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Plethora of records for giant-killers Ireland

March 03, 2011 15:07 IST

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien blasted the fastest century in a World Cup to guide his country to one of the biggest shocks of the tournament with victory over the old enemy England in Bangalore, on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Dubliner raced to his hundred in just 50 balls, hitting 13 fours and six sixes.

Although he was out for 113 shortly before Ireland's moment of glory, their first win over England, by then the damage had been done and his team-mates passed the massive 328 target with three wickets and five balls to spare.

No team has ever scored more to win a World Cup match batting second.

Fastest World Cup hundreds:

Off 50 balls

KJ O'Brien

Ire v Eng

Bangalore

2011

Off 66 balls

ML Hayden

Aus v SA

St.Kitts

2007

Off 67 balls 

JM Davison

Can v WI  

Centurion     

2003

Off 72 balls

AC Gilchrist

Aus v SL

Bridgetown

2007

Off 80 balls

DPMD Jayawardene

SL v Can

Hambantota

2011

Off 81 balls

V Sehwag

Ind v Ber

Port-of-Spain

2007

Off 82 balls 

CH Lloyd  

WI  v Aus 

Lord's        

1975

Off 82 balls

BJ Hodge

Aus v Net

St.Kitts

2007

Off 83 balls 

BC Lara

WI  v SA  

Karachi       

1996

Off 83 balls

V Kohli

Ind v Ban

Mirpur

2011

Highest successful run-chases in World Cup:

329-7

Ireland v England

Bangalore

2011

313-7       

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe      

New Plymouth      

1992

301-9       

England v West Indies     

Bridgetown            

2007

296-4      

England v Netherlands    

Nagpur                  

2011

289-4       

Australia v New Zealand  

Chennai                

1996

276-3       

West Indies v Australia     

Lord's                    

1983

276-4       

India v Pakistan                

Centurion                

2003

Rajneesh Gupta