World Cup 2015 Match 34 Group B India vs Ireland Preview; Interesting match for Ireland

World Cup 2015 Match 34 Group B India vs Ireland Preview; Interesting match for Ireland

World Cup 2015 Match 34 Group B India vs Ireland Preview; Interesting match for Ireland:

Date: 10 March 2015        Time: 0630 IST
Venue: Hamilton

Ireland

Ireland just won one of the most exciting games in the World Cup 2015 against Zimbabwe. The win also gives them another breathe of life for their chances of quarter-final qualification. They would hope to bat first in the Hamilton ground or else India can run up a score of 400 at the small ground given their batting line-up and fire power.

Irish batting is in form and has been doing wonderfully well. Ed Joyce, Porterfield, Wilson, Stirling, the O’Brien brothers all have had good knock under their belts and Ireland would depend on them to counter the Indian fast bowling which has discovered a sting in their tail and which has bowled out every team they have played so far. They will also have to face the threat of dual spin in Ashwin and Jadeja who have both picked up wickets and kept the runs down in the middle overs.

Irish bowling will hope that they get some runs to play with if Ireland bat first, or else they are in a world of pain against an in-form Indian batting line-up. But they have enough experience in Sorenson, Dockrell, Stirling and Mooney to keep India under check. But get ready to see an very exciting match.

India

India are in red hot form with 4 wins under their belt in the World Cup and have qualified for the QFs. They have everything going for them in batting and bowling department. Their only concern is the non- existent form of the talented Rohit Sharma. He has scored just 1 fifty against UAE and has scored no more runs against other teams. He was also out for 4 against West Indies and will get another chance against Ireland to make some runs.

Indian bowling has kicked up a notch in fire power department with all the 3 fast bowlers Yadav, Shami and Mohit bowling well over 140 kmph using the bounce and swing to their advantage. But in Hamilton, they will find more assist in swing rather than bounce which will make life more hell for Irish batsmen.

Indian batting has been in wonderful form and will look to score 400 or more if they get a chance to bat first. Also Dhoni might give Ajinkya Rahane some more batting practice by sending him up the order at no.4. Otherwise  there is nothing more to worry for the Indian skipper Dhoni who batted himself in to form against West Indies.

Last 5 ODIs:
India: W W W W L
Ireland: W L W W NR

Possible Playing XI:
Ireland: John Mooney, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield (C), Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien , Max Sorenson, Gary Wilson (wk), Andy Balbirnie

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohd.Shami