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)

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

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   Harbhajan Singh 1-0-1-0

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

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   Harbhajan Singh 2-0-2-0

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   Harbhajan Singh 3-0-6-0

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

13.3

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.

13.4

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

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   Harbhajan Singh 4-0-10-0

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

15.3

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

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   Harbhajan Singh 5-0-14-0

24.1

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

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

24.4

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

24.6

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

Ireland 118/2   Harbhajan Singh 6-0-22-0

26.1

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

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

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

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, short of a length and outside off, defended off the front foot

Ireland 122/3   Harbhajan Singh 7-0-24-0

28.1

Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run, fullish ball pitching outside off, worked towards midwicket

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

28.3

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, flighted ball, Whoite takes a huge stride forward as he looked to defend, inside-edged and the ball pops up to the leg side, safely though

28.4

Harbhajan Singh to White, 2 runs, swept by White behind square for a couple

28.5

Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run, another sweep, just a single this time

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   Harbhajan Singh 8-0-29-0

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, tossed up outside off and breaking away, defended softly towards point

38.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, hint of drift, coming in towards off stump, lands outside the line and breaks away as Mooney leaves

38.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, more air, Mooney comes forward to one that doesn't turn so much, and defends to the off side

38.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, that's dropped really short, Mooney is late on the cut and can't get it away

38.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, drift and curl into the batsman before landing outside off and straightening as Mooney decides to leave

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, a maiden for Harbhajan, he gets one to come in marginally with the arm and Mooney almost caught napping as he plays all over it. Gets some bat on it, onto the pads.

Ireland 165/6   Harbhajan Singh 9-1-29-0

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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