India Beat Ireland by 5 Wickets | Yuvraj All Round Performance 5/31 with score 50 Runs
India Beat Ireland:Yuvraj Singh took 5/31 and scored an unbeaten half century as India beat Ireland by 5 wickets in a World Cup Group B clash at Bangalore on Sunday.
The stylish left handed batter remained 50 not out and Yusuf Pathan who smashed three sixes and two fours was unbeaten on 30 as the Indians settled the issue in 46 overs.
On a dry pitch, where the ball came on slowly, the Indian batsmen preferred to play within themselves and tried to play risk-free cricket but kept losing wickets at regular intervals to keep Ireland interested in the chase. India were 24 for 2 in the sixth over, reached 100 for four at the fall of Virat Kohli in the 24th over, and recovered to 167 for 5 when MS Dhoni exited in the 41st over before Yusuf Pathan flexed his muscles to hasten the end.
Ireland could have done far better had they not stumbled against Yuvraj’s bowling. They were eyeing a 250-plus target after a 113-run third-wicket stand between William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien but a run-out opened a window for Yuvraj to trigger a collapse. The most significant moment of the innings came in the 27th over, with Ireland sitting pretty on 122 for 2, when a set Niall O’Brien couldn’t make it in time to beat the throw from Virat Kohli in the covers. Dhoni did well to collect the slightly wayward throw and flick it onto the stumps. It was the beginning of the end.