Saturday 28 February 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - 21st Match

28 Feb 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - 21st Match
(Pool B: India vs UAE at Perth)

Ashwin stars in India's biggest WC win

UAE vs India
102/10 (31.3) 104/1 (18.5)
India won by 9 wickets
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By winning the toss and choosing to bat first, UAE put to rest all the speculation there might have been around what kind of monstrous total India might post, but they collected undesired milestones nonetheless. Playing for the first time on what is reputed to be the fastest pitch in the world, UAE struggled against the extra bounce available to the quicks and spinners alike. R Ashwin registered his best figures in an ODI, and UAE stumbled to their lowest total in ODIs and the lowest against India in a World Cup match by any side. Rohit Sharma's half-century, and his 75-run partnership with Virat Kohli ensured there were no hiccups along the way. That it took 21 matches, and a pitch that can surprise even the best of them, for the first wipe-out of a lesser-established nation is testimony that more, and not less, is good.

And UAE had given a much better account of themselves until they ran into the combination of an in-form team and the WACA Ground. Here they looked off pace. The openers both fell to bouncers from India's new-ball bowlers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the latter playing in the absence of the injured Mohammed Shami. Introduced at 28 for 2 in the 11th over, Ashwin proved to be a class above the UAE batsmen.

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