India win it and keep their cent percent record in this World Cup intact! They now have won 9 consecutive matches in the mega event, their best run in the World Cup history. Once again the Indian openers were clinical and put on 174 off just 140 balls. Shikhar Dhawan got to his second hundred in this World Cup. Rohit Sharma supported him well with a 64 off 66 balls. In the end Kohli and Rahane stayed unbeaten with a 70-run stand off just 55 balls. MS DHONI now joins Sir Clive Llyod with 9-consecutive wins as a captain in the World Cup.
36.5 overs | K. O'BRIEN TO V. KOHLI
FOUR! THAT'S IT! Full on off, driven powerfully through covers for a boundary to finish the game. INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
27.4 overs | S. THOMPSON TO S. DHAWAN
OUT! Dhawan falls on 100! Full on middle, Dhawan tries to heave it on the leg side. He however gets a top edge that goes high up in the air. Porterfield runs backward towards extra covers and takes a good catch. A brilliant attacking knock from Dhawan comes to an end with it. Well played Dhawan!
26.5 overs | K. O'BRIEN TO S. DHAWAN
WELL PLAYED DHAWAN! Full on leg stump, Shikhar shuffles in the crease and flicks it on the leg side for a single. Dhawan gets to his HUNDRED with it!
23.2 overs | S. THOMPSON TO R. SHARMA
OUT! PARTNERSHIP BROKEN! On a length on off, Rohit tries to work this one to third man. He however chops this one on to the stump and a great opening stand between Rohit and Dhawan comes to an end.
18.2 overs | P. STIRLING TO R. SHARMA
SIX! Flighted up outside off, Rohit dances down and heaves it over extra covers for a biggie. He gets to his FIFTY with that maximum.
16.4 overs | P. STIRLING TO S. DHAWAN
SIX! Short on off, Dhawan dances down and slams it over long on for a maximum.
16.2 overs | P. STIRLING TO S. DHAWAN
Loopy on middle, Dhawan works it through mid-wicket for a single and gets to his FIFTY!
9.3 overs | G. DOCKRELL TO R. SHARMA
SIX! PUNISHED! Short on middle, Rohit goes back in the crease and cracks this one over mid-wicket for a maximum. Rohit gets to his 4000 runs in ODIs as well!
8.2 overs | S. THOMPSON TO S. DHAWAN
SIX! GENIUS! Short on off, Dhawan goes back in the crease and pulls it over square leg for a biggie.
6.6 overs | J. MOONEY TO R. SHARMA
SIX! HE IS IN SOME FORM HERE! Full on off, Rohit this time lofts it brilliantly over mid off and the ball goes over the fence for a biggie.
6.3 overs | J. MOONEY TO S. DHAWAN
DROPPED! Shortish outside off, Dhawan reaches at it and slashes it to point. The ball goes towards Porterfield there who dives to his left to take the catch but the ball slips out of his hands. Could have been a great catch. Dhawan gets a life.
What happaned in the first-half?
A fascinating tale of Irish pluck versus Ravichandran ‘offspin’ Ashwin played out at Seddon Park on Tuesday in the clash between an Associate team and defending champs India.
Ireland were bowled out for 259 in 49 overs, having looked good for more.
They took the fight to India before faltering against spin, but at no point did the ‘Best Team in Europe’ (as spotted on a cheeky poster in the stands) take the foot off the scoring pedal.
After a rousing start, Ireland struggled when Indian skipper MS Dhoni introduced spin. Dhoni was in his element, shouting instructions in Hindi as he spun the spin web through Ashwin and Suresh Raina around the Irish.
Ireland reached a respectable 212/5 at the end of the 40th over, giving themselves a solid platform for a final flourish.
The Irish, however, lost their enforcer Kevin O’Brien for 1 in the 40th over. Kevin — holder of the fastest World Cup century record (off 50 balls against England in 2011) —edged Mohammed Shami to Dhoni behind the stumps.
Kevin’s brother Niall O'Brien did not slow down. He punished India with assured hits all around the ground and raced past his half-century before falling for a run-a-ball 75.
Dhoni turned to spin after pacers went for plenty initially.
Ashwin gave the defending champions the breakthrough with the last ball of the 15th over, getting opener Paul Stirling to hole out to Ajinkya Rahane at long-off after scoring an enterprising 42 off 41 balls.
India had their second wicket in the 18th over when Suresh Raina bowled Ed Joyce for 2.
Irish skipper William Porterfield held strong for 67 before a leading edge to Mohit Sharma in the 32nd over was pouched by Umesh Yadav at mid-off.
Stirling fell with the Irish score on 89 and Joyce was back in the hut at 92, giving India the breathing space. India got their third wicket in Porterfield with the Irish score at 145.
Andy Balbirnie was the next to go with the Irish score at 206. Kevin fell two runs later and Gary Wilson went with the total at 222. Niall fell at 226 and Virat Kohli ran out Stuart Thompson a run later.
Yadav had George Dockrell caught by Dhoni for 6, with the Irish total on 238. Alex Cusack was the last to fall after scoring 11.
Ireland lost momentum after losing too many wickets too quickly. Indian pacers returned to chip away after the spinners had done the job. Shami claimed the wickets of the O'Brien brothers.
Earlier, Porterfield won the toss and chose to bat. He and Stirling got off to a brisk start, taking on Indian fast bowlers Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Sharma with intent.
Ireland, fighting for a knockout berth, brought up their 50 in the 8th over, throwing all pre-match talk of a possible mismatch out of the equation.
Boundaries flowed from Porterfield and Stirling, who went neck and neck. At the end of the 8th over, both had three boundaries and a six.
Porterfield hooked Yadav for a big six over square leg in the 3rd over and followed it up with a classy drive down the ground for four the next ball.
Not to be outdone, Stirling took on Shami in similar style in the 4th over, sending the fourth ball of the over soaring over forward square leg boundary for a six.
The run fest ended with the introduction of spin. Ireland went past 100 in the 22nd over and brought up the 150 in the 33rd.
India went into the match with an unchanged side, deciding not to test their bench strength.