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World Cup LIVE score: Ireland all out 259; pacers strike after Dhoni plays Ravichandran offspin card

A fascinating tale of Irish pluck versus Ravichandran ‘offspin’ Ashwin played out at Seddon Park on Tuesday in the clash between an Associate team and defending champs India.

Ireland were bowled out for 259 in 49 overs, having looked good for more.

They took the fight to India before faltering against spin, but at no point did the ‘Best Team in Europe’ (as spotted on a cheeky poster in the stands) take the foot off the scoring pedal.

After a rousing start, Ireland struggled when Indian skipper MS Dhoni introduced spin. Dhoni was in his element, shouting instructions in Hindi as he spun the spin web through Ashwin and Suresh Raina around the Irish.

Ireland reached a respectable 212/5 at the end of the 40th over, giving themselves a solid platform for a final flourish.

The Irish, however, lost their enforcer Kevin O’Brien for 1 in the 40th over. Kevin — holder of the fastest World Cup century record (off 50 balls against England in 2011) —edged Mohammed Shami to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Kevin’s brother Niall O’Brien did not slow down. He punished India with assured hits all around the ground and raced past his half-century before falling for a run-a-ball 75.

Dhoni turned to spin after pacers went for plenty initially.

Ashwin gave the defending champions the breakthrough with the last ball of the 15th over, getting opener Paul Stirling to hole out to Ajinkya Rahane at long-off after scoring an enterprising 42 off 41 balls.

India had their second wicket in the 18th over when Suresh Raina bowled Ed Joyce for 2.

Irish skipper William Porterfield held strong for 67 before a leading edge to Mohit Sharma in the 32nd over was pouched by Umesh Yadav at mid-off.

Stirling fell with the Irish score on 89 and Joyce was back in the hut at 92, giving India the breathing space. India got their third wicket in Porterfield with the Irish score at 145.

Andy Balbirnie was the next to go with the Irish score at 206. Kevin fell two runs later and Gary Wilson went with the total at 222. Niall fell at 226 and Virat Kohli ran out Stuart Thompson a run later.

Yadav had George Dockrell caught by Dhoni for 6, with the Irish total on 238. Alex Cusack was the last to fall after scoring 11.

Ireland lost momentum after losing too many wickets too quickly. Indian pacers returned to chip away after the spinners had done the job. Shami claimed the wickets of the O’Brien brothers.

Earlier, Porterfield won the toss and chose to bat. He and Stirling got off to a brisk start, taking on Indian fast bowlers Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Sharma with intent.

Ireland, fighting for a knockout berth, brought up their 50 in the 8th over, throwing all pre-match talk of a possible mismatch out of the equation.

Boundaries flowed from Porterfield and Stirling, who went neck and neck. At the end of the 8th over, both had three boundaries and a six.



Porterfield hooked Yadav for a big six over square leg in the 3rd over and followed it up with a classy drive down the ground for four the next ball.

Not to be outdone, Stirling took on Shami in similar style in the 4th over, sending the fourth ball of the over soaring over forward square leg boundary for a six.

The run fest ended with the introduction of spin. Ireland went past 100 in the 22nd over and brought up the 150 in the 33rd.

India went into the match with an unchanged side, deciding not to test their bench strength.



World Cup, Pakistan vs UAE: Shehzad, Sohail, Misbah fifties propel Pak to 339

Shehzad, Sohail, Misbah fifties propel Pak to 339, A very good batting effort from Pakistan and this is their second highest total in World Cups. Pakistan scored 71/2 in the last five overs. Misbah and Umar at first went berserk and then Shahid Afridi blasted 21 off 7 with two sixes and one four. Wahab joined the party with one six. Pakistan hit 20 runs in the last over. In the last 10 overs, Pakistan scored 124 runs. This was a much-needed confidence booster for them!

World Cup 2015: Pakistan registers first win against Zimbabwe

Mohammad Irfan used his height to full effect to take four wickets as Pakistan defended a low total against Zimbabwe to get its World Cup campaign back on track with a 20-run victory on Sunday.

The gamble to drop experienced batsman Younis Khan in favor of Rahat Ali to bolster the bowling attack paid off on the fast, bouncy wicket at the Gabba , after coming under question when Pakistan were restricted in 235-7 after winning the toss and batting. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (73) and Wahab Riaz (54 not out) ensured a 200-plus total. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored 73 in more than 42 overs to hold the innings together after going to the crease at 4-2 in the fourth over.

Zimbabwe were all out in the last over for 215 in reply. The 2.16-meter (7-foot-1) Irfan had Zimbabwe reeling at 22-2 in reply, and returned in his second spell to snuff out a dangerous partnership, finishing with a career-best 4-30. Riaz returned with 4-45.

Brendan Taylor continued with Sean Williams (33) in a 54-run fourth-wicket partnership but when he was caught behind off Riaz moments after reaching 50, the total slipped to 128-4 and there was a sense of inevitableness about the result. Pakistan were coming off big losses to India and the West Indies and the 1992 champions were vulnerable coming into the Gabba match, knowing that another loss could lead to the early exit.

South Africa pace-gun Dale Steyn up and raring ahead of clash with India

There won’t be any respite for Indian batsmen as South Africa’s numero uno fast bowler Dale Steyn looked fit and set to go out all guns blazing, when the two teams meet in the World Cup group league match at Melbourne on Sunday.

As Steyn went through his routine, left-hander David Miller was seen trying out innovative ways to improve his batting. Steyn, who was suffering from sinus-related problems, went full blast at the nets, as he bowled for more than half-hour with Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, David Miller facing him with lot of caution.

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Steyn dished out everything during his session. There were fuller deliveries, slower ones and the occasional bouncers which tested the Proteas batsman.

 

Prediction about ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

It won’t be an easy task to win the WC 2015 for any team whether it is India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. After rewinding the past I can see Pakistan has won a World Cup in Australia back in 1992. But it doesn’t matter at all –‘records are meant to be broken’.

One of the biggest things in this WC will be that there will be no Sachin Tendulkar or Ricky Ponting in either of sides. We all know how big players they were. Lets look at how the top 5 teams look at this time for the tournament ahead.

1. AUSTRALIA

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It is a well known fact that playing in Australia is always difficult task for any team in the world both physically and mentally. And any team which will be facing OZ will find it tough. Australians are always different in World Cups. This time too like always they have more than a decent team who especially in home conditions could turn lethal. Players like George Bailey, Michael Clarke , Mitchell Johnson, David Warner can change any scenario easily.

2. INDIA

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Reigning World champions will be the most favourite team for cricket lovers, spectators, experts and bookies. The pressure will be at its peak on Dhoni’s men. More than 121 crore of cricket lovers will be eyeing the men in blue once again to repeat the feat of 2nd April 2011.

Key players would include the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and the boss M.S.Dhoni.

3. SOUTH AFRICA

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If this team would not choke in semis they will be the champions. They have to change the history of losing in semis and have to get rid of the title of chokers. No one can believe that they have ABD Villiers , Hashim Amla, Jaques Kallis, Dale Steyn (best bowler in past 5-7 years), Morne Morkel and they still lose.

4. PAKISTAN

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Pakistan are the most uncertain team of the world. They can change the game at any point, for both, their good and bad. The fast bowling attack which they command can destroy any kind of batting line up. They though will need to manage and take care of irresponsible batting from few players.

Player like Nasir Jamshed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul- Haq can shine like stars.

5. SRI LANKA

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Last but not the least. This team is like slow poison. You can’t beat them easily. You will not see a lot of great in their bowling attack but they will still tighten the noose when needed. Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakarra are amongst the most respected cricketers in the world and they have to blast for a Lankan win.

Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath and yes captain Angelo Mathews can win from any situation.