Shikhar Dhawan slammed his second century of this World Cup © Getty Images
Shikhar Dhawan scored his second World Cup hundred © Getty Images

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Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match for his excellent century! Clinical chase by India led by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Both openers got out, but Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane then took over. India have cantered to their ninth straight World Cup victory, a new record for them. MS Dhoni also becomes India’s most successful ODI skipper (as well as the most-capped one) in the process. This Indian side looks unbeatable at the moment. In case you missed out on the action, you can read Nishad Pai Vaidya’s match report, live from Hamilton, here: India register record 9th consecutive win in ICC Cricket World Cup, trounce Ireland by 8 wickets


Live cricket score India: 260/2 (Target 260) | Overs 36.5

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 44(42), Ajinkya Rahane 33(28)

Kevin O’Brien to bowl what could well be the final over of the game. ONE. Virat Kohli smashes that back down the ground, but Kevin deflects it. ONE. Lovely cover drive from Ajinkya Rahane, but there is a man in the deep. Four runs needed to win. DOT. Played to the man at cover. DOT. Kohli nearly plays on! FOUR! What a way to end the game! Kohli steps out and plays the most glorious cover-drive you will ever see! India win by eight wickets.

Live cricket score India: 254/2 (Target 260) | Overs 36

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 39(38), Ajinkya Rahane 32(27)

Alex Cusack again. WIDE. Down the leg side. ONE. Virat Kohli clips it to midwicket. FOUR. Ajinkya Rahane gets it down to third man for another boundary. DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to third man, and they scamper for a quick single. FOUR! Short and wide, Virat Kohli will cream it away all day! ONE. Quick single to third man. India need six to win.

Live cricket score India: 242/2 (Target 260) | Overs 35

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 33(35), Ajinkya Rahane 27(24)

John Mooney again. Ajinkya Rahane on strike. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Rapped on the pads, and a huge appeal from John Mooney. The umpire says not out, but they have gone for the review. And it’s not out. India need 24 to win now. ONE. Inside edge onto the pads, and another single. ONE. That had four written all over it, but the man at cover managed to get a hand on to it. Deflects it to long off. DOT. Played to long on. FOUR. That’s gone off the outside edge to third man. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane bring up 50-run stand against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 236/2 (Target 260) | Overs 34

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 32(34), Ajinkya Rahane 22(19)

The batting powerplay has been taken, a bit earlier than usual. India need 32 off 17. Overs that is. Alex Cusack comes back. DOT. Played off the back foot. ONE. Played to long on. FOUR! Lovely shot, there was a little width outside off, and Kohli cuts it away. ONE. Played off the back foot to cover. ONE. Played down to long on. DOT. Can’t get it away on the off side.

Live cricket score India: 228/2 (Target 260) | Overs 33

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 26(30), Ajinkya Rahane 20(17)

John Mooney again. WIDE. Bit too far outside off, misses the cut. DOT. Defended to the off side. FOUR! Drives uppishly, but times it well enough through cover for another boundary! WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Played to midwicket. FOUR! Tremendous cover drive, and another boundary! DOT. Defended to the off side.

Live cricket score India: 218/2 (Target 260) | Overs 32

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 26(30), Ajinkya Rahane 12(11)

Stuart Thompson again. ONE. Kohli shuffles across and plays to mid-on. ONE. Rahane steers to deep third-man, Kohli is back on strike. DOT. Kohli blocks, straight to cover-point, why do I get the feeling that this pair will go after the bowlers soon? ONE. Kohli plays past backward-point, they consider a second but decide against it. FOUR! Rahane cuts hard, same place as the previous ball, but this was hit harder; the pace carried it to the fence. ONE. Drives to long-on.

Live cricket score India: 210/2 (Target 260) | Overs 31

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 24(27), Ajinkya Rahane 6(8)

Kevin O’Brien again. DOT. Played to point by Virat Kohli. DOT. Played on the back foot. TWO. That nearly went for four to third man, instead it’s two thanks to Stuart Thompson’s fielding. ONE. Played to cover. FOUR. Superb batting from Rahane, he just clips this down the ground, all timing! DOT. Played to square leg.

Live cricket score India: 203/2 (Target 260) | Overs 30

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 21(23), Ajinkya Rahane 2(6)

Stuart Thompson to Virat Kohli. FOUR! Virat Kohli fetches this one from outside off and on-drives this for four. Authoritative shot! TWO. Played to third man. ONE. Played to long off. DOT. Nicely played by Rahane, but he can’t pierce the gap. DOT. Driven to long off. DOT. Can’t go past the fielder at cover.

Live cricket score India: 196/2 (Target 260) | Overs 29

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 14(20), Ajinkya Rahane 2(3)

Kevin O’Brien again. ONE. Dabbed to third man by Virat Kohli. ONE. Ajinkya Rahane is off the mark. Played to midwicket. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Nicely played to point by Rahane. ONE. Driven to long off.

Live cricket score India: 191/2 (Target 260) | Overs 28

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 11(16), Ajinkya Rahane 0(1)

Stuart Thompson again. DOT. Played to the fielder. SIX! Gosh, Kohli isn’t fooling around! Swatted over long on for a massive six! ONE. Driven to cover. OUT! Tremendous catch from William Porterfield, Dhawan targetted midwicket, but the ball took the outside edge. It was swirling around in the air and Porterfield was looking over his shoulder as he ran. Judging these catches take some serious skill! Dhawan’s excellent knock has come to an end. ONE. Kohli takes one more. Ajinkya Rahane on strike. DOT. Left alone.

OUT! Shikhar Dhawan 100(85) c William Porterfield b Stuart Thompson

Live cricket score India: 183/1 (Target 260) | Overs 27

BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 100(84), Virat Kohli 3(12)

Kevin O’Brien continues. ONE. Virat Kohli plays it to mid on. TWO. Sliced through cover. Shikhar Dhawan on 99 now. DOT. Can’t get it past short midwicket. DOT. Defended but he can’t get the quick single. ONE. And that’s his ton off 84 balls, and his eighth in ODIs! Turned to square leg and cue twirly moustache! ONE. Played to fine leg. Shikhar Dhawan scores 8th ODI century against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 178/1 (Target 260) | Overs 26

BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 97(80), Virat Kohli 1(10)

Stuart Thompson again. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE, LEG BYE. Played to fine leg but off the pads. WIDE. Way outside off. DOT. Swipes at one outside off. ONE. Virat Kohli is off the mark with a drive to cover. DOT. Played to cover.

Live cricket score India: 175/1 (Target 260) | Overs 25

BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 97(76), Virat Kohli 0(8)

Kevin O’Brien again. DOT. Shikhar Dhawan defends but gets a bit of an edge. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Defended on the off side. DOT. Defended, but awkwardly. DOT. Defended to the off side. DOT. No run, played to point.

Live cricket score India: 174/1 (Target 260) | Overs 24

BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan 96(74), Virat Kohli 0(4)

Stuart Thompson back again now. TWO. Great shot, driven to deep cover by Rohit Sharma. OUT! Rohit plays on! Looks to cut the ball to third man, gets an inside edge onto the stumps. In walks Virat Kohli. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Played to midwicket. DOT. Lovely cover drive, but can’t go past the man at cover. DOT. Left alone outside off.

OUT! Rohit Sharma 64(66) b Stuart Thompson

Live cricket score India: 172/0 (Target 260) | Overs 23

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 62(64), Shikhar Dhawan 96(74)

Kevin O’Brien continues. FOUR! Is there any stopping Shikhar Dhawan? Not today. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Defended. ONE. Rohit gets it to fine leg. DOT. Very strange shot! Looked to go for a ramp, ended up driving to point! FOUR! Clubbed away through midwicket. That’s the muscle power of Dhawan!

Live cricket score India: 162/0 (Target 260) | Overs 22

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 61(62), Shikhar Dhawan 87(70)

George Dockrell again. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played to fine leg, but no run. ONE. Played to long off. TWO. Shikhar Dhawan makes room and exposes all three stumps, but goes over cover. SIX! One-handed too, but with a boundary that short it’s six every day of the week. ONE. Cut hard to point. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put up opening 150-run stand against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 152/0 (Target 260) | Overs 21

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 60(59), Shikhar Dhawan 78(67)

Kevin O’Brien comes into the attack now. India need 116 to win in 30 overs. Shikhar Dhawan on strike. SIX! Flat as flat could be, just a flick off his pads over square leg! DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Played to mid off. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Played to midwicket.

Live cricket score India: 144/0 (Target 260) | Overs 20

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 59(56), Shikhar Dhawan 71(64)

George Dockrell again. TWO. Rohit Sharma gets it to fine leg. ONE. Played to cover. SIX! What a hit! Full swing of the bat, and Shikhar Dhawan sends this far over midwicket. ONE. Played to point, good fielding. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played to cover. Rohit Sharma scores 25th ODI half-century against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 134/0 (Target 260) | Overs 19

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 56(52), Shikhar Dhawan 64(62)

Paul Stirling again. DOT. Defends. SIX! What a way to get 50! Steps out and hammers it over long off. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Played to point. DOT. Played to the fielder but a mis-field allows a run.

Live cricket score India: 125/0 (Target 260) | Overs 18

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 48(47), Shikhar Dhawan 63(61)

Alex Cusack comes back now. Shikhar Dhawan on strike. DOT. Oh dear, Dhawan goes for a ramp shot, hits the wicketkeeper on the helmet in the process! No harm done though. DOT. Smashes that one to cover but can’t get it past him. ONE. Played through to cover. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Played away to long on.

Live cricket score India: 121/0 (Target 260) | Overs 17

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 46(45), Shikhar Dhawan 61(57)

ONE. Rohit pushes past cover, they switch ends. ONE. Dhawan flicks, easy single, that will be his 13th ODI fifty. ONE. Rohit pushes to long-on, will Dhawan cut loose? SIX! He does! Dispatches over mid-wicket, huge, huge six! FOUR! Full-toss on leg, paddle-sweeps deftly, easy pickings. ONE. Pushes to long-off, keeps strike, “to continue with the enjoyment” (Manjrekar, on air). Shikhar Dhawan scores 13th ODI half-century against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


 

 

 


Live cricket score India: 107/0 (Target 260) | Overs 16

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 44(43), Shikhar Dhawan 49(53)

ONE. Dhawan plays to deep extra-cover, he is two short of fifty now. LEG-BYE. Dhawan is back on strike. DOT. Plays to backward-point. ONE. Dhawan pulls, moves to 49. DOT. Rohit blocks. ONE. Drives to long-on, Dhawan will stay on 49, Rohit will retain strike.

Live cricket score India: 103/0 (Target 260) | Overs 15

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 43(40), Shikhar Dhawan 47(50)

Paul Stirling again. ONE. Rohit Sharma plays to midwicket. And that’s 100 up for India. ONE. Shikhar Dhawan goes for a big hit over midwicket, gets just one to the deep. ONE. Rohit plays it through cover for another single. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Played to long off.

Live cricket score India: 99/0 (Target 260) | Overs 14

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 41(38), Shikhar Dhawan 45(46)

George Dockrell again. Rohit Sharma on strike. ONE. Down to long-off. FOUR. Swept away down to fine leg by Shikhar Dhawan. It was a paddle-sweep. FOUR, BYES. Another attempted paddle, but he misses it. Sadly, so does Gary Wilson. DOT. Played to short mid on. FOUR. Short outside off, cut away, and another boundary! DOT. Misses the reverse sweep.

Live cricket score India: 86/0 (Target 260) | Overs 13

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 40(37), Shikhar Dhawan 37(41)

Paul Stirling again. Shikhar Dhawan on strike. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Played to the off side. ONE. Played to mid on by Rohit Sharma. ONE. Dhawan gets it to midwicket. ONE. Played to third man. FOUR! Dhawan plays the final ball through point to bring up another boundary! India in control against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 78/0 (Target 260) | Overs 12

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 38(35), Shikhar Dhawan 31(37)

George Dockrell continues. Rohit Sharma on strike. TWO. Rohit Sharma opens the face of the bat to third man. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Beaten in defence. ONE. Played to third man. Shikhar Dhawan to face the last ball. ONE. Played to square leg, single for the mis-field.

Live cricket score India: 74/0 (Target 260) | Overs 11

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 35(30), Shikhar Dhawan 30(35)

Paul Stirling, right-arm off-break part-time bowler comes into the attack. ONE. Played to midwicket by Rohit Sharma. DOT. Driven to cover. DOT. Defended. DOT. Dhawan goes for a reverse sweep but misses. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to midwicket.

Live cricket score India: 73/0 (Target 260) | Overs 10

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 34(29), Shikhar Dhawan 30(31)

This is the first 50-run opening stand for India so far in the 2015 World Cup. Both openers have been in form though, either one has usually scored the runs. George Dockrell comes on to bowl the 10th over now. Rohit Sharma to face. TWO. Nicely played inside out through cover, it’s fielded at cover by the man all the way from long off. SIX! Short ball, and pulled miles over the ropes! Rohit Sharma gets 4,000 ODI runs! He’s the 14th Indian to get to the landmark. ONE. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to midwicket.

Live cricket score India: 62/0 (Target 260) | Overs 9

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 24(24), Shikhar Dhawan 29(30)

Stuart Thompson into the attack now. WIDE. Left alone outside off by Rohit Sharma. ONE. Played to point. SIX! Short one on middle and leg, and Dhawan pulls it over square leg. FOUR! Short ball, and pulled away to midwicket. WIDE. Outside off again. DOT. Dhawan goes for a booming cover drive but misses. DOT. Short ball and Dhawan tries to pull it, but can’t time it. WIDE. Wide as wide as wide could be! That’s five wides. Thompson spraying it all over the place. DOT. Played to point.

Live cricket score India: 44/0 (Target 260) | Overs 8

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 23(23), Shikhar Dhawan 19(25)

Alex Cusack continues. FOUR. Shikhar Dhawan steps out and smashes this through point for another boundary! FOUR! India galloping away now! Thrashed down the ground this time through mid-off. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Defended to point. DOT. Played to point.

Live cricket score India: 36/0 (Target 260) | Overs 7

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 23(23), Shikhar Dhawan 11(19)

John Mooney again, headband and all. ONE. Rohit Sharma plays it to midwicket. DOT. Shikhar Dhawan steps out and drives but straight to the fielder. DOT, DROPPED! Slashed to point, the fielder makes an excellent effort but can’t hold on to the diving catch. ONE. Played to square leg. FOUR! Lovely cover drive, all along the ground. Trademark Rohit, on the up! SIX! What a shot! Driven over long-off for a big one, tremendous batting! Shikhar Dhawan dropped on 10 by William Porterfield against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 23/0 (Target 260) | Overs 6

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 12(20), Shikhar Dhawan 10(16)

Alex Cusack again. ONE. Lovely shot again by Rohit Sharma but only one to mid on. DOT. Leaves outside off. DOT. Shikhar Dhawan tries to go a bit too hard at that one, but can’t go past mid on. DOT. Defended to point. DOT. Played to midwicket. Tidy over from Cusack, just one so far. Last ball now. DOT. Can’t find the gap on the off side. India continue to maintain good momentum against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 22/0 (Target 260) | Overs 5

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 11(19), Shikhar Dhawan 10(11)

John Mooney continues. DOT. Played to mid-off by Shikhar Dhawan. ONE. Played to the leg side. DOT. Played with soft hands by Rohit Sharma. DOT. Lovely timing, but he can’t get it past point. ONE. Steps out and cuts it away to third man. Last ball now to Shikhar Dhawan. FOUR! Beautifully driven by Dhawan off the last ball.

Live cricket score India: 16/0 (Target 260) | Overs 4

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 10(16), Shikhar Dhawan 5(8)

Alex Cusack again. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Defended off the front foot with an angled bat. DOT. Outside off, lazy swipe from Rohit Sharma. FOUR. Lovely, lovely shot! An on-drive that Sachin Tendulkar himself would be proud of. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Defended again.

Live cricket score India: 12/0 (Target 260) | Overs 3

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 6(10), Shikhar Dhawan 5(8)

John Mooney continues, this time with a headband. FOUR! Shot! Shikhar Dhawan moves onto the back foot and smashes it over midwicket. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to mid on. DOT. Defended off the front foot. Last ball now. Mooney round the wicket. DOT, DROPPED! Pitched up, Dhawan drove hard right back at Mooney but he couldn’t hang on.

Live cricket score India: 8/0 (Target 260) | Overs 2

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 6(10), Shikhar Dhawan 1(2)

Alex Cusack from the other end, Shikhar Dhawan on strike. DOT. Oh dear, bit of a mix-up first ball. Dhawan looking for a single, Rohit sent him back, and Dhawan stumbled just a bit. ONE. Glanced to square leg. DOT. Played to midwicket. DOT. Played to cover. TWO. Clipped off his pads to midwicket, two more. DOT. Defended off the last ball.

Live cricket score India: 5/0 (Target 260) | Overs 1

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 4(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(0)

Here we go, time to resume after the break. John Mooney starts things off to Rohit Sharma. DOT. Chased a widish one, got bat to ball. DOT. Defended on the middle stump. DOT. Defended nicely off the front foot. WIDE. That was down the leg side. FOUR. Pure timing! That was just outside off, and played gracefully off the back foot. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Inside edge off the last ball.


For the fifth match in a row, India have bowled out their opposition within 50 overs, which is a new record for them. The way Paul Stirling and William Porterfield were going, it looked like India would be chasing 300. Instead, Ravichandran Ashwin pulled things back brilliantly and Mohammed Shami got rid of the O’Brien brothers in quick succession as India kept pegging Ireland back with regular wickets. Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in as well, while Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma managed to come back well. In case you missed out on the action, you can read Nishad Pai Vaidya’s innings report here: Ireland set India 260-run target in ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B match at Hamilton


Live cricket score Ireland: 259 | Overs 49

BATSMEN: John Mooney 12(16)

Mohammed Shami again. DOT. Short ball, tries to cut and misses. FOUR. Slashed away to point. ONE. Smashed away to point. ONE. To square leg. DOT. Played to mid off. OUT! Nicely played by Alex Cusack, but unfortunately he finds Umesh Yadav at third man. This is the first time ever that India have bowled out their opposition for five times in a row in ODIs. Great stat to end with! Meanwhile, Shami becomes India’s leading wicket-taker of the World Cup. He goes past Ashwin.

OUT! Alex Cusack 11(13) c Umesh Yadav b Mohammed Shami

Live cricket score Ireland: 253/9 | Overs 48

BATSMEN: John Mooney 11(15), Alex Cusack 6(8)

Mohit Sharma back on now. Alex Cusack on strike. ONE. Slower ball, played to midwicket. ONE. Played to cover. DOT. Great fielding from Suresh Raina. ONE. Played down to third man. ONE. Played to point. WIDE. Too short. ONE. To third man.

Live cricket score Ireland: 247/9 | Overs 47

BATSMEN: John Mooney 9(13), Alex Cusack 3(5)

Mohammed Shami again. ONE. Alex Cusack gets it down to third man. WIDE. Down the leg side. DOT. Missed the pull shot. DOT. Looked for a short-arm jab but can’t get it away. DOT. Mooney tries to hammer it away but can’t get it past mid off. ONE. Swung away down fine leg. ONE. Down to third man.

Live cricket score Ireland: 243/9 | Overs 46

BATSMEN: John Mooney 8(9), Alex Cusack 1(2)

Umesh Yadav continues now. WIDE. Too far outside off. TWO. Short ball, pulled away. They had to scramble for the extra run, a direct hit would have had him. ONE. Short again, pulled to square leg. OUT! George Dockrell flails at that one, looked to go over midwicket but got the outside edge to MS Dhoni. In comes No. 11 Alex Cusack. He’s not too shabby with the bat, he averages nearly 23 in ODIs! Not much of a strike rate though. DOT. Played to mid off. ONE. Played to midwicket. FOUR. Mooney manages to find the fence at point. George Dockrell dismissed for six by Umesh Yadav against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! George Dockrell 6(12) c MS Dhoni b Umesh Yadav

Live cricket score Ireland: 234/8 | Overs 45

BATSMEN: John Mooney 1(6), George Dockrell 6(11)

Mohammed Shami again. ONE. Played to third man by John Mooney. DOT. Beaten outside off, George Dockrell plays and misses. DOT. Defended away. DOT. Great bouncer, Dockrell ducks just in time. DOT. Dockrell goes for a half-hearted hit but can’t get it away. DOT. Can’t get it away.

Live cricket score Ireland: 233/8 | Overs 44

BATSMEN: John Mooney 0(5), George Dockrell 6(6)

Ravindra Jadeja continues. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Defended. Ireland from 300 are now aiming for 250. DOT. Can’t get it away. DOT. Defended again. SIX! George Dockrell sees the ball flighted and clears his front leg to go over long on. DOT. Plays the last ball to cover. Stuart Thompson run out for two by Virat Kohli against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 227/8 | Overs 43

BATSMEN: John Mooney 0(5), George Dockrell 0(0)

Mohammed Shami continues. OUT! And it’s the wicket India were searching for! Shami gets rid of both O’Brien brothers, Niall flicks this one straight to Umesh Yadav! John Mooney walks in now. Shami t steams in. WIDE. Bit too short and outside leg as well. DOT. Can’t get it past point, good fielding by Ravi Jadeja. Jadeja and Raina have a bromantic moment. OUT! Tremendous fielding! Absolutely outstanding! Mooney played it to Kohli at short cover and said yes before changing his mind. Stuart Thompson couldn’t beat the direct hit. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Beaten outside off. Brilliant over, this! DOT. Again to point. Just the one off the over, which was a wide. Niall O’Brien dismissed for 75 by Mohammed Shami against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Niall O’Brien 75(75) c Umesh Yadav b Mohammed Shami, Stuart Thompson 2(2) run out Virat Kohli

Live cricket score Ireland: 226/6 | Overs 42

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 75(74), Stuart Thompson 2(2)

Ravindra Jadeja again. DOT. Gary Wilson plays it back to him. OUT! Wilson goes for the sweep, gets a top edge, and Ajinkya Rahane at fine leg takes a fine diving catch. Jadeja has bowled well at the death in recent times. ONE. Stuart Thompson is off the mark right away. ONE. Cut away to point. ONE. Another single. ONE. Played to point. Quick single.

OUT! Gary Wilson 6(7) c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja

Live cricket score Ireland: 222/5 | Overs 41

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 73(72), Gary Wilson 6(5)

Umesh Yadav comes back on. ONE. Niall O’Brien hits it to midwicket. Gary Wilson on strike now. ONE. Played to square leg. SIX! What a hit! Niall whacks this over long-on for a big one! ONE. Single to third man. ONE. Another single to third man. DOT. Beaten outside off.

Live cricket score Ireland: 212/5 | Overs 40

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 65(68), Gary Wilson 4(3)

Mohammed Shami continues. Kevin O’Brien is the new man in. This is the perfect chance for him to go big! ONE. Kevin off the mark with a single to third man. ONE. Off the gloves to fine leg. OUT! Huge wicket, Shami gets Kevin to edge behind to MS Dhoni, and India have taken a massive wicket. FOUR. Gary Wilson plays a delightful cover drive to get off the mark first ball! DOT. Can’t get it past cover. DOT. Played to cover. Kevin O’Brien dismissed for single by Mohammed Shami against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Kevin O’Brien 1(2) c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami

Live cricket score Ireland: 206/4 | Overs 39

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 64(67)

Ravi Ashwin to bowl his final over. FOUR. Andy Balbirnie sweeps this right through square leg. Great shot. TWO. This time he goes down the ground, great fielding by Ajinkya Rahane saves a boundary. ONE. Swept away to square leg. FOUR. Swept from outside off in the air over midwicket. Ireland turning it on now! ONE, LEG BYE. Down to fine leg. Huge appeal, but turned down. And that one could have used a review. OUT! Wicket off the final ball, another sweep attempted, another top edge. Andy Balbirnie finds Mohammed Shami at fine leg. Andy Balbirnie dismissed for 24 by Ravichandran Ashwin against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Andrew Balbirnie 24(24) c Mohammed Shami b Ravichandran Ashwin

Live cricket score Ireland: 194/3 | Overs 38

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 60(65), Andrew Balbirnie 17(20)

Ravi Jadeja continues. ONE. Andy Balbirnie takes a single. DOT. Niall O’Brien can’t get it away. SIX! That was a terrific shot, but poor fielding from Mohammed Shami at deep midwicket, he tips it over. ONE. Goes over point. FOUR. Top-edged the sweep to third man. ONE. Single to point to end with. Great over for the Irish. Niall O’Brien scores 14th ODI half-century against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 181/3 | Overs 37

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 53(62), Andrew Balbirnie 11(17)

Ravi Ashwin back for his final spell. ONE. Swept away. DOT. Huge appeal, turned down, but India have gone for the review. This is for a catch at leg slip. Oh it’s missed the bat and come off the arm instead. Suresh Raina was quite confident, but as it happens he was wrong. DOT. Andy Balbirnie plays it to cover. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Swept to the man at midwicket. SIX! Niall goes big over long on and he gets his 50 with a terrific shot off India’s best bowler.

Live cricket score Ireland: 173/3 | Overs 36

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 46(60), Andrew Balbirnie 10(13)

Ravi Jadeja comes back now. DOT. Powerplay is in effect now. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Short ball. Plyaed back to Jadeja. ONE. Clipped away to the leg side though he intended to go off side.

Live cricket score Ireland: 171/3 | Overs 35

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 45(57), Andrew Balbirnie 9(10)

Suresh Raina again. DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to mid off. ONE. Played to point. A direct hit, but the batsman seemed back in. ONE. Played through covers. DOT. Played back to Raina. DOT. Can’t go past the man at midwicket.

Live cricket score Ireland: 168/3 | Overs 34

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 44(54), Andrew Balbirnie 7(7)

Mohit Sharma continues. DOT. Defended away. FOUR. Rohit Sharma mis-fields this one and it goes through him for four to covers. ONE. Played it to cover. FOUR! Short ball and pulled away to midwicket by Niall. ONE. Inside edge on that drive, missed the stumps. ONE. Played back past the bowler.

Live cricket score Ireland: 156/3 | Overs 33

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 39(52), Andrew Balbirnie 1(3)

Four! The first ball goes for the boundary. Niall O’Brien takes a single next. One run to Balbirnie. Few dot balls and four to end the over.

Live cricket score Ireland: 146/3 | Overs 32

BATSMEN: Niall O’Brien 30(47), Andrew Balbirnie 0(2)

Mohit Sharma again. Niall O’Brien on strike. Slams it over backward point, Ajinkya Rahane collects it. OUT! William Porterfield goes. Change in bowling gets a wicket for India. Easy catch at mid-off. Umesh Yadav takes the catch. Niall O’Brien back on strike. Dot ball. Lofts it to silly point and one run. Andrew Balbirnie is the new batsman and that is a dot ball. And two dot balls to end the over. Read: William Porterfield dismissed for 67 by Mohit Sharma

OUT! William Porterfield c Umesh Yadav b Mohit Sharma 67(93)

Live cricket score Ireland: 144/2 | Overs 31

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 67(92), Niall O’Brien 28(44)

Suresh Raina continues. DOT. Bit of an inside edge. DOT. Oh dear, MS Dhoni misses the take down the leg side, and Porterfield sruvives a stumping chance. DOT. Good bowling from Raina. ONE. Porterfield gets one to square leg. Big appeal, the bowler and foe;ders are confident, but the umpire is unmoved. ONE. Well played to long off.

Live cricket score Ireland: 142/2 | Overs 30

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 66(88), Niall O’Brien 27(42)

Rohit Sharma continues. FOUR. Niall O’Brien steps out and goes over long on. Good shot. FOUR. And again, this time he steps out and goes over cover. Niall finding his mojo. ONE. To square leg. ONE. Played to deep point. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Played to long off. And it’s the 50-run stand too.

Live cricket score Ireland: 126/2 | Overs 28

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 60(80), Niall O’Brien 17(38)

Rohit Sharma again. ONE. Played to the off side. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Played to point. ONE. Short arm pull, and played to midwicket.

Live cricket score Ireland: 122/2 | Overs 27

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 58(76), Niall O’Brien 15(35)

Suresh Raina again. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Niall O’Brien padles it to fine leg. DOT. Played to covers. ONE. Played to the deep on the off side, good shot. ONE. Single to fine leg. DOT. Played to point.

Live cricket score Ireland: 118/2 | Overs 26

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 56(73), Niall O’Brien 13(33)

Rohit Sharma into the attack now. TWO. Full toss on leg, played down to square leg. ONE. Poor ball again, it’s a full toss. DOT. Down the leg side but the batsman can’t get it away. ONE. Played to mid off. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Short ball and pulled away to the leg side.

Live cricket score Ireland: 113/2 | Overs 25

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 52(69), Niall O’Brien 12(31)

Ravichandran Ashwin continues. DOT. Defended off the front foot. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Can’t go past Ashwin. ONE. Played to fine leg. Last ball of the over now. It’s been another tight one. DOT. That one went past the outside edge again.

Live cricket score Ireland: 110/2 | Overs 24

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 50(65), Niall O’Brien 11(29)

Suresh Raina again. ONE. To long off. ONE. Played to point. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. And that’s 50 for William Porterfield. It has been a good innings.

Live cricket score Ireland: 105/2 | Overs 23

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 47(61), Niall O’Brien 9(27)

Ravi Ashwin continues. DOT. Defended again. DOT. Hits the batsman’s pads. TWO. What should have been a risky single ended up getting an overthrow. DOT. Can’t go past Virat Kohli at cover. DOT. That one came back in to Niall. Defended away.

Live cricket score Ireland: 103/2 | Overs 22

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 47(61), Niall O’Brien 7(21)

Suresh Raina again. ONE. Played to mid on. DOT. DOT. Played to point. FOUR. Niall O’Brien finally gets away, but it was a risk shot. Tried to go down the ground but ended up edging it to third man. ONE. Mis-field allows him to get one to point. DOT. Slower ball, played to cover. Ireland bring up 100 against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 97/2 | Overs 21

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 46(59), Niall O’Brien 2(17)

Ravi Ashwin continues. DOT. Played defensively again. ONE. Driven to long off. DOT. Well bowled again, another dot ball. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Once again can’t get it away.

Live cricket score Ireland: 96/2 | Overs 20

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 45(57), Niall O’Brien 2(13)

Suresh Raina again. ONE. Played to long off. DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Played down to long off. DOT. Defended again. DOT. And again played off the front foot.

Live cricket score Ireland: 93/2 | Overs 19

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 43(55), Niall O’Brien 1(9)

Ravichandran Ashwin comes back into the attack. Niall O’Brien on strike. DOT. Defended again. DOT. Leg slip came into play there. DOT. What a peach! O’Brien beaten as comprehensively as possible. The ball spun past the outside edge and nearly took out the stumps! DOT. Defended. DOT. Another defence. Great over, it’s a maiden.

Live cricket score Ireland: 93/2 | Overs 18

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 43(55), Niall O’Brien 1(3)

Suresh Raina continues. DOT. Defended to covers. OUT! Ed Joyce cleaned up! Goes for a cut but the ball was far too close to the stumps, and the middle stump is out of the ground. Niall O’Brien comes in at No. 4 now. DOT. Defended. DOT. Defended again. ONE. Single to point. DOT. Defended again. Ed Joyce dismissed for couple by Suresh Raina against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Ed Joyce 2(8) b Suresh Raina

Live cricket score Ireland: 92/1 | Overs 17

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 43(54), Ed Joyce 2(7)

Ravichandran Ashwin again. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Ed Joyce beaten all ends up. DOT. Steps out but can’t go past mid on.DOT. Steps out and defends. DOT. Again the batsman steps out but can’t get it away. ONE. Played to mid on. Another tidy over. Paul Stirling dismissed for 42 by Ravichandran Ashwin against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 91/1 | Overs 16

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 44(54), Ed Joyce 1(1)

Ed Joyce is the new man in. Suresh Raina comes on to bowl to both left-handers. William Porterfield on strike. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Again back to Raina. DOT. Big appeal, but it would have gone down leg. ONE. Played off the back foot. ONE. Played to the fielder on the off side. ONE. Clipped away on the leg side.

Live cricket score Ireland: 89/1 | Overs 15

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 42(49)

Ravi Ashwin continues. ONE. Paul Stirling plays this on the on side. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to the fielder again. ONE. Played down to long off. TWO. Lovely sweep from Stirling, and excellent fielding at square leg. OUT! Paul Stirling looks to go over long-on but he can’t go over the fielder! Ashwin gets the breakthrough for India!

OUT! Paul Stirling 42(41) c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin

Live cricket score Ireland: 85/0 | Overs 14

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 41(46), Paul Stirling 39(38)

Ravi Jadeja again. FOUR. Cut away through covers by William Porterfield, it’s a terrific shot. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. SIX! Bit short, and Stirling whacks it away over midwicket and on a ground this small it’s always six. ONE. Played to long off.

Live cricket score Ireland: 73/0 | Overs 13

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 36(43), Paul Stirling 32(35)

Ravi Ashwin again. ONE. Paul Stirling gets a single. DOT. Porterifeld hit on the back pad. ONE. Played to covers. DOT. Quicker ball, Stirling got the leading edge but couldn’t get a single. ONE. Quick single ONE. Played to long off. Ireland in total control against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 69/0 | Overs 12

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 34(40), Paul Stirling 30(32)

Ravi Jadeja again. DOT. Paul Stirling goes for a sweep but misses. DOT. Played back to the bowler. TWO. Swept nicely by Stirling to square leg. ONE. Played off the back foot to deep point. ONE. Porterfield steps out and plays it to midwicket. ONE. Played to mid on by Stirling.

Live cricket score Ireland: 64/0 | Overs 11

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 33(39), Paul Stirling 26(27)

Ravichandran Ashwin comes on from the other end. ONE. William Porterfield goes for a sweep and gets one to fine leg. ONE. Two wickets could have fallen off that ball! Stirling was beaten in the flight but managed to get it into the gap, but he was nearly run out after that. ONE. Played down to fine leg. DOT. Played off the back foot. DOT. Can’t find the gap on the off side.

Live cricket score Ireland: 60/0 | Overs 10

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 30(34), Paul Stirling 25(26)

Ravindra Jadeja comes in now. DOT. Big appeal against William Porterfield, but it was too high. DOT. Well bowled, a bit of spin on offer. TWO. Porterfield goes through square leg. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. This one is to square leg. DOT. Shortish, but Stirling can’t get it away.

Live cricket score Ireland: 57/0 | Overs 9

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 27(29), Paul Stirling 25(25)

Mohit Sharma to Paul Stirling. DOT. Defended off the back foot. FOUR! Perhaps the shot of the day, this one is pitched up and Stirling drives this over long-off, it was played really well. DOT. Stirling plays it  to short midwicket. DOT. Slower ball, and Stirling is foxed outside off stump. DOT. Again defended. Last ball now. DOT. Defended to cover.

Live cricket score Ireland: 53/0 | Overs 8

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 27(29), Paul Stirling 25(19)

Mohammed Shami comes back now. DOT. William Porterfield hits this back at the bowler. ONE. Played down to square leg. DOT. Played to point, no run. DOT. Shortish, and defended on the back foot. FOUR. Well played over covers, it was a short ball and Stirling goes at it off the back foot. Stirling seems to pull a muscle as well. ONE. Slashed away to third man. Ireland bring up 50 against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 47/0 | Overs 7

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 26(27), Paul Stirling 16(17)

Mohit Sharma continues from ’round the wicket. DOT. Defended on the front foot by William Porterfield. DOT. Inside edge on the drive. FOUR. Lovely cover drive, that one finds the gap between the fielders. Ireland are off to a great start. WIDE. Slower ball but it was down leg. Bit harsh from the umpire, but then that’s to be expected. DOT. Outside off, Porterfield wafts at it and misses. DOT. Another slower ball, and Porterfield doesn’t pick it. Goes down leg but off the pad. THREE. Slashed outside off, well fielded by Ravindra Jadeja at third man.

Live cricket score Ireland: 39/0 | Overs 6

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 19(21), Paul Stirling 16(17)

Mohammed Shami again. DOT. Defended on the front foot by William Porterfield. DOT. Defended again, thought about the single but it wasn’t on. WIDE. Way too short, and it was taken well by MS Dhoni one-handed. ONE. Porterfield gets a single on the off side. FOUR. Paul Stirling crashes another one through covers for four more! DOT. No run for Stirling that time. DOT. Defended again.

Live cricket score Ireland: 33/0 | Overs 5

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 18(18), Paul Stirling 12(12)

Mohit Sharma is introduced into the attack very early. ONE. Paul Stirling defends off the back foot and takes a quick single. Good fielding by Rohit Sharma, he gets in the direct hit but the batsman was in by a long way. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. Mohit comes ’round the wicket now. ONE. Played to square leg, can’t get more than one. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Inside edge onto his pads. FOUR. Hammered away off the back foot through covers by Stirling.

Live cricket score Ireland: 27/0 | Overs 4

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 17(16), Paul Stirling 7(8)

Mohammed Shami again. ONE. William Porterfield gets another quick single on the off side. DOT. That one came in a bit to Paul Stirling, defended away. DOT. Pitched up on off stump, tried to go for a drive but hit it a bit too hard, couldn’t get the timing. SIX! Short ball from Shami, and Stirling pulls this one over midwicket for a 69-metre six. DOT. Quicker from Shami, left outside off. ONE. Quick single to the leg side. Ireland off to a good start against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Ireland: 19/0 | Overs 3

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 16(15), Paul Stirling 0(3)

Umesh Yadav continues. DOT. Once again on the leg side, William Porterfield can’t get it away. SIX! What a hit! Short from Umesh, and Porterfield pulls it viciously! FOUR. Lovely shot again, this one was pitched up on off, and Porterfield offers the full face of the bat to get it away to long-off. DOT. Left alone outside off stump. DOT. Pitched up again, but Porterfield can’t get the drive past the fielder. ONE. Played on the off side for a quick single.

Live cricket score Ireland: 8/0 | Overs 2

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 5(9), Paul Stirling 0(3)

Mohammed Shami continues from the other end. DOT. William Porterfield leaves it outside off stump. DOT. Defended on the off side by Porterfield. ONE. Porterfield gets one on his legs, and takes a single to midwicket. DOT. First ball for Paul Stirling. WIDE. Way down the leg side, well taken by MS Dhoni. WIDE. That’s a bit of a harsh call, again down leg but it was marginal given that Stirling walked across his stumps. Dhoni appealed, but there was nothing. DOT. Bit wide on off, and Stirling throws his bat at it and misses. DOT. Defended on the off side.

Live cricket score Ireland: 4/0 | Overs 1

BATSMEN: William Porterfield 4(6), Paul Stirling 0(0)

Here we go, first ball of the game. Umesh Yadav with the new ball, Ireland skipper William Porterfield on strike. DOT. Bouncer, and the batsman ducks. DOT. Leg stump line, but a bit too quick for Stirling to work it away, he’s struck on the pads. DOT. Short ball, and Porterfield defends. Umesh needs to pitch it up to find the movement that Tim Southee and co. thrive on. FOUR. First boundary of the game, it was short outside off stump, and Porterfield goes for a bit of a wild hoick, gets an outside edge to third man. DOT. Well left outside off stump, a better line from Umesh. ONE, LEG BYE. Again on leg, one to fine leg.


TOSS: Ireland bat first. But MS Dhoni said he would have bowled first anyway, so everyone gets what they want. Ireland have made one change, with Stuart Thompson making it to the side ahead of Andy McBrine. India are going in with the same side.

Teams:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma.

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, Stuart Thompson, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell.

Children getting ready to meet their heroes for the national anthems. Photo courtesy: Nishad Pai Vaidya
Children getting ready to meet their heroes for the national anthems. Photo courtesy: Nishad Pai Vaidya

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Match 34 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between India and Ireland at Hamilton. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you over-by-over updates of this match. India have qualified for the quarter-finals, and if they can win their two remaining games in Pool B, they will end on top of Pool B and will likely have to take on Bangladesh. They will look at the remaining two games as a way to experiment with their team composition while also looking to rest some of their players. Meanwhile, Ireland have three victories in four matches and are looking to qualify for the quarter-final. READ: Stuart Binny likely to play against Ireland in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match

Neither side has had much time to recover since their last games, with India making the long travel from Perth where they beat West Indies in a close game. While it is unlikely that India will tinker too much with the winning combination, the fact that MS Dhoni made comments regarding Ravindra Jadeja’s form might suggest that the all-rounder is under some pressure to retain his spot in the side. READ: India train at the nets ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash against Ireland

There is a strong possibility of Stuart Binny getting a game. In the nets on the eve of the game, Binny had an extended net session in which he bowled and batted, which indicated the possibility of him making it to the line-up. With the conditions in Hamilton being a bit overcast on the eve of the game, India might be tempted to play a seam-bowling all-rounder ahead of one of the spinners. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Apart from that, India is unlikely to make any changes. India will want their batsmen to fire after a rare off day against West Indies, though there are unlikely to be any alarm bells raised as yet. The fast bowling department has done well and will continue to maintain the same look. Bhuvneshwar Kumar may not get in. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

On the other hand, Ireland will know that they are in with an excellent chance of making it through to the quarter-final. They will need all effort to get there with some big games remaining. Though it will certainly not be easy, Ireland may back themselves chasing in the small ground at Hamilton. Ireland have some big hitters and if they get going, Indian bowlers may find it tough. Chasing has been Ireland’s forte and they would back themselves if it comes to it. The bowling may be a bit of a worry for them and George Dockrell could be an important trump-card for them. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

India will doubtless start favourites. They have been in a positive frame of mind since the start and have peaked at a crucial time. That being said, Ireland have a reputation of being giant killers, and India have to be wary of that. Another keen contest is on the cards at Hamilton. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Stuart Binny, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma.

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Andy Balbirnie, Max Sorenson, Alex Cussack, Stuart Thompson, Ed Joyce, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Peter Chase.