ICC World Twenty20 - 12th match, Group A

India v Ireland

India won by 8 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

It will be a 18-over game. Powerplays for 5 overs. Three bowlers can bowl four overs and two can bowl three. The players come out for the national anthems. And now they break away. Indians get into a huddle.

6:02 pm Toss Dhoni has chosen to bowl. It has started to drizzle again, though. Few umbrellas go up. It has stopped again.

Karthik sends us a chuckle: "This will be the third inconsequential match in the first round. Could they make the contest sweeter by announcing a free hair cut for winning team (albeit sehwag could not have used the deal had he played). Something to play for."

The toss will happen soon. They are saying it's likely to be 18-over game.

News just in. It will be a 6.20 pm start. Dhoni runs out to the middle to have a look at the conditions.

5.48 pm Rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.

5.30 pm It's still drizzling out there.

5.00 pm Hi there. It has started to drizzle, says George Binoy, our man at the ground. "Hovercraft covers is being brought on. Rain not heavy enough to stop the players from practicing but heavy enough to delay start."

While we wait, we present you a selection of writings from the site.

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0.1

IK Pathan to Porterfield, 1 wide, starts off with a big wide down the leg side. Did the ball slip? It was very wide

0.1

IK Pathan to Porterfield, no run, follows it up with a perfect outswinger, luring the batsman into a near-fatal prod. Dhoni collects.

0.2

IK Pathan to Porterfield, no run, Poretfield makes sure he gets that front foot well out and across, close to the line of the outswinger and drives to cover

0.3

IK Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, charges down the track, drives to left of mid-off where Yuvraj lunges to make the stop and fire in a throw

0.4

IK Pathan to Bray, no run, full and swinging away sharply, left alone

0.5

IK Pathan to Bray, no run, moves around the crease, Irfan keeps it simple and hurls across yet another outswinger and beats the bat

0.6

IK Pathan to Bray, no run, full and straight this time, lunges across to push it out to mid-on

I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game. Srinivas Raju is the scorer.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Ireland 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
JP Bray    0* (3b)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-0
WTS Porterfield    1* (3b)     

1.1

Khan to Porterfield, no run, lands on a length around off and shapes away late, Porterfield pushes inside the line

1.2

Khan to Porterfield, 1 wide, big swing and a miss. Well outside off stump, Porterfield chases it but doesn't connect

1.2

Khan to Porterfield, 1 run, on a length, outside off, forced away to Ishant Sharma at third man

1.3

Khan to Bray, no run, full pitched on the off stump, in the slot, driven hard but straight to cover. He missed out a four there.

1.4

Khan to Bray, no run, backs outside leg stump and so, Zaheer fires it outside off and the batsman can't reach it

1.5

Khan to Bray, no run, cuts back in late, the batsman is cramped up, has a swat at it and the ball threads the bat and pad gap

1.6

Khan to Bray, OUT, Clatter! The stumps are all over the place. It was really full, near yorker length, and Bray played all around it.

JP Bray b Khan 0 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 2 (2 runs) Ireland 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
     Z Khan    1-0-2-1
WTS Porterfield    2* (5b)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-0

2.1

IK Pathan to Porterfield, 2 runs, full and on the middle and leg, lunges out to scoop it over mid-on

2.2

IK Pathan to Porterfield, 1 run, backs away to punch on the up but it falls just short of mid-off

2.3

IK Pathan to Wilson, no run, pushes it across Wilson who allows it to pass through to Dhoni

2.4

IK Pathan to Wilson, no run, full length delivery, tilting in from outside off, driven on the front foot to cover

2.5

IK Pathan to Wilson, no run, 130.4 kmph length delivery angling away, Wilson tries to cut but the ball rushes past the edge

2.6

IK Pathan to Wilson, 2 runs, doesn't quite lean forward to get close to the line of the delivery and hence takes out the bottom-hand off the handle as he goes for the square drives and gets it past backward point

End of over 3 (5 runs) Ireland 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
GC Wilson    2* (4b)      IK Pathan    2-0-7-0
WTS Porterfield    5* (7b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-1

3.1

Khan to Porterfield, OUT, The captain falls. Porterfield goes for the big slash over point at a back of length delivery outside off but manages only to edge it straight to first slip

WTS Porterfield c YK Pathan b Khan 5 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

3.2

Khan to Botha, no run, Botha saves the hat-trick as he gets forward and across to drive to cover

3.3

Khan to Botha, 2 runs, gets the inside edge on the attempted drive and will pick up two runs to fine-leg. Botha is also a left-handed batsman

3.4

Khan to Botha, FOUR, Top shot. It wasn't all that short in length but Botha, already standing well inside the crease, rocked back to cut it hard past backward point

3.5

Khan to Botha, 2 runs, very full delivery on the middle, Botha drives it crisply straight past the bowler

Zaheer wipes the ball dry.

3.6

Khan to Botha, OUT, And he picks up his third wicket. BOtha, who looked good in his brief stay, is gone now. He chased a length delivery outside off, not moving his feet, and flashed it to left of first slip where Yusuf takes a sharp catch.

AC Botha c YK Pathan b Khan 8 (3m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

End of over 4 (8 runs) Ireland 17/3 (RR: 4.25)
     Z Khan    2-0-10-3
GC Wilson    2* (4b)      IK Pathan    2-0-7-0

4.1

I Sharma to Wilson, FOUR, nice. Very nice. It was full, very full, outside off and he placed his front foot out and square drove it through cover point

4.2

I Sharma to Wilson, 2 runs, drags back the length but it's cut away to deep backward point. The backward point fielder took some pace off it with a dive

4.3

I Sharma to Wilson, no run, full in length, close to the off stump, defended on the front foot

4.4

I Sharma to Wilson, no run, length delivery around the off stump, driven to cover

4.5

I Sharma to Wilson, 1 run, moves outside leg stump, Ishant hits the good length on the off stump, run down to third man

4.6

I Sharma to O'Brien, no run, fires across a bouncer and Dhoni moves to his left to collect it

End of over 5 (7 runs) Ireland 24/3 (RR: 4.80)
KJ O'Brien    0* (1b)      I Sharma    1-0-7-0
GC Wilson    9* (9b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-10-3

5.1

Yuvraj Singh to Wilson, 1 run, Powerplays over. (18-over game) Yuvraj floats it full outside off, driven through the off side

5.2

Yuvraj Singh to O'Brien, 1 run, flighted on the middle stump line, turned towards midwicket

5.3

Yuvraj Singh to Wilson, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and paddles to backward square leg

5.4

Yuvraj Singh to O'Brien, 1 run, really well up on the off and middle, driven to long-on

5.5

Yuvraj Singh to Wilson, no run, slightly quicker, skidding in, defended to the off side

5.6

Yuvraj Singh to Wilson, no run, slower, fuller, just outside off, driven to extra cover

End of over 6 (4 runs) Ireland 28/3 (RR: 4.66)
GC Wilson    11* (13b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-4-0
KJ O'Brien    2* (3b)      I Sharma    1-0-7-0

Amit: "Why is Niall O'Brien not playing? Are Ireland resting him before the 'real tournament' begins?" Such sarcasm! Injured baba.

6.1

Ojha to O'Brien, OUT, Ojha has picked a wicket off his first ball. Again. It skidded on around the off stump from short of length, the batsman went for the pull but got a fatal inside-edge. Gone! Nothing great about the ball but poor shot execution.

KJ O'Brien b Ojha 2 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

6.2

Ojha to Mooney, 1 run, slow through the air, full outside off, tapped to backward point region

6.3

Ojha to Wilson, no run, dips in on the leg stump line, rolls off the pad

6.4

Ojha to Wilson, no run, comes down the track, Ojha flights it across but gets it to dip quickly, pushed out to cover

6.5

Ojha to Wilson, 1 run, run out missed by Raina-Ojha combo. It was dug out to extra cover, Raina moved to his right and fired in a slightly wide through and Ojha couldn't collect. The non-striker was also at the striker's end. Raina had to just lob it over but obviously he didn't see how far the non-striker had gone

6.6

Ojha to Mooney, no run

End of over 7 (2 runs) Ireland 30/4 (RR: 4.28)
JF Mooney    1* (2b)      PP Ojha    1-0-2-1
GC Wilson    12* (16b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-4-0

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Wilson, no run, goes right back to push it back to the bowler

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Wilson, 1 run, goes back again to swat it past square leg

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, from round the stumps now, flighted full, pushed back to Bhaji

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, 1 run, short in length, turns away from the off stump, cut away through covers

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Wilson, 1 run, from over the wicket for the righthander, lands it full on the middle, revere swept to backward point

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, 1 run, quicker, arm-ball outside off, tapped to short third man

End of over 8 (4 runs) Ireland 34/4 (RR: 4.25)
JF Mooney    3* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
GC Wilson    14* (19b 1x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-2-1

8.1

Ojha to Mooney, FOUR, A boundary after 23 balls. Via a reverse sweep. It was flighted full on the middle and off and he got it past backward point

8.2

Ojha to Mooney, 1 run, leans across to dab it to the on side for a single

8.3

Ojha to Wilson, 1 run, loopy flighted delivery on the middle stump line, punched towards the non-striker, almost a collision there and Ojha couldn't get across to stop it

8.4

Ojha to Mooney, 1 run, slightly short in length, cut away through the off side

8.5

Ojha to Wilson, 2 runs, tossed full on the middle, swept away to deep backward square leg

8.6

Ojha to Wilson, 2 runs, stays back to push it through wide midwicket and they run hard to come back for the second run

End of over 9 (11 runs) Ireland 45/4 (RR: 5.00)
GC Wilson    19* (22b 1x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-13-1
JF Mooney    9* (8b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, 2 runs, from round the stumps, full on the leg and middle, driven to wide deep midwicket

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, top spinner that bounces past the prod and hits the pad high

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, 1 run, the armer, skidding on quickly towards middle and off with bounce, cramped for room but he manages to stab it to backward point

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Wilson, OUT, Done in by the doosra. Too good for Wilson who played completely down the wrong alley. He didn't pick it and drove through the line. The ball went on to clean up the off stump. Harbhajan gives him his signature send off... that little bye bye sign.

GC Wilson b Harbhajan Singh 19 (29m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, goes for the sweep and is hit on the pad outside off

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, goes back to defend back to the bowler

End of over 10 (3 runs) Ireland 48/5 (RR: 4.80)
AR White    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-1
JF Mooney    12* (11b 1x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-13-1

10.1

I Sharma to Mooney, 1 run, on the back foot, tucks it past square leg

10.2

I Sharma to White, FOUR, lunges across, stabs the length delivery off the outside edge to third man. Yusuf rushes across and dives to his left but is unable to prevent the boundary

10.3

I Sharma to White, no run, 137.9 kmph delivery cutting in and it rushes through the bat and pad gap and goes to Dhoni

10.4

I Sharma to White, no run, 135.8 kmph kicks up from length and holds its line this time and beats the bat.

10.5

I Sharma to White, no run, After taking one out, bringing one back in, he serves a bouncer this time, climbs over the attempted pull and Dhoni gathers

10.6

I Sharma to White, 1 run, short in length, pulled away to long leg for a single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Ireland 54/5 (RR: 4.90)
AR White    5* (7b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-13-0
JF Mooney    13* (12b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-1

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to White, no run, goes for the reverse sweep but doesn't connect and Dhoni whips the bails off

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to White, FOUR, Undaunted by the previous failure, he goes for another reverse sweep and connects superbly this time. This ball was fuller than the previous one.

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run, goes right back to nudge it to cover point

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, no run, top spinner from round the stumps, moves in, past the prod and rolls away off the pad

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mooney, 1 run, slower, shorter in length, chipped towards long-on

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to White, 1 run, looped across, on the middle and off, swept away for a single

End of over 12 (7 runs) Ireland 61/5 (RR: 5.08)
AR White    11* (11b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-1
JF Mooney    14* (14b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-13-0

12.1

Ojha to White, no run, arm-ball on the off stump line, beats the forward defensive stroke and catches him in front. Loud shout by Ojha, not supported by Dhoni and the umpire turns it down. That was close. In fact would have hit the middle

12.2

Ojha to White, 1 run, turned to backward square leg for a single

12.3

Ojha to Mooney, no run, lovely loopy delivery, skidding on and in fact flicked the bails enroute to going to Dhoni! Whoa! They stood very firm on the stumps

12.4

Ojha to Mooney, 1 run, lunges forward to push through the on side for a single

12.5

Ojha to White, no run

12.6

Ojha to White, 1 run, worked past square leg for a run

End of over 13 (3 runs) Ireland 64/5 (RR: 4.92)
AR White    13* (15b 2x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-16-1
JF Mooney    15* (16b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-1

13.1

I Sharma to White, 1 run, moves outside the off stump and paddles the length delivery .. .. will just get a single as fine-leg is back near the ropes

13.2

I Sharma to Mooney, 2 runs, fullish, outside off, square driven through cover point

13.3

I Sharma to Mooney, no run, slanted across past the batsman who tries to dab it to third man but misses.

13.4

I Sharma to Mooney, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven to sweeper cover

13.5

I Sharma to White, 1 run, tries a slower one, a full toss, lunges out to push it away to cover

13.6

I Sharma to Mooney, no run, short of length delivery bouncing over the off stump, tries to slash it away but no wood on leather

End of over 14 (5 runs) Ireland 69/5 (RR: 4.92)
JF Mooney    18* (20b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-18-0
AR White    15* (17b 2x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-16-1

14.1

Ojha to White, 1 leg bye, lovely slow delivery, it took an eternity to reach the other end, the batsman had completed the sweep shot by then; the ball rolled towards short third man

14.2

Ojha to Mooney, 1 run, again slows up the pace, charges out, is made to wait and he drives to long-on

14.3

Ojha to White, 1 leg bye, comes down the track, Ojha shortens the length and he lunges out to jab it to the off side

14.4

Ojha to Mooney, OUT, Fatal reverse sweep. No power behind that shot. Again, Ojha had not offered any pace behind the ball and the weak reverse sweep saw the ball lob straight to short third man

JF Mooney c Yuvraj Singh b Ojha 19 (30m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 86.36

14.5

Ojha to West, 1 run, OUT, Poor stuff from West. It was well flighted delivery, above the eye-line, and punched towards mid-on. Raina rushes in from the deep and fires in a throw at the striker's end. The ball ricochets of Dhoni's pad and falls on the stumps. Poor stuff from the batsman, though. He was just ambling in; he didn't ground the bat but just lazily stepped in but that foot was in the air when the bails came off.

RM West run out 1 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

14.6

Ojha to Cusack, no run, flighted full, jabbed off bat and pad to the off side

End of over 15 (4 runs) Ireland 73/7 (RR: 4.86)
AR Cusack    0* (1b)      PP Ojha    4-0-18-2
AR White    15* (19b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-0-18-0

15.1

IK Pathan to White, SIX, pulled away for a six. It was the short one and he backed away to go for the pull, got a thick top edge but the ball kept sailing into the night

15.2

IK Pathan to White, 1 run, from round the stumps, fullish, around off stump, pushed to extra cover

15.3

IK Pathan to Cusack, 1 run, length delivery, skidding in from outside off, under-edges the cut and the ball rolls towards Dhoni but despite his direct hit at the striker's end they get home

15.4

IK Pathan to White, 2 runs, moves outside off to paddle, Irfan serves a full toss on the off stump, lapped around the corner for a single

15.5

IK Pathan to White, 1 run, almost a yorker , squeezed out to cover point

15.6

IK Pathan to Cusack, FOUR, back of length, homing in on the off stump, Cusack should have been cramped up in theory but he arched back at the last minute, made room somehow and unfurled a very skillful cut past backward point. Ishant ran around from wide third man, dived but only pushed it outside the boundary.

End of over 16 (15 runs) Ireland 88/7 (RR: 5.50)
AR Cusack    5* (3b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-0-22-0
AR White    25* (23b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-18-2

16.1

Khan to White, FOUR, shuffles outside off stump, Zak hurls a full toss and White chipped it superbly to deep backward square-leg boundary.

16.2

Khan to White, OUT, hits short of length and gets it kick up outside off stump, White tried to cut it away but nicked it behind

AR White c †Dhoni b Khan 29 (19m 25b 3x4 1x6) SR: 116.00

16.3

Khan to McCallan, no run, slower one outside off, around 116 kmph full delivery, lunges out and is beaten

16.4

Khan to McCallan, 1 run, yorker tried, ends up as a full toss, pushed to mid-on region

16.5

Khan to Cusack, FOUR, Yet another full toss, outside off, slashed away to third man boundary.

16.6

Khan to Cusack, no run, he attempts another yorker, gets it right this time, dug out back to him

End of over 17 (9 runs) Ireland 97/8 (RR: 5.70)
AR Cusack    9* (5b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-19-4
WK McCallan    1* (2b)      IK Pathan    3-0-22-0

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to McCallan, 1 run, slows up the pace, shortens the length, goes for the reverse sweep but pushes it weakly to short third man

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cusack, 3 runs, turns in from outside off stump, pulled to midwicket, there was a chance of run out but Zaheer makes a mess; doesn't field it all and the ball rushes to the deep and they will get three!

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to McCallan, 2 runs, flighted delivery on the middle stump, lunges out to chip it high towards wide long-on boundary

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to McCallan, FOUR, Another profitable reverse sweep. Tossed around the off stump and reversed away past short third man

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCallan, 4 leg byes, charges down the track, Harbhajan drags back the length and beats the batsman. So he thought. The ball bounds away off the pad and runs down to third man boundary

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCallan, 1 run, moves outside leg stump, serves a doosra, swatted away to long-on

Ireland finish well to reach to 112. But will it be enough? Join us in a short while for the chase.

End of over 18 (15 runs) Ireland 112/8
WK McCallan    9* (7b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-25-1
AR Cusack    12* (6b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-19-4
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