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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)
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

Ashwin stars in India's biggest WC win

By winning the toss and choosing to bat first, UAE put to rest all the speculation there might have been around what kind of monstrous total India might post, but they collected undesired milestones nonetheless

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
United Arab Emirates102/10(31.3 overs)
India104/1(18.5 overs)

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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 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 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.

end of over 165 runs
INDIA: 88/1CRR: 5.50 • RRR: 0.44 • Need 15 from 34 overs
Virat Kohli27 (33)
Rohit Sharma47 (46)
Krishna Chandran2-0-11-0
Mohammad Tauqir1-0-11-0

Aravind: "Like we have a 30 minute extension in tests to take the last wicket before a scheduled break, we should allow the batting side a 2 or 3 over extension in ODIs to score the remaining runs before a scheduled break. And similarly for the bowling side if there is just 1 wicket to be taken." -- That sounds like a pretty good idea, I must say. I've had a pretty quick change of heart. Let's sign a petition for this issue to be discussed at the next ICC meeting!

Siddhesh: "Not sure why anybody should be "up in arms". They will be angry that making use of common sense and allowing India to to finish off the game before rain was a blunder??" -- How exactly do you define "common sense". Everyone talks about it, but how do you write common sense into the rules? How subjective will that be?

DanielAlexander: "India need less than 20 to win, why don't have the dinner after the end of the match? imagine if it rains during the match. it'l be a no result." -- Exactly. If that happens, it's just bad luck for India. If they had changed the rules and allowed India to complete the chase, and it had rained 10 minutes later, everyone would be up in arms. The rules exist for a reason.

6.01pm Off go the players. India need 15 to win.

15.6
Chandran to Kohli, no run

a bit of swing in as Kohli looks to flick, beats his inside edge and thuds into his thigh pad

15.5
Chandran to Kohli, no run

fullish on middle and off, clipped to short midwicket

15.4
1
Chandran to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

back of a length outside off, plays really late to dab it away towards third man

Best performances - batsmen
Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma
57 runs (55)
10 fours
1 six
Control89%
Productive shot
cover drive
17 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
5013225705
Shaiman Anwar
Shaiman Anwar
35 runs (49)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
cut shot
10 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
1101105008
Best performances - bowlers
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin
O
10
M
1
R
25
W
4
ECO
2.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Umesh Yadav portrait
UT Yadav
O
6.3
M
2
R
15
W
2
ECO
2.31
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
TossUnited Arab Emirates, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin
Match numberODI no. 3618
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days28 February 2015 - daynight match (50-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
England Image
Michael Gough
TV Umpire
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Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
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Kumar Dharmasena
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsIndia 2, United Arab Emirates 0