Bangalore produced yet another match that went down to the wire as India beat Ireland with 5 wickets and 4 overs to spare.
India won the toss and chose to bowl first, possibly in an attempt to finish the match off quickly.
It seemed to have paid off as Ireland lost 2 wickets within the first 3 overs.
However the Irish skipper Poterfield finally struck form and put on a good century partnership with Niall O’Brien to show that Ireland had some spirit in them. But a brilliant piece of fielding from Virat Kohli saw the dismissal of Niall O’Brien and that was the spark needed for India to fire.
Yuvraj then came on and wove a web around the Irish batting. He took the pace off from the ball significantly and made the Irish work hard to get the runs. He started picking wicket after wicket and ended with a tally of 5-31 in 10 overs, including Porterfield and dangerous Kevin O’Brien.
India went in with the same squad for this match, but it will be surprising if Piyush Chawla finds a place in the squad for the next match after his last 2 performances. In a low scoring game where everyone went for under 4 an over, Chawla conceded 58 in just 8 overs and Ashwin will be itching to get out into the middle and take his spot and it looks likely to happen.
India’s chase didn’t start off too well. They lost Sehwag early and Gambhir followed suit, as Johnston looked fired up to give Ireland a sniff. Tendulkar and Kohli steadied things down before falling to leave India at 100-4 and in a slight spot of bother.
Yuvraj and Dhoni bade their time in the middle and moved along at 3-4 runs per over to get India into a comfortable position. Although a lot of people don’t look impressed with the way the two batsmen seemed to be playing for form rather than a quick win.
After Dhoni fell, however, Yusuf Pathan walked in and showed everyone how it’s done. He scored 16 runs off the first 4 deliveries he faced and ensured that there was no more poking and prodding, as India finished the match in 46 overs with Yuvraj remaining unbeaten on 50 from 75 balls.