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332dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

O'Brien blazes Ireland to glory

Kevin O'Brien stunned England with the fastest hundred in World Cup history as Ireland secured their greatest victory with a monumental three-wicket triumph in Bangalore

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KJ O'Brien
KJ O'Brien
113(63) 13x4 - 6x6
Control %74%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 35 runs
  • 3x4 - 2x6
8 16 14 7 18 8 19 23
IJL Trott
92(92) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 26 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
16 5 12 10 21 2 10 16

Best performances - Bowlers

JF Mooney
JF Mooney
O9
M0
R63
W4
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GP Swann
O10
M0
R47
W3
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Sahil Dutta

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.

49.1
4
Anderson to Mooney, FOUR runs, 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

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

END OF OVER:
49 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 325/7 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 3.00)

  • John Mooney29 (29b)
  • Trent Johnston7 (4b)
  • Stuart Broad9-0-73-0
  • James Anderson8-1-45-1
48.6
1
Broad to Mooney, 1 run, calm work from Mooney so calm. Keeps the strike by slicing down to deep point
48.5
1
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
48.4
2
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...
48.3
0
Broad to Johnston, no run, much better ball from Broad, much better. Back of a length and zipping through Johnston's defences

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

48.2
4
Broad to Johnston, FOUR runs, 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

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?

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  • Kev and John's excellent adventure

    At 111 for 5, Ireland looked to be at the receiving end of a mismatch, but they turned things around with a win their nation will never forget

  • Farewell to a Gaelic hero

    John Mooney, who has retired from international cricket, was an indefatigable and inspirational competitor

  • The night of the possible

    No one expected Ireland to pull off the biggest chase in World Cup history, against England. But they had one Kevin O'Brien in their midst to do just that

  • Niall O'Brien aims high after 'regulation' win

    The distance travelled by Ireland in the last four years, Niall O'Brien said, should have prepared cricket for last night's performance

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
62EC JoycePR Stirling
41EC JoyceNJ O'Brien
3EC JoyceGC Wilson
5KJ O'BrienGC Wilson
162KJ O'BrienAR Cusack
44JF MooneyKJ O'Brien
12DT JohnstonJF Mooney