India Beat Ireland for 9th Straight Win in World Cup Matches
India took apart a diligent but limited Ireland attack to sweep to an untroubled eight-wicket victory at Seddon Park which confirmed they will top Pool B in the cricket World Cup.
India took apart a diligent but limited Ireland attack to sweep to an untroubled eight-wicket victory at Seddon Park which confirmed they will top Pool B in the cricket World Cup. (Images courtesy AFP and Getty; Text: Reuters)
After dismissing Ireland for 249 with an over to spare when their spinners established a stranglehold on the top-order batting, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan played themselves in for a token couple of overs.
They then launched a full-blooded attack, alternating flowing drives with explosive pulls while also pushing around the ball for comfortable singles.
Indian fans were at their enthusiastic best in Hamilton.
The cheer reached booming levels when Dhawan took a single to complete his eighth one-day century from 84 balls with five sixes.
By then, Rohit had fallen for 64. Dhawan had Kohli for company.
Virat Kohli (44 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (33 not out) took their team to victory with 13.1 overs to spare.
Porterfield elected to bat on a warm afternoon before a capacity crowd of 11,000 packed into a picturesque ground in New Zealand's fourth largest city and all seemed set fair for the Irish when the captain and Paul Stirling put on 89 for the first wicket from 15 overs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned to his spinners and Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina responded by first frustrating then dismissing the Irish batsmen who found boundaries hard to come by after the initial flurry.
Niall O'Brien was the top scorer with 75 including three sixes. In the end, it was just not enough as India registered five wins in five matches in the tournament.