About the Match
India has stormed into the quarter finals with 4 straight wins and top the table with 8 points; they will go up against Ireland, who have 6 points and are placed 4th, on 10th March at the Seddon Park, Hamilton. Indian players are enthusiastic with their stupendous performances; Ireland on the other hand, are a strong contender to defeat any team and make their place in quarter-finals. The upcoming match on Tuesday will surely showcase the talents from both sides and the team that can dominate the other will be at a vantage point for the next stage.
India registered a tremendous win against West Indies by 4 wickets in a low-scoring game; chasing West Indies’ modest total of 182, India fumbled with quick wickets of Dhawan, Rohit and Virat but it was Dhoni’s match-winning unbeaten 45 off 56 that helped them win. Indian bowlers once again dominated the proceedings from the start; player of the match Mohammad Shami picked up a magnificent 3-35 in 8 overs and he was the best of the lot as he troubled the batsmen with both pace and bounce. Umesh Yadav, who bowled a good burst of pace scalped two wickets while Ravindra Jadeja also contributed with took 2 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohit Sharma took a wicket each and they all played with diligence and discipline to put India in a strong position. India also performed well against UAE, simply blowing away the hapless UAE side bowling them all-out for 102 runs. Rohit Sharma hit a fine 57 off 55 and player of the match, Ashwin Man registered excellent figures of 4-25. While India is performing well in all departments of the game, they need to be cautious against Ireland, which has earlier shocked West Indies by handing out a defeat, and are a formidable force to reckon with.
Ireland won their third match against Zimbabwe by a narrow margin of 5 runs; they piled up a good 331 runs on the back of Ed Joyce’s 112 off 103 and 97 off 79 from Andrew Balbirnie. The bowlers withstood the pressure and defended the total till the end to take the team home safely. Alex Cusack bowled an amazing last over and picked up two wickets in it; altogether he took 4 wickets and was economical at the same time. John Mooney and Kevin O’Brien also took 2 wickets each to crush the Zimbabweans. In their previous match against South Africa, where they suffered a 201-run loss, they lacked the pace in their bowling attack; the batting too wasn’t impressive with only Andrew Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien putting up good totals. Overall, the team depends on the talents of Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Ed Joyce with the bat and an all-round performance by the youngsters. While they have the confidence and determination to win the upcoming match, they will need to strategize well against the hard-hitting Indian batsmen, who are in very good form at the moment.
Both teams have been performing very well in their recent matches and though Ireland has been on a high till now, they will fall short on their experience in facing the might of the men in blue. Indian team clearly goes in as favorite and they are better placed to win this encounter too.
India, 1.11 @ Bet365