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Kevin O'Brien: A legend is born
March 03, 2011

Ireland's monumental three wicket win against England was nothing short of a fairytale as the cricketing world saw the birth of a new hero in Kevin O'Brien. His brutal innings of 113 off 63 balls, the fastest in World Cup history, catapulted Ireland in history books for scripting the highest World Cup run-chase with five balls to spare.

The Irish giant walked in when Joyce, Ireland's most accomplished player, was stumped off Graeme Swann with the scoreboard reading 106 for 4. When Swann sent Wilson packing in his next over, the stage was set for another Irish collapse. But new man Cusack and O'Brien were in a mood to fight and with nothing to lose they went on a rampage. O'Brien's pyrotechnics in the batting powerplay added 62 runs to the Irish total and breathed vigor in a match that seemed long lost. None of the English bowlers were spared but Bresnan bore the worst of O'Brien's assault who hammered the seamer for 24 runs from the 9 balls he faced.The pair then went on to put together a match changing 162 runs, 96 of which were scored by O'Brien.

England finally hit back in the 42nd over by running out Cusack who sacrificed his wicket for O'Brien to go on. After Cusack's departure, O'Brien immediately switched down a few gears understanding the importance of his wicket to take his side through. With new man Mooney at the crease, he added another 44 sensible runs before falling short of his crease at 113 of 63 balls. But by then Ireland were well within reach of a historic win which they achieved on the first ball of the 50th over.

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