Sunday, March 6, 2011

India Beat Ireland with All-round Performance fom Yuvraj Singh

India leads the points table with a comfortable win against Ireland at Bangalore. In this interesting match it is India who won the toss and elected to field. Ireland, who stunned England by putting up a fighting performance, got into bat with its openers Porterfield and Stirling. Zaheer Khan was the new ball bowler for India and started off well by providing the early break though that India needed in the first over itself with a rocking delivery to dismiss Stirling. Joyce joined Poterfield at the crease but he too became a victim of Zaheer Khan in the next over that Zaheer bowled. Porterfiled and N O’Brien were the two batsmen who built up the innings for Ireland and got them into a good position. But with an excellent piece of work from Kohli and Dhoni, Neil O’ Brien got run out for 46 runs missing out on a half century. White was the next to come into the crease after the dismissal of N O’ Brien and started his innings well but soon became a victim of Yuvraj Singh. Meanwhile Porterfield, the skipper of Ireland got to a good half century and prolonged his innings with Kevin O’ Brien, the century hero for Ireland against England. Yuvraj then took the wickets of Kevin O’ Brien and Porterfield. In the process Yuvraj took five wickets with his other two wickets being Cusack and Mooney. Zaheer continued his good run, picking up the Ireland tail ender Dockrell and Munaf took the wicket of Johnston leaving Ireland all out for 207 runs with 13 balls remaining. Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj were very impressive with the ball for India.

India with 208 runs to chase opened the batting with its well experienced pair Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Sehwag got off to the mark with a boundary but soon fell for Johnston by trying to play across the line. Gambhir joined Sachin at he crease but fell for Johnston scoring only 10 runs. Kohli was the man who joined Sachin and both of them kept the score board moving without taking any risks. Meanwhile Sachin tried to play across the line of Dockell’s bowling and got out for 38 runs. Yuvraj Singh came to the crease after the dismissal of Sachin. Kohli who looked to be in good touch got run out for 34 runs with a slight confusion between him and Yuvraj. Dhoni came to the crease when India were at a crucial position after losing four wickets. But both Dhoni and Yuvraj took the responsibility and brought India close to the end. But it was Dockrell who earlier picked up Sachin’s wicket got Dhoni out for 34 runs. The danger man, Yusuf Pathan was the new man to enter the crease after Dhoni. He started his innings in his usual way and hit two 6’s and a boundary making the equation look simple and erase off all the hopes that Ireland kept on winning the match. He along with made things look easy and in the process Yuvraj got to a match winning fifty. They finished off the match with India on a winning note. Yuvraj Singh was awarded the Man of the Match for his record all-round performance of five wickets and fifty runs.

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