Bangalore, March 6: In the end the fighting Irish went down and India emerged victorious in their World Cup fixture at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium, winning by 5 wickets with 24 balls to spare. But it seemed for most of India's innings it was case of much-ado-about-nothing with most of the batsmen struggling to find a groove against the Irish bowling. But just when the Irish were in with a bit of a sniff at the fall of M S Dhoni's wicket and the score at 167/5, Yusuf Pathan shirked off the jitters and together with Yuvraj Singh, took India home. In fatc, Yuvraj was the star of the match, first taking 5 wickets and then scoring 50 not out.
At the half-way stage in their innings against Ireland, India were in trouble at 102/4. It was a battle of nerves at that stage with captain M S Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh playing very cautiously. Gradually, the two settled into a comfortable partnership and brought up India's 150 in 37th over.
Dhoni came in for a bit of luck in the 38th over when he inside edged Cusack onto his pads, ballooning the ball to mid-wicketg and just evading three converging fielders. But India were made to really sweat in the 41st over when Dockrell trapped Dhoni in front.
The captain had to exit for 34 off 50 as India were 167/5 in 40.1 overs. But then Yusuf Pathan shuffled off the pressure, by slamming the off-break for 2 sixes and a four. Take that Ireland! India needed 25 more runs from 54 balls with victory looking very likely indeed.
India's innings got off to an ominous start with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Terndulakr each taking a four off Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin. But in the first ball off the second over, Sehwag got a leading edge to be caught and bowled by Trent Johnston. India were 9/1 in 1.1 overs.
Gautam Gambhir settled in with a couple off fours but was undone by a leg-stump ball from Johnston which he clipped into the hands of short fine. He was on his way for 10 off 15 and India were 24/2 in 5.2 overs. With Virat Kohli the new man in, the runs kept coming at a moderate rate.
Tendulkar took a single off John Mooney to bring up India's 50 in the 12th over. Then the Little Master paddle-swept off-break Andrew White fine for a four to bring up the 50-run partnership the 18th over.
Two overs later brought the biggest silencer to the crowd - young George Dockrell trapped Sachin Tendulkar plumb in front for 38 off 56 and India were 90/3 in 21 overs.Then Ireland really set the cat amongst the pigeons when Virat Kohli was run out for 34 off 53 balls, thanks to a horrible misunderstanding with Yuvraj. India were 100/4 in 24 overs.