ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 22nd match, Group B

India v Ireland

India won by 5 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)

2.4

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball, short of a length and defended off the front foot

2.5

Khan to NJ O'Brien, 2 leg byes, slips too far down the leg side and Niall gets some pad on it on the way to fine leg

2.6

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, comes in from wide of the crease at 127 kph, no movement off the track this time and Niall defends solidly

Ireland 11/2   NJ O'Brien 0* (3b)

4.1

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, back of a length and a hint of extra bounce into Niall who hangs back and fends away to the leg side

4.2

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, fuller and a foot wider of off stump, Niall is watching them closely here. Lets it go through to Dhoni as it holds its line.

4.3

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, hits the bat hard this time, nice lengths and decent carry around off stump, Niall reaches forward and plays it to the off side

4.4

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, over-pitched this time, Niall had the opportunity to drive but found the fielder at cover.

4.5

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, again, that menacing bit of seam away from the leg hander. Niall has to adjust late to cover the movement and defend it off the outside half of the face to the off side

4.6

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, another maiden, Zaheer drops short, but it's not quite a half-tracker. Niall goes for the cut, and finds point

Ireland 11/2   NJ O'Brien 0* (9b)

5.3

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, fired in quicker, gets it to slide into Niall who is late on the glide but gets a couple to the off side

5.4

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up on the pads, worked gingerly to the leg side

5.5

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, hangs back in the crease to a ball straightening from outside off stump and steers for a single through point

Ireland 15/2   NJ O'Brien 3* (12b)

6.1

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, nothing to drive on offer, Zaheer keeps it back of a length and Joyce can't get to the pitch though he presses forward. Defended to the off side

6.2

Khan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, over-pitched on middle and off, a rare shot of confidence and control from Niall who drives fluently through mid on. Harbhajan runs across and dives to keep it down to a single

Ireland 16/2   NJ O'Brien 4* (14b)

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, flighted on leg stump and defended off the front foot to the leg side

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, moves over to the off stump line, Niall leans out and defends to the off side

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, turns away from outside off, short of a length and poked to the off side

Ireland 21/2   NJ O'Brien 5* (17b)

8.1

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, full delivery on the toes, Niall looks to flick but can't get it away

8.2

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, ah, iffy single there as Niall reaches across and dabs with soft hands to the right of Yuvraj at point. He collects and has a shy but misses at the bowler's end.

8.3

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, hmm, inside edge this time as Zaheer slants one in alarmingly from outside off, Niall goes for the on drive and nicks it onto the pads.

8.4

Khan to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, crunched away, Niall has 1000 ODI runs with a very precise cover drive that left point jumping to his left and cover to his right. That was landed full, but Niall's opening of the wrists was perfect to find the gap

8.5

Khan to NJ O'Brien, no run, Zaheer tightens the line, its on off stump and defended down the track

8.6

Khan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, another one over-pitched, this time Niall attemps the square drive and it is intercepted well by a tumbling Yuvraj at point.

Ireland 26/2   NJ O'Brien 10* (23b 1x4)

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, Harbhajan will think of a silly point now, defended with hard hands to the off side, and it pops up through the vacant area

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, Niall is looking a little confused, trying hard to read the extent of spin and cover it from the pitch of the ball. He nearly gets an outside edge into the slips this time

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length, just enough to tempt the cut, Gambhir does well square on the off side to deny the runs

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, flighted on off stump, Niall reaches out and defends to the off side

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, too full this time, Niall gets the cover drive away and Chawla doesn't stop cleanly as he dives at cover

Ireland 27/2   NJ O'Brien 11* (28b 1x4)

10.1

Patel to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short of a length and angling across in search of the outside edge. Quietly dabbed to third man for one

Ireland 28/2   NJ O'Brien 12* (29b 1x4)

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, Drifter, holds its line as it angles in from off stump, the forced cut is attempted and not executed too well

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side for a wide

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, tossed up and turning away, Niall drives into the covers past Chawla who chases rather lethargically.

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, again looking for the edge by eliciting the drive, Niall gets to the pitch of the ball and times it well to cover

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, back of a length on off stump and breaking away, defended to the off side off the front foot

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, lands this a foot shorter, Niall jumps back for the cut and gets it away to point

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, ahem, Harbhajan fooled him with the length there, it wasn't as full as Niall thought and he ended up fumbling from the crease to a delivery that drifted towards leg stump. Squeezed off the inside edge through square leg. Might have been two, but they settle on a single

Ireland 32/2   NJ O'Brien 15* (35b 1x4)

12.1

Patel to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, at Munaf's pace, anything off-line is early Christmas. This one is short and on middle and leg, Niall gets over the bounce and whip-pulls it through square leg

12.2

Patel to NJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, again on the pads, Niall misses the flick and it runs off the pads to the leg side for one

12.4

Patel to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, too straight. Another easy whip off the pads through square leg for one.

12.6

Patel to NJ O'Brien, no run, finally gets one on off stump, and it is steered backward of point.

Ireland 40/2   NJ O'Brien 20* (39b 2x4)

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, well, even Shane Warne would think that's a little ambitious. Harbhajan seems to want to bowl the left-handers round the legs from round the wicket. And he's landing them a foot outside leg stump. Another easy single once Niall gets to the pitch of it.

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, short ball, Niall misses out as he cuts straight to cover

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, flighted so much, that got into the airport radar. Niall leans out to the pitch of it and punches past short cover for one

Ireland 44/2   NJ O'Brien 22* (42b 2x4)

14.1

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, no run, speared in from round the wicket and straightening, cut from outside off stump into the off side

14.2

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, hmm, dangerous from Niall going back late and cutting from off stump line. He gets bat on it this time

Ireland 45/2   NJ O'Brien 23* (44b 2x4)

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, nice bowling from Bhaj, tossed up on middle and breaking away sharply, searching for the outside edge. Played away to the off side

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, and again, Harbhajan mysteriously lands a foot outside leg stump. Easy single through wide mid on

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, that's hideously short outside off and breaking away, he had enough time to cut it anywhere and got it away well in front of square for a couple

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up on the toes to end the over, Niall defends with undue caution

Ireland 51/2   NJ O'Brien 26* (49b 2x4)

16.4

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, drops short this time outside off, Porterfield cuts well and gets a single through the covers

Ireland 57/2   NJ O'Brien 27* (50b 2x4)

17.2

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, Piyush needs more flight, short ball turning down the leg side and tucked through square leg

17.6

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, slider outside off, Niall deftly deflects it backward of square for a single. 15 runs off his opening over, Ireland go to drinks on a high.

Ireland 73/2   NJ O'Brien 29* (52b 2x4)

18.1

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, Yusuf begins with a short of length ball that is chopped towards sweeper cover for a single

18.5

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, more legstump bowling, carefully guided towards midwicket

Ireland 76/2   NJ O'Brien 31* (54b 2x4)

19.2

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball turning past the bat as the batsman looks to defend off the front foot, struck on the pads but that was going down

19.3

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, flighted delivery that turns sharply in, inside-edged onto the pad, loud appeal for lbw

19.4

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, a touch short from Chawla, batsman rocks back and chops it towards point

Ireland 79/2   NJ O'Brien 32* (57b 2x4)

20.4

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, no run, beaten outside off and the batsman looks to cut off the back foot

20.5

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, speared into the pads, and that one is tucked towards midwicket

Ireland 86/2   NJ O'Brien 33* (59b 2x4)

21.1

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, fullish ball that the batsman looked to drive towards cover, edged towards the leg side

21.2

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run

21.3

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, a full ball on middle, Niall O'Brien lap sweeps that one towards deep fine leg

21.5

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, another sweep, this time the batsmen gets two as it is well wide of Munaf at fine leg

21.6

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien looks to defend the final ball off the front foot, struck on the pads outside off, muted appeal from Chawla

Ireland 90/2   NJ O'Brien 36* (64b 2x4)

22.4

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball just outside off, blocked off the front foot

22.5

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, another boundary for Ireland, provides width Niall gets on the backfoot and slices it to third man for four

22.6

Pathan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked towards square leg for a single

Ireland 100/2   NJ O'Brien 41* (67b 3x4)

23.1

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, swept again by O'Brien, from outside off this time, down to fine leg for a single

23.4

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, again pitching it outside leg, and spins further down

23.4

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, shifts his line to middle and strikes the batsman on the pads, that was sliding down leg though, so there's only a muted appeal

23.5

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, India being generous with the extras, Chawla oversteps this time

23.5

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, went for a sweep, the googly gets the top edge, and flies to leg slip

23.6

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, oh dear, the third leg side wide of the over, short ball that spun way down leg, the crowd don't like it and let Chawla know with loud boos

23.6

Chawla to NJ O'Brien, no run, sticks to the legstump line, on the pads, defended towards square leg, that over lasted ten balls

Ireland 110/2   NJ O'Brien 42* (72b 3x4)

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, into middle stump this time, solidly defended

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, on legstump, whipped away by O'Brien for a single

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, more legstump bowling, nudged to square leg foe one more

Ireland 118/2   NJ O'Brien 44* (75b 3x4)

25.1

Yuvraj Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short of a length and outside off, carved towards deep backward point, 'Two' is the call from the batsman as soon as he plays the shot

Ireland 119/2   NJ O'Brien 45* (76b 3x4)

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, no run, outside off, pushed towards cover but placement isn't great

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, down the leg side, O'Brien tucks it behind square leg

Ireland 122/2   NJ O'Brien 46* (78b 3x4)

Photos

Mar 6, 2011

Trent Johnston goes down with a knee injury, India v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 6, 2011

Trent Johnston goes down with a knee injury

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Mar 6, 2011

The altered 2.5metre rule came into application during an lbw appeal against Alex Cusack, India v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 6, 2011

The altered 2.5metre rule came into application during an lbw appeal against Alex Cusack

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