Minnows Ireland successfully chased 327 runs, highest run chase in the Cricket World Cup history, would you believe this…?, Yes Ireland have done it, they made 329/7 chasing England’s 327 runs with 5 balls remaining in the 15th match of 2011 Cricket World Cup in Group B game on Wednesday, 2nd Marc, 2011 at Bangalore.
Bangalore is the same ground where England just missed to create history against India when tey tied at 338 runs but today they were on the reverse side and Ireland shocked them with a big chase. England made 327/8 in 50 overs thanks to Trott 92, Bell 81 and Pietersen 59 runs. But Ireland have other plans as they chased and O’Brien played a fiery inning of 63 balls 113 runs with 13 fours and 6 sixes.
Cusack: Feeling at the top of the world, we decided to knock around singles and go after the bad balls. Kevin was doing all the big-hits and all I had to do was to rotate the strike. We are surely in for a party.
Andrew Strauss: We thought we had done a reasonable job with the bat and also with the ball initially. We weren’t expecting such an innings from Kevin O’Brien. Our WC dreams are not over yet, we need to set things right soon. Kevin O’Brien played really well and made the most of the powerplay. They deserve the victory, we can’t do much but to lick our wounds. We have a couple of niggles, KP and Swann got injured today, hopefully they will be fit for the next game.
Porterfield: It has been the greatest day of our lives, the best performance that we have put up. We believed in ourselves, Kevin O’Brien was brilliant. We knew that we are capable of winning, we believed in ourselves. Cusack and Mooney too chipped in and credit to the lads for their effort. We have still got four games left, hoping to repeat such performances and stay in the race.
Kevin O’Brien is the Man of the Match!
Kevin O’Brien: Not able to believe it, I am quite speechless. I got a bit of luck and things went my way. If we would have gotten out soon, it would have been a boring game for the supporters and so I decided to chance my arm, it paid off. Mooney contributed both with the bat and the ball, he deserves some credit.