Broad to Stirling, 1 run, edged again this time, outside edge and it flies down to third man

3.3

Broad to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce calmly sits on the back foot to steer to third man

3.4

Broad to Stirling, no run, better delivery from Broad, hitting a fullish length on off stump. Stirling is respectful in response

3.5

Broad to Stirling, no run, again Broad sets the controls to the hear of off stump, Stirling confidently forward in defence

3.6

Broad to Stirling, FOUR, that's a cracker, just a hint shorter and Stirling rocks back and whips a pull-jab shot away backwards of square. Timed it perfectly

End of over 4 (10 runs) Ireland 20/1 (308 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.69)
PR Stirling    15* (10b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-18-0
EC Joyce    3* (13b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-1

4.1

Anderson to Joyce, 1 leg bye, Anderson is lucky Joyce didn't get more of this. Slipped down the leg side and just needed to be helped on its way but Joyce fluffed it

4.2

Anderson to Stirling, no run, oh dear, poor shot. First delivery Stirling has faced against Anderson and he's had a flat-footed hoik at fresh air

4.3

Anderson to Stirling, no run, better here, more compact and treating a good Anderson delivery with the respect it probably deserved

4.4

Anderson to Stirling, 1 leg bye, this one was there to hit and Stirling aimed a pick-up smash into the leg side. Unfortunately for him he missed it, no real reason why either

4.5

Anderson to Joyce, FOUR, very fluid drive, touch uppish but Joyce's timing and style is good and it races past Strauss at short extra cover

4.6

Anderson to Joyce, no run, good response from Anderson, touch fuller and it nipped back off the seam and sliced Joyce in two. Anderson aimed a stare but Joyce wasn't interested

End of over 5 (6 runs) Ireland 26/1 (302 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 6.71)
EC Joyce    7* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-1
PR Stirling    15* (13b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-18-0

5.1

Broad to Stirling, no run, Broad spears in a yorker, which England don't do much of, Stirling jabs down on it

5.2

Broad to Stirling, no run, Stirling advances down the pitch but ends up yorking himself and has to stab out to cover in a rush

5.3

Broad to Stirling, 1 run, good slower ball here, smart thinking with the way Stirling was advancing. The batsman's response was good, steering with soft hands into the covers

5.4

Broad to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce seems to move in slow motion, added to his left-handedness it makes him a good player to watch. Even when he's just dabbing to third man

5.5

Broad to Stirling, FOUR, Broad attempts another slower ball and almost got the better of Stirling but at the last minute he held back, and fetched from outside off stump, swinging across the line to drag it to the long-on boundary

5.6

Broad to Stirling, no run, driven hard this time, but straight to cover

End of over 6 (6 runs) Ireland 32/1 (296 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 6.72)
PR Stirling    20* (18b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-24-0
EC Joyce    8* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-1

6.1

Anderson to Joyce, FOUR, this is a dreadful pitch, absolutely nothing there for the bowlers. Joyce opens the face, times it perfectly and glides to the cover boundary

6.2

Anderson to Joyce, no run, this time Anderson is straighter and Joyce can do nothing but defend

6.3

Anderson to Joyce, 1 run, enough width again for Joyce to run down to third man

6.4

Anderson to Stirling, 4 leg byes, Anderson's line is wrong again. Shoved down the leg side and even though Stirling missed his tickle, a flick of the thigh pad took it out of Prior's reach

6.5

Anderson to Stirling, 1 leg bye, once again the line is wrong but a slower ball this time finds more pad and bobbles square

6.6

Anderson to Joyce, no run, super Strauss dives to field smartly at short extra. Somebody give him a knighthood

End of over 7 (10 runs) Ireland 42/1 (286 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.65)
EC Joyce    13* (21b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-11-1
PR Stirling    20* (20b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-24-0

England's best bowler at the moment, Tim Bresnan, into the attack.

7.1

Bresnan to Stirling, 1 run, as ever, Bresnan fires down on a length and line, heading to the top of off as Stirling defends

7.2

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, nothing fancy from Bresnan, just holding a line around off stump and almost catches Joyce fishing

7.3

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, drags the length back this time Joyce blocks under his eyes

7.4

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, fuller this time but the line remains impeccable. Joyce defends

7.5

Bresnan to Joyce, 1 run, this time the hint of drift to the leg side means Joyce can nudge a single to midwicket

7.6

Bresnan to Stirling, 1 run, Stirling advances, but Bresnan is rock solid, dragging his length back in response. The shot ends up being a rash slap with no timing to mid-on

End of over 8 (3 runs) Ireland 45/1 (283 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 6.73)
PR Stirling    22* (22b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0
EC Joyce    14* (25b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-11-1

Change in bowling, Michael Yardy. Could be interesting with Stirling, who likes to give himself room.

8.1

Yardy to Stirling, 1 run, angled in from that low-arm and Stirling picks off a single to deep midwicket

All Sussex out there with Prior chirping, Yardy bowling and Joyce batting.

8.2

Yardy to Joyce, 1 run, touch of air from Yardy and Joyce quietly pushes to the off side

8.3

Yardy to Stirling, 1 run, solidly pushed out to long-on

8.4

Yardy to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce skips down the wicket and flicks down the ground

8.5

Yardy to Stirling, no run, solid defence from Stirling. And from Yardy, really

8.6

Yardy to Stirling, FOUR, a fraction short and a fraction wide, Stirling hung leg side of the ball, leant back and thwacked through cover for four. He looked remarkably like Darren Gough there

End of over 9 (8 runs) Ireland 53/1 (275 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 6.70)
PR Stirling    28* (26b 4x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    1-0-8-0
EC Joyce    16* (27b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0

9.1

Bresnan to Joyce, FOUR, too much width, never ends well for the bowler. Joyce dispatched it with a flash of the hands, very neatly done

9.2

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, better feet from Joyce here in defence. Got back and across and played under his eyes

9.3

Bresnan to Joyce, 1 run, again very compact from Joyce as he opens the face to glide to third man

9.4

Bresnan to Stirling, FOUR, lovely shot, there has been plenty of bluster and power from Stirling but here was a flick of the wrists. Waiting on a slower ball to turn his wrists over it, send it fine of short fine leg and pick up the boundary

9.5

Bresnan to Stirling, OUT, ah, sad end for Stirling. Banged just back of a length from Bresnan around off stump and Stirling aimed a slug to leg. Only managed a top edge that sailed high and swirled over Pietersen, who watched it carefully at deep square to snaffle the chance. Bresnan the man again for England

PR Stirling c Pietersen b Bresnan 32 (45m 28b 5x4 1x6) SR: 114.28

Niall O'Brien is a rock for Ireland and he has plenty to do here.

9.6

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, banged in again, extra bounce this time gives Joyce the hurry up

Miller can barely contain his excitement about Bresnan so I'll let him take over... Hello everyone. It's a Powerplay, and it's Graeme Swann. What's not to be excited about?

End of over 10 (9 runs) Ireland 62/2 (266 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 6.65)
EC Joyce    21* (31b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-12-1
NJ O'Brien    0* (0b)      MH Yardy    1-0-8-0

10.1

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, forward and defended on a good length

10.2

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, round the wicket again, rocks back to cut, but doesn't time it

10.3

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up into the blockhole, squirted out to square leg

10.4

Swann to Joyce, no run, fully forward, defended into the covers

10.5

Swann to Joyce, no run, pushed back to the bowler, no width to work with

10.6

Swann to Joyce, no run, excellent exploratory first over, no freebies whatsoever

The sting went out of Ireland's innings with the loss of Stirling, but this pair are the most experienced campaigners in their side

End of over 11 (1 run) Ireland 63/2 (265 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.72, RRR: 6.79)
EC Joyce    21* (34b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0
NJ O'Brien    1* (3b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-12-1

11.1

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, no run, good delivery, leaving the left-hander with a bit of bounce

11.2

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, squeezed down to third man with an open-faced push

11.3

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, on the pads, angling across the stumps, nudged to midwicket with a leap

11.4

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, short ball from Bresnan, a floundering pull shot, but three men converged at short mid-on, but no-one could get there

11.5

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, dropped! Another mow across the line, a massive steepler, Prior turned round in circles to try to steady himself as the ball plummeted out of the night sky, but couldn't cling on!

11.6

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, and a measured defence to end a frenetic over. Bressie is making things happen again!

End of over 12 (1 run) Ireland 64/2 (264 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 6.94)
EC Joyce    21* (38b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-13-1
NJ O'Brien    2* (5b)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0

12.1

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, still round the wicket, on a good length

12.2

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, onto the pads, pushed to midwicket

12.3

Swann to Joyce, no run, drawn forward, defended back to the bowler

"Shades of James Foster on debut," notes Jonathan Hungin

12.4

Swann to Joyce, 1 run, whoops, that didn't go where intended! A chinese cut to fine leg

12.5

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, chopped into the off side, Swann is finding good flight and pace on the ball

12.6

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, on the legs again, but the angle doesn't give much to work with. Another tidy over

End of over 13 (2 runs) Ireland 66/2 (262 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 7.08)
NJ O'Brien    3* (9b)      GP Swann    2-0-3-0
EC Joyce    22* (40b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-13-1

13.1

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, pressing forward, defended to cover

13.2

Bresnan to Joyce, 1 run, hits the deck hard, and flicked out to point via a combination of edge and pad-flap. In fact, it was just pad-flap

13.3

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, no run, short and aggressive. O'Brien swings into a pull, but that's beaten him

13.4

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, no run, firmly jabbed to cover

13.5

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, on the pads, and swung hard to fine leg, who fields on the bounce

13.6

Bresnan to Joyce, no run, back and across and defended back down the track

Is it my imagination, or has the zip gone out of this contest? England bowling well, and Ireland are getting bogged down.

End of over 14 (2 runs) Ireland 68/2 (260 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 7.22)
EC Joyce    23* (43b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-15-1
NJ O'Brien    4* (12b)      GP Swann    2-0-3-0

14.1

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, fenced back to the bowler

14.2

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, down on the sweep, but can't middle it

14.3

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, attempted cut, but not timed

14.4

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, twirled into the blockhole, and driven comfortably down to long-off

14.5

Swann to Joyce, 1 run, worked off the pads

14.6

Swann to NJ O'Brien, SIX, dropped! Anderson's bowling has been back on song, but his brilliant fielding standards remain in the doldrums! A flat drive to long-off, he was back on the rope, but the ball burst through his fingers!

End of over 15 (8 runs) Ireland 76/2 (252 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.06, RRR: 7.20)
NJ O'Brien    11* (17b 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-11-0
EC Joyce    24* (44b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-15-1

15.1

Bresnan to Joyce, 1 run, on the hip, nudged for a single

15.2

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, no run, good heavy ball from Bresnan, hits the splice hard, with scarcely a hair's breadth to operate within

15.3

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, no run, more aggressive back-of-a-length bowling. It's serving a good purpose so far

15.4

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, short again, but this time O'Brien was waiting for the delivery, and slotted it in front of square. Top shot

15.5

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, overcompensation from Bresnan, and he pays the price, outside off

15.5

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, an average delivery from Bresnan, and that's reignited Ireland's hopes. Short and leg-sided, and helped around the corner

15.6

Bresnan to NJ O'Brien, no run, better line and length, hopping through to the keeper

End of over 16 (10 runs) Ireland 86/2 (242 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 7.11)
NJ O'Brien    19* (22b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    5-0-25-1
EC Joyce    25* (45b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-11-0

16.1

Swann to Joyce, no run, down the leg side

16.2

Swann to Joyce, 1 run, on the pads again, punched off the back foot to long-on

16.3

Swann to NJ O'Brien, no run, tossed right up, and over-tossed in fact. A full toss is punched straight to cover. A let-off

16.4

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, good use of the feet to work another single to long-off

16.5

Swann to Joyce, 1 run, short, and calmly pulled out to long-on

16.6

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, quicker delivery, skids through to be cut out to deep point, and that's going to be drinks

A decent response from Ireland. They've overcome the shock of a first-ball wicket to keep themselves very much in touch at this stage, though of course there is a massive distance to go yet.

If they do achieve the impossible - and maybe even if they don't - Ireland will be very much in contention for the last eight. Who else will be there? Work it out in our Predictor

End of over 17 (4 runs) Ireland 90/2 (238 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 7.21)
NJ O'Brien    21* (25b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-15-0
EC Joyce    27* (48b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-25-1

17.1

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, another single to reboot the chase, as Colly's cutters enter the fray

17.2

Collingwood to Joyce, no run, round the wicket, good length, defended

17.3

Collingwood to Joyce, no run, blocked out to cover, no run on offer there

17.4

Collingwood to Joyce, 1 run, hitting a good length with a threat of movement. Punched to cover

17.5

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, no run, attempted nurdle, a deflection clangs off the face of the bat, and the helmet. Lucky his head got in the way really!

17.6

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended again, Decent first over

End of over 18 (2 runs) Ireland 92/2 (236 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 7.37)
NJ O'Brien    22* (28b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-2-0
EC Joyce    28* (51b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-15-0

18.1

Swann to Joyce, no run, round the wicket is the way to go with two lefties in. On a good length again

18.2

Swann to Joyce, 1 run, chiselled up to mid-on

18.3

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, crashing drive to the sweeper at deep cover

18.4

Swann to Joyce, 1 leg bye, into position for the sweep, not quite timed, but one more to the total nonetheless. It's all they really need for now

18.5

Swann to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, punched out to the deep. The steady flow of singles continues

18.6

Swann to Joyce, no run, right on the spot, defended with a full face to cover

End of over 19 (4 runs) Ireland 96/2 (232 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.05, RRR: 7.48)
EC Joyce    29* (55b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-18-0
NJ O'Brien    24* (30b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-2-0

19.1

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, O'Brien picks the gap well, just enough room to work with

19.2

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, down on one knee for a premeditated sweep, places it well as fine leg rushes round to save the boundary

19.3

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, low full toss, punched into the covers

19.4

Collingwood to Joyce, 1 run, another full toss, lapped to fine leg. Not the best use of the facilities, as they say. Mind you, it is a flat deck

19.5

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, no run, better line and length, Collingwood yelps an appeal, but that was middle of the bat

19.6

Collingwood to NJ O'Brien, no run, good finish to the over, a bit of nip off the seam, and defended awkwardly

Here comes Sahil

End of over 20 (6 runs) Ireland 102/2 (226 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.10, RRR: 7.53)
NJ O'Brien    29* (35b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    2-0-8-0
EC Joyce    30* (56b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-18-0

20.1

Swann to Joyce, 1 run, driven calmly and quietly to long-on

20.2

Swann to NJ O'Brien, OUT, whoops, that's the nut. Full length, slips under an extravagant sweep slog, and back goes the off stump!

NJ O'Brien b Swann 29 (37m 36b 2x4 1x6) SR: 80.55

Swann's celebration is tinged with a hint of peevishness. England needed that wicket before they started shouting at each other

20.3

Swann to Wilson, no run, bit of air from Swann aiming for off stump. Finds solid defence

20.4

Swann to Wilson, no run, touch of extra bounce takes this past the outside edge

20.5

Swann to Wilson, no run, some spin here, slower from Swann and it grips off the pitch, turning past an attempted flick to leg

20.6

Swann to Wilson, no run, this hops from a length, the batsman hops with it and Wilson defends

End of over 21 (1 run) Ireland 103/3 (225 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 7.75)
GC Wilson    0* (4b)      GP Swann    5-0-19-1
EC Joyce    31* (57b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-8-0

21.1

Collingwood to Joyce, 1 run, stroked down the ground for a gimme single

21.2

Collingwood to Wilson, no run, solid forward block into the off side

21.3

Collingwood to Wilson, no run, another one down! Tough drop, would have been a good one. Popped back towards the bowler, Collingwood dived across but couldn't hold on

21.4

Collingwood to Wilson, 1 run, bunted to third man securely this time

21.5

Collingwood to Joyce, no run, careful defence from Joyce

21.6

Collingwood to Joyce, no run, Joyce aims a drive but no pace on the ball and ends up inside edging back to the bowler

End of over 22 (2 runs) Ireland 105/3 (223 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 7.96)
EC Joyce    32* (60b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-10-0
GC Wilson    1* (7b)      GP Swann    5-0-19-1

22.1

Swann to Wilson, 1 run, soft hands pops this to point where swift running allows Joyce back on strike

22.2

Swann to Joyce, OUT, beauty from Swann does for Joyce. No mistake from Prior this time. Joyce skips down the track, bit of drop from Swann and sharp spin takes it past the outside edge, Prior has a single bail off in a flash. Swann is delighted, as well he might be

EC Joyce st †Prior b Swann 32 (90m 61b 3x4 0x6) SR: 52.45

The hulking figure of Kevin O'Brien is the new man. Shades of Flintoff about him....

22.3

Swann to KJ O'Brien, no run, this is a Freddie-esque hard-handed block

22.4

Swann to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, booming drive aimed, not landed but the outside edge takes it past a vacant slip area to the third man rope

22.5

Swann to KJ O'Brien, no run, back to defence this time, Swann has relocated his zing after a pasting the other night

22.6

Swann to KJ O'Brien, no run, touch of air, touch of spin, plenty of worry for O'Brien

End of over 23 (5 runs) Ireland 110/4 (218 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 8.07)
KJ O'Brien    4* (4b 1x4)      GP Swann    6-0-24-2
GC Wilson    2* (8b)      PD Collingwood    3-0-10-0

With all that turn on offer who better to call on than the ripping Michael Yardy.

23.1

Yardy to Wilson, no run, round arm, no much spin, plenty of angle. Slid off the face in defence

23.2

Yardy to Wilson, no run, defended firmly into the off side

23.3

Yardy to Wilson, no run, stroked back to Yardy who fields and turns in one movement

23.4

Yardy to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson advances and squeezes this to short fine leg. He hasn't look in particularly good order so far

23.5

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, no run, touch shorter and nudged to midwicket off the back foot

23.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien manages to find what little spin there was to end up with a leading edge to mid-off

End of over 24 (1 run) Ireland 111/4 (217 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 8.34)
KJ O'Brien    4* (6b 1x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-9-0
GC Wilson    3* (12b)      GP Swann    6-0-24-2

24.1

Swann to Wilson, no run, Strauss is up at slip and Swann is beating the outside edge here

24.2

Swann to Wilson, OUT, Wilson's torturous effort ends. Or does it? Review after Swann finds the pads as Wilson stretches forward to sweep. The only danger was the 2.5 metre stuff, but it's plumb. Not a very happy return for Wilson

GC Wilson lbw b Swann 3 (17m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Alex Cusack, another returnee, comes into the crease and Swann is smiling.

24.3

Swann to Cusack, 2 runs, that's a decent start! Cusack swishing a drive through the line past a diving cover

24.4

Swann to Cusack, no run, careful defence from the front foot

24.5

Swann to Cusack, no run, poor shot this, Cusack was pinned to the crease and just aimed a waft, no intent

24.6

Swann to Cusack, no run, much better this time, Cusack down the track and driving firmly to mid-off

End of over 25 (2 runs) Ireland 113/5 (215 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 8.60)
AR Cusack    2* (4b)      GP Swann    7-0-26-3
KJ O'Brien    4* (6b 1x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-9-0

25.1

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, O'Brien leans this down the ground

25.2

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, this keeps a little low and it toe-ended out to deep point

25.3

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, too short from Yardy, never going to end well. O'Brien hung back and slugged to the deep midwicket fence

25.4

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, no run, the batsman tries to give himself room but Yardy follows him, cramping any big shot intended

25.5

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, gets all of this! Giving himself a touch of room again and O'Brien thwacked a hard drive through extra cover

25.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, no run, for no apparent reason O'Brien misses a fiddle to leg

End of over 26 (10 runs) Ireland 123/5 (205 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.73, RRR: 8.54)
KJ O'Brien    13* (11b 3x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-19-0
AR Cusack    3* (5b)      GP Swann    7-0-26-3

26.1

Swann to Cusack, no run, Cusack struggling here, mistiming an airy drive one-bounce to mid-off

26.2

Swann to Cusack, 2 runs, quicker, flatter ball is trickled around the corner

26.3

Swann to Cusack, 1 run, hint of extra bounce gets Prior excited, but Cusack actually stroked this quite confidently to deep point

26.4

Swann to KJ O'Brien, SIX, front foot plonked down and O'Brien heaves his enormous arms across the line to send it into the midwicket stands. Makes him the highest runscorer for Ireland in ODI cricket

26.5

Swann to KJ O'Brien, no run, celebrates the landmark with careful defence

26.6

Swann to KJ O'Brien, SIX, and again! If Sachin can do it, why can't Kevin!? Same idea, front foot down the wicket, solid base and heave to leg. Goes flat and crashes into the fence

End of over 27 (15 runs) Ireland 138/5 (190 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 8.26)
KJ O'Brien    25* (14b 3x4 2x6)      GP Swann    8-0-41-3
AR Cusack    6* (8b)      MH Yardy    3-0-19-0

Strauss has seen enough and Broad is back.

27.1

Broad to Cusack, no run, decent start to a new spell, back of a length and straight. Blocked uncertainly

27.2

Broad to Cusack, no run, Cusack sits on the back foot, opens the face and nudges down to third man

27.3

Broad to Cusack, 1 run, wider from Broad, too loose really, Cusack chops fine down to third man and it's only a tumbling save from the wonder that is Trott that saves the boundary

England have been unimpressive again in the field today. Loose bowling and fielding...

27.4

Broad to KJ O'Brien, no run, this is much better, full, touch of drift into the batsman, dug out

27.5

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 5 wides, sloppy and shoddy. Broad overcooks a yorker, firing down the leg side, Prior doesn't manage to save and it runs away

27.5

Broad to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, really shades of Flintoff here again. Too short and a touch too wide, there is plenty of O'Brien so he only needs to get a bit of the ball for it to speed away to the point boundary

27.6

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, down the leg side this time and Broad is lucky it only bobbled off the pads

End of over 28 (11 runs) Ireland 149/5 (179 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.32, RRR: 8.13)
KJ O'Brien    29* (17b 4x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-34-0
AR Cusack    7* (11b)      GP Swann    8-0-41-3

28.1

Swann to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, much quicker this time, comes off a flurry of bat and arms and pad into the leg side

28.2

Swann to Cusack, 1 run, Cusack stands up and punches a single down the ground to bring O'Brien back. Will he go again?

28.3

Swann to KJ O'Brien, no run, not here. Very quick and flat from Swann, O'Brien punches back to the bowler

28.4

Swann to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, O'Brien has England rattled here. He jumps outside leg to give himself room, Swann followed with a dart and the batsman flipped it around the corner past short fine leg

28.5

Swann to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, this is driven out to the off side

28.6

Swann to Cusack, no run, Swann's work is done, good work it was too, finishes with three wickets to make up for his pounding the other night. Ends the spell with Cusack driving to mid-off

End of over 29 (7 runs) Ireland 156/5 (172 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 8.19)
AR Cusack    8* (13b)      GP Swann    9-0-47-3
KJ O'Brien    34* (21b 5x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-34-0

29.1

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, back of a length from Broad, tight line too and O'Brien bunts into the covers

29.2

Broad to Cusack, no run, fuller this time, Cusack very still just swings a drive to mid-off

29.3

Broad to Cusack, FOUR, Broad isn't happy, he wanted Prior to have a go at this perhaps. It was short though, touch wide too and cut, with some outside edge, airily through a vacant slip to bring up a 50-run stand from 31 balls

29.4

Broad to Cusack, FOUR, Cusack finds his range now! Floated up a touch full from Broad and it was thrashed through the covers

29.5

Broad to Cusack, no run, much better from Broad. Hits a length, zips it away off the seam and past an outside edge

29.6

Broad to Cusack, 1 run, follows a good ball with a bad one and it's cut away again

Here's Miller... hello everyone. Bring it on. I love a bit of proper boshing batting, and O'Brien is doing that a treat

End of over 30 (10 runs) Ireland 166/5 (162 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 8.10)
AR Cusack    17* (18b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-44-0
KJ O'Brien    35* (22b 5x4 2x6)      GP Swann    9-0-47-3

Jimmy's back as well. Can he pick up where he left off in a decent early spell?

30.1

Anderson to Cusack, no run, a bit of width, goes for the cut but can't time it

30.2

Anderson to Cusack, no run, tapped into the covers

30.3

Anderson to Cusack, no run, that one tailed in nicely, met with a full face but definite hints of reverse

30.4

Anderson to Cusack, no run, another inswinger, a big appeal but always going down leg. Encouraging signs though

30.5

Anderson to Cusack, 1 run, worked off the pads, more signs of swing

30.6

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, no run, thoughts of a single, and Cusack nearly slipped as the chance was turned down

It's batting Powerplay time. Cue the music. What's that, no music? Well, let's have Michael Yardy instead

End of over 31 (1 run) Ireland 167/5 (161 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.38, RRR: 8.47)
KJ O'Brien    35* (23b 5x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    5-1-12-1
AR Cusack    18* (23b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-44-0

31.1

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, twirled onto a good length, nudged fine

31.2

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, 2 wides, that's a filthy delivery. Prior makes excellent ground to save five wides

31.2

Yardy to Cusack, 1 leg bye, aiming down the leg-side from round the wicket again. Nurdled to short fine leg

31.3

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, 4 byes, more valuable runs, thought there was an inside-edge. Apparently not, but it goes very fine and no-one can cut it off!

31.4

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, no run, a flat-batted bosh from deep in the crease

31.5

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, more poor bowling allied to excellent hitting, and that's swept superbly through fine leg

31.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, an appalling over comes to a cracking end for O'Brien, another bullish sweep, and beautifully timed behind square!

The most expensive over of the innings, and there's life in this contest still! The onus is firmly on Anderson to get this innings under control. England are agitated and irritated in equal measure. They don't like being favourites, do they ...

End of over 32 (16 runs) Ireland 183/5 (145 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 8.05)
KJ O'Brien    43* (27b 7x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    4-0-30-0
AR Cusack    19* (25b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-12-1

32.1

Anderson to Cusack, no run, great delivery, fizzing late reverse swing, and a flat-footed push outside off. Just misses the edge

32.2

Anderson to Cusack, 1 run, back of a length, poked in front of square on the leg side from the back foot. Another single to the cause

32.3

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, no run, makes room for a mow, but the ball was too good to be collared

32.4

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, excellent stroke in the circumstances. Getting right behind another inswinging delivery, and a firm bunt up and over the bowler's head. Strauss dives well to field, and makes a point about England's flagging standards

32.5

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, SIX, battered! Too short from Anderson, O'Brien was onto it in an instant, and that's a 30-ball fifty! Top tonking that Irishman! The fastest in their ODI history...

32.6

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, no run, a dot ball to end a breathless over. England need to get a grip here, or it's going to get awkwardly tight

Yardy is dispatched after his abomination of an over. Here's Bresnan

End of over 33 (9 runs) Ireland 192/5 (136 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.81, RRR: 8.00)
KJ O'Brien    51* (31b 7x4 3x6)      JM Anderson    6-1-21-1
AR Cusack    20* (27b 2x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-30-0

33.1

Bresnan to Cusack, no run, outside off, carved out to point

33.2

Bresnan to Cusack, 1 run, Cusack finds the single to get the main man on strike. Good batting

33.3

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, short, and swished, and that's another boundary! Didn't go where it was intended, but who cares! Third man can't intercept

33.4

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, in the blockhole, the right delivery for the situation, but O'Brien gets good bat on it to dig out a single to long-on

33.5

Bresnan to Cusack, 1 run, short, and nudged down to third man

33.6

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, SIX, jeepers, now that's a strike! Nothing much wrong with the ball, but that has been utterly battered over extra cover for six! Gave himself a fraction of room, and absolutely savaged the delivery!

The mandatory ball change is due, and not before time for England. The one they've been using has been belted to all parts. Who says the batting Powerplay is a curse? Ireland are loving it! And frankly, so am I. Bobbins to Kenya and that bunch, this is a proper team, and it's good that they are showing the world as much.

England, coincidentally, were 205 for 2 at the same stage. And they finished badly ...

End of over 34 (13 runs) Ireland 205/5 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.02, RRR: 7.68)
KJ O'Brien    62* (34b 8x4 4x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-38-1
AR Cusack    22* (30b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-21-1

34.1

Anderson to Cusack, 2 runs, short, and spanked over cover. Cusack is middling the ball as well now

34.2

Anderson to Cusack, 1 run, clever play, working the single to cover

34.3

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, everywhere you look, it's a boundary! Another inside-edge, this time through fine leg. But it doesn't matter. That's a 61-ball century stand. Sixty-one!

34.4

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, bosh! Fetch that! A half-volley, drilled to the cover boundary, and O'Brien holds the pose for the snappers!

34.5

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, no run, shorter ball, whizzes through. A precious dot for England!

34.6

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, SIX, right, I think it is official, England are in big trouble now! Nothing they can do is going right. Another stand-and-deliver blow, flies out of the screws, way over midwicket!

The biggest six of the tournament - 102 metres!

End of over 35 (17 runs) Ireland 222/5 (106 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.34, RRR: 7.06)
KJ O'Brien    76* (38b 10x4 5x6)      JM Anderson    7-1-38-1
AR Cusack    25* (32b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-38-1

Yardy's back. He needs to improve on his last over

35.1

Yardy to Cusack, no run, round the wicket, still aiming at the pads .... gets away with this one

35.2

Yardy to Cusack, no run, defended back down the track

35.3

Yardy to Cusack, no run, walloped hard and straight, but Yardy stands firm and fields in his followthrough

35.4

Yardy to Cusack, 2 runs, worked out to square leg, loud shouts of "Bres, Bres, Bres!" as Bresnan fields. England are rattled

35.5

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, good delivery, dipping in towards the stumps, worked up to mid-on

35.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, wow. You can't say fairer than that. Crashed through the cover ring, and that is a 62-run Powerplay!

O'Brien is going at more than two a ball. If he stays for seven overs, the game is done!

End of over 36 (7 runs) Ireland 229/5 (99 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.36, RRR: 7.07)
KJ O'Brien    80* (39b 11x4 5x6)      MH Yardy    5-0-37-0
AR Cusack    28* (37b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-38-1

36.1

Bresnan to Cusack, 1 run, pushed onto the back foot, fenced to third man

Bresnan went down in his followthrough, but he seems okay.

36.2

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, that looked like an excellent delivery, but it is belatedly called wide on height. England are not amused. But then, they haven't been all innings

36.2

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, strikes the pad, and rolls down to third man. A single is a victory now for England

36.3

Bresnan to Cusack, no run, cramped for room on off stump, that's well bowled. Respectfully played to cover

I could feel an intake of breath all around for that delivery. The first calm moment for eight overs

36.4

Bresnan to Cusack, 1 leg bye, nips off the pitch and thoughts of a review, but that was going down leg

36.5

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, short, pulled, and another vital boundary! Where was Yardy though? If he'd been on the rope, that would have been out!

36.6

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, SIX, that is sensationally vast! England haven't got a prayer against hitting of this calibre. A fraction short, and he put his bat clean underneath it, high and mighty over midwicket!

Wow. This is incredible. I think Hayden holds the World Cup century record, from 66, and that was on the smallest pitch in world cricket, in St Kitts. Davison was 67 against West Indies.

End of over 37 (14 runs) Ireland 243/5 (85 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.56, RRR: 6.53)
KJ O'Brien    90* (42b 12x4 6x6)      TT Bresnan    7-0-50-1
AR Cusack    29* (40b 2x4)      MH Yardy    5-0-37-0

Collingwood to take pace off the ball. Probably a good plan

37.1

Collingwood to Cusack, no run, punched out to point

37.2

Collingwood to Cusack, 1 run, worked down the ground to long-on, O'Brien is back on strike

37.3

Collingwood to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, uppishly pushed to point. This is good bowling so far, full but not too full

37.4

Collingwood to Cusack, 1 run, lifted to long-on, without extra power. A sense of relative calm has descended

37.5

Collingwood to KJ O'Brien, no run, good bowling from Collingwood, a teasing cutter outside off stump, patted into the covers

37.6

Collingwood to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, dropped! Is that the match? A massive steepler, O'Brien was right underneath it, Strauss rushed across at long-off, made a lot of ground, juggled the chance, and lost it as he hit the turf!

Despite all that, it was a good over from Collingwood. Lack of pace may make the difference here

End of over 38 (5 runs) Ireland 248/5 (80 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 6.66)
KJ O'Brien    93* (45b 12x4 6x6)      PD Collingwood    4-0-15-0
AR Cusack    31* (43b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-50-1

38.1

Yardy to Cusack, 1 wide, Yardy's line is leg and legger. This one shows too much leg

38.1

Yardy to Cusack, no run, pushed to cover

38.2

Yardy to Cusack, no run, a loud 'oi!' as the ball beats bat for once

38.3

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, battered down the ground, shouts of 'catch it!' but it drops well short of long-off

O'Brien is back on strike

38.4

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, 1 bye, a swish across the line, no connection, but Prior can't gather either

38.5

Yardy to Cusack, no run, dropped! Absolutely nothing is sticking! That was clobbered, but Yardy should have had it ...

38.6

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, driven down the ground. Wow. This is incredible. England are like a cork bobbing on the ocean of the World Cup, rising and falling to meet the quality of their opponents

End of over 39 (4 runs) Ireland 252/5 (76 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.46, RRR: 6.90)
AR Cusack    33* (48b 2x4)      MH Yardy    6-0-40-0
KJ O'Brien    93* (46b 12x4 6x6)      PD Collingwood    4-0-15-0

39.1

Collingwood to Cusack, SIX, Cusack has been the silent partner, but not anymore! The field is in for the second fiddle, so he batters his first six over midwicket!

39.2

Collingwood to Cusack, no run, good riposte from Collingwood, beaten outside off

39.3

Collingwood to Cusack, no run, another fine delivery, as Cusack is torn between attack and defence. Prior gathers

39.4

Collingwood to Cusack, no run, cool recovery of that lost ground. Outside off, beats the bat again. Three in three

39.5

Collingwood to Cusack, 1 run, whipped from off stump to square leg. O'Brien gets the strike for one ball of the over ...

39.6

Collingwood to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, thumped through long-on! Disrespectful boshing, and that's the 150 partnership! Collingwood bowled a fine over, but it's gone for 11!

Jeepers. Incredible. Here's Sahil ....

End of over 40 (11 runs) Ireland 263/5 (65 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 6.50)
KJ O'Brien    97* (47b 13x4 6x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-26-0
AR Cusack    40* (53b 2x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    6-0-40-0

Ooof. England really are keeping the World Cup alive...

40.1

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, Cusack has been superb, nudging, nurdling and giving the strike to O'Brien who is one blow away from a stunning ton

40.2

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, doesn't look to get it here, instead chips powerfully to swap the strike

40.3

Yardy to Cusack, FOUR, ah lovely shot from Cusack! He's holding his nerve here, can England? Down the track and driving powerfully and it speeds away

40.4

Yardy to Cusack, 1 run, follows up the boundary with a single, dinking one into space

40.5

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, no run, solid forward defence. Pounding into the shot with his hard hands

40.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, that is the fastest hundred in World Cup history! Stunning innings, he roars to celebrate! Gets a full toss that he plonks into the leg side to scamper two

The reaction in the Irish dressing room was brilliant, everyone leapt up. Just imagine if they can carry on...

End of over 41 (9 runs) Ireland 272/5 (56 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 6.22)
KJ O'Brien    100* (50b 13x4 6x6)      MH Yardy    7-0-49-0
AR Cusack    46* (56b 3x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-26-0

That hundred was also the 6th fastest in ODI cricket. Can it be matchwinning? Here's Broad, England need him...

41.1

Broad to Cusack, no run, sharp pace, good line too. Cusack blocks into the off side

41.2

Broad to Cusack, 1 run, oh, so close! This shot looked a touch tired, nervy perhaps. Just flirted outside off it shot off the bottom edge past off stump. Those final five overs of England's innings really cost them...

41.3

Broad to KJ O'Brien, OUT, heartbreak for Ireland! It's a run out that breaks the stand. O'Brien blocked hard to point, Cusack set off for one before turning back to save his partner. The throw came into Broad who under-armed onto the stumps to beat Cusack's dive. Brilliant example of a supportive innings from Cusack, just calmly gave O'Brien the strike and finished it by sacrificing himself

AR Cusack run out 47 (80m 58b 3x4 1x6) SR: 81.03

41.4

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, can Ireland hold their nerve, the closer they come the harder it will feel. This is pushed solidly to mid-on

41.5

Broad to Mooney, no run, good thinking from Broad, slower ball to Mooney, who calmly leans it through to midwicket

41.6

Broad to Mooney, 1 run, Mooney is away, but it means he'll keep the strike. Nudged square with the angle. Good sign for Ireland is that he looks calm

End of over 42 (3 runs) Ireland 275/6 (53 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.54, RRR: 6.62)
JF Mooney    1* (2b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-47-0
KJ O'Brien    101* (52b 13x4 6x6)      MH Yardy    7-0-49-0

The new pair are having a lengthy chat. The KOB looks relaxed but he's in danger of pulling off a miracle here. England send for Bresnan and Strauss tightens the ring of fielders for Mooney.

42.1

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, good start from Bresnan, banging back of a length at off stump. Dropped to point, Ireland want the single but the field is tight

42.2

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, nervy moments again with the running. Dropped to cover, Mooney hared off but had to be sent back

42.3

Bresnan to Mooney, 1 leg bye, swing and a miss from Mooney, thudded off the body as O'Brien hurtled down for the single. An England fielder almost got in his way, wouldn't advise that

42.4

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, Bresnan not daring to go full, this is short of a good length and worked around the corner. The rate creeping back up now

42.5

Bresnan to Mooney, 2 runs, buzzers! But it was a tight run that caused it! Mooney dropped it into the off side, O'Brien hurtled through again but needed an earth-shaking dive to make it. Bell aimed for the stumps, missed and they ran the overthrow

42.6

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, nervous defence this time. Mooney knows he needs to get his feet moving but the nerves are stopping him

End of over 43 (4 runs) Ireland 279/6 (49 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.48, RRR: 7.00)
JF Mooney    3* (7b)      TT Bresnan    8-0-53-1
KJ O'Brien    102* (53b 13x4 6x6)      SCJ Broad    6-0-47-0

43.1

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, some width again from Broad, it's what has caused all the trouble. O'Brien cleanly drives through cover and it's reached deep cover in a flash

43.2

Broad to Mooney, no run, Mooney is desperate to get rid of the strike, could spell run out trouble. This is dropped into the leg side but the fielders swarm in

43.3

Broad to Mooney, 1 run, outside edge! Precious outside edge does the job for Mooney, squirting down to third man

43.4

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, slower bouncer from Broad, outside off. O'Brien waited on it, pulled solidly to deep midwicket and O'Brien had to rush back for the second. The harder he tried to run the slower he went though, looks knackered

43.5

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, Broad has just located his A-game here, another good slower ball around off stump. Bunted into the off side

43.6

Broad to Mooney, FOUR, England not happy! Broad tutting, Strauss looks to the skies. Nothing any of them could do with this, another golden outside edge for Mooney, flies wide of Prior and brings up a much-needed boundary. O'Brien will have the strike too!

End of over 44 (9 runs) Ireland 288/6 (40 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.54, RRR: 6.66)
JF Mooney    8* (10b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-56-0
KJ O'Brien    106* (56b 13x4 6x6)      TT Bresnan    8-0-53-1

44.1

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, O'Brien is annoyed with himself. Got a gift shortish on leg stump, just needed to help it away but missed and it bobbled down off the thigh. O'Brien crawled his single

44.2

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, Mooney is not trying anything expansive, which makes sense. But he doesn't look like turning the strike over either as he defends to point

44.3

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, top work from Bresnan, holding his nerve and his length and line. Mooney blocks again

44.4

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, short ball, zippy too. All of Bresnan's short balls have burst through the pull shots this innings. Through Mooney in a hurry and goes off the helmet wide of Prior, who dives to prevent runs

44.5

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, ooh, nothing fiddle outside off stump. Nervous swish and it's too pacey for Mooney

44.6

Bresnan to Mooney, FOUR, the Mooney outside edge works the magic again! Back of a length again from Bresnan, Mooney flashed at width and it flew to the third man boundary

End of over 45 (5 runs) Ireland 293/6 (35 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.51, RRR: 7.00)
JF Mooney    12* (15b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    9-0-57-1
KJ O'Brien    106* (57b 13x4 6x6)      SCJ Broad    7-0-56-0

O'Brien has only faced six deliveries since Cusack fell, that's the problem for Ireland. Looks very tired too.

45.1

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, good yorker here, full and very straight and O'Brien plays with the straightest of blades down the ground. Just a single though

45.2

Broad to Mooney, 1 run, that's what Mooney needs to do. Hangs back, threads through cover and brings the matchwinner back on strike

45.3

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, slower bouncer and O'Brien's pull shot is equally slow, carefully pushing it to deep midwicket. Looks like he's decided he has to be there at the end. He does

45.4

Broad to Mooney, no run, England buzz around Mooney as punches to cover. Good work from Broad this spell

45.5

Broad to Mooney, FOUR, oh dear, having just said that Broad has shoved this up in the slot. Mooney stood still and thrashed through the line, it screamed past cover. 300 up and suddenly the stadium is in full voice again

45.6

Broad to Mooney, 1 run, Broad is holding he knee, really hobbling and there wasn't much weight on this delivery. Full again and driven to the covers

Broad is holding the back of his left knee here. Really looks uncomfortable

End of over 46 (8 runs) Ireland 301/6 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.54, RRR: 6.75)
JF Mooney    18* (19b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-64-0
KJ O'Brien    108* (59b 13x4 6x6)      TT Bresnan    9-0-57-1

Bresnan to finish off here.

46.1

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, ooh, holds this outside off stump. Mooney went fishing and couldn't connect

46.2

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, plenty of claps from the England captain for this. Bresnan holds his length back and Mooney punches to point

46.3

Bresnan to Mooney, FOUR, brilliant batting! Such clear thinking from Mooney. Rather then let the pressure build he has dart. Gives himself room expecting the shortish length again, Bresnan was indeed shortish and he flashed it over point for four

46.4

Bresnan to Mooney, no run, short again, flash and miss! It was far too quick for him and climbed over the top edge

46.5

Bresnan to Mooney, 1 run, whipped into the leg side this time. Mooney is flying here, just sat back and flipped it to backwards square. "Don't panic!" implores Prior. Too late, I reckon

46.6

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, excellent yorker from Bresnan, O'Brien manages to get the toe-end down just in time. Mooney called through for a single, having a race with Bresnan who ended up kicking the ball wide of the stumps for an overthrow!

End of over 47 (7 runs) Ireland 308/6 (20 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.55, RRR: 6.66)
KJ O'Brien    110* (60b 13x4 6x6)      TT Bresnan    10-0-64-1
JF Mooney    23* (24b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-64-0

James Anderson has had a marginally better day today than Sunday. But will feel much worse if this spell goes wrong. He's been a liability at the death so far this tournament. Needs to get it right now. Mooney on strike...

47.1

Anderson to Mooney, 1 leg bye, starts leg side, Mooney flicks around the corner in the direction of Broad who is hobbling after it. Brings O'Brien back on strike, he's hardly had a hit of late

47.2

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, strong shot but O'Brien loses the strike again. Just 10 out of 38 balls he's faced in this stand. Fullish and driven firmly to long-off. Another long meeting for the England think tank

47.3

Anderson to Mooney, no run, tight line from Anderson. Back of a length into the hip area and Mooney can't get it away

47.4

Anderson to Mooney, 1 run, same line from the bowler, Mooney tries to give himself room but can't. Ends up gloving it and it loops agonisingly wide of the bowler before plopping into space

47.5

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, O'Brien takes another single, he's not tried anything expansive in a while. Mooney needs to finish this over with a bang

47.6

Anderson to Mooney, FOUR, he does! Stunning work from Mooney. Delivering when he needs to. Clears his front leg, takes a punt and swings through the line. Absolutely nailed it to the midwicket fence. Ireland need a run a ball from the last 12. Should be a doddle!

End of over 48 (8 runs) Ireland 316/6 (12 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 6.00)
JF Mooney    28* (28b 5x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-45-1
KJ O'Brien    112* (62b 13x4 6x6)      TT Bresnan    10-0-64-1

It is Stuart Broad. He hasn't looked fit of late but needs a big over here. O'Brien is on strike. He could finish it now. This would, by the way, be the highest chase in World Cup history. Field set back after a meeting. Third man and fine leg in the circle.

48.1

Broad to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, OUT, oh dear! O'Brien has given it away! He's flat on his face and can't pick himself up. Run out, of all things and this match takes another turn. Yorker flipped to midwicket, he ran the single easily but wanted a second which didn't exist, despite a despairing dive. Ends one of the great World Cup innings, Ireland were buried before he turned it

KJ O'Brien run out 113 (123m 63b 13x4 6x6) SR: 179.36

Trent Johnston is just about the ideal man to come into this situation. Hugely experience, very tough mentally. He'll keep his head, can England?

48.2

Broad to Johnston, FOUR, no, not there Broad not there! Full toss, gentle, and Johnston calmly got into line and drove sweetly to the extra cover rope. Incredible stuff

Ireland all but have this match now. They just need to pick off the singles.

48.3

Broad to Johnston, no run, much better ball from Broad, much better. Back of a length and zipping through Johnston's defences

48.4

Broad to Johnston, 2 runs, back of a length again and somehow Johnston has lumped this down the ground. He didn't want the two but Mooney forced him through for it. It was easy in the end and England are furious. 5 from 8...

48.5

Broad to Johnston, 1 run, that'll do, Broad leg side and Johnston flipping around the corner for a single. Brings the last-ball specialist Mooney on strike, he could finish it now

48.6

Broad to Mooney, 1 run, calm work from Mooney so calm. Keeps the strike by slicing down to deep point

End of over 49 (9 runs) Ireland 325/7 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 3.00)
JF Mooney    29* (29b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-73-0
DT Johnston    7* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-45-1

Anderson to finish, Ireland need three to pull off a dream result. Kabir Ali anyone? Field tightly packed in.

49.1

Anderson to Mooney, FOUR, Ireland have done it! Stunning chase! Mooney has his helmet off and screaming manically. It was full from Anderson and Mooney, cool as you like, just timed it wide of midwicket for four. The Irish players run out to the field, supporters are in tears! They have the highest run chase in World Cup history and have turned over their old enemy

Ireland win by three wickets Kevin O'Brien has made history for Ireland. The dreams of 2007 have been eclipsed by this record chase, powered by a record hundred. England's bowling and fielding was shoddy again, but they were backed into a corner and knocked out by the hulking power of Kevin O'Brien. Group B has been smashed open with this result! They should play all matches in Bangalore, it has treated us to two of the best games of 50-over cricket you could ever wish to see.

It's the bowling that will be highlighted by England's batting finished with a whimper. If any IPL scouts are watching though, there is one man you want after toady, Kevin O'Brien. Not only was he powerful and technical but so smart. All the Irish batsmen were so calm, calculating the necessary under intense pressure. You can see where Eoin Morgan gets it from.

You can see the best photos from this heady, crazed game on our gallery and soon enough, Andrew McGlashan will finish a dramatic rewrite of his bulletin.

Andrew Strauss, unsurprisingly, looks exhausted but is putting a brave face on it. "We thought we had done a reasonable job with the bat and also with the ball initially. We weren't expecting such an innings from Kevin O'Brien. Our WC dreams are not over yet, we need to set things right soon. Kevin O'Brien played really well and made the most of the powerplay. They deserve the victory, we can't do much but to lick our wounds. We have a couple of niggles, KP and Swann got injured today, hopefully they will be fit for the next game."

There won't be many happier men than William Porterfield and he's beaming as he declares this the best night in Irish cricket history. "It has been the greatest day of our lives, the best performance that we have put up," he says. "We believed in ourselves, Kevin O'Brien was brilliant. We knew that we are capable of winning, we believed in ourselves. Cusack and Mooney too chipped in and credit to the lads for their effort. We have still got four games left, hoping to repeat such performances and stay in the race."

Kevin O'Brien has treated us to one of the great World Cup innings and is named Man of the Match. And the biggest moment of his life, on the greatest stage, he looks ridiculous with his died purple and bleach-blonde hair. Doubt he'll care though: "Not able to believe it, I am quite speechless. I got a bit of luck and things went my way. If we would have gotten out soon, it would have been a boring game for the supporters and so I decided to chance my arm, it paid off." Congrats to anyone who put him in your Fantasy team. Yet again, it's been a stunner in Bangalore. I'm off for a lie down.

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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