On This Day: Kevin O’Brien second ODI century
By B Dixit - Mar 2, 2018 4:24 am
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Exactly seven years ago, Kevin O’Brien scored his second ODI century during the 15th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against England at Bengaluru. Andrew Strauss, the then English captain, had won the toss and chose to bat.

Kevin O’Brien scored a match-winning century in ICC World Cup 2011

On the back of half-centuries from Jonathan Trott (92), Ian Bell (81) and Kevin Pietersen (59), England scored a handsome 327-8 in 50 overs. With bowling figures of 9-0-63-4, John Mooney was the pick of the Irish bowlers.

At the halfway stage, Ireland had lost half their side, with just 113 runs on the board. With 215 runs required off the next 25 overs and with five wickets in hand, the odds were against them big time. However, O’Brien had other plans.

He came in to bat at No. 6 in the 23rd over and ended up scoring 113 (63) with the help of 13 fours & six sixes as English bowlers just looked by. His sensational innings saw Ireland clinching an unimaginable victory with three wickets in hand and five balls to spare.

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