India defeat Ireland by 5 wickets in World Cup 2011

India defeat Ireland by 5 wickets in World Cup 2011

India defeat Ireland by 5 wickets:India defeat Ireland due to Yuvraj all round performance .He took the 5 wickets and score unbeatable half century too. An Indian victory at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday was never in doubt and so their five-wicket win did not come as a surprise to anyone. But the fact is that Ireland ran India somewhat close, far closer than they should have been allowed to. Too many wickets were lost, too many overs were used up while chasing 208 for victory against an attack that was honest at best.

That little cushion in the end was chiefly because of Yusuf Pathan, the only Indian batsman, apart from the composed Yuvraj (50 not out, 75b, 3×4), to make a statement. Pathan (30 not out, 24b, 2×4, 3×6) walked in and straightaway got going with the big hits to ensure that Ireland didn’t come too close to causing a second upset in this edition of the World Cup.

In the afternoon, the pitch afforded some turn early on but it was a factor neither Piyush Chawla nor Harbhajan Singh, India’s frontline spinners, could exploit. Yuvraj, with his part-time left-arm spin was easily the best on view, as his figures (0-0-31-5) reflect. He bowled all ten in one go.

The early damage was done by Zaheer Khan, who should have had Ireland skipper William Porterfield before he had got off the mark had Pathan held on to the edge at second slip of just the third ball of the innings. Porterfield (75, 104b, 6×4, 1×6) went on to anchor the innings and give it some respectability before that man Yuvraj struck.

Following the twin strikes by Zaheer, it was a sensible, 148-ball 113-run third wicket stand between the left-handed pair of Porterfield and Niall O-Brien that shored up the Ireland innings. The duo was also helped by some terrible bowling by leg-spinner Chawla, who even sent down two no-balls, the resultant free hit off the first handing the momentum to the Irish innings.By Times of India

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