England opt to bat first after winning the toss against Ireland – ICC World Cup 2011

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England opt to bat first after winning the toss against Ireland – ICC World Cup 2011
In today’s Group-B game of the ICC World Cup 2011, has won the toss and elected to bat first. England is up against Ireland at Bangalore and Captain Andrew Strauss will be celebrating his 34th birthday, as he opens the batting with Kevin Pietersen. The track to be used in this day and night match is adjacent to the one where England played India. It was a high scoring game and the same is expected today.
The ground is not as big as compared to the grounds in use in India. Any batsman strong in cutting and pulling will certainly get a lot of boundaries, as the square boundaries are very short.
Stuart Broad is back after his upset stomach and will replace and India and they need to show a better performance to improve on their run rate. England is a well balanced side and they have got plenty of bench strength, as it will be interesting to see what formation they deploy against Ireland.
England will rely on their strong batting line-up and a decent bowling attack. In the middle overs, Graeme Swann will try to strangle the Irish team with his successful spin bowling. He will be a tough opponent to face and Ireland need to come up with a proper game plan against him. The lanky Tim Bresnan will be tough to face, he took five wickets against at the same venue. James Anderson is having a poor World Cup and in the last two games his economy rate was sky high. He would like to perform better against Ireland to ensure his permanent spot in the upcoming fixture. was an unfortunate loss, but they will certainly test the composure of the English team. They will rely on brothers Niall and Kevin O'Brien and the experienced all-rounder Andre Botha. Their pace bowlers, Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnston will test the strong batting line-up of England and taking early wickets will be crucial.



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