Bangalore, March 6: Ireland recovered from a couple of early set backs with captain William Porterfield (57) and Niall O'Brien (44) doing an admirable job at consolidating. The Indian spinners on the other hand were struggling with Piyush Chala in particular going for many.
As Ireland began their innings, there was drama straight away. In the third ball, William Porterfield edged Zaheer Khan to be put down by Yusuf Pathan at second slip. Then in the very next ball, Zaheer cleaned up Paul Stirling for a golden duck.
Porterfield counter-attacked by cover-driving Munaf Patel for a four, but in the next over Zaheer returned to get Ed Joyce caught behind for 4. Ireland were in trouble at 9/2 in 2.3 overs. Off-spinner Yusuf Pathan then bowled a maiden followed by score-less over from Zaheer.
In an apparent bid to preserve their wickets an also due to some tight bowling from Bhajji and Pathan, Ireland were scoring at just over 3 reaching 51/2 in 15.5 overs. Then Porterfield and O'Brien took 7 runs off a Yusuf Pathan and squeezed 15 runs from Piyush Chawla's first over which included 5 no-balls and a free-hit six from Porterfield.
The batting duo moved into a stronger position, reaching 100 in 23 overs. They then motored along, each taking a four off Pathan. Then Poetrfield smacked Chawla for a boundary to notch up his 50 off 67 balls. At the end of 25 overs, Ireland were 118/2.