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07 March 2011

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: India v/s Ireland Group – B Match on 6 March 2011in Bangaluru, India


India may win back this Cricket World Cup Trophy


ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: India v/s Ireland Group – B Match on 6 March 2011in Bangaluru, India


India won the match by 5 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)


India Ireland match was the most important match for India to keep their stake for their entry into semifinals with an eye at the world cup. The Indian eleven and the Indian fans were literally scared of Ireland team after their aggressive showoff against England. Indian captain had to resort to some strategic planning for this particular match for the simple reason that they did not want to take chances. The Indian team was not in a position to take any rick against the Irish for their recently acquired swift fielding and explosive batting. Indians were also scared because of their slow reflexes in fielding.


Indian captain won the toss and to the surprise of everyone elected to field first. This shows that the Indians had doubts about their batsman in addition to the well-known weakness of their fielding speed. The first thing that came in my mind was that the Indians wanted to field first well before they get tired out of 50 over batting. 


The fielding looked good in the initial part of the game when India took the wickets of Sterling and Joyce within 2.3 overs.  Thereafter India had to keep trying with different bowling patterns until Yuvraj resorted to his devastating spell of taking 5 wickets off 10 overs and 31 runs. Ireland finally was all-out at 207 off 47.5 overs.


India also faces the same fate that almost all the teams in this world cup had that Sehwag and Gambhir were sent to the pavilion within 5.2 overs. Indian batsmen were not looking in their original self and the cricket fans were cought unawares when Tendulkar was adjudged LBW out at Johnstons bowl. The situation was brought back to normal when Yuvraj hit his 50 and Yusuf Pathan entered the erina with his explosive batting with 2 boundries and 3 sixers. India won the match by 5 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)


“Discover life” thinks that in spite of all the risks and doubts, India could have better elected to bat first on winning the toss.


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