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India have it easy against Ireland

June 11, 2009 01:57 IST

India have it easy against Ireland

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Zaheer Khan shatters the stumps of Ireland opener Jeremy Bray for naught.

Seamer Zaheer took four for 19 to set up a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Ireland in the final group match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Wednesday.


Image: Jeremy Bray is bowled by Zaheer Khan

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Zaheer strikes again

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Zaheer is congratulated by his teammates after he claimed the wicket of Irish captain William Porterfield, caught in first slip by Yusuf Pathan for 5.

Image: Zaheer Khan is congratulated by his teammates

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Ireland fail to impress

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John Mooney attempts a late-cut off Pragyan Ojha's bowling. He made 19 off deliveries, including a boundary.

Image: John Mooney in action

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India too strong for Ireland

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Kevin O'Brien appeared for short while at the crease as he was bowled by Ojha for just 2 runs off the 4 deliveries he faced.

Image: Kevin O'Brien is bowled by Pragyan Ojha

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Harbhajan gets in the act

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Harbhajan Singh celebrates after dismissing Gary Wilson for 19 runs, the fifth wicket to fall for Ireland.

Image: Harbhajan Singh celebrates

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Gambhir going great

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Gautam Gambhir hit boundaries at will on his way to 37 off 31 deliveries.

India hardly broke a sweat while chasing the 113-run target off 18 overs with Gambhir and Rohit Sharma going great guns. Gambhir cut the first ball from Boyd Rankin through covers for a four to signal his intention. The left-hander came dancing down the track to hit Kevin O'Brien through covers and then upper-cut Rankin over third man for a stunning six.


Image: Gautam Gambhir in action

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Rohit's good run continues

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Rohit Sharma paddle-scooped Alex Cusack for a four and then chipped him to a similar effect. The opening stand had yielded 77 runs when Gambhir perished at backward point in the 11th over.

An undeterred Rohit smacked Rankin over mid-wicket for a huge six to inch closer to the target and even though Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (14) was a brief stay, India's win was just a matter of formality which Rohit and Yuvraj Singh (3 not out) completed with ease.


Image: Rohit Sharma in action

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