England collapsed to 66 for five chasing a modest 199 for victory before Ben Foakes along with Tom Curran came to the rescue.
ICC's decision to cut down the number of teams to 10 in the World Cup finals has been widely criticised and the Irish skipper joined in the chorus.
An unbeaten hundred from Dinesh Chandimal followed by a five-wicket haul from Dasun Shanaka helped Sri Lanka defeat Ireland by 76 runs in a rain-curtailed match at Dublin
William Porterfield hit 10 fours and a six in his innings of 107 against Pakistan in the World Cup.
The final Pool B match between Pakistan and Ireland in the month-long group stage will lift the winner into the quarter-finals and leave the loser facing a tricky run-rate countback against the West Indies
The defeat against India leave Ireland in a position where they possibly need to beat Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday to make the last-eight.
Ashwin in his first spell of eight overs gave away only 19 runs, thereby effecting a turnaround for Indian bowlers. He finally finished with figures of two for 38 from his 10 overs.
Live cricket score and ball-by-ball commentary from the 34th World Cup match between India and Ireland at the Seddon Park, Hamilton on Tuesday.
India confirm their position at the top of Pool B with their fifth victory. Catch all the highlights of the match here.
Ireland currently have 3 wins in 4 games and a win against India will ensure them a place in the World Cup quarters.