The cricket world cup 2011 was at best boring, until yesterday. The Chinnaswami stadium in Bangalore, when all lights were alight, Ireland looking down the barrel at 111/5 with 26 overs to go, in search of the English target of 328, in came Kevin O’Brien. What stuck then onwards was sheer magic. Scintillating innings of power and conviction, which in the end sink the English hope. I cant imagine how berserk the Irish pubs in Dublin would have been last evening, post the most thrilling upsets in the world cup cricket history.
Come to think of it that Ireland has beaten a reasonably in form England by 3 wickets with 5 balls to spare. That too chasing a mammoth target of 328 for a win! If only they had beaten a relatively easy Bangladesh in the earlier match, this pool would have been very interesting. Honestly, the Ireland-Bangladesh match was played on a hopeless pitch, but that is no excuse.
Until yesterday, not many people would have given a chance to Ireland, in spite of the upset victory over Pakistan in the 2007 edition. No one had feared Kevin O’brien this much. But from now on, the teams will be aware of this massive threat, especially on flat tracks where one can hit through the line at will. Ireland is due to play India next in the very same ground. Not to forget that, the last match prior to this at the same venue produced a classic tie at 238, between England and India. So, game on?