After four consecutive wins in Australia India now move to New Zealand and face Ireland at Seddon Park, Hamilton in Group B match 34 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Team India have their place sealed in quarterfinal and now will look to win their remaining games, thereby top the group. This game also provides India with an opportunity to test bench strength and to play in different conditions. For Ireland, victory in this fixture will take them to quarters. So by no means this contest will be a dead rubber. India and Ireland have faced each other just two times, but the match will still some contest between few players. Here is a look into at some key battles- Also Read- India vs Ireland, Match Preview.
1) Mohammad Shami vs Ireland openers
One of the factors in India’s success has been the form of strike bowler Mohammad Shami. The fast bowler has been a revelation for India and he will enjoy bowling in New Zealand conditions. Negotiating Shami will be a daunting task for Ireland openers- William Porterfield and Paul Stirling. Both openers have struggled off late and facing Shami will add to their woes. Also Read- India vs Ireland, Top 5 players to watch out for.
2) Ireland bowlers vs Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is a prized scalp that every opposition wants to see back early. Ireland will be hoping that they get this blue-eyed boy Indian cricket cheaply. He is a match winner and loves to rise in challenging situations. For Alex Cusack and co. it will be victory of sorts if they see back of him early. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – Updated Points Table.
3) MS Dhoni vs George Dockrell
Bowling to MS Dhoni will be nothing short of a challenge for young left-arm spinner George Dockrell. Dhoni’s liking to attack spinners will make it tough to bowl for Dockrell. It will be interesting to see how he contains Indian skipper. Dockrell is regarded as Ireland’s best spinner and has an impressive economy of 4.35. Also read: 2015 Cricket World Cup Schedule: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all ICC WC 2015 Matches.