Ireland beat England in mammoth World Cup run chase

So it was 3 wickets in the end as Ireland chased down 328 from a hopeless position at halfway. And that was quite an innings from O’Brien, fastest ever World Cup century by a long way. Some entertaining quotes below:

Awesome O’Brien laps up finest hour
CricInfo
March 2, 2011

“That’s a long way the best innings I’ve ever played,” he added. “It even eclipses playing in the back garden with Niall, where hitting out of the garden was out. I think anyone is going to struggle to beat that innings to be honest, and I’ll take a few fines for that. I’ll say that all night, a hundred off fifty balls in a World Cup in front of a billion people under lights against England, it doesn’t get any better.”

It was fitting that O’Brien became Ireland’s leading run-scorer in one-day cricket in the course of his innings. His record-breaking century – the fastest in World Cup history – sealed the biggest chase the tournament has ever seen, smashing a record that had stood for 19 years, and helped Ireland soar to their first ever win over England. William Porterfield, Ireland’s captain and the man O’Brien eclipsed on that run-scoring list, was effusive in his praise for what he called “an unbelievable knock”.

“There’s not many games where a team will be 111 for 5 with 24 overs gone and chase 320-odd and knock them off with a few balls to spare,” said Porterfield. “It’s an unbelievable knock, it’s the best knock I’ve seen. It’s got to rank as one of the best, if not the best, World Cup knock.”

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Scorecard
England v Ireland
ICC Cricket World Cup
2nd March 2011
Bangalore

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