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Kevin O'Brien scored a 50-ball century as Ireland chased down a target of 328 to upset England by three wickets at the World Cup.
O'Brien's effort was the fastest hundred in tournament history, all the more incredible given his side looked dead and buried at 111-5 shortly after his arrival at the crease.
He blasted 113 off 63 deliveries, including 13 fours and six sixes, and shared a 162-run stand in 17 overs with Alex Cusack (47) as England - for the third match in a row - lost the plot in the field.
O'Brien was run out with 11 still needed but John Mooney (33no) and Trent Johnston (7no) saw Ireland over the line from the first ball of the final over, Mooney finishing it in style with a boundary off James Anderson.
The result ranks as one of the great World Cup shocks - taking its place alongside Ireland's victory over Pakistan in 2007 and Kenya's wins against West Indies in 1996 and Sri Lanka in 2003.
It also blows Group B wide open and leaves England badly needing to bounce back straight away against South Africa on Sunday, while Ireland - who are also in action on Sunday against India - are firmly in control of their quarter-final destiny.
It had all been going so smoothly for England earlier in the day, Jonathan Trott becoming the equal fastest batsman to 1,000 ODI runs as they piled up their 10th highest total in the format.
Trott contributed a run-a-ball 92 to a score of 327-8 after England opted to bat first at Bangalore's M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, scene of their incredible tie against India last Sunday.
The Warwickshire batsman was playing just his 21st ODI innings, the same number required by team-mate Kevin Pietersen and West Indies legend Viv Richards to reach the landmark.
Pietersen also did his bit on the day, slamming 59 off 50 balls at the top of the order.
Ian Bell got in on the act, too, contributing 81 to a third-wicket stand of 167 with Trott before a late clatter of wickets saw medium pacer Mooney finish with 4-63.
Ireland's run chase got off to the worst possible start when skipper William Porterfield dragged the first delivery from Anderson (1-49) onto his stumps.
Porterfield's opening partner Paul Stirling dispatched five fours and a six in a cameo of 32 from 28 balls.
But his departure to a skier off Tim Bresnan (1-64) was followed by a triple strike from off-spinner Graeme Swann, who accounted for Ed Joyce (32), Niall O'Brien (29) and Gary Wilson (3) on the way to figures of 3-47 - the only English bowler to impress.
At the mid-point of the innings it seemed only a matter of time but Kevin O'Brien launched into a furious counter-attack, going to 50 off 30 balls with seven fours and three sixes.
And that was only the start as he required just another 20 deliveries to complete the sixth quickest hundred in ODIs - albeit helped by a life on 91 when Andrew Strauss, running back from extra cover, dropped a tough chance.
As had been the case against the Netherlands in their opeining match, England's fielding was well below-par - Cusack was also put down on 32, this time a difficult return catch for Michael Yardy (0-49), among five drops in all.
England finally made the breakthrough when Cusack failed to regain his ground after a mix-up over a single and, with 55 still needed from 51 balls, the match was still firmly in the balance.
But O'Brien knew he had done all the hard work and, in the company of Mooney, reined back the aggression and picked up easy ones and twos to reduce the equation to 12 required from the final two overs.
O'Brien was run out attempting to come back for two from the opening delivery of Stuart Broad's penultimate over, bringing Trent Johnston out to join Mooney.
Broad (0-73) promptly served up a full toss which Johnston drilled through the off side for four.
A scampered two and a pair of singles left three needed from the final over and Mooney completed the highest run chase in a World Cup with a boundary off Anderson's first ball.World Cup. Click here to bet.
First of all Iam an avid Cricket fan and then an avid England cricket fan, this was a great game and Ireland were superb. England were not at their best and have a few issues to sort out no doubt about that. I feel that the ICC will shoot themselves in the foot if they dispell teams like Ireland, Holland and Kenya from the world cup, players at the moment need some incentive to stay and play for the associate nations and booting them out is not the way to go. I also think the way players move or choose countries is just way out of hand and needs sorting out drasticly in my view Morgan should be an Irish player gutted as Iam to say that and the fact Ed Joyce has gone between countries just miffs me. A quicker smoother world cup yes, why not play it in 1 country ( reducing the travelling time) and play games more regularly, a team is more than capable of playing a 50 over game every 2 days ! This would cut down on the huge gaps between the games and have the tournament over much quicker. I hope the ICC do not deprive teams like Ireland of the night they had against England.
Posted 18:38 5th March 2011
Better that England faces this trauma early on in the tournament than later. Having said that; sticking with Collingwood at the expense of Bopara is madness. As always England ready to sacrifice flair over "maybe will perform solidly one day" ....
Posted 11:47 4th March 2011
A question to those advocating that the minnows be excluded from the World Cup........... How can it be called the World Cup when it is confined to a select chosen few? It would be churlish to suggest that Ireland is ready for Test cricket........the infrastructure is not there, yet.........however, we are well able to give a good account of ourselves in the limited over game. Well done each and every one of our lads....you have made us very, very proud.
Posted 11:24 4th March 2011
@ScottBroddy, crush the irish in the rugby??? HA! good luck with that with your squad of utterly and completely overrated players!!! Depending on ageing and overated players to do a mediocrce job against referees rather than the teams you are playing!
Posted 01:41 4th March 2011
2 world cups in a row the Irish cricketers have caused the story of the tournament .. firstly the Pakistan victory making the super 8 .. now beating the English at their own game ,,, major major credit to the Irish lads ... But keep the heads and go out and beat India now too
Posted 21:43 3rd March 2011
England need to get back to basics, why don't the bowlers just try and hit the top of off stump. It sounds simple but it works, you bring bowled, l.b.w, caught behind or in the slips into play. If they throw in the odd variety ball aswell, such as a yorker, a bouncer (well directed), or top spinner, that should keep the batsmen on there toes.
Posted 19:47 3rd March 2011
Lets hope this result will stop England cherry picking Irish talent, a small nation like Ireland should be getting help from more developed nations. Instead as soon as someone shows promise they are stolen and Irish cricket is put back another five years.
Posted 18:01 3rd March 2011
I've just had a look at the ODI batting rankings and therein lies the tale. England look good in the test rankings but not the ODI ones. Kevin Pietersen, who we are constantly told is England's best batsman is ranked 40th. Ryan Ten Doeschate is ranked 20th.... and I think that that is indicative of England's current difficulties. Only one England batsman is in the top 20 (Andrew Strauss). That cannot be good enough. England needs to select batsmen on current form - not on their potential. And sadly, the same is true of the bowlers.
Posted 10:26 3rd March 2011
Hats off to kevin obrien who played a fantastic innings and as an englishman i was delighted to see england lose- why? because in my opinion england needs to stop selecting players just because they have done well in the past. If we are brutally honest England have got one of the worst bowling attacks in the tournament- jimmy anderson is a one trick pony- can only bowl well if it swings, so can rule out him taking wickets in india- yardy is mediocre and hardly going to strike fear into opponents, and collingwood just tosses up lollipops- lets face it these 3 must be dropped if england are to have anychance- collingwood was great in past but is a liability now. Why on earth was chris tremlett not in the squad, i could not believe it he's the one quick bowler we got who might get bounce in india and trouble opponents-. I would definetly bring in luke wright, Shazhad and tredwell.
Posted 10:14 3rd March 2011
Well done to Ireland. Cracking win! To all those people saying that the Ashes win was a fluke, you are living in a different reality. The match against Ireland was a one day match. The Ashes was a Test series. There is a slight difference in the formats. Get real.
Posted 09:04 3rd March 2011
ireland deserved to win ,what a fantastic innings from obrien ,but lets face facts the bowling was shambolic what happened to bowling yorkers , bowling a tight line at the stumps ,england bowl wide of the stumps constantly dear me you dont need to be a rocket scientist to work out why we lost ,BOWL AT THE STUMPS, as for the ashes our aussie friends keep saying it was a fluke ,the 3 tests we won were by an innings some fluke that another fluke 3 out of the last 4 series some fluke that dream on convicts heres to 3 in a row
Posted 08:22 3rd March 2011
Two important points, apart from Ireland playing well. 1]Its about time ICC makes it mandatory for teams like Ireland and the Dutch to be included in some tri-series.This will help them get exposure to quality cricket, apart from just ICC events. 2]Also ICC should stop teams like England robbing players from these associate countries.Imagine a Morgan in that team and they would have a decent chance in the competition.
Posted 06:32 3rd March 2011
Ha ha ha ha.... Wallop...take that. I said on this forum that the English were rubbish after they had won the ashes. Yet again the English media built up a team for winning one test series as world beaters (agains a test team ranked 5th in the world) and they have come crashing down to earth. Same old England. Every sport is the same. You have one good rugby win against Australia and you are a dominating force. New Zealand and South Africa then make you eat humble pie - AGAIN. You will not make it through to the next round. I predict that both South Africa and the Windies will take you out. Bye Bye South Africa's second string......
Posted 06:27 3rd March 2011
@Nishant: there must be at-least 2 associate teams in 50-50 WC.... If not the Sport will lose its charm... about yesterdays result: its was not England's bad-luck or something else...it was just Irish show...
Posted 04:49 3rd March 2011
Oh My Word ,I Have Not Seen a braver inning than that of Kevin O Brian' against England...Surely one of the the greatest innings in O.D.I ...As Ireland Register the greatest upset in World cup history..
Posted 02:47 3rd March 2011
Great day for Irish Cricket!Also nice to see that off the starting line up 9 where born in Ireland.I really hope that the ICC takes note of this result and realises that the only way to develop Cricket internationally is by letting the "minnows" play in the CWC and play against the best.
Posted 01:00 3rd March 2011
Well done Ireland. ICC should think about Ireland regarding full membership status. Ireland is full of young talents and full ICC membership would mean a strong cricketing nation coming up. Delighted to see Ireland winning this way.
Posted 00:56 3rd March 2011
These comments remind me of 1988, when I was lucky enough to be in Stuttgart when, against all the prognostications, Ireland beat England 1-0 in the European Championships. My most lasting memory of that day, even more the Houghton's goal, was how every English fan we met walking out of the stadium and in town afterwards said "well done the Irish!" or "you were the better team on the day" or whatever - absolutely sporting, no sour grapes, no complaints about the referee - they might have felt sick inside, but they went out of their way to be friendly and sporting. These are the true English fans, not the few idiots who get all the headlines. The reactions to the cricket just confrim this. I just wish some premiership managers could learn from the fans.
Posted 00:07 3rd March 2011
well done ireland!!! great day to be irish!!! surely its time the icc woke up and realised if u want to promote cricket world wide then the world cup has to be a "world" cup and not just the same few teams playing each other, we c the top 10 teams play each other every yr anyway so what would there b to make the world cup any different to every other yr. put it this way, if the so called "minnows" werent at this world cup we wudnt av seen the biggest run chase in world cup history or the fastest 100 in world cup history!!!! ps we beat pakistan and made the super 8's in '07 and should av beaten bangledesh and av beaten england in '11, hardly d record of a team of "minnows"
Posted 23:47 2nd March 2011
Great knock by Obrien, that was a fantastic effort by ireland. Have to say though WHAT ON EARTH were out bowler's doing!? Where were the yorkers? why was bresnen bowling deliveries at the death that were back of a length moving across the batsmen when there were no slips in? All the batsmen had to do was get any kind of edge and it went for four. Broad clearly was not match fit and should not have been playing. now he's gone and injured his knee. Anderson cannot get his head around the fact that the ball is not swinging and so constantly fires the ball on the batsmen's pads to be clipped away and all of our seamers still think they're playing in Australia, there's no pace in any of these pitches, STOP BOWLING SHORT, IT DOESN'T WORK!! Just because it came off in the 20/20 world cup does not mean it's one size fits all, you're playing in the subcontinent, adapt.
Posted 23:18 2nd March 2011