On the verge of creating World Cup history, a well-balanced and confident team India will aim to carry their good form in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in their penultimate group encounter against Ireland, at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday.
If India happen to win tomorrow’s match against Ireland, it will create a new World Cup record of nine successive wins at the ICC Cricket World Cup. India haven’t lost a World Cup game since their win against West Indies in Chennai during the 2011 edition.
India have played five matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup so far and they are still undefeated in the tournament. Their win against West Indies was their fifth consecutive win in the World Cup 2015 and eighth successive win in World Cup cricket. In 2003 edition, Sourav Ganguly also led his team toe eight successive wins in South Africa. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team now has a chance to create a new history by achieving the feat of nine successive win in World Cup cricket, when they face Ireland in Hamilton on Tuesday.
The last time India met Ireland was in Bangalore during the last edition of the World Cup, where India comfortably defeated Ireland by 5 wickets as Yuvraj Singh emerged as the star performer with a ‘five-for’ and a half-century.
Talking about tomorrow’s clash, India are the firm favourites to win this time as well. Ireland have been good in patches, but it will require a lot of doing for the Irish boys to overcome the defending champions.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Ed Joyce, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, John Mooney, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young Andy McBrine.