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)

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   MM Patel 1-0-4-0

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

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   MM Patel 2-0-5-0

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

12.3

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.

12.4

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

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.

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   MM Patel 3-0-12-0

45.1

Patel to Johnston, 1 run, short of a length and no movement, conventional or reverse, clipped through backward square for a single

45.2

Patel to Dockrell, no run, again back of a length, Dockrell stays behind the line and defends to the off side

45.3

Patel to Dockrell, no run, he changes it up, offers one to drive and Dockrell drives fluently. Unfortunately, cover comes in the way

45.4

Patel to Dockrell, no run, back of a length, seemed to come slowly off the track as Dockrell looked for the dab to third man, and missed.

45.5

Patel to Dockrell, 1 wide, Munaf spears one too far down and it is called a wide

45.5

Patel to Dockrell, 1 run, holds the length back and it ends up on the hips, Dockrell calmly tucks it through square leg for one

45.6

Patel to Johnston, FOUR, Munaf delivers a shocker to end his over, slanting into Johnston's pads with fine leg inside the circle, and is calmly glanced to the right of that fielder for four easy runs

Ireland 195/8   MM Patel 4-0-19-0

47.1

Patel to Johnston, 2 runs, aha, what happened there? Yuvraj actually has made a mistake in the field. Slower ball on the stumps, Johnston mistimes the flicked hoick and it balloons up behind midwicket. Yuvraj was running back, but inexplicably, pulled out of it. Was there a miscommunication with Kohli who was running in?

47.2

Patel to Johnston, 1 run, full delivery in line with middle, Johnston bunts down the ground and gets a single

47.3

Patel to Rankin, 1 run, Rankin is away, staying beside the line of a wide delivery outside off and guiding a single past point for a single

47.4

Patel to Johnston, 2 runs, Johnston is getting some important runs here, drives a full length ball down the ground with deft hands, playing it softly enough for a couple

47.5

Patel to Johnston, OUT, Given lbw, and Johnston reviews it immediately. Munaf got some prodigious inward dip on this, it landed on middle and you could see Johnston's middle and off stumps as he went for the flick and missed. The predictive path of HawkEye says that is hitting leg stump. The umpire's call stays, and Ireland have been bowled out.

DT Johnston lbw b Patel 17 (38m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

Ireland 207/10   MM Patel 4.5-0-25-1

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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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