Bangalore, March 2 (IANS) The England top order fired in unison to pile up 327/8 against Ireland in their World Cup Group B match here Wednesday.Electing to bat, captain Andrew Strauss (34) and Kevin Pietersen (59) gave a good start with a 91-run opening stand in 13.3 overs.
Jonathan Trott (92) and Ian Bell (81) then stamped their authority, setting up the big total.
For Ireland, medium pacer John Mooney took four wickets for 63 runs.
England, after their gripping last-ball tie against India, played with confidence.
Strauss, who struck 158 against India Sunday, stroked two fours and a six in his 37-ball knock while Pietersen smashed seven fours and two sixes in his 50-ball innings.
Strauss and Peitersen scored at a quick pace before left arm spinner George Dockrell bowled Strauss.
Pietersen fell to off spinner Paul Stirling.
Trott and Bell added 167 runs for the third wicket and both were poised to make centuries.
But Bell, who hit six fours and a six, became Mooney’s first victim.
Trott went for a big heave against Mooney only to lose his stumps. Paul Collingwood (16) and Matt Prior (6) took the score past 300.