India play against Ireland in Bangalore in their Group B match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Ireland caused a big stir in the cricketing world a few days ago after chasing down a big total rather comfortably, against England at Bangalore. Tomorrow’s game, though, will be completely different for the Irish.
The Bangalore pitch has played very sportively so far, producing two high intensity games with both innings produced the same number of runs(a few runs more for Ireland in their chase). The crowd support has been brilliant and it makes people wonder why Bangalore will not host any more matches after tomorrow’s game.
The Indian batsmen will be licking their lips at the prospect of batting first on this pitch, although they’ll be wary that chasing down runs even at more than 6.5 per over hasn’t looked tough on this ground. But they will fancy themselves to break that pattern against Ireland, who maybe beaming with confidence, but deep down are probably still wary of playing against the No. 1 contender as far as the fans are concerned.
The Indian batting is known to be absolutely demonic and invincible in their home conditions and Ireland does not boast of a very strong bowling attack. Everyone in that Indian batting order has runs under their belt. But it’s the bowling department that will still be worrying Dhoni. Apart from Zaheer Khan, not much has shown in that area of India’s game. Even Harbhajan Singh has only managed to be economical and is not picking enough wickets. The second bowler spot is still a big suspect with Munaf, Nehra and Sreesanth all struggling at the moment. Piyush Chawla was taken for big runs and looked nervous too.
All said and done, it still is a different game altogether, on Sunday. India might play Ashwin in place of Chawla and perhaps give Raina a bit of a hit. But one thing is for sure, they will not be taking the Irish lightly as they clearly have a reputation for causing upsets at this stage. No one will forget their win against Pakistan on that fateful day in the previous World Cup which sent Pakistan out of the tournament. And more recently, putting England’s place in the group under jeopardy.
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