Shikhar Dhawan’s second cricket world cup century has confirmed India’s 8 wickets victory over Ireland in pool B match today at Hamilton. Winning this match Indian team will maintain their top position in 2015 ICC world cup points table with 10 points. Dhawan was declared player of the match for his brilliant hundred.
Before this Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first. Irish openers Porterfield and Stirling started well in this crucial game against world cup defending champions. Both batsmen added 50 runs in just 47 balls. Ireland lost Paul Stirling in 15th over of match when he was batting on 42. Ashwin took Stirling’s wicket and just after this Ireland lost ED Joyce in 3 runs difference as Suresh Raina bowled him.
Nail O’Brien and Captain Porterfield started to rebuilt the innings and added 53 runs for third wicket partnership. Williams Porterfield scored the half century and made 67 runs in 93 balls before dismissed by Mohit Sharma. Nail O’Brien and Balbirnie started to go after Indian bowling on this small ground, especially O’Brien. He completed his fifty in 62 balls and before returning to pavilion he made 75 in 75 balls. O’Brien hit 3 big sixes and seven fours.
As Nail O’Brien got out whole Ireland batting was collapsed and team all out in 49 overs after putting 259 runs against strong batting line-up of Indian team. Mohammad Shami took 3 wickets in Ireland inning whereas Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets.
It was an easy target for inform team India. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave good start to team and both batsmen completed their respective half-centuries. Shikhar and Rohit added 174 runs for the first wicket partnership. Thompson dismissed Rohit on 64 in 24th over. Shikhar Dhawan carried on him form from previous game and scored another century in 2015 cricket world cup.
Dhawan took 84 balls to complete his 2nd world cup hundred in played 5 games. Thompson took his second wicket in the match as he took wicket of Dhawan when India’s total was 190. After this Indian victory was just formality and Virat Kohli along with Ajinkya Rahane sealed the Indian victory by 8 wickets with 79 balls remaining in the match. Kohli made unbeaten 44 whereas Rahane returned to pavilion on not out 33.
This is India’s fifth consecutive win 2015 world cup and ninth successive win in cricket world cup. This is 12th win for Ms Dhoni in cricket world cup as Indian team captain and he breaks Kapil Dev’s record who had 11 wins record in world cups.