Result
Only ODI, Belfast, Jun 23 2007, India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
193
(34.5/39 ov, target 171)
171/1
India won by 9 wickets (with 25 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

India coast to nine-wicket win

An efficient bowling effort was followed up by a couple of confident half-centuries as India rolled along to a thumping 9-wicket win in the rain-affected one-off one-dayer against Ireland at Belfast

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Scorecard summary
Ireland193(50 overs)
India171/1(34.5 overs)

So, India's tour gets off to a winning start. Wickets for the bowlers, with the young legspinner Piyush Chawla the pick of the lot as India bowled Ireland out for 193 after winning the toss. Rain held up play for over two and a half hours, and on resumption of play India were set 171 from 39 overs. They got home with ease, Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir notching up half-centuries to seal the deal in 35 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar failed to get going as opener, but India will be pleased with the form shown by the two not-out batsmen.

Ireland take on South Africa for another one-off at this very ground tomorrow - thats a 09:45 GMT start, where George Binoy will take you through the match - while India will play the first of three games against South Africa on June 26.

I hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this game. Until next time, this is Jamie Alter, your commentator for the day, signing off. Cheers!

34.6
1w
Fourie to Ganguly, 1 wide
full and wide outside off stump, thats what called too
34.5
Fourie to Ganguly, no run
beaten by one moving past him as he tries to glide that to third man for the winning runs
34.4
2
Fourie to Ganguly, 2 runs
now he gets aggro, swinging across the line and getting another inside-edge to fine leg
34.3
1
Fourie to Gambhir, 1 run
slower one outside off stump, Gambhir dabs it down to third man for one
34.2
Fourie to Gambhir, no run
slants past him on a good length and beats his forward defensive
34.1
1
Fourie to Ganguly, 1 run
drifts down leg stump and he helps it on its way down to fine leg
end of over 345 runs
INDIA: 166/1CRR: 4.88 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 5 from 30b
Sourav Ganguly70 (96)
Gautam Gambhir79 (105)
Andrew White1-0-5-0
Kyle McCallan8-0-32-0
33.6
1
White to Ganguly, 1 run
flat outside off stump, Ganguly gets forward and steers it towards backward point
33.5
White to Ganguly, no run
straighter one comes onto him quickly and he defends it back
33.4
1
White to Gambhir, 1 run
tossed up, he comes out and defends towards mid-off, good running gets them one
33.3
1
White to Ganguly, 1 run
good length outside off stump, he eases into a square-drive for one
33.2
1
White to Gambhir, 1 run
straight ball on the stumps, Gambhir whips across the line for one
33.1
1
White to Ganguly, 1 run
back of a length outside off stump and Ganguly caresses it through the covers

Andrew White gets a chance to bowl with just 10 more needed

end of over 334 runs
INDIA: 161/1CRR: 4.87 • RRR: 1.66 • Need 10 from 36b
Sourav Ganguly67 (92)
Gautam Gambhir77 (103)
Kyle McCallan8-0-32-0
Trent Johnston7-0-25-0
32.6
1
McCallan to Ganguly, 1 run
makes room to cut, the arm ball is slower than expected and Ganguly has to adjust, ends up cutting late towards backward point
32.6
1w
McCallan to Ganguly, 1 wide
arm ball goes awry as McCallan spears one well down leg stump
32.5
1
McCallan to Gambhir, 1 run
flatter arm ball, Gambhir exposes the stumps and then steers it to backward point
32.4
McCallan to Gambhir, no run
tossed up on off stump, Gambhir comes forward and defends
32.3
McCallan to Gambhir, no run
pitches on middle and leg and spins away from Gambhir, who ends up defending
32.2
1
McCallan to Ganguly, 1 run
flatter outside off stump, driven to point for one
Best performances - batsmen
G Gambhir
80 runs (107)
9 fours
0 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
22 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
67135178816
SC Ganguly
73 runs (99)
6 fours
1 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
38 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
84554121520
Best performances - bowlers
PP Chawla
O
10
M
2
R
29
W
3
Eco
2.90
S Sreesanth
O
10
M
0
R
50
W
3
Eco
5.00
Match details
Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
Player Of The Match
Gautam Gambhir
Series resultIndia won the one-off match
Match numberODI no. 2590
Season2007
Hours of play (local time)10.45 start, First Session 10.45-14.15, Interval 14.15-15.00, Second Session 15.00-18.30.
Match days23 June 2007 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Gary Wilson
Thinus Fourie
Roger Whelan
Rohit Sharma
Umpires
Mark Benson
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Mark Hawthorne
Match Referee
Alan Hurst