Match : India vs Ireland, Match 3 of Group A, T20 World cup 2009.
Venue/Date : Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham in UK.. 10 June 2009.
Debuts : none.
Toss : India, elected to field.
Result : India won by 8 wickets.
Point table : India 4, Ireland 2, Bangladesh 0 (failed to qualify) .
Man of the match : Zaheer Khan.
Umpires : Ian Gould and Nigil Llong.
Head to head : First meeting.. India now lead Ireland 1-0 in all T20 matches.
Match Summary :-
How can you not bowl your highest wicket taking bowler his full quota of overs? a 18 over per side match, Indian captain MS Dhoni bowled Pragyan Ojha 4 overs (probably his left arm spinner needed bit of practice of bowling under mild rain before the big games), and hence, Zaheer could bowl only 3. After wrecking Ireland top order with 3 wickets in first two overs, Zaheer got his 4th wicket in 3rd over and had he bowled 4th one too, we might have seen first five wicket haul in T20 cricket. Best T20 bowling figures.
Struggling all the way, Irish team scored 41 runs in last 3 overs to finish in style but their below par score was never going to trouble the defending champions. Indians reached victory target with 8 wickets and 2.3 overs in hand.