Ireland did not get a good start they were looking for to chase the 267 target with their main batsman Jeremy Bray getting out to a first ball duck caught by Ravi Bopara of James Anderson. Like his counterpart and ex-teammate Ed Joyce, who earlier shouldered arms to a Rankin delivery and saw his off stump uprooted, Bray gave a first ball wicket to the second opening bowler of the opposition. Twenty year old Eoin Morgan, Ireland's star batsman after Ed Joyce opted to play for England, was run out when he was found just an inch short of the crease by a brilliant piece of fielding and quick thinking by Sajid Mahmood. From then the Ireland batsmen more by lack of experience than anything else did not rotate the strike and could not hit boundaries as Michael Vaughan’s excellent field placements dried them down and the run rate kept climbing. However Ireland was still in the game in 45th over with the scorecard reading 197 for 6, almost on par with England’s progress. But they did not have Collingwood in their team and in the end they were all out for 218 as Andrew Flintoff bowled the best deliveries any tail ender would hate to receive.
Ireland should consider themselves proud of their performance in this game. This outing would definitely provide them enough confidence to play good cricket going forward as worthy opponents to other teams and detach themselves from the minnows tag. Niall O’Brien, their top scorer in the upset victory over Pakistan has scored again in this match with a fluent 63. He said in a post-match interview that they take many positives from this game and can certainly spring one or two upsets down the lane. When asked which team is their main target, he said ‘Australia’ – that would definitely be the biggest upset not only in cricketing history but in sporting history as well.
Unlike many of my previous questions, today’s 'Quiztion of the day' does not figure the current tournament records but still concerns with fast bowlers . Of course these bowlers were of slightly different physique than Boyd Rankin when they achieved this particular bowling feat. Here it goes:
Shown in the pictures below are the only bowlers to have achieved a particular bowling record in the World Cup. Identify these cricketers and provide me the details of the remarkable bowling feat each of them achieved in World Cup history.