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)

0.1

Khan to Porterfield, no run, and movement straight away, Porterfield who got out for a first-ball duck the other day thinks of leaving and then unintentionally guides it on the bounce to the keeper

0.2

Khan to Porterfield, no run, back of a length at 130 kph, good bounce for Zaheer, Porterfield has a flail and misses outside off

0.3

Khan to Porterfield, 1 run, dropped by Yusuf at second slip. Full and again moving away from Porterfield, he throws his bat hard at it and gets a healthy outside edge. Yusuf makes an overwhelming effort, jumping high to palm it into the air, and then made an underwhelming effort to pluck it on the rebound. He moves slowly to his left and was reluctant to dive. Ireland off to an edgy start

Ireland 1/0   WTS Porterfield 1* (3b)

1.1

Patel to Porterfield, no run, straight away he hits the Munaf length, short of driving length and holds its line as it whistles across Porterfield who lets it go

1.2

Patel to Porterfield, FOUR, that's clocked at 139.5 kph, but I doubt if Munaf is capable of such pace these days. Over-pitched outside off, Porterfield cracks it off the foot through the covers. Poor ball and a very good shot, made possible by Porterfield's decisive movement onto the front foot

1.3

Patel to Porterfield, no run, back of a length again, not much movement for Munaf, Porterfield lets it go

1.4

Patel to Porterfield, no run, and as I say that, Munaf cuts one away daintily off the track, leavinf Porterfield fishing and fumbling as he tries to cover the line

1.5

Patel to Porterfield, no run, closer to off stump and holding its line as it buzzes past Porterfield who shoulders arms

1.6

Patel to Porterfield, no run, one rubbish ball, but otherwise a fine over from Munaf who gets another offcutter to nip past the outside edge as Porterfield gropes for it from the crease

Ireland 5/1   WTS Porterfield 5* (9b 1x4)

3.1

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, and he starts with a rippa. Lands on off stump from round the wicket and then more than straightens, past the outside edge.

3.2

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Porterfield hangs back and defends

3.3

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, another one slides past the outside edge as Porterfield comes half forward and feels with an angled face

3.4

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, gets bat on this one, defends from the crease and plays it out to the off side

3.5

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, defended again, tight stuff from Yusuf, gets them to straighten from the off stump without over-pitching

3.6

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, maiden for Yusuf, he's bowled six balls on the same spot and Porterfield defends again

Ireland 11/2   WTS Porterfield 5* (15b 1x4)

5.1

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, flighted on the leg stump line and worked off the front foot to the leg side

5.2

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, first run in 15 balls, comes in rather fortuitous circumstances as Porterfield goes for the sweep in hope from well outside off and against sharp spin. The top edge balloons up dangerously but finds an untenanted patch to land on, backward of square leg

5.6

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield plays back to the last delivery, short of a length and straightening, defended down the track

Ireland 15/2   WTS Porterfield 6* (18b 1x4)

6.3

Khan to Porterfield, no run, back of a length on off stump again, Porterfield tries to angle it away square, and finds point

6.4

Khan to Porterfield, FOUR, that's more like the Ireland we expected to see. Zaheer bangs one in short, and it sits up like a lollypop. Porterfield goes for the pull and times it with a vengeance. It flies away in front of square

6.5

Khan to Porterfield, no run, enough of the short stuff says Zaheer, gets it on a length around off stump and it is defended to the off side

6.6

Khan to Porterfield, no run, again, draws Porterfield forward into a defensive stroke to the off side.

Ireland 20/2   WTS Porterfield 10* (22b 2x4)

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, whoa, opens up Porterfield like a can of beans, as they say. Drifts in from wide of the crease, lands on off, grips and breaks away, past the reluctant fish outside off and through to Dhoni

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield jumps out to the pitch and works it from outside off towards mid on

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, back of a length again to end the over and straightening into Porterfield who defends from the crease

Ireland 21/2   WTS Porterfield 10* (25b 2x4)

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, poor shot to end the over, faster one outside off, grips and turns away while offering the illusion of being shorter than it was. Porterfield goes for a booming carve off the back foot and misses as it turns past his outside edge

Ireland 27/2   WTS Porterfield 10* (26b 2x4)

10.2

Patel to Porterfield, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, defended solidly down the pitch

10.3

Patel to Porterfield, no run, lands on off and holds its line, defended to the off side without much fuss. Munaf's not getting an inch of movement. And he's not missing the spot by an inch either.

10.4

Patel to Porterfield, no run, again, short of a length in the early 130s. A few more ks and he can aspire to be McGrath.

10.5

Patel to Porterfield, no run, on leg stump, defended to the leg side from the crease

10.6

Patel to Porterfield, no run, ends by tucking him up for lack of room on off stump, Porterfield defends towards mid off

Ireland 28/2   WTS Porterfield 10* (31b 2x4)

12.3

Patel to Porterfield, 1 run, they hustle a quick single, Munaf again strays on the pads and is on-driven to the left of Harbhajan at mid on.

12.5

Patel to Porterfield, 1 run, wellm you got to credit Munaf for consistency. Again on the pads, again worked down to backward square leg for one. He's chirping away at the batsmen, rubbing his palms on the soil to get a better grip. All's not well with Munaf.

Ireland 40/2   WTS Porterfield 12* (33b 2x4)

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, flighted on the off stump, driven with the spin towards mid off.

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up generously, but outside leg stump and an easy on-drive through midwicket for one

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, better line, on off and inviting the drive into the off side, this time Porterfield gets a single

Ireland 43/2   WTS Porterfield 14* (36b 2x4)

14.3

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, tossed a touch further up, driven without much timing down the track

14.4

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, back of a length on off stump, Porterfield plays back carefully

14.5

Pathan to Porterfield, 2 runs, oho, was that lucky on inventive? Only Porterfield will know, as he goes down on a knee and bunts a leg stump ball, across the line, and over the fielders on the leg side inside the circle. Good enough for a couple

14.6

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, pushed through on off stump to end the bowling Powerplay, played out to the off side

Ireland 47/2   WTS Porterfield 16* (40b 2x4)

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Porterfield gets to the pitch and eases a single through mid off for one

Ireland 49/2   WTS Porterfield 17* (41b 2x4)

16.1

Pathan to Porterfield, FOUR, another shocker of a short ball. India are losing their intensity here, and nothing typifies it as much as Munaf's trundling effort to tag that ball, sweeping at cover point. Doesn't sprint, dive or even put the boot out. Pathetic.

16.2

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, tossed up on the leg stump, driven to mid on

16.3

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, fullish on the stumps, forced in front of square for one more

16.5

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, on leg stump, Porterfield looks to whip off the pads but finds the fielder at midwicket

16.6

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, flight to end the over, Porterfield drives solidly through mid off for one. Ireland are laying the platform for KOB pretty well here.

Ireland 58/2   WTS Porterfield 23* (46b 3x4)

17.1

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, turns from off stump to leg stump, clipped through square leg for thr 50th run of the stand

17.3

Chawla to Porterfield, 5 no balls, that turned like a fiend, but would have been short and wide even for a right hander. For a left hander, it is just a horror ball, slipping between the keeper and leg slip for four. And he's over-stepped.

17.3

Chawla to Porterfield, SIX, Bang, bang, he shot me down! Piyuch flights the free-hit wide of leg stump, Porterfield goes down on a knee and swings it into the deep square leg stands for the World Cup's 100th six.

17.4

Chawla to Porterfield, no run, googly, too short and breaking away, Porterfield could have spotted the turn off the track and cuts into the covers

17.5

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, over-pitched on middle stump, Porterfield drives down the ground for a single through mid off

Ireland 72/2   WTS Porterfield 31* (51b 3x4 1x6)

18.2

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, on legstump this time, defended down the track

18.3

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, pitches it outside leg and turns it into the pads, defended once more

18.4

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, full ball on the pads, tucked towards square leg

18.6

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, full and outside leg, worked to square leg for another comfortable single, no trouble for Ireland in that over

Ireland 77/2   WTS Porterfield 33* (55b 3x4 1x6)

19.1

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, Chawla round the wicket, tossed up and outside off, driven down

19.5

Chawla to Porterfield, 2 runs, Chawla generously provides Porterfield some width, carved towards deep point for a couple

19.6

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, a length ball on off to end the over, punched to long-off for an easy single, Ireland march on to 81/2, the run-rate's not great, but these two are looking confident now

Ireland 82/2   WTS Porterfield 37* (58b 3x4 1x6)

20.1

Pathan to Porterfield, 2 runs, tossed up and fullish from Yusuf, lap-swept very fine, Tendulkar does the fielding at fine leg

20.2

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, gets this one to spin, past the outside edge as the batsman looking to drive

20.3

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, flighted and full, powerfully punched towards cover, Kohli throws himself to his left to field that one, Yusuf applauds the effort

20.6

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, powerfully driven, but placement isn't great, straight at Kohli, and that's a dot ball

Ireland 86/2   WTS Porterfield 40* (62b 3x4 1x6)

21.4

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, full and into legstump, driven down to long-on for a single

Ireland 88/2   WTS Porterfield 41* (63b 3x4 1x6)

22.1

Pathan to Porterfield, FOUR, short from Yusuf, Porterfield has loads of time to get back, waits for the ball to sit up and crashes it through cover

22.2

Pathan to Porterfield, no run, fuller this time, much better length this, defended

22.3

Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, slows it up and tosses it up, driven firmly past mid-off for a single

Ireland 95/2   WTS Porterfield 46* (66b 4x4 1x6)

23.2

Chawla to Porterfield, FOUR, that's his fifty, brings it up with a crunching drive through extra cover for four, slightly overpitched by Chalwa and Porterfield makes him pay, he was dropped on nought and he's made sure he capitalising on that reprieve

23.3

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 wide, down the leg side

23.3

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads this time, tucked towards midwicket

Ireland 107/2   WTS Porterfield 51* (68b 5x4 1x6)

24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, fullish ball is thumped down the ground to long-off for a single

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, FOUR, flighted and full from Harbhajan, not much footwork from Porterfirle,d jus makes a wee bit of room and crunches that against the spin to long-on for four

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads, tucked to leg side for a single

Ireland 117/2   WTS Porterfield 57* (71b 6x4 1x6)

25.2

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, spun into Porterfield, who is cramped up by the turn, defended down the pitch

25.3

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, once again, Porterfield pushes it back towards the bowler

25.4

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, on the pads, tucked towards the leg side

25.5

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, on middle stump, opens the face to play the ball towards short third man

25.6

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, a touch short, Porterfield loves that, rocks back and punches it towards sweeper cover for a single

Ireland 120/2   WTS Porterfield 58* (76b 6x4 1x6)

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads, driven towards mid-on for a single

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, pitching well outside leg and turning in, defended off the front foot

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, OUT, and is that a run-out? the bowling has looked limp, but Virat Kolhi's fielding has brought the breakthrough, Porterfield pushed the ball towards cover, where Kohli swooped on the ball and fired in the throw, it was a bit wide but MS Dhoni breaks the stumps in a jiffy to catch O'Brien short, that was great work from Dhoni, and a stubborn stand is finally broken

NJ O'Brien run out 46 (93m 78b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.97

Ireland 122/3   WTS Porterfield 59* (79b 6x4 1x6)

27.1

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, flighted delivery, length ball that is defended back down the track

27.2

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, Porterfield plays his favourite shot, backs away and pushes the ball towards cover

Ireland 123/3   WTS Porterfield 60* (81b 6x4 1x6)

28.2

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, full ball on the pads, powerfully hit by Porterfield, Kohli gets a hand on it at short midwicket but can't stop the single

28.6

Harbhajan Singh to Porterfield, no run, length ball on off, poked towards the off side, 'Noooo' shouts Porterfield as White thinks about a single

Ireland 129/3   WTS Porterfield 61* (83b 6x4 1x6)

29.5

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, on legstump, blocked off the back foot

29.6

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, a touch short, that's enough for Porterfield to get back and lash it towards sweeper cover, he does favour that shot a lot

Ireland 131/4   WTS Porterfield 62* (85b 6x4 1x6)

30.1

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, on the legstump, tucked towards square leg

30.3

Chawla to Porterfield, no run, 'Catch it' Dhoni says a s Porterfield plays it a touch uppishly towards the bowler, lands short

30.4

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads, worked behind square leg for a single

Ireland 134/4   WTS Porterfield 64* (88b 6x4 1x6)

31.1

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, full ball outside off, driven along the ground to long-off

31.4

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads, eased to fine leg for a single

Ireland 137/4   WTS Porterfield 66* (90b 6x4 1x6)

32.1

Chawla to Porterfield, 2 runs, shortish and well outside off, slashed towards deep backward point

32.2

Chawla to Porterfield, no run, gets the ball to turn sharply, pitching just outside off and goes down the leg side

32.3

Chawla to Porterfield, no run, fuller ball that is pushed towards midwicket

32.4

Chawla to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield have a close shave, he backed away and looked to cut an outside-off ball, gets a bottom edge that nearly goes on to the stumps

32.5

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, worked towards wide mid-on for a single

Ireland 142/4   WTS Porterfield 69* (95b 6x4 1x6)

33.1

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, no run, makes room and slaps the ball towards point

33.2

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads, eased down the ground to long-on

Ireland 147/4   WTS Porterfield 70* (97b 6x4 1x6)

34.1

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, Porterfield eases the ball through the off side for a single

34.5

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, Porterfield brings up the 150 by rocking back and slicing the ball towards cover

Ireland 150/5   WTS Porterfield 72* (99b 6x4 1x6)

35.1

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, 1 run, worked behind square leg as Porterfield calmly marches on

Ireland 151/5   WTS Porterfield 73* (100b 6x4 1x6)

36.1

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, slightly short after pitching outside off, Porterfield gets back and slashes it towards cover

36.5

Chawla to Porterfield, no run, the googly beats Porterfield outside off

36.6

Chawla to Porterfield, 1 run, worked to midwicket for a single to bring up drinks, Porterfield has moved on to a workmanlike 75

Ireland 160/5   WTS Porterfield 75* (103b 6x4 1x6)

37.1

Yuvraj Singh to Porterfield, OUT, the drinks break strikes. Porterfield is gone to one of Yuvraj's poorer balls today. He is turning things around for India here, and this performance could force Dhoni to rethink whether he needs two specialist spinners. This, though, was a shoddy delivery. Short and turning away slowly, Porterfield rocks back and spanks it hard. Sadly, he finds Harbhajan at cover.

WTS Porterfield c Harbhajan Singh b Yuvraj Singh 75 (146m 104b 6x4 1x6) SR: 72.11

Ireland 160/6   WTS Porterfield 75 (104b 6x4 1x6)

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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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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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