Ireland has triumphed over perennial foes England in another exciting match at Bangalore, India. kevin O'Brien scores the fastest century in World Cup history, with 100 off 50 balls, to take Ireland into the winners box, securing a place in history for himself and Ireland.
Many a commentator felt that the last match on this ground, a tie between India v England, would be the match of the tournament, I think Ireland was offended. One thing is certain, there is plenty of exciting, edge of your seat cricket left in this ICC Cricket World Cup with more than 30 matches yet to be played.
This result has thrown this group B wide open and gives Ireland a fantastic chance of moving forward. With this 1st win they get 2 points and sets them up moving forward as each of the other teams in this group has to take them seriously. Other teams in group B are India, West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh and Netherlands, and India and England with one point each from their drawn match gives Ireland great confidence to fight every ball.
England scored a commanding 327 off their 50 overs and lost 8 wickets during their innings. In reply Ireland were reeling on 113 for 5 by the halfway point, Portersfield lost his wicket with the very first ball!. Kevin O'Brien and AR Cusack then went on to rescue the innings for Ireland with 162 run partnership and in the process has become heroes at home and earned themselves legions of Indian fans.