Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and decided to bat first. This will be third time India will have to chase in this World Cup. India have not tinkered with the winning combination that featured against West Indies. Here is India’s playing XI- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma. Catch- Live Score Updates of India vs Ireland here.
Ireland have made one change to their playing XI, spinner Andy McBrine is out and Staurt Thompson takes his place in the side. William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, George Dockrell, Alex Cusack, Stuart Thompson. Watch- Live Telecast & Streaming of India vs Ireland Cricket World Cup 2015 match in India, Ireland, Pakistan, Bangladesh & USA.
Team News – Ireland: The Irish team has been the most impressive and consistent among all Associate members with three wins in four matches. Though their only loss came against powerhouse South Africa, they have beaten two Test playing nations — the West Indies and Zimbabwe. To add to that they also beat another Associate, the United Arab Emirates. But to secure a spot, they would have to come out with the goods against the defending champions India, or later versus Pakistan.
Ireland’s batting has been splendid in this tournament with the entire line-up getting runs with opener Ed Joyce scoring the only century for their team in this World Cup against Zimbabwe. But Irish bowlers have not been as good as their batsmen, having been hammered for 300 plus totals thrice in four matches.
With India already qualified for the quarterfinals and South Africa also likely to join them, it will be an open fight between Ireland, Pakistan and the West Indies for the last two berths left in the pool. Inputs from IANS.