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Walk in the park at Perth

Walk in the park at Perth
India achieved their third consecutive victory in the cricket World Cup when they comprehensively beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by nine wickets in a Pool B encounter at the WACA on Saturday.

After bowling out the UAE for 102, the lowest total of the current World Cup and UAE’s lowest One-Day International (ODI) score, in 31.3 overs, India achieved the paltry target in 18.5 overs with opener Rohit Sharma top scoring an unbeaten 57.

This is the second biggest margin of victory in ODIs for India in terms of balls remaining, 187. They had beaten Kenya with 231 balls to spare in 2001 which is their biggest win. Indian bowlers delivered a dominating performance to skittle out UAE. Man-of-the-match Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, notching his first four-wicket haul in ODIs for 25 runs from 10 overs which also included a maiden. Pacer Umesh Yadav (2/15) and spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/23) clinched two wickets each.

The UAE just about managed to avoid becoming the first team to get bowled out for under 100 against India in a World Cup. However, their’s was still the lowest total by any team against India in the quadrennial event.

The extra pace and bounce of the Perth pitch was too much for the UAE batsmen to encounter after opting to bat. Indian spinners enjoyed the bounce as well, picking up six of the 10 available wickets.

Only three UAE batsmen managed to reach double-digits with Sialkot-born Shaiman Anwar, who scored a brilliant century against Ireland in their last match, topping with 35 before being bowled by Yadav.

Pacers Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also picked up a wicket each. The best partnership came for the last wicket stand between Anwar and Manjula Guruge (10 not out) who added 31 runs to irritate the Indian bowlers for 7.3 overs.

In reply, it was more or less a smooth chase for the Indian batsmen, the only hiccup being the loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was caught by a brilliant single-handed catch by Rohan Mustafa at backward point.

On a roll after three successive wins in the ongoing World Cup following Saturday’s nine-wicket spanking of minnows UAE, India captain MS Dhoni said his “complete unit” has been doing well with consistent performances in all departments of the game. “The bowlers have really stepped up and in a team sport it starts to reflect in other departments too. Our batting has been good. We dropped one catch today but the fielding has been brilliant. The complete unit has been doing well. It is not in case of a single match, we are doing for three matches, one after another. We have to continue with the good effort,” Dhoni said. The skipper heaped praises on his bowlers and said picking wickets in middle overs proved useful.


UAE innings
Amjad Ali c Dhoni b Kumar 4, Adri Berenger c Dhoni b Yadav 4, Krishna Chandran c Raina b Ashwin 4, Khurram Khan c Raina b Ashwin 14, SP Patil c Dhawan b Ashwin 7, S Anwar b Yadav 35, Rohan Mustafa lbw b Mohit Sharma 2, Amjad Javed c Raina b Jadeja 2, Md Naveed b Ashwin 6, Mohammad Tauqir b Jadeja 1, Manjula Guruge not out 10; Extras (lb 4, w 9) 13 Total (all out in 31.3 overs) 102; Fall of wickets 1-7 (Berenger, 1.4 overs), 2-13 (Amjad Ali, 4.6), 3-28 (Krishna Chandran, 10.2), 4-41 (Patil, 14.5), 5-44 (Khurram Khan, 16.4), 6-52 (Rohan Mustafa, 19.5), 7-61 (Amjad Javed, 21.1), 8-68 (Mohammad Naveed, 22.3), 9-71 (Mohammad Tauqir, 23.6), 10-102 (Shaiman Anwar, 31.3); Bowling B Kumar 5-0-19-1, U Yadav 6.3-2-15-2, R Ashwin 10-1-25-4, Mohit Sharma 5-1-16-1, R Jadeja 5-0-23-2

INDIA innings
Rohit Sharma not out 57, Shikhar Dhawan c Rohan Mustafa b Mohammad Naveed 14, Virat Kohli not out 33; Extras 0; Total (1 wicket; 18.5 overs) 104; Fall of wicket 1-29 (Dhawan, 6.3 overs); Bowling Mohammad Naveed 5-0-35-1, Manjula Guruge 6-1-19-0, Amjad Javed 2-0-12-0, Krishna Chandran 3-0-17-0, Mohammad Tauqir 2.5-0-21-0

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