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)

Porterfield is out there with Stirling to open the batting. The Irish would not have experienced such a noisy crowd before! Zaheer has the ball, no spin first up. Two slips in place.

Right, the anthems are done. The stands are packed. Sriram Veera is doing the bulletin today, while Sid Ravindran and I, Nitin Sundar, will share commentary and chat duties.

NS Sidhu continues to expound his philosophies on air, which means we have some more time to go before the start of the game. Here's something you can do in the meantime - check out and 'follow' our Twitter feed at @ESPNcricinfo.

Moiz: "Don't you think that despite winning the toss, India missed out their chance of increasing their net run rate in the points table ? They could have scored +300 & got Ireland out cheaply; which could have increased their Net RR." I think Dhoni is more keen on securing the two points, than focusing on the NRR. Not a bad approach, after seeing what Ireland did to England.

Prasanna: "Interesting to see if India open the attack with a spinner, if SA and England do, why not India?" Quite ironical isn't it? Several teams are opening the attack with spinners; the ones not doing it are the three Asian giants, and the defending World Cup champions.

Srikanth: "I havent understood what Porterfield just said." Neither did we, which is why I did not paraphrase his quotes. Lovely Irish accent. Not the most easy to follow.

Ravi Shanker: "Everyday is not wednesday, to expect Ireland to repeat their magic against India. My forecast is about 180 is the maximum which Ireland will score. It will be just walk in the garden for India." Well, Bangalore is the garden city, after all ... Sourav Ganguly echoes those opinions, he expects this game to finish early.

Any inventive Fantasy player out there who predicted changes in the India side? Head back in and get your XI in order ahead of the game.

Toss

Dhoni has chosen to bowl in a 'slightly different track', that is not so firm. He expects help for bowlers in the afternoon more than the evening. "We have been practising a lot recently. Lots of free time not much to do in the hotel ..." Always a delight to hear this man speak! India are going in unchanged.

Ireland have made a change. Andrew White is in for Gary Wilson.

It's a dry, warm day in Bangalore. Sunny Gavaskar has a good look at the pitch and says the track is dry too, and there could be spin. Don't expect 330-odd today, he says. In his opinion, a win-toss-bat-first pitch. Dhoni had hinted he was considering chasing ... Meanwhile, South Africa are galloping to what must be an easy win against the English in Chennai.

Hello all, its The Merrymakers v The Marauders at the Chinnaswamy. This game was always expected to be a walk in the park for the Indians. And then Wednesday happened. Plenty of intensity leading up to this game.. India are concerned, and undecided on their bowling attack. Sharda Ugra looks ahead to a potential cracker. And there's more in Liam Brickhill's preview.

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

0.4

Khan to Stirling, OUT, that's a Zaheer special, and Stirling has lost his stumps. 134 kph, angles across the batsman at a good length, inviting the drive and then zipping inwards of the track to crash into the pitch. Stirling went for the check-drive without moving his feet across or forward and the ball gladly snaked through the bat-pad gap.

PR Stirling b Khan 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.5

Khan to Joyce, no run, Zaheer is hitting the seam with a vengeance here. 126 kph only, but lands outside off and darts away from Joyce who wisely lets it go

0.6

Khan to Joyce, no run, and he ends the over with one that holds its line, Joyce covers the angle and defends.

End of over 1 (1 run) Ireland 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
EC Joyce    0* (2b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-1
WTS Porterfield    1* (3b)     

Munaf takes over duties from the pavilion end.

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

Jay: "Any news about Ashish Nehra? I would love to see him playing in India XI " He's apparently fit, and this, according to Dhoni, is the first-choice XI. Go figure.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Ireland 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
WTS Porterfield    5* (9b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-4-0
EC Joyce    0* (2b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-1

2.1

Khan to Joyce, no run, Zaheer keeps it short of driving length, early 130s, Joyce comes forward and defends watchfully

2.2

Khan to Joyce, FOUR, whoa, the Irish need to settle down here. Joyce jumps out of the crease and to the off stump line even as Zaheer gets into delivery stride, and then goes hard at an away-swinger. Yusuf at second slip dives to his left but can't get there, the ball was traveling. Dhoni and Zaheer consult on whether they should have a third slip ...

2.3

Khan to Joyce, OUT, this is stupendous from Zaheer. He's been moving them away like a charm all along, and then just for fun, he gets one to jag back off the seam. Joyce was obviously expecting another one that moved away, and in an attempt to cover the deviation was groping outside the line. Too bad. Zaheer got it to go the other way and kiss the inside edge on the way to Dhoni

EC Joyce c †Dhoni b Khan 4 (8m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Niall comes out now. Brother of the big man.

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

Dushyant: "Ed joyce looks like Jack Nicholson, A hollywood actor :)"

And he's flown over the cuckoo's nest pretty fast too.

End of over 3 (6 runs) Ireland 11/2 (RR: 3.66)
NJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      Z Khan    2-0-5-2
WTS Porterfield    5* (9b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-4-0

Aha, Dhoni introduces Yusuf into the attack. First time India have tried spin so early. Slip in place.

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.

Two slips in place now.

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

End of over 4 (maiden) Ireland 11/2 (RR: 2.75)
WTS Porterfield    5* (15b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-1-0-0
NJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      Z Khan    2-0-5-2

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

End of over 5 (maiden) Ireland 11/2 (RR: 2.20)
NJ O'Brien    0* (9b)      Z Khan    3-1-5-2
WTS Porterfield    5* (15b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-1-0-0

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

5.3

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

5.6

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

End of over 6 (4 runs) Ireland 15/2 (RR: 2.50)
WTS Porterfield    6* (18b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-1-4-0
NJ O'Brien    3* (12b)      Z Khan    3-1-5-2

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

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.

Jiten: "To make the ODI cricket world cup more entertaining, I think the commentators must be replaced with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler (WWE fame) and every cricketer should have their entrance song!! he he!! Kevin O'Brien should have Brock Lesnar theme: "Here comes the pain"!! What fun!!! "

End of over 7 (5 runs) Ireland 20/2 (RR: 2.85)
WTS Porterfield    10* (22b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-1-10-2
NJ O'Brien    4* (14b)      YK Pathan    2-1-4-0

Harbhajan comes on now for a tweak. Two slips, and round the wicket.

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

End of over 8 (1 run) Ireland 21/2 (RR: 2.62)
WTS Porterfield    10* (25b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
NJ O'Brien    5* (17b)      Z Khan    4-1-10-2

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.

End of over 9 (5 runs) Ireland 26/2 (RR: 2.88)
NJ O'Brien    10* (23b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-1-15-2
WTS Porterfield    10* (25b 2x4)      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

Silly point is in.

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

DR: "Surely Sachin's entry music would be beethoven's symphony or a john lennon\Beatles classic.."

End of over 10 (1 run) Ireland 27/2 (RR: 2.70)
WTS Porterfield    10* (26b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-2-0
NJ O'Brien    11* (28b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-1-15-2

Munaf comes back on. How long will this spell last?

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

Aha, SA have lost three wickets.. Ch....?

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.

Silly mid-on in place now.

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

End of over 11 (1 run) Ireland 28/2 (RR: 2.54)
WTS Porterfield    10* (31b 2x4)      MM Patel    2-0-5-0
NJ O'Brien    12* (29b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-2-0

Sujith: "I think sachin's entry song will be the theme of godfather."

Silly point is gone. Forward short leg is in.

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

The close-in fielder moves to silly point now.

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

End of over 12 (4 runs) Ireland 32/2 (RR: 2.66)
NJ O'Brien    15* (35b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0
WTS Porterfield    10* (31b 2x4)      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.

Sujith: "Sreesanth's entry music surely will be silsila hai silsila, a malayalam song. check out it in you tube"

Hahaha! Silsila.

End of over 13 (8 runs) Ireland 40/2 (RR: 3.07)
NJ O'Brien    20* (39b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-0-12-0
WTS Porterfield    12* (33b 2x4)      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

Vicky: "The likes of Ambrose, Holding, Marshall would have shared the theme song of Undertaker, Kane and Andre the Giant."

Dhruva: "And what would be Afridi's entry song? 18 till I die?" Hmmm...

End of over 14 (4 runs) Ireland 44/2 (RR: 3.14)
NJ O'Brien    22* (42b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-10-0
WTS Porterfield    14* (36b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-0-12-0

Yusuf is back on.

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

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

End of over 15 (3 runs) Ireland 47/2 (RR: 3.13)
WTS Porterfield    16* (40b 2x4)      YK Pathan    3-1-7-0
NJ O'Brien    23* (44b 2x4)      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

Aftab: "for william potefield the song will be poker face by lady gaga:)"

End of over 16 (4 runs) Ireland 51/2 (RR: 3.18)
NJ O'Brien    26* (49b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-14-0
WTS Porterfield    17* (41b 2x4)      YK Pathan    3-1-7-0

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

16.4

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

Over the wicket now.

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.

End of over 17 (7 runs) Ireland 58/2 (RR: 3.41)
WTS Porterfield    23* (46b 3x4)      YK Pathan    4-1-14-0
NJ O'Brien    27* (50b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-14-0

Chawla has the ball. More spin. Slip and leg slip stand in wait.

Gopal: "The entry song for the Indian Bowlers will be "Hit me baby one more time"."

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

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.

India have surely dropped their intensity after Zaheer's spell. Can they lift their game after drinks? Sid Ravindran will take you through the next passage of play, while I head across to the over-by-over chat.

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End of over 18 (15 runs) Ireland 73/2 (RR: 4.05)
NJ O'Brien    29* (52b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-15-0
WTS Porterfield    31* (51b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    4-1-14-0

Thanks Nitin, Ireland have been pretty comfortable after the initial few overs from Zaheer.

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

18.2

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

18.5

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

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

End of over 19 (4 runs) Ireland 77/2 (RR: 4.05)
WTS Porterfield    33* (55b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    5-1-18-0
NJ O'Brien    31* (54b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-15-0

19.1

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

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

Chawla over the wicket

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

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

End of over 20 (5 runs) Ireland 82/2 (RR: 4.10)
WTS Porterfield    37* (58b 3x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-0-20-0
NJ O'Brien    32* (57b 2x4)      YK Pathan    5-1-18-0

20.1

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

Yusuf round the wicket

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

20.4

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

20.6

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

End of over 21 (4 runs) Ireland 86/2 (RR: 4.09)
WTS Porterfield    40* (62b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    6-1-22-0
NJ O'Brien    33* (59b 2x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-20-0

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

21.4

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

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

Surprised it was so long before we got one of these. Ajeesh: "Has India lost the trick by not choosing Irfan Pathan....we really miss an all rounder."

End of over 22 (4 runs) Ireland 90/2 (RR: 4.09)
NJ O'Brien    36* (64b 2x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-24-0
WTS Porterfield    41* (63b 3x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    6-1-22-0

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

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

Cris: "Impressed with the Irish..very gutsy and pugnacious batting." Yup, I thought there might be a collapse given how Zak was getting the move to jag about

End of over 23 (10 runs) Ireland 100/2 (RR: 4.34)
NJ O'Brien    41* (67b 3x4)      YK Pathan    7-1-32-0
WTS Porterfield    46* (66b 4x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    3-0-24-0

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

23.2

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

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

End of over 24 (10 runs) Ireland 110/2 (RR: 4.58)
NJ O'Brien    42* (72b 3x4)      PP Chawla    4-0-34-0
WTS Porterfield    51* (68b 5x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    7-1-32-0

Harbhajan round the wicket

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

End of over 25 (8 runs) Ireland 118/2 (RR: 4.72)
NJ O'Brien    44* (75b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-22-0
WTS Porterfield    57* (71b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    4-0-34-0

Yuvraj comes on now as India struggle to break through

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

Meanwhile, in Chennai, South Africa have lost six wickets, and are still need 48 to win. Commentary here

End of over 26 (2 runs) Ireland 120/2 (RR: 4.61)
WTS Porterfield    58* (76b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-0
NJ O'Brien    45* (76b 3x4)      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

Andrew White is the new batsman

26.6

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

Rakesh asks, and isn't the first one to ask:"How could anyone think India are favorites for the world cup with such a bowling unit? "

End of over 27 (2 runs) Ireland 122/3 (RR: 4.51)
AR White    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-24-0
WTS Porterfield    59* (79b 6x4 1x6)      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

End of over 28 (2 runs) Ireland 124/3 (RR: 4.42)
AR White    1* (5b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-4-0
WTS Porterfield    60* (81b 6x4 1x6)      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

Prasad D: "Ireland are proving everybody wrong.. What a comeback after being reduced to 2 wickets for hardly anything.. Though am supporting India, this Irish team cant be bracketed into the minnows tag."

End of over 29 (5 runs) Ireland 129/3 (RR: 4.44)
WTS Porterfield    61* (83b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-29-0
AR White    5* (9b)      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

Here's King Kev, his profile has gone up after that crazy innings. Can he deal with the turning ball though?

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

And, in Chennai, South Africa have lost their seventh.

End of over 30 (2 runs) Ireland 131/4 (RR: 4.36)
WTS Porterfield    62* (85b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-6-1
KJ O'Brien    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-29-0

30.1

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

30.2

Chawla to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up, full and outside off, Kevin chips it over cover, lands well short of sweeper cover

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

30.5

Chawla to KJ O'Brien, no run, fired into legstump, defended off the backfoot

30.6

Chawla to KJ O'Brien, no run, that end a much better over from Chawla, a lovely legspinner that Kevin O'Brien can't get his bat close to

End of over 31 (3 runs) Ireland 134/4 (RR: 4.32)
KJ O'Brien    2* (6b)      PP Chawla    5-0-37-0
WTS Porterfield    64* (88b 6x4 1x6)      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

End of over 32 (5 runs) Ireland 139/4 (RR: 4.34)
KJ O'Brien    5* (10b)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-11-1
WTS Porterfield    66* (90b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    5-0-37-0

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

32.6

Chawla to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, smashed off the back foot, Kevin O'Brien gets his first boundary of the day, a muscular hit off the back foot towards extra cover, Yusuf was racing across and puts in a dive but can't cut that off

End of over 33 (7 runs) Ireland 146/4 (RR: 4.42)
KJ O'Brien    9* (11b 1x4)      PP Chawla    6-0-44-0
WTS Porterfield    69* (95b 6x4 1x6)      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

End of over 34 (1 run) Ireland 147/5 (RR: 4.32)
AR Cusack    0* (2b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-12-2
WTS Porterfield    70* (97b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    6-0-44-0

34.1

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

34.2

Chawla to Cusack, no run, defended to the off side by Cusack

34.3

Chawla to Cusack, no run, Cusack comes down the track and plays the ball against the spin towards mid-off, can't get off the mark though

34.4

Chawla to Cusack, 1 run, this time he can, drives the length ball towards mid-off for one

34.5

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

34.6

Chawla to Cusack, no run, the Chawla googly makes an appearance, Cusack doesn't read it and is struck on the pads, Chawla makes an excited appeal but that hit outside off

End of over 35 (3 runs) Ireland 150/5 (RR: 4.28)
AR Cusack    1* (6b)      PP Chawla    7-0-47-0
WTS Porterfield    72* (99b 6x4 1x6)      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

End of over 36 (1 run) Ireland 151/5 (RR: 4.19)
AR Cusack    1* (11b)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-13-2
WTS Porterfield    73* (100b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    7-0-47-0

36.1

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

36.2

Chawla to Cusack, FOUR, that is a terrible delivery from Chawla, plenty of flight but forgets to land it, crunched down the ground by Cusack for four

36.3

Chawla to Cusack, no run, Cusack can't read the Chawla googly, he look to defend that one towards off only to be beaten by the sharp turn

36.4

Chawla to Cusack, 3 runs, overpitched legspinner, muscled down the ground and past the bowler, Yusuf hustles across from Yusuf and dives to save that one, he pushes it past Munaf who was coming in from long-off, third umpire is satisfied it is not a boundary

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

That's it from me for this innings, Nitin Sundar will be here to describe the action for the next hour. I'm off to the over-by-over discussion.

End of over 37 (9 runs) Ireland 160/5 (RR: 4.32)
WTS Porterfield    75* (103b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    8-0-56-0
AR Cusack    8* (14b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-13-2

Who would have thought Pietersen would be bowling incisive offies at the this stage of the game, while Steyn and van Wyk scrap for a low target? That's cricket for you!

Back in Bangalore, Porterfield is doing rather well for Ireland, but they seem to have lost a wicket too many. Barring Yuvraj, a rather flat show from India's spinners. He continues.

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

Mooney is the new man in.

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.

End of over 38 (5 runs) Ireland 165/6 (RR: 4.34)
AR Cusack    12* (16b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-18-3
JF Mooney    1* (3b)      PP Chawla    8-0-56-0

Harbhajan, still searching for a wicket here, comes on now. Slip for Mooney, round the wicket.

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.

End of over 39 (maiden) Ireland 165/6 (RR: 4.23)
JF Mooney    1* (9b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-29-0
AR Cusack    12* (16b 2x4)      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

End of over 40 (7 runs) Ireland 172/6 (RR: 4.30)
AR Cusack    18* (21b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-25-3
JF Mooney    2* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-29-0

Zaheer comes back on. Meanwhile, South Africa seemed to have faked the choke, as someone mentioned on twitter. They seem to be scrapping towards the target in Chennai.

40.1

Khan to Cusack, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, clipped through square leg for one

40.2

Khan to Mooney, no run, again on leg stump, Mooney is early on the flick and gets a leading edge to midwicket where Yuvraj tumbled and saved

40.3

Khan to Mooney, no run, back of a length and very straight, defended from the crease to midwicket

Shaz: "I still can't understand how a regular bowler like Chawla has gone for 7 per over when the part timers like Pathan & Yuvraj had success in restricting the Irish batsmen.Glad that i don't have him in my team!!! :) "

40.4

Khan to Mooney, no run, on off stump this time, Mooney looks for the dab to third man, but finds Kohli at point

40.5

Khan to Mooney, no run, Zaheer is looking for reverse. 131 kph only, but it tailed in sharply at a very full length and was defended back down the track.

South Africa are 8 down. It's not over in Chennai! van Wyk is gone.

40.6

Khan to Mooney, 2 runs, another yorker attempted, this one ends up a full toss on leg stump, squeezed away to square leg for a single

End of over 41 (3 runs) Ireland 175/6 (RR: 4.26)
JF Mooney    4* (15b)      Z Khan    6-1-18-2
AR Cusack    19* (22b 3x4)      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.

Dale Steyn reviews what seemed a PLUMB lbw call. SA could be 9 down in Chennai. PLUMB! Broad at his best.

End of over 42 (3 runs) Ireland 178/7 (RR: 4.23)
DT Johnston    0* (1b)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-28-4
AR Cusack    21* (25b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-1-18-2

Four games for England in this World Cup. Four thrillers. One gets the feeling, something's gotta give. As Ravi Shastri would day.

42.1

Khan to Cusack, 1 run, short ball outside off, hangs back and cuts it backward of point for one

42.2

Khan to Johnston, no run, short ball again, as Zaheer angles in from over the stumps, bunted carefully to the leg side

42.3

Khan to Johnston, 1 run, driven to deep cover, Johnston is away

42.4

Khan to Cusack, 1 run, slow offcutter from over the wicket, opens the face and dabs it to third man for a single

England have won in Chennai! Whoop!

42.5

Khan to Johnston, no run, tucks him up with a length ball that doesn't do much off the track, and Johnston can't get it away as he looks for the steer through the off side

42.6

Khan to Johnston, no run, slow offcutter again, lands on leg and moves away as Johnston looks to steer square. Can't get it away.

End of over 43 (3 runs) Ireland 181/7 (RR: 4.20)
DT Johnston    1* (5b)      Z Khan    7-1-21-2
AR Cusack    23* (27b 3x4)      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

Apologies for the slight lag in the comms for the last over. We had a tech issue, which is now sorted.

43.5

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

Wonder how many people have Yuvi in their Fantasy XIs. For his bowling, that too. He's been quite phenomenal today.

43.6

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

End of over 44 (3 runs) Ireland 184/8 (RR: 4.18)
GH Dockrell    0* (2b)      Yuvraj Singh    10-0-31-5
DT Johnston    1* (6b)      Z Khan    7-1-21-2

Batting Powerplay taken now

44.1

Khan to Johnston, 1 run, full delivery from Zaheer, looking for the yorker, squeezed out into the covers

44.2

Khan to Dockrell, 1 run, over-pitched outside off, Dockrell squeezes it down to third man for a single

44.3

Khan to Johnston, 1 wide, Zak tried, well, something. And lost the plot. A foot and a half wide down the leg side

44.3

Khan to Johnston, no run, 127.8 kph bouncer that goes searching for the batsman's head, Dockrell gets out of the way

44.4

Khan to Johnston, no run, full delivery outside off, Dockrell goes for a full-blooded cover drive and he finds covers

44.5

Khan to Johnston, 1 run, again a very full ball and driven solidly through mid off for a single

44.6

Khan to Dockrell, no run, offcutter at 127 kph, nips away from the middle and leg line and is defended from the crease to the off side

End of over 45 (4 runs) Ireland 188/8 (RR: 4.17)
GH Dockrell    1* (4b)      Z Khan    8-1-25-2
DT Johnston    3* (10b)      Yuvraj Singh    10-0-31-5

Munaf comes back on, at long last.

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.

England's win against SA makes things very difficult for Bangladesh. And indeed Ireland. Mad rush now for the top four spots in Group B.

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

End of over 46 (7 runs) Ireland 195/8 (RR: 4.23)
DT Johnston    8* (12b 1x4)      MM Patel    4-0-19-0
GH Dockrell    2* (8b)      Z Khan    8-1-25-2

46.1

Khan to Dockrell, 1 run, Zaheer sends down another offcutter that nips away outside off stump, and is steered down to third man

46.2

Khan to Johnston, no run, again dropped short of a length outside off, Zaheer is not giving pace or length to work with. Dabbed into the covers, just can't time it

46.3

Khan to Johnston, no run, 118.9 kph, slow yorker on the stumps and Johnston just about brings the bat down in time to keep it out

46.4

Khan to Johnston, FOUR, botched by Zaheer, biffed by Johnston. He overcooks the yorker and ends up delivering a full toss at a nice height. It is swatted down the ground, to the left of mid on for a single

46.5

Khan to Johnston, 1 leg bye, Big lbw appeal turned down, Dhoni and Zaheer decide to refer it. Full from over the wickets, and the main question is - did it pitch outside leg, or in line? His the pads in front of leg and is headed to break the furniture. The mat is in, and it pitched outside leg. Saved.

46.6

Khan to Dockrell, OUT, Dhoni may not be considered among the better keepers in the game, but he's been stunning today. Full delivery outside off, it was there for the drive and Dockrell went for the off side with a flamboyant carve. He ended getting a very thick outside edge that seemed headed for third man. Someone forgot to inform the horizontal Indian captain. He was fully stretched to the right and pouched it inches above the ground. And he doesn't celebrate. Calm as always, flicks the ball away and heads to Zaheer for the celebrations.

GH Dockrell c †Dhoni b Khan 3 (19m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

End of over 47 (6 runs) Ireland 201/9 (RR: 4.27)
     Z Khan    9-1-30-3
DT Johnston    12* (16b 2x4)      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

Sid R will be back to take you through the action in half an hour's time. While you wait, here's a delightful take on Stairway to heaven in Page 2. And Sriram Veera's bulletin on the action in Bangalore, in case you missed the action.

Is Yuvraj doing an Afridi? A batsman who is contributing heavily with the ball ... India will want his runs too, though. He mans a crucial spot at No. 5 in this line-up.

An underwhelming finish there for Ireland, given just how easily Niall O' Brien and William Porterfield were scoring against the lead spinners. They did really well to overcome Zaheer's hostility and work themselves into a reasonably good position. Then Yuvraj came on and things turned on their head. Concerns for Dhoni ahead of the next games, mainly surrounding Chawla's inefficiency. Before that, there's the small matter of scoring 208 here. At this moment, India are the only unbeaten team in Group B. If they win tonight, they move to the top of the table.

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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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