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.
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.
Anderson to finish, Ireland need three to pull off a dream result. Kabir Ali anyone? Field tightly packed in.
calm work from Mooney so calm. Keeps the strike by slicing down to deep point
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
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...
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.
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?
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
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.
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!
O'Brien takes another single, he's not tried anything expansive in a while. Mooney needs to finish this over with a bang
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
tight line from Anderson. Back of a length into the hip area and Mooney can't get it away
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
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
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...
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!
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
short again, flash and miss! It was far too quick for him and climbed over the top edge
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
plenty of claps from the England captain for this. Bresnan holds his length back and Mooney punches to point
ooh, holds this outside off stump. Mooney went fishing and couldn't connect
Bresnan to finish off here.
Broad is holding the back of his left knee here. Really looks uncomfortable
Broad is holding he knee, really hobbling and there wasn't much weight on this delivery. Full again and driven to the covers
|M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore|
|Toss||England, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 3114|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15|
|Match days||2 March 2011 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||Ireland 2, England 0|