India’s Fifth Win in the World Cup 2015 Against Ireland
In India’s 5th match of the ICC World Cup 2015, India gained their 9th consecutive win under the captaincy of M.S. Dhoni, as he surpassed Sourav Ganguly, who had the record of 8 wins in the 2003 World Cup. He is currently at the second position on the list of captains with the greatest number of victories.
At 260/2 in 36.5 overs, India beat Ireland by 8 wickets, with 79 balls to spare against Ireland, after their score of 259/10 in 49 overs. Shikhar Dhawan received the honour of the Man of the Match award. The match was played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
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After Ireland won the toss, and opted to bat first. Ireland captain William Porterfield led from the front, as his team raced to the first half century with all wickets intact until the 15th over in which Ajinkya Rahane caught Paul Stirling’s simple hit as an answer to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The second wicket did not fall until the 30th over, and Mohit Sharma hit a breakthrough when his delivery sent Porterfield back to the pavilion, at 67, with Umesh Yadav taking an easy catch at mid-off.
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Though Balbirnie survived a big shout for a catch at leg gully off Ashwin. But, the 39th over onwards, Ireland’s wickets started dropping fast, as they lost all their wickets in 49 overs. Niall O’Brien hit 75 off 75 balls, as he hit seven 4s and three 6s. He was bowled out by M. Shami, who also clinched the wickets of Kevin O’Brien and Alex Cusack.
Despite O’Brien’s enterprising innings as he played fearlessly to take on the spinners, team Ireland’s doom was spelled as they started losing wickets as such short intervals, leading to a below par total conceded by India who made sure to keep Ireland in check, knocking out the key wickets of Paul Stirling. With the introduction of part-timer Rohit Sharma by Dhoni, O’Brien even upped his tempo, scoring quite a few boundaries. He used the paddle sweep and placed the ball into gaps, to collect boundaries off Suresh Raina, and sixes off Ashwin and Jadeja.
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The Indian bowlers rose again in the end overs, particularly when Shami snared O’Brien’s wicket, giving India the upper hand it had been waiting for. Earlier, when Stirling and Porterfield showcased their incredible power to play so excellent shots on the back foot, they had put the Indian seamers under pressure, as well. The major errors were by Umesh Yadav and Shami, who had bowled short on a flat deck, and had given the batsmen undue advantage, as Sterling and Porterfield used pull shots to good effect, as well as some excellent back foot punches. But as the Indian spinners took on attack, Ireland lost their way. Stirling was sent back by a soft dismissal, while Ed Joyce, another of their key batsmen, played a poor shot and his wicket was taken by Raina.
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Ireland had a brief period of hope, as O’Brien and Andre Balbirnie took Ireland to a total of a decent size, but they landed in heavy rouble as the wickets of Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Niall O’Brien were lost, and that to at a juncture of the innings that was extremely crucial to the entire course of the game. Ashwin continued to maintain a very strong form of bowling for India, and showcased great control, as he took 2 wickets, making a substantial contribution to the victory of team India. Apart from that, it was Raina who also did a commendable job, particularly in the middle overs. Ireland’s top scorers were Niall O’Brien scoring 75 off 75 balls, William Porterfield scoring 67 off 93 balls, Paul Stirling scoring 42 off 41 balls and Andy Balbirnie scoring 24 runs off 24 balls.
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In the second half of the match, India’s showed off their batting skills to complement the bowling and fielding in the first half. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batted with great flair, as they composed some brilliant knocks, and tore apart Ireland’s modest attack, collecting runs with great ease. With luck by his side, Dhawan did a splendid job, making his opponents bleed, as he got a hang of the Ireland’s lack of pace. It is safe to say that Ireland’s medium pacers got slain, and he took his game to a new elevation.
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He struck a 4 and a 6, and took a heavy toll off the wayward bowling of Stuart Thompson. He even went for three more 4s under the attack of George Dockrell. As he reached his 50, he lofted Stirling for a 6, displaying great foot work, and further used the depth of the crease in the same over, to play the slog weep. He also displayed a West Indian flair as he shuffled across to pull Kevin O’Brien for an exciting 6.
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Rohit Sharma showed a glorious artwork with his bat, and played a glorious on-drive off Alex Cusack. He then lofted Mooney mid-off as he hit a 6. He even reached his 50 with great style and panache, as he played an inside-out stroke off Stirling for another 6. Eventually, India lost both Dhawan and Rohit to Thompson, but this was after the damage had already been done. In fact, India’s highest partnership for the opening wicket was at a 174-run stand for the first wicket.
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India’s top scorers were Shikhar Dhawan with 100 in 85 balls, Rohit Sharma with 64 runs in 66 balls, Virat Kohli with 44 runs in 42 balls and Ajinkya Rahane with 33 runs in 28 balls. The rest of the batsmen did not need to emerge on the field, as Virat Kohli took the winning shot in the 5th ball of the 36th over. For an incredible show of batting, and his great contribution to India’s victory, Shikhar Dhawan was named the player of the match, and quite rightly so.
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Ireland Batting First Innings
|WTS Porterfield||c Yadav b MM Sharma||67||93||5||1||72.04|
|PR Stirling||c Rahane b Ashwin||42||41||4||2||102.43|
|EC Joyce||b Raina||2||9||0||0||22.22|
|NJ O'Brien||c Yadav b Mohammed Shami||75||75||7||3||100.00|
|A Balbirnie||c Mohammed Shami b Ashwin||24||24||3||0||100.00|
|KJ O'Brien||c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|GC Wilson||c Rahane b Jadeja||6||7||1||0||85.71|
|SR Thompson||run out (Kohli)||2||2||0||0||100.00|
|JF Mooney||not out||12||16||1||0||75.00|
|GH Dockrell||c Dhoni b Yadav||6||12||0||1||50.00|
|AR Cusack||c Yadav b Mohammed Shami||11||13||1||0||84.61|
India Bowling Second Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Run||Wicket||Economy Rate||No Ball||Wide|
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India Batting Second Innings
|RG Sharma||b Thompson||64||66||3||3||96.96|
|S Dhawan||c Porterfield b Thompson||100||85||11||5||117.64|
|V Kohli||not out||44||42||4||1||104.76|
|AM Rahane||not out||33||28||6||0||117.85|
Ireland Bowling Second Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Run||Wicket||Economy Rate||No Ball||Wide|
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Toss: Ireland won the toss and elected to bat
Referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Johan Cloete (SA)
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
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