Saturday 29 April 2017

Kevin O'Brien: Breaking boundaries

KEVIN O'BRIEN'S record-breaking innings against England included an astonishing 13 fours and six sixes. The website espncricinfo.com has long been a favourite among supporters of the game for its ball-by-ball commentary and its comments as O'Brien gave England the run around make fascinating reading.

22.4 overs

Swann to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, booming drive aimed, not landed but the outside edge takes it past a vacant slip area to the third man rope

Ireland 110/4, O'Brien 4

25.3

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, too short from Yardy, never going to end well. O'Brien hung back and slugged to the deep midwicket fence

Ireland 119/5, O'Brien 9

25.5

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, gets all of this! Giving himself a touch of room again and O'Brien thwacked a hard drive through extra cover

Ireland 123/5, O'Brien 13

26.4

Swann to KJ O'Brien, SIX, front foot plonked down and O'Brien heaves his enormous arms across the line to send it into the midwicket stands. Makes him the highest runscorer for Ireland in ODI cricket

Ireland 132/5, O'Brien 19

26.6

Swann to KJ O'Brien, SIX, and again! If Sachin can do it, why can't Kevin? Same idea, front foot down the wicket, solid base and heave to leg. Goes flat and crashes into the fence

Ireland 138/5, KJ O'Brien 25

27.5

Broad to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, really shades of Flintoff here again. Too short and a touch too wide, there is plenty of O'Brien so he only needs to get a bit of the ball for it to speed away to the point boundary

Ireland 148/5, O'Brien 29

28.4

Swann to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, O'Brien has England rattled here. He jumps outside leg to give himself room, Swann followed with a dart and the batsman flipped it around the corner past short fine leg

Ireland 155/5, O'Brien 33

31.5

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, more poor bowling allied to excellent hitting, and that's swept superbly through fine leg

Ireland 179/5, O'Brien 39

31.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, an appalling over comes to a cracking end for O'Brien, another bullish sweep, and beautifully timed behind square

Ireland 183/5, O'Brien 43

32.5

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, SIX, battered! Too short from Anderson, O'Brien was onto it in an instant, and that's a 30-ball fifty! Top tonking that Irishman! The fastest in their ODI history

Ireland 192/5, O'Brien 51

33.3

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, short, and swished, and that's another boundary! Didn't go where it was intended, but who cares! Third man can't intercept

Ireland 197/5, O'Brien 55

33.6

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, SIX, jeepers, now that's a strike! Nothing much wrong with the ball, but that has been utterly battered over extra cover for six! Gave himself a fraction of room, and absolutely savaged the delivery!

Ireland 205/5, O'Brien 62

34.3

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, everywhere you look, it's a boundary! Another inside-edge, this time through fine leg. But it doesn't matter. That's a 61-ball century stand. Sixty-one!

Ireland 212/5, O'Brien 66

34.4

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, bosh! Fetch that! A half-volley, drilled to the cover boundary, and O'Brien holds the pose for the snappers!

Ireland 216/5, O'Brien 70

34.6

Anderson to KJ O'Brien, SIX, right, I think it is official, England are in big trouble now! Nothing they can do is going right. Another stand-and-deliver blow, flies out of the screws, way over midwicket!

Ireland 222/5, O'Brien 76

35.6

Yardy to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, wow. You can't say fairer than that. Crashed through the cover ring, and that is a 62-run Powerplay!

Ireland 229/5, O'Brien 80

36.5

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, short, pulled, and another vital boundary! Where was Yardy though? If he'd been on the rope, that would have been out!

Ireland 237/5, O'Brien 84

36.6

Bresnan to KJ O'Brien, SIX, that is sensationally vast! England haven't got a prayer against hitting of this calibre. A fraction short, and he put his bat clean underneath it, high and mighty over midwicket!

Ireland 243/5, O'Brien 90

39.6

Collingwood to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, thumped through long-on! Disrespectful boshing, and that's the 150 partnership! Collingwood bowled a fine over, but it's gone for 11!

Ireland 263/5, O'Brien 97

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