result
21st Match, Pool B (D/N), Perth, Feb 28 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(18.5/50 ov, target 103)104/1
India won by 9 wickets (with 187 balls remaining)
player of the match

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MS Dhoni: "We have had quite a few plans and it's important in these conditions that you execute them, not give opportunities to score freely. The bowlers have really stepped up, and in a team sport it starts to reflect in other departments too. We dropped one catch today but the fielding has been brilliant. When we are losing quite a few games outside the subcontinent, it was an area of concern that we were not getting wickets in the middle overs. Now we are getting wickets with the new ball and the spinners are able to put more pressure on the batsmen in the middle overs. We have to continue with the good effort. [Bhuvneshwar] looked good, first five overs he bowled he was looking sharper than he did when he came back from the injury and played the Test match. If he plays a few more games, we can see how he can bowl in the death overs also."

Mohammad Tauqir: "It was not a par score on this wicket, we were outplayed by Indian bowling. They bowled really well, in good areas, we should have scored 200-plus. [Ashwin] bowled brilliantly, we couldn't cope with his bowling. He was getting good bounce and turn on this wicket. That's our batting order, we know [Shaiman] can score a lot of runs down the order. I think the top order needs to be more responsible and score more runs for us."

R Ashwin is the man of the match. "I bowl at such phases of the game, it's more of cutting the runs out, it can get a little difficult, but [the lack of a four-wicket haul] was playing on my mind today after the first five overs. When it comes to this format, I'm pretty much unselfish, it doesn't matter if I get the numbers or not as long as I put in the effort required. My wrist is getting into a good position, and that helps with the arm ball, the breeze helped as well. It was good to play the big teams initially, now we're on a roll."

6.52pm For the first time at this World Cup, an Associate team has played like an Associate team. UAE collapsed in the face of some pretty good bowling in bouncy conditions, and the target of 102 was always going to be a stroll for India. A half-century for Rohit, and valuable time in the middle.

18.5
4
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

down the track, to the pitch, flat-bats it down the ground, to the right of long-off, and that is that

18.4
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, no run

length ball on middle stump, pushed through, defended towards straight midwicket

18.3
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, no run

slow, loopy delivery on middle stump, clipped to straight midwicket

18.2
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, no run

back of a length on off stump, looks to punch to long-on, straight midwicket is quick to run around and cut it off

18.1
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, no run

tossed up outside off, defended to short cover

end of over 186 runs
INDIA: 100/1CRR: 5.55 • RRR: 0.09 • Need 3 runs from 32 overs
Virat Kohli33 (41)
Rohit Sharma53 (50)
Krishna Chandran3-0-17-0
Mohammad Tauqir2-0-17-0
17.6
Chandran to Kohli, no run

back of a length on off stump, whipped to short midwicket

17.5
4
Chandran to Kohli, FOUR runs

short and wide, cut away crisply through backward point

17.4
1
Chandran to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

angles into the pads, worked away through square leg

17.3
1
Chandran to Kohli, 1 run

length ball outside off, dabbed down to short third man off the front foot

17.2
Chandran to Kohli, no run

length ball on off stump, defended to mid-on

17.1
Chandran to Kohli, no run

back of a length outside off, punched to short extra cover

end of over 176 runs
INDIA: 94/1CRR: 5.52 • RRR: 0.27 • Need 9 runs from 33 overs
Rohit Sharma52 (49)
Virat Kohli28 (36)
Mohammad Tauqir2-0-17-0
Krishna Chandran2-0-11-0
16.6
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, no run

tossed up, turns into middle and leg, tucked away quietly towards backward square leg

16.5
4
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

short, wide, cut away to the right of the diving point fielder and it runs away to the boundary to bring up Rohit's half-century

16.4
1
Tauqir to Kohli, 1 run

back of a length, and he goes deep in his crease to clip it away with the turn to deep midwicket

16.3
Tauqir to Kohli, no run

tossed up outside off, gets forward and pushes it into the covers

16.2
Tauqir to Kohli, no run

full on off stump, driven back firmly to the bowler

16.1
1
Tauqir to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

back of a length on off stump, punched down to long-off

6.43pm We're back. Tauqir to resume, and India have taken the batting Powerplay.