March 2, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 updates: Day 12

On the twelfth day of the ICC World CUP 2011, England played against its neighboring country Ireland at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India. Toss went in favor of England and they chose to bat first.

Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen started the batting innings for England. They both started off very aggressively and built up a partnership of 91 runs in just 13.3 overs. Andrew Strauss got out in George Dockrell's over by getting bowled and departed scoring 34 runs. Kevin Pietersen departed after scoring 59 runs. Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell scored a magnificent of 92 runs and 81 runs respectively. After the fall of the higher order batsmen, lower order batsmen played well but not that aggressive. Finally, England managed to put up a very good total of 327 runs in 50 overs loosing 8 wickets (England - 327/8, 50 overs). John Mooney took 4 wickets for Ireland but he was little expensive with an economy rate of 7 runs per over.

Ireland needed 328 runs to win the match in 50 overs. This was little difficult target as they were facing one of the strongest team in the world. In the last match, England played against India and gave very good fight and ended up in a draw.

Ireland opened its batting innings with the batsmen William Porterfield and Paul Stirling. In the very first delivery of the Ireland's batting innings, they lost William Porterfield who was bowled out by James Anderson. Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce put up a partnership of 62 runs that gave some confidence to the team. Later on 5th wicket fell in 24.2 overs scoring 111 runs. At this point of time, Ireland looked very poor in batting as they had already lost 5 wickets and had more than 200+ runs to be scored. Then came Kevin O'Brien who dominated the England's bowling attack. He just quick fired to score 113 in just 63 deliveries that included 13 fours and 6 sixes. This was the greatest turning point in the match. There was some support from Alex Cusack and John Mooney. In 49.1 over, Ireland made a total of 329 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. (Ireland - 327/7, 49.1 over)Graeme Swann took 3 wickets and looked good with ball as his economy rate was 4.7 runs per over.

Ireland won the match by 3 wickets. Man of the match went to Kevin O'Brien for his brilliant batting performance that turned the match to Ireland's favor.

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