Yuvraj Is Star Performer As India Overcome Ireland

Yuvraj Is Star Performer As India Overcome Ireland
Yuvraj Is Star Performer As India Overcome Ireland
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India 210-5 (Yuvraj Singh 50no) beat
Ireland 207 (Yuvraj Singh 5-31) by 5 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Bangalore

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Yuvraj Singh returned his maiden five-wicket haul in One-Day International cricket and then scored an unbeaten half-century as India beat Ireland by five wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup match in Bangalore.

Yuvraj's all-round efforts, taking five for 31 and then scoring 50 in 75 balls, saw Ireland dismissed for 207 and India reply with 210 for five.

Yuvraj starred with the ball as Ireland failed to bat out their 50 overs despite William Porterfield top scoring with 75 in 104 balls.

He hit six fours and a six, holding his side's innings together as wickets fell at the other end before finally departing when Yuvraj had him caught by Harbhajan Singh with the score on 160.

He had received little support from the top order aside from Niall O'Brien's 46 after Paul Stirling (0) and Ed Joyce (4) were picked off by Zaheer Khan, who returned three for 30 in nine overs when he returned to have George Dockrell caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni for three.

The partnership of 113 between Porterfield and O'Brien was broken when O'Brien was run out by Virat Kohli and Dhoni and thereafter Yuvraj held sway.

He had Andrew White caught by Dhoni for five, caught and bowled Kevin O'Brien for nine and finished off the innings of Alex Cusack (24) and John Mooney (5) by trapping them in front leg before.

Munaf Patel then dismissed Trent Johnston - also trapped in front - for 17 to end the innings as Ireland were shown no mercy by an Indian side determined not to take them lightly following their historic three-wicket win over England in their previous group game.

Ireland then struck with the new ball when Johnston had Virender Sehwag caught and bowled for five and Gautam Gambhir caught by Cusack for ten to reduce India to 24 for two.

Sachin Tendulkar (38) and Virat Kohli (34) then rebuilt the innings, take the score to 87 before Tendulkar was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Dockrell and Kohli was run out with the score on 100 by Dockrell and Kevin O'Brien.

Irish hopes of another upset were further raised when Dhoni was trapped in front by Dockrell for 34 and with India at 167 for five, the match was in the balance.

However, some brutal straight hitting from Yusuf Pathan, who blasted three sixes - two in one over from Dockrell - soon put Ireland back in the ascendency, enabled Yuvraj to reach his 47th ODI half-century and hit the winning runs with four overs to spare.

Pathan finished unbeaten on 30 in 24 balls while Dockrell returned two for 49, Johnston two for 16 from five overs.

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