Bangalore: Kevin O’Brien smashed his way into record books with a fastest ever century in a World Cup match off 50 balls as Ireland pulled off the biggest upset beating England by 3 wickets in a group B encounter of the World Cup here on March 2. It also turned out to be the highest successful run-chase ever in the history of the tournament with the previous best being 313 by Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe at New Plymouth in 1992.
Ireland, who earned the tag of giant-killers after ousting Pakistan from the previous edition chased a stiff target 328 in 49.1 overs courtesy an unbelievable 113 off 63 balls from O’Brien. No praise will be enough as Ireland were down in the dumps tottering at 111 for five when O’Brien and Alex Cusack came together.
He added 162 runs for the sixth wicket Cusack (47) and then 44 with John Mooney (33 not out). By the time O’Brien was run-out, Ireland were within sniffing distance of their best-ever win.