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England v Ireland 2011 Cricket World Cup: Live Streaming and Match Preview

England, fresh from their dramatic game with India, now face an ultimately different game against the minnows of Ireland.

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Start time: 09.00

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England will start as clear favourites and will want to build up the momentum gained from the thrilling tie with India.

Ireland will want nothing more but to ruin the English fun and showed against Bangladesh they will be no pushovers.

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

England played India on this ground so will know what to expect. For fans expect to see a lot of runs scored.

The pitch could also turn a lot, meaning the spinners could hold the key to the game.

Team News

England: Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior, Michael Yardy, Tim Bresnan, Greame Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Stuart Broad has recovered from a stomach bug and is expected to return, probably in place of Ajmal Shahzad. But James Anderson may be rested.

Ireland: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew White, Kevin O’Brien, Andre Botha, John Mooney, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin

Ireland will stick with the same eleven that nearly claimed the scalp of Bangladesh.

Prediction

England should win this comfortably but it would not be the first time they have failed to deliver against the minnows.

England have never lost to Ireland in a cricket match but the minnows did beat Pakistan in the last World Cup.

Key Men

Andrew Strauss: The England captain’s enthralling 158 against India deserved to be a match-winning innings. In the process he passed 4,000 ODI runs and gave another dig in the ribs to those who believe he is not a one-day player.

George Dockrell: Convinced Somerset to sign him after performing well at the T20 World Cup in 2010. An off-spinner of great potential, shown by taking 2-23 against Bangladesh. Will want to convince Andy Flower he can play international cricket.

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