It was match no. 21 of #CWC15 and India’s third today. And the Blue Brigade continued their winning run at the #CWC15. They remain undefeated in this Cricket carnival beating UAE this time with a huge margin of 9 wickets.
On the back of Ravichandran Ashwin’s excellent spell of spin bowling, India skittled out the opposition ranks for a paltry score. Ashwin used the breeze from south-west to good effect to hold it up in the air and take a four-wicket haul. He also used the arm ball well. It turned out to be Ashwin’s best figures in ODIs.
Ravindra Jadeja too picked up a couple of wickets. UAE’s batsmen didn’t help their cause by showing poor technique against both the pacers and Ashwin. None of their batsmen tried to get themselves in and adjust to the extra pace and bounce on offer at the WACA.
Earlier, UAE’s openers Andri Berenger and Amjad Ali struggled to cope up with the pace and bounce and were dismissed in the first five overs of the innings. Indian pacers, on their part, used the short ball to good effect. Umesh Yadav snared the wicket of Berenger with a short delivery and Amjad followed him back to the pavilion, as a result of another short delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Once Krishnachandran Karate was dismissed, rest of the batsmen didn’t seem to have a clue while facing up to Ashwin’s box of tricks. Only Shaiman Anwar, who has clearly been their best player in this mega event showed the application and the technique to score a flurry of boundaries and compile a well-measured innings of 35. He used the depth of the crease to keep the scoreboard moving. Shaiman also stitched a useful partnership for the last wicket with Manjula Guruge.
After playing with a dash of fearlessness in the first two games against Zimbabwe and Ireland, it was a disastrous performance put up by UAE. India’s fielding too was sharp, though the usually reliable Suresh Raina dropped a simple catch to give Mohammad Naveed a reprieve.
Once the bowlers had cleaned up UAE for a paltry score on the board, Rohit Sharma played a wide array of shots to compose a fine fifty. Virat Kohli, who came in at the fall of Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket, started cautiously before bisecting the gaps through the off-side and collected runs with utmost ease, as India chased down the target under 19 overs.
For UAE, Mohammad Naveed and Guruge bowled reasonably well. Rohan Mustafa, with a spark of brilliance in the field took an impressive catch at backward point to send Dhawan back to the pavilion. But once they were dismissed for 102, it was always going to be a herculean task for UAE to make a match out of it. Unfortunately for UAE, their modest total turned out to be their lowest ever score in ODIs.
Ashwin was adjudged Man of the Match for his excellent figures of 4/25 against UAE.
UAE 102 for 10 in 31.3overs
India 104 for 1 in 18.5overs