England take charge
Published 02/03/2011 | 10:32
Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss predictably got England off to a blistering start in Wednesday's World Cup Group B match against Ireland.
After Strauss won the toss, he and Pietersen (59 not out) immediately set about the opposition's new-ball pair Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston as England raced to 107 for one after 15 overs.
They found the boundary almost at will, and Pietersen put a six against his name too when he hit Johnston over long-on from the crease.
Strauss, fresh from his career-best 158 in Sunday's tie against India at this same venue, was in a hurry again.
He had two minor moments of fortune, first mistiming a hook at Rankin which steepled just over George Dockrell's head on the fine-leg boundary for six.
That was on 10, and on 27 Strauss chipped first-change Alex Cusack inches short of midwicket.
Otherwise, there were no blemishes as England's openers took advantage of the initial powerplay fielding restrictions.
Pietersen reached his first one-day international 50 as an opener from 41 balls, having hit seven fours and a six, and went on to bring up the England hundred with a dismissive pull for another maximum off John Mooney.
On another very good pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, England already looked on course for a huge score - even after Strauss paid for an ambitious attempt to pull slow left-armer Dockrell and instead chopped the ball on to his stumps round his legs for 34 to end a stand of 91.