Player of the Match
Player of the Match
813dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Ashwin, Dhawan make it nine in a row

India took their winning streak in World Cup matches to nine, and also maintained their record of bowling oppositions out in this World Cup

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

S Dhawan
S Dhawan
100(85) 11x4 - 5x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
13 0 12 16 31 7 10 11
NJ O'Brien
NJ O'Brien
75(75) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
11 1 11 3 19 15 2 13

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami
O9
M0
R41
W3
Eco4.55
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
R Ashwin
R Ashwin
O10
M1
R38
W2
Eco3.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

9.00pm Alrighty, people. It has been a pleasure, as always, to bring you this game. Do join us for tomorrow's games, and the rest of the tournament, and for every match we bring live to you from now till the end of time, and keep sending in your comments. Until next time, ta ta!

MS Dhoni: "One of the coaches was telling me [about India taking 50 wickets in five matches]. It's a good stat to have. It means the bowlers are really doing the job for us. It's a remarkable difference, they've really stepped up. Not just the three fast bowlers, the spinners as well, and whenever we've had to use part-timers they've done a good job. Looks like a happy unit. I knew, even after 4-5 overs, I could bring the spinners on right away if I wanted, but I still went ahead with the fast bowlers in the first 10 overs, then I felt let's get the most out of this game, Suresh also did really well, a lot of left-handers, and he got through his 10 overs. At times I just try to tell them what my gut feel is [when asked about yelling out instructions to his bowlers], whatever I can read from behind with the initial movements of the batsman. Hindi is the ideal language, because everyone understands but the batsman doesn't. We have been here for over four months, we had to sacrifice somewhere, and that was the intensity in the ODI series, especially after the effort we had put in during the Test series. I knew it would be back when the World Cup started. Even this game was a challenge, a lot of them are jetlagged and sleep-deprived. I'm glad all of us have stepped up. It feels good. Everyone is happy we have been able to win nine consecutive games, we just have to take the momentum forward. [Twitter question - importance of opening partnership] Both of them have got runs, the icing on the cake was for both of them to get runs at the same time. I felt both of them batted really well. Initially I thought it could be a difficult wicket, it was stopping, but the dew made it a little better later on."

William Porterfield: "There's a lot of good things to take, the first innings, slightly disappointing because we could have got an extra 15-20, but you have to give a lot of credit to them, kept fighting and coming back, and made it look very easy with the bat. [Ashwin] bowled very well, mixed his pace very well, there was a bit of grip as well. We just lost a couple of wickets and that set us back. It's all about being mentally fresh for that game in Adelaide, it's a winner takes all for us."

Venki: "India are now strong contenders to win the World Cup now after much improvement to their bowling.The only reason India can lose any of the coming matches now on is just because of the lack of hard-hitting batsmen in the bottom of the line up like Maxwell , Miller or Anderson.."

Barath: "Why isn't Ashwin the Man of the Match?He bowled brilliantly on a pitch that was supposed to be a batting paradise and brought India back into the game."

Jaykumar: "Karthik, not a fan of the 24 Series?" -- I only like Test series and ODI series. And, of course, The Wire.

Shikhar Dhawan is the man of the match. Sir Richard Hadlee gives him his trophy. "I've spent lots of time to figure out my game," Dhawan says. "I'm used to the bounce and pace and I'm enjoying my game here. Everyone has spent a lot of time here, the communication of the team has gone up. With the time boys have learned, got experience. It's lovely when we're on the field, seeing the bowlers bowling so quick and in the right areas. I always mark myself 10 out of 10 [when asked to rate his innings]. I'd say I played more creatively, I enjoyed that creativity, playing my shots, using bowlers' mind." 8.40pm Five out of five, and nine in a row in the World Cup. India were always winning this one. Ireland had their moments with the bat, and could have got 300, but their bowlers would probably have struggled to defend even that against this batting line-up.

36.5
4
KJ O'Brien to Kohli, FOUR runs, and Kohli ends it in style, stepping out of his crease to flat-bat this full, wide ball to the extra cover boundary
36.4
0
KJ O'Brien to Kohli, no run, another wide blockhole ball, sneaks under Kohli's jabbing bat
36.3
0
KJ O'Brien to Kohli, no run, full and wide. Kohli is too close to the pitch of the ball (in terms of length, not line), and reaches out to stab it away to point
36.2
1
KJ O'Brien to Rahane, 1 run, full and wide, driven to sweeper cover
36.1
1
KJ O'Brien to Kohli, 1 run, full outside off, drilled back past the bowler with a lot of bottom-hand. Kev sticks his left hand out to stop it, and comes away clutching it in pain. Almost deflected it onto the stumps, and Rahane was out of his crease

Harry: "Does Cusack look a bit like Xander Berkeley?" -- I have no idea who he is, but that doesn't stop me from agreeing with you.

END OF OVER:
36 | 12 Runs | INDIA: 254/2 (6 runs required from 13.1 overs, RR: 7.05, RRR: 0.42)

  • Virat Kohli39 (38b)
  • Ajinkya Rahane32 (27b)
  • Alex Cusack8-0-43-0
  • John Mooney6-0-44-0
35.6
1
Cusack to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length, angling into off stump, dabbed away towards third man

Can Ireland make history?

0

Number of times that India have lost a World Cup match against a non-Test nation (current).

The Indian Web

145

Runs scored by Ireland's batsmen this game against 180 balls of spin. They scored 114 runs off 114 balls against the pace bowlers.

A High

259

Ireland's total, their highest against India (3 ODIs). This is also their second-highest score in World Cups when batting first.

Aiming for an Upset

0

Instances of Ireland beating India in an ODI. India have won each of the two previous ODIs against Ireland.