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02-Mar-2011 17:23:00 GMT
England v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Bangalore

O'Brien Blazes Ireland Clinch Biggest Target in WC

Bangalore: Kevin O'Brien slammed the quickest century in World Cup history as Ireland clinched a dramatic win over England at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

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. O'Brien clubbed a magnificent 113 off 63 deliveries as Ireland earned the highest World Cup run-chase with four balls to spare.

After he'd added a match-changing 162 with Alex Cusack, John Mooney joined him to play the innings of his life and help write another famous chapter in Irish sport.

When the partnership was broken with 55 still needed Ireland could have lost their way, especially when O'Brien couldn't get the strike back. However, after struggling to get the ball away Mooney suddenly started locating the boundary, firstly off the outside edge but then with two nerveless drives through the covers, each coming after England had strung together a few dot balls to build pressure. He was the dominant partner in the seven-wicket stand.

After a spirited start to their huge run chase Ireland began to fall away as Graeme Swann three wickets during a teasing spell to put England on track for a comfortable victory.

James Anderson gained a confidence-boosting wicket with the first ball of the innings, but Paul Stirling play some meaty shots in an entertaining innings until Tim Bresnan struck then Swann made his mark as the asking rate climbed.

Kevin O'Brien has treated us to one of the great World Cup innings and is named Man of the Match

Earlier, Jonathan Trott made 92 out of England's commanding 327 for eight against Ireland in the World Cup Wednesday as he equalled the record for the fastest 1,000 runs in one-day internationals.

He drew level with West Indies great Vivian Richards and England team-mate Kevin Pietersen in taking just 21 innings to reach the landmark.

Trott shared a third wicket stand of 167 with Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell (81) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

But they both fell within sight of a hundred to medium-pacer John Mooney, with Bell well caught by Paul Stirling at midwicket and Trott bowled off-stump to end a run-a-ball knock featuring nine fours.

Mooney led the attack with four for 63 from nine overs while veteran Australia-born seamer Trent Johnston became the first Ireland bowler to take 50 ODI wickets when he dismissed Michael Yardy as the associates rallied late on.

But they will have to break the record for the most runs batting second to win a World Cup match of 313-7 by Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe at New Plymouth in 1992 if they are to defeat England.

Trott and Bell came together after openers Andrew Strauss (34) and Pietersen (59) both gave their wickets away when well-set.

The 29-year-old South Africa-born Trott, who made his ODI debut against Ireland in Belfast in 2009, needed 64 runs to match Richards and Pietersen and reached the landmark with two off left-arm spinner George Dockrell.

Earlier, England captain Strauss, celebrating his 34th birthday, won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat on the ground where on Sunday he had made a career-best 158 in a thrilling tie with India that yielded a colossal 676 runs.

But there was no repeat when he played on to Dockrell trying to manufacture a pull.

Pietersen looked in superb form but fell tamely when a reverse-sweep against off-spinner Stirling looped gently to wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien.

Bell was almost out for nine when a mix-up with Trott gave Ireland a run-out chance that saw bowler Mooney fail to gather a relayed Niall O'Brien throw.

Brief scores
327 for 8 (Trott 92, Bell 81, Pietersen 59, Mooney 4-63)
Ireland 329 for 7 (K O'Brien 113, Cusack 47, Swann 3-47)
Result Ireland won by three wickets
MOM Kevin O'Brien (Ireland)
Points Ireland 2, England 0

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