Trent Bridge: Zaheer Khan took four wickets and Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten half-century as India decimated Ireland by eight wickets in a rain-marred Group A tie of the Twenty20 World Cup at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
Ireland managed to score only 112 for eight from 18 overs, after being put in first in a rain-shortened match. Andrew White top-scored with 29 as four of the top six batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Zaheer Khan, who returned to the team after an injury, earlier ripped through the Irish top order, taking three wickets in seven balls on his way to 4-19, while Pragyan Ojha claimed 2-18. Only four Ireland players managed double digit scores as they barely crawled past the 100 run mark.
Rohit Sharma's sparkling half century ( 52*) helped India to achieve the target with 15 balltoto spare to end the preliminary league with two successive wins.
Gautam Gamhir chipped in with 37 in a first-wicket stand of 77 with Sharma in front of a packed stadium at Trent Bridge. Gambhir, who had earlier been dropped, was out 10 runs later, caught by Boyd Rankin off Regan West in the 11th over.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined Sharma at the crease and the latter finally decided to hit out in the 13th over, smashing a six off Rankin's final ball.
Zaheer Khan was declared man of the match for his excellent bowling figures.
Zaheer said he enjoyed the four-wicket boost as he continued his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury.
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'I had not played for four or five weeks so it's great to be back in the wickets,' he said.