A series of firsts for Ireland against England (Statistical Highlights)

March 3rd, 2011 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, March 3 (IANS) From their maiden win against England to the fastest century in the World Cup, Ireland had a series of firsts in their three-wicket win over their neighbours in the Group B match here Wednesday night.

Riding on Kevin O’Brein’s fastest World Cup century, Ireland posted their maiden win over England. It was Ireland’s third in the World cup. They had won against Pakistan by three wickets at Kingston and beat Bangladesh by 74 runs at Bridgetown in the last edition.

The following are the other statistical highlights of the match:

* Kevin O’Brien established a record for the quickest hundred in the world cup, bettering the 66-ball century by Matthew Hayden for Australia against South Africa at Basseerre on March 24, 2007.

* Kevin O’Brien reached his fifty off 30 balls - the fastest fifty for Ireland in ODIs.

* Kevin O’Brien’s run-aggregate of 1486 (ave.36.24) in 54 matches, including two hundreds and seven fifties, is a record for Ireland in ODIs.

* O’Brien has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the fourth time in ODIs.

* O’Brien became the first Irish player to post six sixes in a world cup innings.

* Ireland have registered nine sixes in an innings for the first time in the world cup.

* 656 runs have been posted for the loss of 15 wickets - the third best in the world cup - the highest being the 676 for 18 between India and England at Bangalore on February 27, 2011.

* Kevin Pietersen (59 off 50 Balls) recorded his first fifty against Ireland - the 22nd in ODIs. He has managed to amass 573 (ave.52.09) in 12 world cup games, including two centuries and four fifties.

* John Mooney (4/63) recorded his best ever bowling figures in ODIs/World Cup. Mooney has become the first Ireland bowler to capture four wickets in an innings in the world cup.

* Jonathan Trott recorded his eighth fifty in ODIs - his first against Ireland. In the course of his best innings in the world cup, Trott has reached 1,000 runs in ODIs - 1028 at an average of 54.10 in 21 innings. He has emulated the feats of West Indian Vivian Richards and Kevin Pietersen - all three players share a world record for taking 21 innings to 1,000 runs in ODIs.

* Trott has taken the least number of ODIs (21) to reach the milestone, eclipsing Vivian Richards’ feat of 22 ODIs.

* Trent Johnston is the first Irish bowler to complete 50 wickets in ODIs.

* Graeme Swann (3/47) has produced his best performance in the world cup.

* Jonathan Trott (92 off 92 balls) recorded the highest innings for England against Ireland in the world cup.

* Ireland’s three wicket triumph is their third in the world cup. They had won against Pakistan by 3 wickets at Kingston on March 17 and Bangladesh by 74 runs at Bridgetown on April 15 in the last edition.

* Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott put on 167 for the third wicket, which is England’s highest for any wicket against Ireland in ODIs

* Ian Bell (81 off 86) has registered his highest world cup innings - his third fifty. For the first time, Bell has recorded consecutive fifties in the World Cup.

* Bell’s superb 81 off 86 balls is his highest innings against Ireland, eclipsing the 80 at Belfast on June 13, 2006.

* Bell’s run tally of 192 (ave.64.00) in three matches is the highest for England against Ireland in ODIs.

* Kevin O’Brien and Alex Cussack added 162 runs - a record for the sixth wicket in the world cup, bettering the 161 between Maurice Odumbe and Alpesh Vadher for Kenya against Sri Lanka at Southampton on May 30, 1999.

* The 162-run stand is the first century partnership for Ireland for any wicket in the World Cup.

* Kevin O’Brien (113 off 63) is the second batsman from Ireland to post a world cup century. Jeremy Bray - 115 not out against Zimbabwe at Kingston on March 15, 2007 - was the first to accomplish the feat.

* Kevin O’Brien is the first batsman to hit six sixes in an innings in the 2011 edition of the World Cup.

* Ireland (329 for seven), with their first triumph over England in ODIs/World Cup, have recorded the highest successful chase in the world cup, surpassing the 313 for seven by Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe at New Plymouth on February 23, 1992.

* Fourteen sixes were recorded in the game, five by England and nine by Ireland, the highest in the tenth edition of the World Cup.

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