ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 27th match, Group B

Ireland v West Indies

West Indies won by 44 runs

Roach will run in for the first over, his threat is the biggest for the Irish. Porterfield to face by the looks of it. Two slips.

While Sid Talya hops off for lunch and other duties, I shall bring you the action from the chase. Ireland have shown once that they are capable of chasing large totals. Compared to what they did in Bangalore, this is barely a middling target. Game on?

0.1

Roach to Porterfield, no run, 144.5 kph to start off business, back of a length and angling into line with leg, Porterfield gets behind it and defends

0.2

Roach to Porterfield, 1 run, away in edgy fashion, Roach is cranking it up already. 147 kph, fuller length on middle and off, seeking the drive, Porterfield pokes uncertainly and squeezes through point for one

0.3

Roach to Stirling, no run, back of a length outside off and he leaves it through to the keeper

0.4

Roach to Stirling, 1 run, Stirling is away, hanging back and angling the face to pick up a single to third man

0.5

Roach to Porterfield, no run, fuller length, Porterfield times the flick well off the back foot but finds square leg

0.6

Roach to Porterfield, no run, good start from Roach, not a single bad delivery. Short of a length on off stump, Porterfield covers the line and defends

Suddasatwa: 'The West Indies are 75 run short, time for some Irish coffee then."

End of over 1 (2 runs) Ireland 2/0 (274 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.59)
WTS Porterfield    1* (4b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-2-0
PR Stirling    1* (2b)     

Benn trots in with a slip.

1.1

Benn to Stirling, no run, full length on middle and leg, driven back to the bowler

1.2

Benn to Stirling, FOUR, shot from Stirling. Benn tosses it up generously outside off, Stirling leans out to the pitch and goes uppishly on purpose. He times it well enough to get over mid off and get the boundary. Just over.

1.3

Benn to Stirling, no run, shortens the length this time, Stirling hangs back and defends

1.4

Benn to Stirling, OUT, gone. Was the appeal for lbw? Might have been. Umpire de Silva has given it out, and Stirling is most definitely out caught. Back of a length on off and breaking away, he stays back and tries to turn it to the leg side. Huge inside edge, onto the pad and caught on the off side. Easy as they come.

PR Stirling c Sammy b Benn 5 (7m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Joyce is the new man in.

1.5

Benn to Joyce, FOUR, Lovely hit. Two sublime fours sandwich a dot ball and the dismissal. Tossed up outside off, again inviting the drive and Joyce drills through the line for four through cover point.

1.6

Benn to Joyce, FOUR, whoa, some over this. Another boundary, making it 12 for 1 off Benn's first over. Flighted again well outside off, he wants edges, and Joyce doesn't give him an edge. He middles it with fluent a drive into the covers

End of over 2 (12 runs) Ireland 14/1 (262 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.45)
EC Joyce    8* (2b 2x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-12-1
WTS Porterfield    1* (4b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-2-0

2.1

Roach to Porterfield, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, tucked through midwicket for a single

2.2

Roach to Joyce, no run, nearly another lbw. This time the inside edge saves him. Lands back of a length and nips in from off stump, this is what Roach does best. Joyce doesn't adjust for the deviation and pokes outside the line. Inside edge thuds into the pads.

2.3

Roach to Joyce, no run, short of a length on the stumps, at 148 kph, Joyce stays behind the line and defends

2.4

Roach to Joyce, no run, shorter this time, Joyce camps on the back foot and keeps it out with a solid defensive stroke

2.5

Roach to Joyce, FOUR, that's Roach's first bad ball today, and Joyce and dismissed it for his third four. Full and fast, missing the line by a few inches and ends up on the pads. Joyce skips inside the line and daintily glances to fine leg

2.6

Roach to Joyce, no run, better line, closer to middle this time, and Joyce plays a little around the front pad to keep it out

End of over 3 (5 runs) Ireland 19/1 (257 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 5.46)
EC Joyce    12* (7b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    2-0-7-0
WTS Porterfield    2* (5b)      SJ Benn    1-0-12-1

Slip and leg slip. Left arm over the wicket.

3.1

Benn to Porterfield, no run, Flight on off stump, Porterfield presses out to defend down the track

3.2

Benn to Porterfield, 1 run, this one comes in with the turn, Porterfield flicks through midwicket and gets a single

3.3

Benn to Joyce, no run, right, so Joyce is not going to hit everything from Benn for four. He gets half forward to cover the deviation and defend a length ball down the track

3.4

Benn to Joyce, 2 runs, nicely done, he hangs back to a delivery marginally short of length and nurdles with precision through square leg for a couple

3.5

Benn to Joyce, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked off the front foot to midwicket

3.6

Benn to Joyce, 1 wide, this time Benn slips down the leg side for a wide

3.6

Benn to Joyce, FOUR, could Joy be the man today? Another spanking cover drive, he's hitting them with rare Gowereque sweetness today. Flighted outside off again, without protection in the deep, Joyce smoothly lays into it through the covers

End of over 4 (8 runs) Ireland 27/1 (249 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 5.41)
EC Joyce    18* (11b 4x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-20-1
WTS Porterfield    3* (7b)      KAJ Roach    2-0-7-0

4.1

Roach to Porterfield, no run, short of a length on off stump, Porterfield stays behind the line and defends to the off side

4.2

Roach to Porterfield, FOUR, alright, this is a quick start despite the early wicket. Porterfield gets marginally inside the line of an over-pitched leg stump offering and clips through square leg. This outfield does not know friction

4.3

Roach to Porterfield, no run, aha, similar ball but just a degree straighter, Porterfield ,i>nearly plays all over it as he tries to flick

4.4

Roach to Porterfield, no run, shifts back to short of a length on off stukmp, 147.1 kph, Porterfield covers the line and defends

4.5

Roach to Porterfield, FOUR, this innings has so far looked like the first morning of a Test match. Close-in fields, attacking bowling and sublime timing to beat the infield. Very fast from Roach again, looks for the stumps and ends up very full on leg stump, Porterfield has just waved his wand casually and send it through midwicket. Super shot.

4.6

Roach to Porterfield, no run, oho, Pollard is down in a lot of pain. Driving length ball outside off, Porterfield plays the check drive with half the intent, straight to Pollard at point. He seems set to collect it, but the ball seemed to jump up, miss his hands and thud, slowly, but painfully, into the side of his knee. He's limping back up now.

End of over 5 (8 runs) Ireland 35/1 (241 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.35)
WTS Porterfield    11* (13b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    3-0-15-0
EC Joyce    18* (11b 4x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-20-1

Sammy comes on now.

5.1

Sammy to Joyce, no run, full length ball on off stump, driven back confidently down the ground

5.2

Sammy to Joyce, no run, fuller this time, Joyce is just waiting to drive through the off side. Played fluently but straight to cover

5.3

Sammy to Joyce, no run, full length ball on leg stump, Joyce turns it away to midwicket

5.4

Sammy to Joyce, no run, over-pitched on middle and leg, Joyce punches solidly but straight to mid on.

5.5

Sammy to Joyce, no run, dangles the carrot outside off, trying to see if he wants to flash away from the body, but Joyce doesn't

5.6

Sammy to Joyce, no run, fullish length on 125 kph and on off stump, Joyce defends to the off side. Quiet start to Sammy's spell.

Ajay: "This is a true pitch and Irish may cherish this.WI need to stop Suleman Benn as there are two left handers at crease"

End of over 6 (maiden) Ireland 35/1 (241 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 5.47)
EC Joyce    18* (17b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    1-1-0-0
WTS Porterfield    11* (13b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    3-0-15-0

Bowling changes everywhere. Andre Russell, the man who has the closest thing in cricket to a Mohawk, comes on.

6.1

Russell to Porterfield, no run, full length ball to start off on off stump, defended solidly to the leg side

6.2

Russell to Porterfield, no run, slow bustling action that takes pace as he runs in, 136 kph and very full again, punched confidently to mid on.

6.3

Russell to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, short delivery, for an instant, Porterfield seemed set to smash the pull shot out of Chandigarh as he got into position, but ended up mistiming it to fine leg for one

6.4

Russell to Joyce, no run, sharp bouncer, landed in Joyce's half and darting up close to the visor at 133 kph, was not very far from being called a wide for height.

6.5

Russell to Joyce, no run, teasing length outside off, Joyce opens the face after getting half across and steers straight to point

6.6

Russell to Joyce, no run, nice hands from Sarwan. Russell politely delivers a length ball, hoping short cover will come into play, and he does but not for the catch. Joyce crashes it on the bounce, into the ground, and Sarwan does well to stop it

End of over 7 (1 run, maiden) Ireland 36/1 (240 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 5.58)
EC Joyce    18* (20b 4x4)      AD Russell    1-1-0-0
WTS Porterfield    11* (16b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-1-0-0

7.1

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, comes off at 124 kph, far slower than Porterfield expected and he mistimes the on drive to mid on

7.2

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, Pollard saves some runs now, width for Porterfield who pounces on the cut and cracks it with good timing. Pollard runs to his left and dives to stop it.

Devon Thomas, the loudest mouths of all wicketkeepers, stands up to the stumps now. Oh no.

7.3

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets behind the line and defends to the off side

7.4

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, short of a length again, Porterfield tries to dab to the off side, but it is too straight for the shot

7.5

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, aha, he's troubling them with his utter lack of pace, Porterfield tries to force a short of length ball outside off into the off side and gets a thick inside egde that misses the stumps. Closely

7.6

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, tight, intense stuff. On and around off stump all the time, one captain respects the other, covering the line and defending to the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) Ireland 36/1 (240 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.71)
WTS Porterfield    11* (22b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    2-2-0-0
EC Joyce    18* (20b 4x4)      AD Russell    1-1-0-0

8.1

Russell to Joyce, no run, length ball angling across Joyce who walks into the check drive to mid off

8.2

Russell to Joyce, no run, again, Russell is not giving much to drive, Ireland are settling down after all those boundaries. Joyce covers the line and defends to mid off again

8.3

Russell to Joyce, FOUR, timing. With a capital T, capital I, M and so on. Too good from Joyce. Russell for once drifts onto the pads, Joyce takes a step to his left to get inside the line and then clips it with consummate ease through midwicket. The ball just seemed to keep gathering momentum as it purred away

8.4

Russell to Joyce, no run, angry bouncer response, 133 kph and wafting away as Joyce is forced to arch back to safety

8.5

Russell to Joyce, no run, Sarwan's palms are taking a pounding at short cover. Two card trick from Russell, he tries the full ball outside off, and Joyce pounces on it almost ferociously. Timed immaculately and the ball is a blur until Sarwan comes in the way.

8.6

Russell to Joyce, no run, back of a length to end the over, Joyce plays it to the off side without intent to score

End of over 9 (4 runs) Ireland 40/1 (236 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 5.75)
EC Joyce    22* (26b 5x4)      AD Russell    2-1-4-0
WTS Porterfield    11* (22b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    2-2-0-0

9.1

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, Sarwan has put it down. To be fair to him, it was more a case of the ball putting him down. He's standing really close in and these are some full blooded drives coming his way. Over-pitched by Sammy at a friendly pace and Porterfield drills it on the up straight at him. It thuds into the hands and bounces out as Sarwan winces in pain more than disappointment.

9.2

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, the ball is made of iron and Sarwan has a magnet in his hands. Another check drive to the off side, not hit that hard this time, goes straight to him

9.3

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, short of a length outside off, Porterfield steers with an opened face to the off side and again Sarwan fields

9.4

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, ah, there are other fielders on the ground. Porterfield plays a ball well outside off to backward point and Pollard fields

9.5

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, hmm, thickish outside edge as Porterfield tries to force a delivery on off stump. No damage done.

9.6

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, short of a length to end the over, and a very tight middle stump line. Porterfield punches on the up, but can't time it. Straight to cover.

Satish: "Very matured approach from Ireland here. They are not going after every thing. If its there to hit they hitting. Great to see Associates playing better than Test sides.."

End of over 10 (maiden) Ireland 40/1 (236 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.90)
WTS Porterfield    11* (28b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    3-3-0-0
EC Joyce    22* (26b 5x4)      AD Russell    2-1-4-0

Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Russell to Joyce, no run, short of a length and angling across Joyce who defends from the crease to the off side

10.2

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, this one ends up on middle stump and Joyce easily works it through square leg for a single

10.3

Russell to Porterfield, no run, aha, length ball on the pads, Porterfield's intentions were right as he set up a solid base, opening up the leg side and looking to swipe it over square leg. Did not make contact though.

10.4

Russell to Porterfield, no run, fuller length, he plays off the back foot and punches solidly into the covers

10.5

Russell to Porterfield, no run, whoa, he's almost done a muscle going so hard at the pull. And almost did his helmet too. Short ball comes straight at him, but slower than he expected and it missed his fierce swish of the bat and clattered into the visor. Ouch. The helmet comes off, and the pink head needs a new piece of protection.

Nagrajan: "No one has commented about three consecutive maidens by Sammy. Quite a rarity in one-dayers now!!"

10.6

Russell to Porterfield, no run, short of a length now, on off stump and defended cautiously to the off side. He has a new helmet by the way.

End of over 11 (1 run) Ireland 41/1 (235 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.72, RRR: 6.02)
WTS Porterfield    11* (32b 2x4)      AD Russell    3-1-5-0
EC Joyce    23* (28b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    3-3-0-0

11.1

Sammy to Joyce, no run, full delivery on the off stump, driven with good timing but straight to cover

11.2

Sammy to Joyce, no run, shortens the length on off stump, Sammy just can't concede a run today, can he? Defended to the off side

11.3

Sammy to Joyce, no run, again back of a length, this is nagging stuff at its nagging best. Joyce just defends to the off side from the crease

11.4

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, stop the press. No more maidens on the trot for Sammy, who has conceded a run. Joyce reaches across and opens the face to steer a single to third man

11.5

Sammy to Porterfield, no run, short of a length on off stump again, he's close to copyrighting this length. Defended from the crease to mid off

11.6

Sammy to Porterfield, OUT, Sammy has nagged away like a hair stuck on the tongue that just will not come out, and Porterfield has spat out too hard, in the process losing his dentures. Or something like that. Sammy has strangled him out. Back of a length on middle and off, Porterfield thought it had to go and went for a heave over mid on. The length, as has been the case with Sammy so far today, was again not there for the drive. It pops up, hitting the bat closer to the handle than the sweet spot, and is easily taken at mid on

WTS Porterfield c sub (R Rampaul) b Sammy 11 (52m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 32.35

End of over 12 (1 run) Ireland 42/2 (234 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 6.15)
     DJG Sammy    4-3-1-1
EC Joyce    24* (32b 5x4)      AD Russell    3-1-5-0

Niall O'Brien is the no man in. Brother of the KOB.

12.1

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, clipped to midwicket for a single

12.2

Russell to NJ O'Brien, no run, a bouncer like he means it, Niall weaves away even as he ducks and looks the other way as the bumper takes off and whizzes by

12.3

Russell to NJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length and angling across at 139 kph, Niall dabs with an angled face towards point

Mai: "Yikes! Easy with the metaphors, man!"

Technically that's a simile :-)

12.4

Russell to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, Niall has a single to start off, steering to third man as Russell again angles across him from leg stump line

Raghunandana: "Consecutive maiden overs: Tests: 21 maidens in a row by India's left-arm spinner RG "Bapu" Nadkarni against England at Madras in January 1964. ODIs: it is believed to be held by West Indian medium pacer Phil Simmons, who bowled six maidens in a row against Pakistan at Sydney on 17-12-1992."

12.5

Russell to Joyce, no run, fuller length, Niall is stuck on the crease and ends up playing it awkwardly off the backfoot into the off side

12.6

Russell to Joyce, FOUR, put your hands together for the shot of the day. And we have seen some shots today. Russell bounces him at 139 kph, it was headed for the helmet again, but Joyce has no problem swivelling onto the backfoot in one smooth motion and slamming the pull shot nearly all the way. Imperious and in front of square. Russell's hands are on his head, over the Mohawk hairdo.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Ireland 48/2 (228 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 6.16)
EC Joyce    29* (35b 6x4)      AD Russell    4-1-11-0
NJ O'Brien    1* (3b)      DJG Sammy    4-3-1-1

13.1

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, full length outside off, Niall moves into a steer to point

13.2

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, back on the Sammy length, short of driving on off stump and defended with the full face

13.3

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, he squeezes the outside edge this time, Niall swishes away from the feet as he gets half forward and the edge flies to third man

Keeper stands up, and there's a widish second slip in place.

13.4

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, angles across again, Joyce steers with control past the slip for a single

13.5

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, nicely done by Niall. Short ball, but not by much and he made up for the lack of room by generating timing with a forced short-arm jab. Benn is slow to run back and field, they get an easy couple

13.6

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, back of a length again on middle and leg, Niall looks to whip to the leg side but can't get it away.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Ireland 52/2 (224 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 6.22)
NJ O'Brien    4* (8b)      DJG Sammy    5-3-5-1
EC Joyce    30* (36b 6x4)      AD Russell    4-1-11-0

14.1

Russell to Joyce, no run, over-pitched well outside off, and Joyce will feel he's missed out as he plays the cover drive straight to the fielder. Again, very good timing

14.2

Russell to Joyce, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, Joyce whips majestically off the hips but finds midwicket.

14.3

Russell to Joyce, no run, slower ball now, back of a length on off stump, defended off the front foot down the track

14.4

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, he just keeps timing them. Length ball on the pads and he powers it away past midwicket for another single. Joyce holds the key today.

14.5

Russell to NJ O'Brien, no run, back of a length, angling across Niall who dabs to the off side carefully

Satya: "In light of Sammy's 3 maiden overs, it mau be worth noting that Walsh's (again by a West Indian) figures at Sharjah against SL were 4.3-3-1-5 in 1986"

14.6

Russell to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, whack. Niall gets into the act with a furious carve as Russell offers a rare foot of width outside off. Niall doesn't exactly go back and across, he just stays beside the line and cuts hard and in front of square. Top placement.

End of over 15 (5 runs) Ireland 57/2 (219 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 6.25)
NJ O'Brien    8* (10b 1x4)      AD Russell    5-1-16-0
EC Joyce    31* (40b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    5-3-5-1

15.1

Sammy to Joyce, no run, fullish length on off stump, defended to cover point

Richie Richardson watches from the stands. Wonder if he remembers what happened, 15 years ago, on this very day, on this very ground ...

15.2

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, on the pads, worked quietly to square leg

15.3

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, Niall is looking good too, with another punchy cut. Width on offer once again outside off, he gets half forward and cracks it away through cover point. Deep backward point seemed to have a chance, but could not get around in time.

15.4

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, fuller length this time, on middle and off, driven on the up straight into the covers

15.5

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, expertly played, Sammy gets this one to come in a touch from outside off, and Niall guides it almost from the stumps to third man for one

15.6

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, ends the over with a fuller length, Joyce plays it calmly to covers and the players troop away for drinks.

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End of over 16 (7 runs) Ireland 64/2 (212 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.23)
EC Joyce    33* (43b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    6-3-12-1
NJ O'Brien    13* (13b 2x4)      AD Russell    5-1-16-0

Abilash: "What happened on this very day at this very ground 15 years ago? Was that when the Kenyas routed the then strill strong Windies?"

Check out today's 'On this day'. World Cup 1996 quarterfinal. West Indies dumped SA out of the World Cup. Apologies - it wasn't on this ground.

16.1

Russell to Joyce, no run, full length ball on off stump to resume action, driven solidly into the covers

16.2

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, sprays this on the pads, worked easily off the pads through square leg

16.3

Russell to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, whoa, close stuff. Length ball on middle and off, Niall wasn't sure if he wanted to chip it in the air or keep the flick down. He managed to get just over the head of midwicket

16.4

Russell to NJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, aha, no ball from Russell, Niall defends to the off side. Now he'll have a go.

16.4

Russell to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, fullish ball on leg stump, Niall tries to hoick through the leg side, but the ball is too full for him to really muscle it. Single to the deep

On MArch 14th though, West indies crumbled in Mohali.

16.5

Russell to NJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, looks to pull a short ball, it comes off the body and is a single towards third man

16.6

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce keeps strike by pushing a single into the covers to end the over

End of over 17 (8 runs) Ireland 72/2 (204 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 6.18)
EC Joyce    35* (46b 6x4)      AD Russell    6-1-23-0
NJ O'Brien    17* (17b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    6-3-12-1

Miller is yet to come on. Ireland will want to go after him. Benn won't be so easy to score off. Sammy continues for now.

17.1

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce skips inside the line and clips a length ball on the pads through square leg for one

17.2

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, tight line, short of driving length just outside off and Niall can't connect with the forcing shot through the covers

17.3

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, he gets a single to third man, opening the face and steering expertly. Third man had to run fine in a hurry to stop that.

17.4

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, angles into the pads from round the wicket, Joyce eases him through square leg for one more

17.5

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, slow offcutter on off stump at 113 kph, defended with soft hands. Niall, then tries to tap the ball back at the bowler after it bounced. It did not go to Sammy on the bounce, but Thomas was on the verge of a loud appeal, just in case it did!

17.6

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, back of a length and angled across off stump to end the over, guided to backward point for one more

End of over 18 (4 runs) Ireland 76/2 (200 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 6.25)
NJ O'Brien    19* (21b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    7-3-16-1
EC Joyce    37* (48b 6x4)      AD Russell    6-1-23-0

Big Benn comes back for a spell.

18.1

Benn to NJ O'Brien, no run, back of a length and turning in, a shaky defensive shot and half an appeal for lbw.

18.2

Benn to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, driven fluently into the covers, Niall picks up two more.

18.3

Benn to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, nice batting. Niall reaches out to smother the turn and dab into the covers for another single

18.4

Benn to Joyce, no run, Joyce stays inside the line and works a single to square leg.

England are 53 for 3 in Chittagong. Hmm. Bell is gone.

18.5

Benn to Joyce, 1 run, loopy delivery onb the stumps, driven with the spin past Benn's outstreched boot and away for another single

18.6

Benn to NJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length on off stump to end the over, Niall leans out to smother the spin and defend down the track

End of over 19 (4 runs) Ireland 80/2 (196 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.21, RRR: 6.32)
NJ O'Brien    22* (25b 2x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-24-1
EC Joyce    38* (50b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    7-3-16-1

19.1

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, they are using Sammy's speed and the fact that the keeper is standing up to their advantage. Length ball angling across and well outside off, Joyce reaches out and turns the bat to redirect it to third man

19.2

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, Niall steals a single now, defending the slow offcutter with soft hands to mid on and hustling across

19.3

Sammy to Joyce, 1 run, Benn is probably the slowest fielder in this side, and Ireland know it. Joyce plays it straight to him at mid on, and by the time he makes his ungainly way to the ball, picks up and throws, they have a single

19.4

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, Thomas is too eager, he knocks the bails off even before the ball comes as Niall defends to the off side

19.5

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, this is top quality milking. Benn is pushed back to save the over, Niall chips a full ball on middle and leg in the air towards him and runs like the wind to get a couple.

19.6

Sammy to NJ O'Brien, no run, slow offcutter on off stump to end the stump, Niall tries to force it away but can't time it

Deepak: " Wow...here Benn is in..there Bell is out.."

End of over 20 (5 runs) Ireland 85/2 (191 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 6.36)
NJ O'Brien    25* (29b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    8-3-21-1
EC Joyce    40* (52b 6x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-24-1

20.1

Benn to Joyce, no run, loopy ball on off, breaking in, defended down the track

20.2

Benn to Joyce, no run, Joyce skips out and gets to the pitch, he flicks with the spin to mid on

20.3

Benn to Joyce, no run, fired in faster on middle and leg, Joyce works it with the angle to midwicket

20.4

Benn to Joyce, 1 run, now he gets the single, short of a length delivery turning into middle and leg, driven down the ground for a single

20.5

Benn to NJ O'Brien, no run, ambitious lbw appeal? Or may be not. West Indies have referred it after Umpire Tarapore said not out. Flighted on off, appreciable drift for Benn as it lands and breaks it. Niall was pressing forward, but is struck in line with middle. The drift, though, has worked against his favour as the replay says it is going down the leg side.

20.6

Benn to NJ O'Brien, OUT, Benn has struck a crucial blow, Niall departs. Again, its that uncanny loop and bounce he gets that made the difference. That, and Niall's decision to play inside the line and try the cheeky run down to third man. Short of a length and a hint of inward turn, not as much as the previous ball, Niall stayed back and looked to dab it fine, it missed the outer edge and hit off stump.

NJ O'Brien b Benn 25 (38m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.64

End of over 21 (1 run) Ireland 86/3 (190 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.09, RRR: 6.55)
     SJ Benn    4-0-25-2
EC Joyce    41* (56b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    8-3-21-1

Joce batting here. Morgan batting there. If this was the 2007 World Cup, it could have been the other way round.

Roach comes on as West Indies look for the kill.

21.1

Roach to Joyce, no run, fastish length ball angling across, Joyce stays on the crease and works it straight to point

21.2

Roach to Joyce, no run, full on middle and off at 141.9 kph, Joyce plays it back down the track after a half stride forward

21.3

Roach to Joyce, no run, the blistering yorker at 145 kph, it is a Roach special, and credit to Joyce for managing to dig it out in line with off stump. Dust flies off the Mohali track as his bat jams down on the thunderbolt.

21.4

Roach to Joyce, 1 run, aha, the short ball, pacy and well directed, Joyce was taken aback and late on the pull. Luckily, the mistimed hit doesn't carry to the men on the deep in the leg side

Wilson takes guard. Yorker coming up, I'd say.

21.5

Roach to Wilson, FOUR, yorker attempted alright, but Roach slips it a fraction too straight and Wilson helps it along to fine leg for four

21.6

Roach to Wilson, no run, real sharp stuff, 148.4 kph as it moves in from a length outside off stump. Wilson gets the inside edge as he fishes in a half-hearted manner, but it doesn't carry to the keeper

End of over 22 (5 runs) Ireland 91/3 (185 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.13, RRR: 6.60)
GC Wilson    4* (2b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-0-20-0
EC Joyce    42* (60b 6x4)      SJ Benn    4-0-25-2

22.1

Benn to Joyce, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, driven down to long on for a single

22.2

Benn to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson drives a tossed up ball on off stump, daintily through the covers for another single

22.3

Benn to Joyce, 1 run, Pollard is in some real strife from that left knee. Speared onto the pads, Joyce nurdles round the corner for a quisk single. there was some confusion as Pollard sprawled after it, but he landed on the knee again and winced as he tried to get back up. He rubs the sore knee and gets ready for the next ball.

22.4

Benn to Wilson, no run, tossed up on off stump, driven against the spin to off side

22.5

Benn to Wilson, 1 run, another single for Wilson, steered backward of point for a single

22.6

Benn to Joyce, 2 runs, Joyce opens the face and steers through the third man for another single

Pratim: "At this point the Irish have a better RR with respect to the English having lost the same number of wickets and are just 9 balls apart. "

So do England need Joyce more than Ireland need Morgan?

End of over 23 (6 runs) Ireland 97/3 (179 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.21, RRR: 6.62)
EC Joyce    46* (63b 6x4)      SJ Benn    5-0-31-2
GC Wilson    6* (5b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-0-20-0

Pollard is out of the field now, he walked away shaking his head in disappointment.

23.1

Roach to Wilson, no run, yorker from Roach, no holds barred, homing in on middle and leg, somehow defended to the off side

23.2

Roach to Wilson, no run, full length this time and a foot outside off, Wilson tries to play the square drive but the ball goes under the bat

23.3

Roach to Wilson, no run, length ball, solid defence from Wilson. Does look like Ireland want to play Roach out without taking risks.

23.4

Roach to Wilson, 1 run, short ball, comes into the body and Wilson controls the pull well down to deep square leg

23.5

Roach to Joyce, no run, length ball on leg stump, no room for Joyce to do much and he just plays it back down the track

23.6

Roach to Joyce, 3 runs, Joyce keeps rolling, and so do his wrists. He flicks with minimal full through midwicket and gets another three before Sarwan from deep square leg can get across to tidy up

End of over 24 (4 runs) Ireland 101/3 (175 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 6.73)
EC Joyce    49* (65b 6x4)      KAJ Roach    5-0-24-0
GC Wilson    7* (9b 1x4)      SJ Benn    5-0-31-2

24.1

Benn to Joyce, no run, holds it back on off stump, Joyce skips out and clips to the left of the pitch. Aha, Benn and the non-striker get into a tangle. No friction though. Which is a surprise, since Benn is involved.

24.2

Benn to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce has his 50. This has been a fine hand, he leans out to the flight and dabs Benn calmly through point for one more.

24.3

Benn to Wilson, no run, short of a length and straightening from off stump, defended back down the track

24.4

Benn to Wilson, no run, again, Wilson plays Benn carefully from off stump line

24.5

Benn to Wilson, no run, shorter, but bigger turn away from outside off, and bounce. Wilson looks to cut and it bounces past his shot

24.6

Benn to Wilson, no run, ends with another defensive shot from the off stump line. Intense over that from Benn.

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End of over 25 (1 run) Ireland 102/3 (174 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.08, RRR: 6.96)
GC Wilson    7* (13b 1x4)      SJ Benn    6-0-32-2
EC Joyce    50* (67b 6x4)      KAJ Roach    5-0-24-0

Pollard is back on. And he's ready to bowl.

25.1

Pollard to Joyce, FOUR, poor start from Pollard, lands a wafty offcutter well outside leg stump and concedes four down to fine leg as Joyce flicks

25.2

Pollard to Joyce, 1 wide, another poor ball, he slips well down the leg side and it is a wide

25.2

Pollard to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce stays on the crease and opens the face to guide a single towards point

25.3

Pollard to Wilson, no run, almost a yorker on off stump, Wilson crunches it back on the bounce to Pollard for a crowd catch.

25.4

Pollard to Wilson, no run, length ball a foot or so outside off, Wilson slaps with decent timing, straight to cover

25.5

Pollard to Wilson, no run, back of a length outside off, Wilson nurdles a single to third man with the angled face

25.6

Pollard to Wilson, FOUR, hideous start to Pollard's spell. Over-pitched well outside off and Wilson outside-edges his attempted square drive. The ball runs away in double quick time to the third man boundary, very fine.

Vibhash: "I am streaming as well as followin on cricinfo..cricinfo is faster. makes me feel like an oracle...can predict what i m gonna see next"

So who is going to win?

End of over 26 (10 runs) Ireland 112/3 (164 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 6.83)
GC Wilson    11* (17b 2x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-10-0
EC Joyce    55* (69b 7x4)      SJ Benn    6-0-32-2

Miller comes on. Nikita, not our UK editor Andrew. Thankfully, for West Indies.

26.1

Miller to Joyce, no run, looped up on a length, Joyce leans out and defends

26.2

Miller to Joyce, no run, a hint of room outside off, Joyce defends off the back foot to the off side

26.3

Miller to Joyce, 2 runs, nice little paddle, he gets inside the line and laps him across over fine leg side a couple

26.4

Miller to Joyce, no run, Joyce stays put on the crease and defends to the off side

26.5

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, opens the face this time, Joyce is completely untroubled by spin or pace. Another single in the third man region. If I had a dime everytime Ireland did that ...

26.6

Miller to Wilson, no run, Wilson plays with the spin into the off side, but can't place it

End of over 27 (3 runs) Ireland 115/3 (161 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 7.00)
GC Wilson    11* (18b 2x4)      NO Miller    1-0-3-0
EC Joyce    58* (74b 7x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-10-0

27.1

Pollard to Joyce, no run, better ball from Pollard, lands the offcutter around middle and off, and Joyce can't connect with the guided drive to the off side

27.2

Pollard to Joyce, 2 runs, another shot manufactured out of nowehere, Joyce fashions room where there is none and cuts through point. Benn is languid as a giraffe having its afternoon snooze as he gets the foot down and fields, if you can use that word, on the boundary

27.3

Pollard to Joyce, 2 runs, good thing West Indies have replaced Benn with Russell at deep point, else this was going to be four. Another controlled cut from Joyce finer this time and Russell does well to slide and save the boundary

27.4

Pollard to Joyce, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, Joyce drives with the full face past the bowler for another single

27.5

Pollard to Wilson, no run, short of a length, offcutter angles in from very wide of the crease and Wilson defends

27.6

Pollard to Wilson, no run, enough width here for the forcing shot through the off side, but Wilson plays it straight to cover

San: "@vibash: Thats a signal for you to change your Internet service provider"

End of over 28 (5 runs) Ireland 120/3 (156 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 7.09)
GC Wilson    11* (20b 2x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-15-0
EC Joyce    63* (78b 7x4)      NO Miller    1-0-3-0

28.1

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, Miller turns it into the pads, Joyce clips through midwicket for another single

This game is not over. Joyce is looking in top touch. And KOB is yet to bat.

28.2

Miller to Wilson, 2 runs, Wilson jumps out of the crease, with the kind of consummate ease displayed by Eoin Morgan in Chittagong. Gets to the flight of the ball and drives with lovely touch through the covers. Aha, Benn partly redeems his fielding efforts with a clean pick up and throw from deep midwicket

28.3

Miller to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson plays him down the ground for another single. They are rolling along ...

28.4

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, hmm, stifled lbw appeal as Miller turns it back in, but Joyce was pushing outside the line and got bat on it.

28.5

Miller to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson opens the face and steers a single through point

28.6

Miller to Joyce, no run, Dropped! This could be the turning point of the game. Time was suspended for a moment or two in Mohali. Miller slowed it up in the air, got it to dip slowly as Joyce jumped out with glee at a full toss. He ended up getting too close to the ball and hitting it straight back, quite softly at the bowler. It came so slowly that Miller jumped up in slow motion, and ended up hitting his peak long before the ball came, comfortably at chest height. It was so blindingly obviously an easy catch .. that he managed to put it down.

End of over 29 (6 runs) Ireland 126/3 (150 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 7.14)
EC Joyce    65* (81b 7x4)      NO Miller    2-0-9-0
GC Wilson    15* (23b 2x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-15-0

29.1

Pollard to Wilson, 1 run, single for Wilson, reaches out to a fullish ball and plays down the ground for one

29.2

Pollard to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce keeps nurdling them around, clipping square for one more

29.3

Pollard to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson square drives a full and wide delivery, past point for one more

29.4

Pollard to Joyce, 2 runs, Joyce leans into a cracking cover drive on the full ball outside off and sends it hurtling through the covers for a couple.

29.5

Pollard to Joyce, 1 run, and another single, clipped through the leg side for a single

29.6

Pollard to Wilson, no run, Wilson defends a full ball to the off side

End of over 30 (6 runs) Ireland 132/3 (144 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 7.20)
GC Wilson    17* (26b 2x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-21-0
EC Joyce    69* (84b 7x4)      NO Miller    2-0-9-0

30.1

Miller to Joyce, no run, he leans out to a full ball on the stumps and defends down the track

30.2

Miller to Joyce, FOUR, panic in the Windies ranks! Joyce is looking truly unstoppable. Short ball alright, and turning into him, he opens up the leg side and goes big over midwicket.

30.3

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, he clips him with the spin this time for another single

30.4

Miller to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson plays a cheeky little paddle dab, as the ball turns away from off stump, he puts his front foot across and laps him over

30.5

Miller to Joyce, no run

30.6

Miller to Joyce, no run, Joyce tries to time the cover drive but can't get it off the square this time

End of over 31 (6 runs) Ireland 138/3 (138 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 7.26)
EC Joyce    74* (89b 8x4)      NO Miller    3-0-15-0
GC Wilson    18* (27b 2x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-21-0

Paras: "Someone needs to check if Miller had last night's dinner with Kamran Akmal..." No more Kamran jokes please, oh please!

Russell comes on now.

31.1

Russell to Wilson, 1 run, quickish delivery on off stump, Wilson plays it to the off side and seeks a single.

31.2

Russell to Joyce, no run, fuller length on off stump, Joyce digs it out with the toe end of the bat towards mid off

31.3

Russell to Joyce, no run, nicely done by Russell on the follow through. Length ball angling across, Joyce hangs back and punches to the leg side, Russell stops, moves quickly to the leg side, slides and saves

31.4

Russell to Joyce, no run, Joyce moves across to off stump, and looks to flick to the leg side, but there is no room for muscle in the shot this time

31.5

Russell to Joyce, no run, shorter this time tight line on middle and leg, and Joyce is unusually subdued this over as he clips to the leg side without intent

31.6

Russell to Joyce, FOUR, seemed risky when he played it, but knowing how well Joyce has calibrated his shots so far, it was probably intended. Driving length and angling across, Joyce stayed on leg stump to give himself room and drove in workman-like fashion. Played airily and not too far from the man at short extra cover. But he gets it past him and it is four more

End of over 32 (5 runs) Ireland 143/3 (133 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.46, RRR: 7.38)
EC Joyce    78* (94b 9x4)      AD Russell    7-1-28-0
GC Wilson    19* (28b 2x4)      NO Miller    3-0-15-0

32.1

Miller to Wilson, no run, tossed up and turning away, played with the spin into the covers

32.2

Miller to Wilson, no run, tighter linje on off stump, Wilson defends sedately to the off side

32.3

Miller to Wilson, no run, he jumps out this time and Miller holds the length back, played to the leg side without much timing

32.4

Miller to Wilson, no run, pressure on Wilson who can't get it away, plays a fullish ball down the track without timing

32.5

Miller to Wilson, 1 run, he finally gets it away, driving with the spin through extra cover just for a single

32.6

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce drives with the spin through long on and crucially, keeps the strike

End of over 33 (2 runs) Ireland 145/3 (131 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.39, RRR: 7.70)
EC Joyce    79* (95b 9x4)      NO Miller    4-0-17-0
GC Wilson    20* (33b 2x4)      AD Russell    7-1-28-0

33.1

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, whoa Benn. He's surprised himself with a superb save at third man. Joyce jumps to the leg side, runs back to middle and leg and gets a full toss outside off that he outside edges to third man. It seemed set for four unless a seemingly carthweeling Benn came in the way.

33.2

Russell to Wilson, no run, Wilson can't turn the strike, back of a length on off stump and defended to the off side

33.3

Russell to Wilson, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, nurdled backward of square for a single

33.4

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, he waits for the offcutter to break away and dabs gently to the off side for one

33.5

Russell to Wilson, no run, whoa, haven't seen too much off this before. Russell seemed to be pulling out of the delivery stride when he was like two steps away from the crease. And then inexplicably he got back into his stride and actually bowled the ball! Wilson plays it into the covers, amazingly, he wasn't distracted by the charade.

33.6

Russell to Wilson, no run, full on the stumps, Wilson drives straight to mid on. He's lost his timing, and hopefully will regain it during the drinks break, which is now.

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Legendary Youtube video. Can be appreciated by all, but best if you know Tamil.

End of over 34 (3 runs) Ireland 148/3 (128 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 8.00)
GC Wilson    21* (37b 2x4)      AD Russell    8-1-31-0
EC Joyce    81* (97b 9x4)      NO Miller    4-0-17-0

Miller continues.

34.1

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, speared into the pads, clipped with the spin through square leg for one

34.2

Miller to Wilson, no run, Wilson still can't get it off the square. Hmm. He drives a full ball on stump on off stump back at the bowler

34.3

Miller to Wilson, 1 run, he gets a single now, jumping out and carving over the covers inside out

34.4

Miller to Joyce, 1 run, Joyce keeps ticking along, hangs back and bunts a single down to long on as it turns in

34.5

Miller to Wilson, no run, huge appeal for lbw, turned down though. Looked like Miller turned it too much and it would have missed off as a result. Wilson went for a sweep and missed.

34.6

Miller to Wilson, SIX, Wilson has hit Miller out of Mohali. A slog sweep that would have made Steve Waugh proud. He plonks his front foot across the line, gets a nice juicy length from Miller and hauls it with the angle before it can turn away. Huge blow.

End of over 35 (9 runs) Ireland 157/3 (119 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.48, RRR: 7.93)
GC Wilson    28* (41b 2x4 1x6)      NO Miller    5-0-26-0
EC Joyce    83* (99b 9x4)      AD Russell    8-1-31-0

35.1

Russell to Joyce, 1 run, urgency in the air, Joyce jumps out of the crease and gets a short ball from Russell that leaves him fending an uppish pull to the leg side. He managed to get it away safely for a single through square leg

35.2

Russell to Wilson, 2 runs, Wilson has had enough of the scratching and is going after everything. He backs away, prances out and cuts uppishly over the covers. Enough time for a catch to be taken in the outfield, but there was no one to take it.

35.3

Russell to Wilson, 3 runs, yorker on the pads, just missed its spot and Wilson calmly flicks to deep midwicket. Was that Pollard in the deep? Top effort running across from deep square leg to save the boundary

35.4

Russell to Joyce, no run, Joyce is cramped for room and length by Russell and works it off the hips to the leg side

35.5

Russell to Joyce, no run, yorker at 141 kph, but Joyce is seeing it so well, he actually plays a proper flick from the middle and off line. Can't get the midwicket gap though

35.6

Russell to Joyce, no run, Russell deals exclusively in yorkers. Joyce defends cautiously down the track to end the over

End of over 36 (6 runs) Ireland 163/3 (113 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 8.07)
EC Joyce    84* (103b 9x4)      AD Russell    9-1-37-0
GC Wilson    33* (43b 2x4 1x6)      NO Miller    5-0-26-0

36.1

Miller to Wilson, 2 runs, Wilson has taken off after the drinks alright. Miller spears another one on the pads and he calmly paddles him along to fine leg. 111 off 83.

36.2

Miller to Wilson, 2 runs, Wilson runs down the track, gets to the pitch and whips expertly from off stump, and purposely without timing to midwicket. Soft hands and hard running. The perfect middle-overs recipe. These Associates know how to play alright!

36.3

Miller to Wilson, FOUR, Ladies and gentlemen. Say it in hushed tones. An upset is on the cards. Tossed up outside off, Wilson jumps around, shifts his stance and reverse paddles him in a manner so comfortable that aliens, if they are watching, will think it is one of the most common shots in the game.

36.4

Miller to Wilson, FOUR, and again! Just for fun, he plays it in a more violent manner this time. Miller spears it shorter and on middle and off, Wilson smacks the reverse sweep squarer this time

36.5

Miller to Wilson, no run, 4,4,0. He had 8 off the previous two balls, so just like that he decided to block this one.

36.6

Miller to Wilson, 2 runs, and a couple more, he flicks away as if he's dealing with Mohali mosquitoes and gets two to deep midwicket

End of over 37 (14 runs) Ireland 177/3 (99 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 7.61)
GC Wilson    47* (49b 4x4 1x6)      NO Miller    6-0-40-0
EC Joyce    84* (103b 9x4)      AD Russell    9-1-37-0

37.1

Russell to Joyce, no run, Russell lands it full on leg stump, Joyce clips straight to midwicket

37.2

Russell to Joyce, no run, needless improvisation in hindsight, Joyce backs away too far and can't get bat on a ball well outside off

37.3

Russell to Joyce, OUT, Rusell has bowled the ball of the day. He then jumps up four feet in the air, throws his right arm up with finger pointed upwards. He's thrilled and he should be, since he has bowled a dream yorker. Delivers from slightly wide of the crease, and it snakes through the air around middle and leg, past Joyce's attempt to flick off the toes, and makes a mess of the timber behind him as he plays all around it. Collective sighs of relief being heaved in the Caribbean. However, there is a KOB to content with. And a batting PP.

EC Joyce b Russell 84 (150m 106b 9x4 0x6) SR: 79.24

KOB, the most famous of the purple heads, walks out. Game, still on.

37.4

Russell to KJ O'Brien, no run, sharp bouncer at 133.7 kph, curves into the line of middle and leg as KOB ducks

37.5

Russell to KJ O'Brien, no run, this one comes off slower, KOB is early on the push into the covers and plays uppishly to the left of the bowler

37.6

Russell to KJ O'Brien, no run, aha, he's hit KOB on the ribs. KOB is in some pain as he misses a pull and takes it on the side. Russell's ended a fine debut spell in some style here.

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) Ireland 177/4 (99 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.65, RRR: 8.25)
KJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      AD Russell    10-2-37-1
GC Wilson    47* (49b 4x4 1x6)      NO Miller    6-0-40-0

Pollard comes on now.

38.1

Pollard to Wilson, 1 run, slower ball on off stump on 119 kph, Wilson hangs back and dabs through backward point for a single. A shy at the stumps though the keeper was imploring him not to have a go.

Pollard v KOB. Battle of the bashers. For now it is Pollard 1 KOB 0.

38.2

Pollard to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, and he nearly makes it 2-0 with a deceptive legcutter that KOB was years too early on and scooped up. Somehow it lands safely on the leg side of the pitch

38.3

Pollard to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson moves to 49, getting forward and dinking a single to the leg side

38.4

Pollard to KJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, KOB gets inside the line and gets a leg bye away as he misses the flick

38.5

Pollard to Wilson, 1 run, Wilson has 50, and he's really shifted gears since drinks. He stays put on middle and leg and steers quietly through point for one

38.6

Pollard to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, KOB is not picking Pollard's slower ones at all. 103 kph on this wafter that comes off at a dawdle and KOB inside edges the cover drive, past the stumps for a single

End of over 39 (6 runs) Ireland 183/4 (93 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 8.45)
KJ O'Brien    2* (6b)      KA Pollard    4-0-26-0
GC Wilson    50* (52b 4x4 1x6)      AD Russell    10-2-37-1

Sammy comes on now.

39.1

Sammy to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, and nearly has a wicket first ball. Short ball angling into the body, KOB packs his biceps into a power pull that nearly picks out Russell at deep midwicket. Russell misfields, allows a second, which was anyway on. And still KOB barely makes his ground. He really runs like a snail.

39.2

Sammy to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and forces through wide mid on for another run.

39.3

Sammy to Wilson, 1 run, good work from Russell this time, 96.4 kph and angling into the pads, Wilson clips backward of square and thinks of two. Russell is quickly onto it.

Whoa, a similarly astounding catch in Chittagong. Imrul Kayes sends back Morgan.

39.4

Sammy to KJ O'Brien, OUT, Pollard 2 - KOB 0. And it may well be the ball that makes it West Indies 2 - Ireland 0. Shades of Ajay Jadeja catching Allan Border in the 1992 World Cup, according to Sriram Veera. Length ball coming in with the angle, KOB tries to get under it and dump it over long on, but ends up scooping it higher rather than far. Pollard runs in from the deep, with a dodgy knee mind you. He dives forrward. He is one with the turf as he plucks it with his hands in front of him. He stands up, and he roars.

KJ O'Brien c Pollard b Sammy 5 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

39.5

Sammy to Wilson, no run, Wilson stays back on the crease and calmly defends down the track. This is all down to him now.

39.6

Sammy to Wilson, FOUR, that's pretty much as bad as a slower ball can go. Ends up as a lollypopp full toss on off stump. Wilson sees it, picks his spot, counts a few sheep, pinches himself, and then dumps it through midwicket.

End of over 40 (8 runs) Ireland 191/5 (85 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.77, RRR: 8.50)
GC Wilson    55* (55b 5x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    9-3-29-2
AR Cusack    0* (0b)      KA Pollard    4-0-26-0

Pollard to continue. 85 off 60 with 5 wickets.

40.1

Pollard to Cusack, no run, slow yorker outside off, 116 kph and Cusack tries to jam it to third man.

40.2

Pollard to Cusack, 1 run, full again, on the pads and Cusack clips it airily through midwicket for a single

40.3

Pollard to Wilson, no run, Pollard is bowling as slowly as he bats fast. 107 kph offcutter on off and plays without timing into the covers

40.4

Pollard to Wilson, FOUR, go Wilson go. Slower ball on off stump, he spots it late and just decides to carry on with the cover drive. The lack of indecision helped, he timed it well enough to go over the infield and it ran away to the extra cover fence

40.5

Pollard to Wilson, no run, another legcutter, shorter this time and Wilson will be disappointed he could not place the steer finer than short third man.

40.6

Pollard to Wilson, 1 run, taps a single, hangs on the crease and plays it into the covers softly for one more

End of over 41 (6 runs) Ireland 197/5 (79 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.80, RRR: 8.77)
GC Wilson    60* (59b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    5-0-32-0
AR Cusack    1* (2b)      DJG Sammy    9-3-29-2

Five overs of Roach to come. And four from Benn. Sammy has played his cards right. Over to the bowlers. Oh wait, Sammy comes on to bowl out.

41.1

Sammy to Wilson, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, forced into the off side for a single

41.2

Sammy to Cusack, 1 run, Cusack takes a nervy single, Sammy curves it in the air and he manages to dig it out to the leg side for one

41.3

Sammy to Wilson, no run, again Sammy gets that big inward movement and traps him in front of middle and leg. Surely going down the leg side, even Asoka de Silva says not out.

41.4

Sammy to Wilson, OUT, Sammy might have done it for WI. LBW appeal given and referred. This seemed adjacent. Or did it? Sammy lands this outside off and moves it in off the seam. Wilson has pushed outside the line and gets the pad outside the line. Wilson should be safe. Or is he? Asoka, as always has a surprise up his sleeve. He says the original decision stays. Wilson is flabbergasted after seeing the replay on the giant screen, and implored Asoka to check again. He was offering some kind of a shot at it, the late dab that he's played all day. Asoka is unmoved. Sammy puts an arm on Wilson's shoulder, but can't calm the agitated Wilson. Eventually Asoka checks again upstairs. And in the end, after a review of the review of the original call, he's given it out. UDRS continues to confound. Asoka apparently thought Wilson wasn't playing a shot. If Wilson wasn't playing a shot there, then I am Bill Gates.

GC Wilson lbw b Sammy 61 (90m 62b 6x4 1x6) SR: 98.38

41.5

Sammy to Mooney, no run, Mooney is the new man in, plays a full ball to the off side.

Asoka apparently thought Wilson wasn't playing a shot. If Wilson wasn't playing a shot there, then I am Bill Gates.

41.6

Sammy to Mooney, no run, Mooney lets the last ball go through to the keeper. End of an awesome spell from Sammy. Two wickets to him. And one to Asoka. Or possibly the third umpire who relayed the information.

End of over 42 (2 runs) Ireland 199/6 (77 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.73, RRR: 9.62)
JF Mooney    0* (2b)      DJG Sammy    10-3-31-3
AR Cusack    2* (3b)      KA Pollard    5-0-32-0

Benn comes on now.

42.1

Benn to Cusack, no run, full length ball on off stump, he can't get it away

42.2

Benn to Cusack, OUT, Cusack is gone and the chances of an upset have receded considerably. Full yorker on middle stump, he plays all over it as he jumps out and looks to flick. The ball bursts through the defences to Thomas who fumbles and tumbles, but has enough time to regain the ball and break the stumps. Cusack never made it back in, he was in a shambles of his own down the track.

AR Cusack st †Thomas b Benn 2 (15m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

42.3

Benn to Botha, no run, flattish delivery on off stump from over the wicket, he gets behind the line and defends down the track

42.4

Benn to Botha, no run, turning into the pads, flicked through square leg for a single

42.5

Benn to Botha, no run

42.6

Benn to Botha, 1 wide, fires it in quick and fast, down the leg side for a wide

42.6

Benn to Botha, no run, Benn is a yorker expert of sorts. Toe-tickler on middle and off, dug out down the track for no runs

End of over 43 (1 run) Ireland 200/7 (76 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.65, RRR: 10.85)
AC Botha    0* (4b)      SJ Benn    7-0-33-3
JF Mooney    0* (2b)      DJG Sammy    10-3-31-3

Roach takes over at the other end.

43.1

Roach to Mooney, 1 run, length ball angling across the left hander who laces the cover drive to deep cover for one. They need more than singles. And they need a miracle.

43.2

Roach to Botha, no run, a stunner of a yorker, on leg stump at 146.8 kph, a scream of dust as Botha hurriedly moves his feet out of the firing line and plays it to the leg side

43.3

Roach to Botha, no run, he keeps it full again, Botha digs it out to mid off. Another dot ball. This is tragic for Ireland.

43.4

Roach to Botha, OUT, Sammy, take a bow. Botha digs out a full ball outside off straight to Sammy at mid off. He takes off in a feeble effort for a single. Sammy picked the ball, ran in a step, lined up a throw, ran in some more, lined up again, and threw the stumps down at the bowler's end.

AC Botha run out 0 (3m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43.5

Roach to Mooney, 1 leg bye, misses the line a touch, 138 kph and a low fulltoss going down the leg side, clipped backward of square leg for one

43.6

Roach to Dockrell, 1 run, full toss on middle and off, and it is clocked at 151.8 kph since it doesn't have to deal with the decelerating effects of friction. Played away to the off side

End of over 44 (3 runs) Ireland 203/8 (73 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.61, RRR: 12.16)
GH Dockrell    1* (1b)      KAJ Roach    6-0-26-0
JF Mooney    1* (4b)      SJ Benn    7-0-33-3

Batting Powerplay taken. Would game come on in an over, in any case. Benn continues with his slow left arm yorkers.

44.1

Benn to Dockrell, no run, full and fast outside off, no way a tail-ender is going to get that away

44.2

Benn to Dockrell, 1 run, Dockrell, who mysteriously did not bowl more than 3 overs today, is away with a single as he drives into the off side

44.3

Benn to Mooney, FOUR, top shot from Mooney who uses all off Benn's pace to reverse lap a boundary. Benn landed it on a length outside off and he sent it scurrying at the same speed to third man.

44.4

Benn to Mooney, 1 run, another low full delivery on off, Mooney digs it out to mid on for a single

44.5

Benn to Dockrell, no run, Dockrell manages to get bat on ball and steer to the off side, but no single to be had.

44.6

Benn to Dockrell, 1 run, 109 kph, full toss on middle and off. Here's the fastest spinner in the world after Shahid Afridi. Dockrell forces into the covers for one

End of over 45 (7 runs) Ireland 210/8 (66 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.66, RRR: 13.20)
GH Dockrell    3* (5b)      SJ Benn    8-0-40-3
JF Mooney    6* (6b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    6-0-26-0

45.1

Roach to Dockrell, no run, sharp bouncer, ambitious attempt at an upper dab from Dockrell and it is through him in no time

45.2

Roach to Dockrell, no run, another short ball, closer to off stumps and Dockrell again misses the steered guide to third man

45.3

Roach to Dockrell, FOUR, Roach attempts the fullish slower ball, and Dockrell is ready after spotting the variation. He lofts it cleanly, on the up over the covers

45.4

Roach to Dockrell, 1 run, aha, short delivery again, Dockrell hops away to keep his body intact and then manages to angle it with the pace of the bowler to third man for one

45.5

Roach to Mooney, OUT, Roach keeps delivering these thunderbolt yorkers, and the tail-enders don't stand a chance at all. Mooney tried to make room by moving to the leg side, Roach calmly followed him and banged his boots hard. The ball ricocheted onto the stumps and that's the end of Mooney.

JF Mooney b Roach 6 (18m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

45.6

Roach to Rankin, 1 run, yorkers at 152 kph. Batsmen watching on TV will be happy they aren't facing up. Rankin miraculously gets bat on it down to third man.

End of over 46 (6 runs) Ireland 216/9 (60 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.69, RRR: 15.00)
WB Rankin    1* (1b)      KAJ Roach    7-0-32-1
GH Dockrell    8* (9b 1x4)      SJ Benn    8-0-40-3

46.1

Benn to Rankin, 1 run, speared onto middle and leg at 92 kph, dabbed to the leg side for a single

46.2

Benn to Dockrell, no run, Benn classically flights this one up and Dockrell defends into the covers carefully

46.3

Benn to Dockrell, FOUR, ah, Dockrell gets four as Benn again tosses one up. What next? The bouncer? This time, Dockrell leans out to the flight and lofts it with finesse over the covers. Russell, running back, has rammed into the advertising boards after failing to stop it. He is now down, clutching the hamstring in pain. Substitute comes on.,

46.4

Benn to Dockrell, no run, fired in on off, Dockrell digs it out to the off side

46.5

Benn to Dockrell, FOUR, Dockrell steals another four, this must be really riling Benn up. Driving length outswide off, Dockrell steers it expertly this time and all the fielders square on the off side are inside the circle

46.6

Benn to Dockrell, no run, Dockrell jumps out with confidence and plays all around a loopy ball on middle and off.

End of over 47 (9 runs) Ireland 225/9 (51 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.78, RRR: 17.00)
GH Dockrell    16* (14b 3x4)      SJ Benn    9-0-49-3
WB Rankin    2* (2b)      KAJ Roach    7-0-32-1

47.1

Roach to Rankin, no run, 141 kph bouncer that blitzes past a weaving Rankin. He barely saw it. Meanwhile, England are collapsing in a heap in the batting Powerplay. They should ask for the batting Powerplay to be canceled while they bat.

47.2

Roach to Rankin, no run, back of a lengght and pacy again, Rankin plays it down the track unconvincingly

47.3

Roach to Rankin, no run, yorker at 144 kph on off stump, Rankin almost looks proud that he managed to keep it out

47.4

Roach to Rankin, 1 run, slower ball, served up at 114 kph on the leg stump, flicked to the leg side for a single

47.5

Roach to Dockrell, no run, and now a bouncer at 144 kph. Roach is exactly the kind of bowler the West Indies have looked for since Walsh and Ambrose left. Dockrell stays out of harms way, and Thomas' gloves take a pounding.

47.6

Roach to Dockrell, 1 run, he gets a single this time, dinking a single through backward point for one. He will now resume his battle of the slow left armers, with Benn.

End of over 48 (2 runs) Ireland 227/9 (49 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.72, RRR: 24.50)
GH Dockrell    17* (16b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    8-0-34-1
WB Rankin    3* (6b)      SJ Benn    9-0-49-3

48.1

Benn to Dockrell, 1 run, tossed up on off, driven solidly to Pollard at long off for a single

48.2

Benn to Rankin, 1 run, full toss on off stump as Rankin advances and he dabs into the covers for a single

48.3

Benn to Dockrell, 1 run, who's bowling the better yorkers - Benn or Roach? On middle stump at 108 kph, and somehow dug out to short fine leg for one

48.4

Benn to Rankin, no run, another one, looking to uproot the stumps, somehow Rankin keeps it out

48.5

Benn to Rankin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, he looks to dab it fine but can't get it away

48.6

Benn to Dockrell, OUT, all over, after all those yorkers, Benn has got a wicket with orthodox left-arm spin. Tossed up delicately on middle and off, allowing it to dip on Dockrell who reaches out and swipes. He doesn't make contact as the ball grips and breaks past him. Off stump is disturbed on the way. Ireland are bowled out.

GH Dockrell b Benn 19 (22m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Right then, that about ends our live coverage of this game. Here's hoping Ireland don't keep getting tagged with the other Associates, who are clearly a cut below them in class and depth. Meanwhile, the action continues unabated from Chittagong, where England have closed in for an under-par score. Could be an interesting chase from Bangladesh. Do tune in for it. On behalf of Sid Talya, Sid Ravi and the rest of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Man of the Match easily goes to KP, West Indies version. "This innings is for the people who have supported me. Good game for us, important to keep the momentum going. What's been said about me [20 over specialist], thats just history for me, I go out there and do my best."

Sammy: "We bowled where we wanted to and that got us the victory. Partnerships do form, thats the nature of the game, and we did well to stick to the basics. It was a tough thing for us when Gayle got injured, and it was great the way Russell stood up, he has a good future."

Porterfield: "We will be speaking to the match referee before making any comments on that controversial decision. We batted, bowled and field pretty well, especially considering we missed Trent as well today. Pollard strike the ball pretty clean, it was a good innings and it got them some good momentum. We got nothing to lose, need to continue playing freely."

Devon Smith: "Very satisfied with my show today. Hope the 100 is the first of many to come. Someone had to play the sheet anchor role in Gayle's absence and I did that."

Jason: "Should be now be called Ashocker De Silva?"

Someone is as frustrated as the Irish. Two-faced Riddler: "Thank You for NEVER ever publishing my comments. So much for waking up at 5am to see your commentary"

James: "Wouldn't you just love to see Roach, Taylor and Edwards in harness together for West Indies? Really exciting pace bowling." Can't wait for that to happen.

A good win this for West Indies, they played their cards close to the chest, and exploded while batting through Pollard. Ireland missed a trick, by not trying Dockrell against Pollard - he is a nervy starter against spin. Pollard's blast-fest made all the difference in the end. Ireland were always up against it, but Joyce and Wilson played like heroes to get them close. And then, that umpiring call happened... West Indies are up to 6 points, and second in the Group B table. India 7, WI 6, England 5, SA 4 - SA have a game in their hand, mind you.

End of over 49 (4 runs) Ireland 231/10 (45 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.71, RRR: 45.00)
     SJ Benn    10-0-53-4
WB Rankin    5* (9b)      KAJ Roach    8-0-34-1

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Sulieman Benn and Darren Sammy celebrate, Ireland v West Indies, Group B, World Cup, Mohali, March 11, 2011

Sulieman Benn and Darren Sammy celebrate

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Chris Gayle comforts a nervous child, Ireland v West Indies, Group B, World Cup, Mohali, March 11, 2011

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