Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest ever century (which came in 50 balls) in World Cup history to help Ireland to a shock win over England today at Bangalore. Needing 328 for a win, Ireland got off to a solid start initially but were soon down to 111 for 5. Just when the match seemed to be under total control for England came a carnage of big shots from Kevin O'Brien who struck sixes at will in the company of Alex Cussack.
Both Kevin O'Brien and Alex Cussack put up a massive 162-run stand for the 6th wicket to entertain Ireland's chances of a win. Cussack got run out after a well made 47 from 58 balls leaving Ireland at 273 for 6 in the 42nd over. Kevin O'Brien having smashed a hundred focused on staying till the end and it was only when Ireland needed only 12 more to win from 12 balls that he lost his wicket through a run out. But by then Kevin O'Brien had done his job scoring 113 in just 63 balls with 13 fours and 6 sixes. The match was finished by the left handed John Mooney who got a few crucial boundaries under pressure in his unbeaten 33 from 30 balls. Ireland won the match in the final over with five balls to spare.
Early on England had posted 327 for 8 with Jonathan Trott scoring 92 in 92 balls and Ian Bell coming up with 81 from 86 balls. John Mooney took 4 wickets for Ireland with his medium pace.