O'Brien stuns England with record 113

Bengaluru, India – Kevin O’Brien smashed the fastest ever ICC Cricket World Cup century to propel Ireland to a stunning three-wicket win over England in a Group B match on Wednesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The astonishing 113 off 63 balls by the broad-shouldered O’Brien, who clobbered 13 fours and six massive sixes to reach three figures in only 50 balls, helped the Irish to live up to their reputation as giant-killers. In the end they comfortably overhauled England’s total of 327-8 with five balls to spare. It was the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history.

O’Brien brought up his century with no less than six sixes including one 102-metre smite over long-on. His century beat the previous World Cup record of 66 balls by Australian Matthew Hayden.

Four years after beating Pakistan in the group stage in the Caribbean, the Irish repeated the feat to dent England’s hopes of progressing into the knockout stages of this tournament.

“When we were on 111-5 I just said to myself, we could just putter around and get 220 off 50 overs for eight or nine and the game would have been pretty boring to watch and it wouldn’t have been anything to watch on TV,” a beaming O’Brien said clutching his Man-of-The-Match trophy. “I just chanced my arm and said I'm going to be as positive as I can and I got a few away and didn't look back really.”

Inspired by O'Brien, Alex Cusak smashed 47 runs as the put on 162 runs for the sixth wicket at better than a run a ball. O’Brien was run out with 11 runs still required off as many balls but they did not panic. Veteran Trent Johnston hit his first ball for a boundary and left-hander John Mooney (33 off 30 balls) kept his head and with three required to win off the last over, smashed a boundary to spark off the Irish celebrations.