Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

Phil Dawkes and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Post update

    So, a disappointing day for Ireland - but they're still in the hunt for a quarter-final place with one group game left, which is more than can be said for certain other teams. A final-day showdown with Pakistan in Adelaide awaits.

    Next up, it's Sri Lanka (already through to the last eight) v Scotland (already eliminated) tomorrow in Hobart, with play starting at 03:30 GMT. We hope you'll join us from 03:00. Until then, thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. Post update

    And a reminder the way the quarter-finals work: co-hosts New Zealand and Australia are already assured of their venues, no matter where they finish in Pool A.

    Contrary to what you may hear elsewhere, New Zealand will play their quarter-final in Wellington on 21 March, their opponent will be determined by where they finish. In the same way, Australia will play in Adelaide on 20 March (opponents to be determined). The other games will be in Sydney and Melbourne - one will feature Bangladesh, one Sri Lanka. The ICC will decide which.

  3. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jay: Wonder whether the Irish team management will be looking at the data...

  4. Captain's view

    More from Ireland captain William Porterfield: "It was a very good pitch and there wasn't a lot of help for the seamers. We just couldn't kick on like their opening pair did. Ashwin bowled very well. We just lost some wickets in that period. All in all I think we played very well.

    "We have put in a lot of yards in the last few weeks. It is all about being fresh for that game [against Pakistan]. It is winner takes all so we need to mentally prepare and be ready. If you can't get up for these games you won't be up for any."

  5. Captain's view

    Ireland captain William Porterfield: "I don't think it can [knock Ireland's confidence]. There are a lot of good things to take. We were disappointed to come off having not capitalised on a good situation. You have to give credit to India and they way they came back."

  6. Captain's view

    More from India captain MS Dhoni: "We've been here four months, the guys put in a lot of effort in the Test series so I knew we had to step up the intensity from the one-day series, and all the boys have done that. We're a little jet-lagged after coming from Perth, the boys were a little sleep-deprived so that's another reason this game was important."

  7. Captain's view

    India captain MS Dhoni: "Our bowlers are really doing the job for us, they've stepped up - not just the three fast bowlers, the spinners are complimenting them and when we've used part-timers they've done well. After the first three or four overs, I already knew I could bring on the spinners. There was less pace in the pitch than the last few games, so I tried all three fast bowlers and then with all the left-handers in their side, Suresh Raina bowled well."

  8. What do Ireland need?

    So, from Ireland's perspective:

    • If they beat Pakistan, they will reach the quarter-finals.
    • If they tie with Pakistan, or it's a no-result because of weather, they will reach the quarter-finals (as will Pakistan)
    • If they lose to Pakistan, realistically (because of net run rate) they need to rely on West Indies to fail to beat the UAE in order to qualify.
  9. Man of the match

    Man of the match Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 100 for India: "I've spent lots of time here and sorted out my game. I am used to the bounce and the pace and enjoying my game. I have a game that suits these bouncy tracks. I enjoyed playing with greater creativity today.

    "Everyone has spent lots of time here. I would like to thank the support staff and especially our skipper who have spent a lot of time working with the boys. It is lovely when we are on the field to see our bowlers bowling so consistently.

    "The captain's message was to do the same things that we have been doing and with the same intensity."

  10. Remaining fixtures

    The all-important remaining Pool B fixtures are:

    • Thursday: South Africa v UAE
    • Saturday: India v Zimbabwe (let's be fair, that's a dead rubber)
    • Sunday: West Indies v UAE, Pakistan v Ireland
  11. Post update

    Let's have a look at that Pool B table, then. India win the group with five wins from five games, then come South Africa, Pakistan and Ireland (in that order on net run rate), all on six points from five games. The remaining three quarter-final places are between that trio and West Indies, who have five from five. Zimbabwe and the UAE have been eliminated.

    Cricket World Cup table
  12. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Pakistan bat against Ireland in the way they have played so far in the tournament, they won't score as freely as we have seen today. They will struggle more with the bat, though they may have got some confidence from that win over South Africa. and that may flow into their batting. I think Ireland will bowl better at Pakistan and won't be taken apart, But they have to cope with the Pakistan bowling, which be lively."

  13. Final scorecard

    India 260-2 from 36.5 overs (won by eight wickets)

    Batsmen: Kohli 44, Rahane 33

    Fall of wickets: 174-1 (Rohit 64). 190-2 (Dhawan 100)

    Bowling figures: Mooney 6-0-44-0, Cusack 8-0-43-0, Thompson 6-0-45-2, Dockrell 5-0-44-0, Stirling 5-0-36-0, K O'Brien 6.5-0-42-0

    Ireland 259 (49 overs): N O'Brien 75, Porterfield 67, Shami 3-41

    Ireland won toss


    Listen to Test Match Special commentary

  14. Man of the match

    The splendidly-moustached Shikhar Dhawan is presented with the man-of-the-match award by the still splendidly-moustached Kiwi legend Sir Richard Hadlee.

  15. Post update

    So, on paper, India were favourites - and on the field, I suspect it will be written into the annals of World Cup history as a fairly routine victory. While William Porterfield (67) and Niall O'Brien (75) had good knocks for Ireland, their bowlers rarely threatened against India's top order.

  16. Post update

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Hamilton

    "The Indian fans have streaked out of Seddon Park and on to the streets of Hamilton in jubilation. They expect a lot from their side and they're yet to be disappointed. As each match passes their cries of 'Jeetega India' are growing louder.

    "Although significantly outnumbered the Irish fans too remained in good voice all day. Tonight they'll be looking to drown their sorrows in local favourite Shenanigans before their all important match against Pakistan."

  17. Champagne moment


  18. Ind 260-2

    O'Brien fires one as far outside as he dares, Kohli extends his bat but can't quite get to it. Next ball, he does connect with a fierce cover drive and India have won it with 13.1 overs to spare.

  19. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It hasn't been what you call lively, with bowlers bowling 125-130kph, but there has been enough pace for batsmen to play all the shots, and it has been a fast outfield on a good seeing day. Ireland batted 30 of their 49 overs with enterprise, but they lost wickets at critical times and you can't do that against the better sides."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  20. Ind 256-2 (target 260)

    Kevin O'Brien back on - can India win it this over? Kohli briefly endangers both bowler and umpire, clubbing the ball back past O'Brien - who wears a painful blow on the hand - and the umpire Dharmasena gets his legs out of the way like a hockey player looking to avoid a foul. Rahane rotates the strike to leave four needed.

  21. Ind 254-2 (target 260)

    Rahane has outscored Kohli in this partnership and looks like he could catch his partner up here, delicately dabbing Cusack for four wide of third man. The maths mean a half-century is unlikely for either batsman here - but Kohli has the TMS commentators purring with a powerful square cut for four and a quick single which leave just six more runs needed for victory.

  22. Text 81111

    Tom in London: Even England would be slight favourites to win from here.

    Steady on, Tom...

  23. Ind 242-2 (Kohli 33*, Rahane 27*)

    There are smiles all round, with both the batsmen and the infielders seemingly content in the knowledge that this result is a foregone conclusion. Kohli and the reprieved Rahane add a couple of singles while Mooney attempts a yorker which Rahane digs out - and it flies off the edge, low on his bat, for four. Not Mooney's - or Ireland's - night. That's also the fifty stand.

  24. Post update

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Hamilton

    "There are times when you can't hear what the person next to you is say because the sheer amount of cheering and general noise the Indian fans are making.

    "11,002 people are packed in Seddon Park - which usually has a capacity of 10,000 - and the 95% or so Indian fans all brought to their feet by burst of "Jai Ho" from the Bollywood film of the same name. Although they honestly don't need much. As the big screen tells them only 24 more runs are needed a conga line is started up along all three banks."

  25. Not out

    Ind 236-2

    It's "umpire's call", both for impact and clipping the top of the bails, so umpire Dharmasena's decision is upheld and he gives Mooney a consolatory pat on the shoulder as he walks back to his mark.

  26. Umpire review

    Ind 236-2

    John Mooney

    Mooney yells an lbw appeal against Rahane, both tattooed arms in the air, as he tries to flick the seamer across the line. Umpire Dharmasena is unmoved, but Ireland want a review...

  27. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a possibility that South Africa could finish third in this group and play Australia. It is forecast to rain in the match between South Africa and the UAE in Wellington on Thursday. If South Africa get one point they go to seven points, and if Pakistan beat Ireland, they will go to eight points."

  28. Powerplay

    Ind 236-2 (target 260)

    Umpire Richard Kettleborough (who, given he's been ICC umpire of the year for the last two years, may fancy his chances of standing in the final now England are out), signals the batting powerplay which India have decided to take a couple of overs before they're obliged to do so.

    Ireland turn back to seamer Alex Cusack, but with only three men permitted outside the circle, Kohli finds a gap to thread a four through the covers, while four straightforward singles mean India need 24 from 36 balls.

  29. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ilyas Najib: As a Pakistani it's the second game in a row I've backed the Indians, NRR will play a part in qualification in this group.

  30. Drinks break

    Ind 228-2 (Kohli 26*, Rahane 20*)

    Bryan Waddle and Ebony Rainford-Brent on TMS lament the lack of a genuine pace bowler in the Irish ranks - I wonder if Boyd Rankin might seek to requalify for Ireland (in the manner of Ed Joyce) if he's overlooked for England for much longer, having been in the wilderness for 14 months since his last appearance. Rahane helps himself to another four, and the players have earned a drinks break with only 32 more needed.

  31. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Prayags: This match is going to finish too soon. Do not know what to do with rest of the day with boss out of office today.

  32. Ind 224-2 (target 260)

    Ireland turn back to opening bowler John Mooney - now sans his lime-green headband - and the bearded right-arm seamer opens with a ropey wide. Keeper Gary Wilson is standing up to the stumps, and there's a slip in, but Rahane reaches well to unleash a cover-driven four which bisects two infielders and two boundary riders alike. An attempted legside stumping is called as another wide, it's really not Ireland's day.

  33. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland have showcased their cricket by beating a couple of the bigger nations, Zimbabwe and the West Indies, in this World Cup. They chased down the West Indies score with ease in the first match. They haven't done themselves any disservice and they will still hold out hope for that last game against Pakistan."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  34. Ind 218-2 (Kohli 26*, Rahane 12*)

    The leprechauns and other green-clad Blarney Army fans in Seddon Park are putting a brave face on this game, dancing around the stands, but the party's already started for the Indian contingent who have unveiled a huge "Bharat Army" flag. Rahane late-cuts, this time there's no Thompson to cut it off at third man... because he's bowling. Andy Balbirnie can't quite get there, losing his sunglasses as he dives towards the rope in vain, and the target is down to 42 from 108 balls.

  35. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Kevin O'Brien has been one of the most expensive bowlers in the tournament with his economy rate. But today he has put the ball in good areas, hit the pitch quite hard, hitting the top of off stump."

  36. Ind 210-2 (target 260)

    Kohli has all the time in the world to late-cut Kevin O'Brien down to third man, where Thompson stretches every sinew to cut the ball off and restrict Kohli for two - earning him a little clap from the bowler. O'Brien is then indebted to brother Niall who is Ireland's boundary fox at deep cover. But there's nothing the O'Brien family - or anyone else - can do as Rahane easily knocks a four back past the non-striker. 50 more needed.

  37. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "India are very much hand-eye players who can bat through the line on true surfaces. If you stack one side of the field, they are just as likely to move across the stumps and whip you that side anyway."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  38. Scorecard update

    India 203-2 from 30 overs (target 260)

    Batsmen: Kohli 21, Rahane 2

    Fall of wickets: 174-1 (Rohit 64). 190-2 (Dhawan 100)

    Bowling figures: Mooney 4-0-28-0, Cusack 6-0-23-0, Thompson 5-0-37-2, Dockrell 5-0-44-0, Stirling 5-0-36-0, K O'Brien 5-0-29-0

    Ireland 259 (49 overs): N O'Brien 75, Porterfield 67, Shami 3-41

    Ireland won toss


    Listen to Test Match Special commentary

  39. Ind 203-2

    Kohli is in no mood to hang around here and finds easy pickings against young Thompson, punching a four back past the bowler to bring up India's 200 and helping himself to ones and twos.

    A win today would confirm India as winners of Pool B, earning them a quarter-final against the fourth-placed Pool A team - which, on the balance of probabilities, one would expect to be Bangladesh (that's assuming Australia Sri Lanka both beat Scotland, and Bangladesh find things a little less straightforward against New Zealand).

  40. Ind 196-2 (Kohli 14*, Rahane 2*)

    Kevin O'Brien into his fifth over, India are still helping themselves to quick singles - Kohli pokes the ball into the covers and Rahane has to pull out the full-length dive to make his ground at the striker's end. Five singles from the over leave India needing 64 from 21 overs - or, should you prefer, 126 balls.

  41. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jack Tanner: It's hard to believe these are the same England and India teams that played each other in Brisbane two months ago.

  42. Ind 191-2 (target 260)

    Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman. Thompson, having gone round the park for 18 in his first over, now has 2-30 from four overs.

  43. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Thompson's not express pace and you felt for him coming in today against international batsmen. He got the treatment early doors, but he has come back. I hope he can put a decent spell together on his World Cup debut."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  44. WICKET

    Dhawan c Porterfield b Thompson 100 (Ind 190-2)

    Shikhar Dhawan, left, swings his bat as he leaves the field

    Dhawan finally falls trying to hit Thompson over the top, skying the ball over the covers where he's pouched by skipper Porterfield running back. Kohli had just shown him how it's done, hoisting the World Cup debutant over long-on for six earlier in the over.

  45. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian Dobson: Ireland must be thrilled to finally get a wicket. Then devastation as Virat Kohli is next down the ramp..

  46. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dhawan has been in great form in this tournament. He has played so fluently, has really kicked in and looked really good. There was long time where he didn't kick in to his role as a batsman, and he talked the other day about how much it meant to get a hundred. He felt he had been battling for while."

  47. Dhawan 100

    Ind 183-1 (target 260)

    Shikhar Dhawan of India

    Shikhar Dhawan inches towards an eighth ODI century by tapping a two and flicking a single off his legs to bring up the landmark from 84 balls, removing his helmet to take the applause of the flag-waving Indian fans who have taken over Seddon Park today.

  48. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sean Devilly: Delighted for Stuart Thompson. Has a lot of potential, just needs to start putting in big performances to show why Phil Simmons has backed him so often.

  49. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Thompson has kept the ball outside the off stump, at about maybe 120kph, just angling the ball back into the stumps. He is just trying to bowl to his field, that arc of fielders around the offside. He got the wicket - and that will be important as far as his confidence is concerned."

  50. Ind 178-1 (Dhawan 97*, Kohli 1*)

    Thanks, Phil. Morning, everyone - I hope you Ireland fans out there aren't crying into your cornflakes too much. It rather looks like this match is going one way... but you never know. That's why we follow cricket, isn't it?

    It looks like an increasingly cold evening in Hamilton - the umpires have called for their heavier coats - and umpire Richard Kettleborough has the chance to stretch his arms inside his big red jerkin by calling Stuart Thompson for a wide. Kohli is off the mark with a single.

  51. Ind 175-1 (Target 260)

    The wicket has just brought around a small check in India's progress. Kohli has started patiently and blocks out O'Brien after Dhawan has moved to 97 with a single. I now hand you over to Mr Mark Mitchener, who will see you through to the close.

  52. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was delicacy and panache from Rohit in that innings - he's a lovely player who makes stroke-making look quite simple, I think. There is an authority and composure about his batting."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  53. Ind 174-1

    The good news for Ireland is that they have a wicket. The bad news is that it brings Virat Kohli to the crease. Just the 6,451 ODI runs to his name at 52.02. Thompson keeps it tight, though, and finishes a good second over without conceding any further runs.

  54. WICKET

    Rohit b Thompson 64 (Ind 174-1)

    Stuart Thompson

    This is good to see. It probably won't change anything fundamentally but it is good for Thompson to come back and claim a morale-boosting wicket after his first over in the World Cup went for 18. It is a good length and Rohit looks to steer it down to third man but succeeds only in chopping it on to his own stumps.

  55. Post update

    John Kenny

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland so far in this World Cup have been pretty good in two of the three disciplines, the batting and the fielding. The fielding in particular has been exceptional for some time now. But in the bowling department, they are just not up to the standard required."

  56. Ind 172-0 (Rohit 62, Dhawan 96)

    Dhawan is charging towards a century here. He drops to one knee to ramp/flick a ball from Kevin O'Brien down to the fine leg boundary for four. Another boundary follows from the same player from the last ball, which is whipped through mid-wicket.

  57. Ind 162-0 (98 required off 28 overs)

    India batsman Shikhar Dhawan, left, celebrates with Rohit Sharma

    Niall O'Brien prevents another boundary off Dockrell by sprinting round to flick a lofted drive to extra cover crossing the rope. The respite lasts just one ball, though, as Dhawan hammers one (resulting in him brandishing his bat in one hand like a wand) over mid-on for six.

  58. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "George Dockrell comes over the top quite nicely as a left-arm orthodox, gets the ball to turn the ball a little, and he has an impressive arm ball back into the right-hander. He has suffered a little today, but he has looked the most likely to pick up wickets."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  59. Ind 152-0 (Rohit 60, Dhawan 78)

    Kevin O'Brien was expensive in the game against Zimbabwe, going for 90 runs. And he carries on where he left off as Dhawan plants him over the rope near the backward square-leg boundary. The bowler comes back well, though, with some good line and length to concede just two more runs.

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Arjun Thayat: Has BCCI asked India to beat the daylights out of Ireland so they wouldn't dare question the ICC (another the version of BCCI) again?

  61. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Irish cricket journalist Ger Siggins: This is the first time Ireland have ever conceded a century opening partnership in World Cups.

  62. Ind 144-0 (Target 260)

    Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan

    The simple truth is that if you hit a ball on this ground there is a very good chance you'll get a six for your troubles. Dhawan is capitalising on the short boundaries by claiming maximums seemingly at will. He plants Dockrell into the stand over mid-wicket for his third six and the sixth of the innings. The over goes for 10 to make this India's third-highest opening partnership at a World Cup.

  63. 50 for Rohit

    Ind 134-0

    Rohit joins Dhawan with his half-century, brought up by a booming lofted drive over extra cover for six. India are walking this. These two have barely broken sweat.

  64. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Growing the game is important - we have 10 sides throughout the entire world, and maybe Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the West Indies have not looked great in recent times. Ten becomes seven and that is not enough - we need to grow the game, bring the sides below that seven into the set up."

  65. Ind 125-0 (Rohit 48, Dhawan 63)

    Ireland have had a quick regroup during a drinks break. What ideas they might have come up with to try and break this partnership is anyone's guess? Porterfield sticks with Cusack, who Dhawan tries to ramp over Wilson first ball but plants the ball straight into the keeper's helmet. Thankfully, he is OK (barring a quick rearranging of his lid) and the rest of the over goes for four untroubled singles.

  66. Post update

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Hamilton

    India fans cheer their team

    "The India fans surrounding the longest boundary have not stopped cheering, whistling, drumming and generally creating a lot of noise for the past hour and Dhawan and Sharma are rewarding them by launching the ball in their direction.

    "A burst of Eddy Grant's 'Electric Avenue' is played over the Tannoy. There isn't an Electric Avenue in Hamilton but there are a fair few Irish pubs where a lot of the Irish crowd are making plans to head to after the match. They're up for a party no matter the result."

  67. Scorecard update

    India 121-0 from 17 overs (target 260)

    Batsmen: Rohit 46 from 45, Dhawan 61 from 57

    Bowling figures: Mooney 4-0-28-0, Cusack 5-0-19-0, Thompson 1-0-18-0, Dockrell 3-0-24-0, Stirling 4-0-27-0

    Ireland 259 (49 overs): N O'Brien 75, Porterfield 67, Shami 3-41

    Ireland won toss


    Listen to Test Match Special commentary

  68. 50 for Dhawan

    Ind 121-0

    Dhawan clips Dockrell into the leg side for a single and as easy as that Dhawan has a half-century, from 54 balls. He celebrates later in the over with a big hit over wide mid-on for six and then a flick down to fine leg for four. It is difficult to see where a wicket is coming from here.

  69. Ind 107-0

    Cusack returns but the Indian openers' untroubled run-accumulation continues courtesy of three singles and a leg-bye. There is a feeling of resignation about the Ireland display now. They could really do with a wicket to lift their spirits.

  70. Ind 103-0 (Dhawan 47, Rohit 43)

    India batsman Shikhar Dhawan

    A single off Stirling's first ball brings up the 100 partnership, at a run-rate of just over seven an over. And the singles keep coming. With every one Ireland will further regret those dropped early catches.

  71. Ind 99-0 (Target 260)

    These two are starting to take the mickey now. Dhawan stabs a sweep shot through backward point for four and then, later in the over, cuts another boundary. In between, a loose ball from Dockrell beats bat and keeper and runs away for four byes.

  72. Ind 86-0

    The India batsmen are utterly untroubled at the moment. They are picking up singles with the minimum of fuss and taking any lose ball to the cleaners. Rohit rocks back to cut a short, wide one from Stirling through backward point for four.

  73. Ind 78-0 (Target 260)

    Dockrell's second over is better than his first, again due to a fuller length. He concedes two runs from his first ball - through a Sharma dab to third man - but goes for just two more from the other five balls. Unfortunately for Ireland, they need much more than tight overs.

  74. Ind 74-0

    Another bowling change sees more spin, courtesy of Paul Sterling. He brings a big improvement on the previous over, pitching the ball must fuller to keep India to just the one run. He also chances an lbw appeal as Dhawan looks to reverse-sweep but the umpire is quick to turn him down.

  75. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "These boundaries are short so you've got be on the money against batsmen of this class. The minute Dockrell dropped the ball short Rohit Sharma pounced. You just sense India are going to cruise away with this by playing sensibly and hitting the bad ball to the boundary."

  76. Ind 73-0 (Rohit 33, Dhawan 30)

    Porterfield does make a decision, by bringing Dockrell's spin into play. It doesn't halt India's momentum, though, as Rohit smashes a short ball over the mid-wicket boundary for six. Too short. This has been Ireland's major failing with the ball so far. A subsequent single takes Rohit to 4,000 ODI runs - the 14th Indian player to reach this figure. This has been some of the easiest 33 runs he has ever scored.

  77. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a big match for a 24-year-old to come in against the current world champions. India are going along nicely and will look to target someone like him and put the pressure on him. It will be a measure of him to see how he comes back. He needs to get the ball up a bit fuller."

  78. Email

    David in Spain: Don't like to say so at this early stage, but two points to India, I think. Can't see it any other way, unless the "cricket's a funny old game" cliche comes home to roost.

  79. Ind 62-0

    The newly-included Stuart Thompson is brought into the attack and starts very nervously. He starts with a wide before Dhawan latches on to a short ball and pulls him over the rope at deep square leg for six and then pulls another ball straighter past mid-on for four. Two further wides follow, including one that is so far to Wilson's left that it beats the keeper's dive and runs away for five. Porterfield has some decisions to make now.

  80. Post update

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport in Hamilton

    "Seddon Park is a small ground and as a relatively calm Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Jadeja sit at the boundary edge watching the on field proceedings a pocket of Indian fans, separated by just a small white-picket fence, scream in adulation at their heroes. Some of them look like they may burst from the excitement."

  81. Ind 44-0 (Target 260)

    The floodgates are opening now. Dhawan takes the game to Ireland with successive boundaries off Cusack's first two balls, both from drives into the off side. With the requisite damage done, Dhawan then pats away the rest of the over with ease.

  82. Dropped catch

    Ind 36-0 (Rohit 23, Dhawan 11)

    John Mooney

    Another catch goes down, again off Mooney. This time, though, it is the captain Will Porterfield, who claimed that match-winning catch against Zimbabwe, but cannot hold on to a chance at point offered to him by a slice from Dhawan. It required a dive and would have been a great snare, but goes down as a missed opportunity nonetheless. To compound Mooney's woe, Rohit ends the over with a drive through cover for four and a straight six over long-off.

  83. Ind 23-0

    As an indicator of the Irish openers lack of pace, keeper Wilson is standing up to Cusack. What he lacks in pace, though, Cusack makes up for in accuracy. His third over is a good one that goes for just one run. The Indian batsman remain unruffled.

  84. Ind 22-0 (Rohit 11, Dhawan 10)

    Shikhar Dhawan

    Mooney continues but he is struggling to find a consistent rhythm. The India openers are able to comfortably work the ball around for a couple of singles before Dhawan times a drive to send the ball flying skidding past the field and out to the extra cover boundary. All too easy for India.

  85. Ind 16-0 (Target 260)

    Rohit has not been in the best form this tournament but he is a class act, which he proves with an on drive that sends the ball flying back past Cusack and down to the boundary. Beautiful shot. They are the only runs from the over.

  86. Dropped catch

    Ind 12-0

    Mooney goes all 70s tennis star on us by donning his lime headband. His first ball doesn't go top plan, though, as he drops shot and is dispatched to the mid-wicket boundary by a powerful pull from Dhawan. The headband is off after his final ball, possibly in disgust at him dropping a catch off his own bowling as Dhawan smashes it straight back at him. That would have been a huge boost for Ireland had it stuck.

  87. Ire 8-0 (Dhawan 1, Rohit 6)

    Dhawan gets off the mark with a flick to work a straight Cusack delivery to leg. Then Rohit leans into an on-drive and works the ball away for a couple of runs. A calm start from India.

  88. Post update

    Alex Cusack
  89. Ind 5-0 (Target 260)

    John Mooney is first up with the ball for Ireland from the Member's End. He is very wide in the crease in his final stride, which angles the ball into the right-handed Sharma and ties him up before a wide gives India their first run and a back-foot punch into off for four gets the batsman off the mark.

  90. Post update

    And we're back. The Irish players huddle together for some words of encouragement. They have 259 runs on the board. Will it be enough? Out come Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dahwan, who will give us our first indication...

  91. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ireland will be very disappointed having started so well. Two key batsmen got scores but didn't go on. The key point is that India bowled well, especially after the first 10 overs.

    "The spinners got through their overs well and Ashwin showed his class with a bit of variation and then the pace bowlers came back in and got among the wickets to leave Ireland under pressure. You would expect India's big guns to come out now and knock the runs off."

  92. Post update

    India celebrate

    India spinner Ravi Ashwin: "I thought they batted well at the start and we had to bowl well to get a couple of wickets and get back in the game. That is what happened. There is the odd ball that is stopping but the pitch is pretty flat.

    "It was more about pace and that is something I made a conscious effort with to slow it down and bowl my arm ball. I knew they would come at me because of the restrictions but my plan was to keep them coming and to bowl well.

    "All these ICC tournaments are about momentum and if we can round that off with a good batting display that will be good."

  93. End-of-innings scorecard

    Ireland 259 all out from 49 overs (Ireland won toss)

    Not out batsman: Mooney 12

    Fall of wickets: 89-1 (Stirling 42), 92-2 (Joyce 2), 145-3 (Porterfield 67), 206-4 (Balbirnie 24), 208-5 (K O'Brien 1), 222-6 Wilson 6), 226-7 (N O'Brien 75), 227-8 (Thompson 2), 238-9 (Dockrell 6), 259-10 (Cusack 11)

    Bowling figures: Yadav 4-0-34-1, Shami 9-0-41-3, Mohit Sharma 6-0-38-1 Jadeja 7-0-45-1, Ashwin 10-1-38-2, Raina 10-0-40-1, Rohit Sharma 3-0-21-0


    Listen to Test Match Special commentary

  94. WICKET

    Cusack c Yadav b Shami 11 (Ire 259 all out)

    Cusack slices a four through backward point off Shami's first ball but the bowler gets his revenge on the last as an attempted ramp shot plants the ball straight into the hands of Yadav at third man. It represents a disappointing end to what was a promising innings. You never know in cricket, but I would be amazed if that score is enough for victory here. India should walk it.

  95. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Highest totals by associate teams against India:

    World Cup: 235 - Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells in 1983 and 235-7 Kenya at Bristol in 1999

    All ODIs: 265-5 - Kenya at Gwalior in 1998

  96. Ire 253-9 (Mooney 11, Cusack 6)

    Ireland reach 250 as Cusack and Mooney pilfer a few singles from Mohit. The innings is ending in a whimper, when at one point it looked as though they could have been pushing towards and past 300. Credit to Dhoni and his side, who hit back hard to Ireland's impressive start.

  97. Ire 247-9

    Shami looks to wrap things up for India but the Ireland pair survive and add three to the total to take their team close to the 250 mark, which would represent a minor psychological victory if nothing else.