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)

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

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   Yuvraj Singh 1-0-2-0

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

27.3

Yuvraj Singh to White, no run, pitching on middle and leg and turning towards off, solidly defended off the front foot

27.4

Yuvraj Singh to White, no run, shorter and on off, blocked to the off side

27.5

Yuvraj Singh to White, no run, length ball outside off, White gets forward and taps it to the off side

27.6

Yuvraj Singh to White, 1 run, on off side, stands tall and works the ball towards point to get off the mark

Ireland 124/3   Yuvraj Singh 2-0-4-0

29.1

Yuvraj Singh to White, OUT, Yuvraj Singh strikes, gives the ball loads of air, pitching on a length and it turns away, well outside off, White reaches for it and gets the outside edge and a regulation catch for Dhoni, who throws the ball up in delight

AR White c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 5 (8m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

29.2

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, no run, length ball pitching just outside off, defended off the front foot

29.3

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, no run, again a loopy delivery on the stumps, Kevin O'Brien defends down the pitch

29.4

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, punched to long-off to get his first run

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   Yuvraj Singh 3-0-6-1

31.1

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

31.2

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, no run, half-tracker from Yuvraj, doesn't turn much after pitching on off, swiped down the ground

31.3

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, length ball on off from Yuvraj, 'Catch' is the cry as Kevin O'Brien gets a leading edge towards point, he was looking to play the ball towards midwicket

31.4

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

31.5

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, no run, length ball is defended by O'Brien towards midwicket

31.6

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, skips away from leg to make room and crunches that towards deep point, 'Two, two,' he shouted as soon as he played that shot

Ireland 139/4   Yuvraj Singh 4-0-11-1

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

33.3

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, no run, flatter, quicker one, heading for middle, blocked by O'Brien

33.4

Yuvraj Singh to KJ O'Brien, OUT, a massive cheer from the crowd as Kevin O'Brien departs, a soft, soft dismissal, an innocuous length ball is patted back to the bowler, who accepts the gift, Yuvraj gets his second, and Ireland have lost a huge wicket

KJ O'Brien c & b Yuvraj Singh 9 (14m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

33.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, Cusack loses his head first ball, doesn't lose his wicket though, he opens the face to guide the ball towards point and sets off for a single, Porterfield wasn't interested, and Cusack had to scramble back, just makes it back

33.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, Cusack living dangerously here, dropped by Yuvraj, he wasn't expecting another caught and bowled, Cusack punched it high to Yiuvraj left, he gets a hand on it but can't latch on, Cusack survives

Ireland 147/5   Yuvraj Singh 5-0-12-2

35.1

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

35.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, flighted, length ball, defended back to the bowler

35.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, an awkward stroke from Cusack, turned towards square leg, doesn't get hold of it and it dribbles to the leg side

35.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, blocked towards the off side

35.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, Yuvraj keeps it on a length, Cusack comes well forward and blocks towards cover

35.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, a touch short from Yuvraj, Cusack quickly gets on the back foot, cracks it towards point where Chawla races across to field

Ireland 151/5   Yuvraj Singh 6-0-13-2

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

37.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mooney, no run, tossed up on off, leans out to the flight and defends down the track

37.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mooney, no run, fired just wide of off stump, driven solidly to mid off

37.4

Yuvraj Singh to Mooney, 1 run, Yuvraj lands one on the pads and Mooney dinks it away to square leg for a single

37.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, back of a length on off stump and defended down the track

37.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, FOUR, in hindsight, a rather brainy shot from Cusack. He skips out of the crease, gets inside the angle that Yuvraj is operating with, negating the spin in the process and then slaps him across the line high and into the vacant midwicket region. It trickles over the boundary skirting.

Ireland 165/6   Yuvraj Singh 7-0-18-3

39.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, FOUR, Cusack does it again to Yuvraj, he's skipped out to take the delivery on bounce from the leg stump line and swing it over midwicket. Straighter than last time, but he seemed to have negated all risks in the execution

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, Yuvraj lands this outside off, forces Cusack to play softly into the off side

39.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, 1 run, aha, this one stops and breaks away from Cusack who is a little early into the punch down the ground, and Yuvraj might have thought he had a chance as he dived to his left. Too far from him though.

39.4

Yuvraj Singh to Mooney, 1 run, Mooney gets one on the pads, and clips down to square leg for a single

39.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, this is lovely stuff from Yuvraj, and another nifty bit of keeping from Dhoni. Flighted onto middle and leg, it lands and breaks away sharply as Cusack plays a lazy wafty flick without getting to the pitch. Dhoni collects and whips the bails off as Cusack drags his toes out, but he seems to have brought them back in, just in time.

39.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, 1 run, short ball, breaking away from middle and off, whipped from the crease to square leg for one

Ireland 172/6   Yuvraj Singh 8-0-25-3

41.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, speared in from outside off and defended from the crease to the off side

41.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, 1 run, back of a length, but ample air on that one on leg stump, Cusack swipes down the ground for a single

41.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mooney, 1 run, flatter and on off stump, Mooney tries to force it from the back foot and gets it past Yuvraj

41.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, 1 run, Cusack turns the strike again, full toss on off stump and driven into the covers

41.5

Yuvraj Singh to Mooney, OUT, Mooney reviews an lbw appeal upheld by umpire Tucker. Yuvraj continues to impress - this is not part-time stuff. Looped up just outside off, and turning in sharply as Mooney presses half forward to defend. He did not get his pad out of the line, and was struck in front of off. Only height could have saved him, but the tracker predicts this to be clipping the top of middle. On your way, Mooney.

JF Mooney lbw b Yuvraj Singh 5 (19m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 29.41

41.6

Yuvraj Singh to Johnston, no run, flat delivery to end the over, and again some turn. Defended gingerly from the crease.

Ireland 178/7   Yuvraj Singh 9-0-28-4

43.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, 1 run, tossed up outside off and breaking away, steered carefully from the crease through point

43.2

Yuvraj Singh to Johnston, no run, Yuvraj continues to get turn nicely, Johnston stabs at one as it breaks away

43.3

Yuvraj Singh to Johnston, 2 wides, this one drifts away down the leg side as Johnston misses the flick

43.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, no run, again drifting with the arm, Johnston looks to swipe to the leg side and misses. Hmm, replays say that was hitting leg stump

43.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cusack, OUT, India have called for a lbw review here. Has Yuvi bagged a five-for? Lands back of a length on off stump and straightens, but the batsman is well down the track, his backfoot is a foot outside the crease and his front foot is well down the track. Will the 2.5 metres come into the picture? According to (a potentially inaccurate) HawkEye, since he is more than 2.5 m forward, it was hitting off and middle at a comfortable height. Right, on replays, umpire Tucker has reversed his decision and Yuvraj has five. Bangalore roars. Yuvraj puts out his hand, with all five fingers spread out. Dhoni just smiles. Good stuff this.

AR Cusack lbw b Yuvraj Singh 24 (49m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

43.5

Yuvraj Singh to Dockrell, no run, flat armer that held its line, defended tentatively from the crease.

43.6

Yuvraj Singh to Dockrell, no run, tossed up again with flair on middle and off, driven into the covers

Ireland 184/8   Yuvraj Singh 10-0-31-5

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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