Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 1st 2015 Contents A47
March 1, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
PERTH---Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin
returned a career-best 4-25 to set up defending
champion India s nine-wicket win over second-
tier United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B
After dismissing the UAE for a paltry 102, India
raced to 104 for one in 18.5 overs. Opener Rohit Shar-
ma top scored with an unbeaten 57 and shared a
match-winning 75-run partnership with Virat Kohli,
who finished 33 not out.
India leads the group after consecutive victories
over archrival Pakistan, South Africa and now the
It is the first time Ashwin has taken four wickets
in an innings in 91 one-day international appearances.
He bowled unchanged and used the bounce and turn
on the WACA surface to unsettle the batsmen after
UAE won the toss and elected to bat.
Swing bowler Umesh Yadav and slow leftarm spin-
ner Ravindra Jadeja also took two wickets apiece as
the UAE innings lasted 31.3 overs.
Sharma, who had managed scores of 15 against
Pakistan and 0 against South Africa, batted fluently
and reached his 50 off just 48 balls.
The partnership between Sharma and Kohli spanned
74 balls as the pair cut loose after opener Shikhar
Dhawan (14) was brilliantly caught one-handed by
Rohan Mustafa at point.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his
team for the clinical victory. "We have to respect the
opposition," Dhoni said. "I told the boys let s play
the game of cricket rather than look at who we re
"At the end of the day these are World Cup runs
and wickets. They are good enough for motivation.
Dhoni paid tribute the outstanding efforts of man-
of-the-match Ashwin, and was particularly impressed
with the team s bowling overall.
"What s changed in this World Cup is the improve-
ment and the consistency of our bowling. We have
raised the game. Overall it s looking good for us.
"Ashwin bowled really well. He bowled the right
line and length, and used the faster one and swung
Skipper Muhammad Tauqir lamented UAE s poor
performance and said the unique WACA bounce
contributed to the team s poor batting effort.
"It is the most difficult wicket in the world," Tauqir
said. "We didn t cope with the bounce."
The UAE performed well in losses to Zimbabwe
and Ireland, but wasn t up to the level of one of the
top eight teams in the sport.
"We had two good games and we need to forget
this game soon," he said. "Unlike other two games,
India is a more professional team and a better spin
attack. It was their spin attack that got the better
of us." (AP)
UAE by 9 wickets
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
United Arab Emirates innings
Amjad Ali c Dhoni b Kumar
A Berenger c †Dhoni b Yadav
K Chandran c Raina b Ashwin
K Khan c Raina b Ashwin
S Patil c Dhawan b Ashwin
S Anwar b Yadav
R Mustafa lbw b MM Sharma
A Javed c Raina b Jadeja
M Naveed b Ashwin
M Tauqir b Jadeja
A Guruge not out
Extras (lb 4, w 9)
Total (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Berenger, 1.4 ov), 2-13
(Amjad Ali, 4.6 ov), 3-28 (Krishna Chandran,
10.2 ov), 4-41 (Patil, 14.5 ov), 5-44 (Khurram
Khan, 16.4 ov), 6-52 (Rohan Mustafa, 19.5
ov), 7-61 (Amjad Javed, 21.1 ov), 8-68
(Mohammad Naveed, 22.3 ov), 9-71
(Mohammad Tauqir, 23.6 ov), 10-102
(Shaiman Anwar, 31.3 ov)
Bowling: B Kumar 5-0-19-1 (2w)
U Yadav 6.3-2-15-2 (3w)
R Ashwin 10-1-25-4 (1w)
M Sharma 5-1-16-1 (2w)
R Jadeja 5-0-23-2
R Sharma not out
S Dhawan c Mustafa b Naveed
V Kohli not out
Total (1 wicket)
Did not bat: AM Rahane, SK Raina, MS
Dhoni, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, UT
Yadav, MM Sharma
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Dhawan, 6.3 ov)
Bowling: Naveed 5-0-35-1; A Guruge 6-1-19-
0; A Javed 2-0-12-0; K Chandran 3-0-17-0; M
Toss: United Arab Emirates, who chose to
Player of the match - R Ashwin (India)
India won by 9 wickets
Michael Clarke has disputed claims
he made a tactical blunder in his use
of bowlers during Saturday s loss to
New Zealand at the World Cup.
Australia was fighting its way back
into the match, defending its meager
total of 151, and Mitchell Starc had
taken three wickets in five balls when
Clarke removed him from the attack
and brought in Mitchell Johnson.
New Zealand was on the back foot
at the time of the change but Corey
Anderson hit Johnson s first three balls
for two fours and a six to alleviate the
Starc returned and took another
three wickets in his second spell, but
New Zealand won the match by a
wicket, prompting questions as to
whether Australia would have won had
Starc bowled through.
"It s pretty tough to bowl a 10-over
spell," Clarke said. "So it was more to
give Mitch (Starc) two overs off.
"He was bowling beautifully, and I
knew we could find another way to
get a breakthrough. I thought Mitch
would have a huge opportunity to try
to go through the tail as he just about
did. Good decision?"
Australia s loss, which left it with
one win, one loss and one match rained
out at the mid-point of its pool match-
es, didn t deliver anything more than
a glancing blow to its ambitions of
winning the world tournament. It will
likely still progress to the quarterfinals
and might meet New Zealand again in
the semis, if not the final.
But Clarke, who returned to lead the
Australian team after a nine-week layoff
following hamstring surgery, described
the batting performance as "extremely
poor", not taking much succor from a
spirited performance by the bowlers
to almost snatch a remarkable victo-
"They swung the ball nicely and
bowled good areas but our shot selec-
tion was very poor, and our defense
more than anything else was an area
that was a lot poorer than we would
have liked," Clarke said.
"Sometimes you can get caught
up...on the power side of your game.
I don t think we ve had too many ses-
sions where we ve worked on...defend-
ing a brand-new ball or a swinging
ball, so that is an area that we can cer-
tainly focus on moving forward."
Clarke had faith that the team can
rapidly improve, but added that it
would need to.
"Against the best opposition we have
to play better than that," Clarke said.
"I still think that it s a really strong
squad, I m still confident we can come
out and play our best cricket and turn
this around quickly." (AP)
BRISBANE---Misbah-ul-Haq can t see
any reason for his Pakistan squad to
panic, despite two losses from two
starts at the Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan plays Zimbabwe today in a
crucial Pool B match for both teams.
Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992,
the only other time it was co-hosted by
Australia and New Zealand. Imran
Khan s Pakistan squad kicked off its
campaign with a 10-wicket loss to West
Indies, beat Zimbabwe and then lost to
India and South Africa and got to share
the points with England in a rain-affect-
ed group game.
One match, a big win over Australia
in Perth, sparked a streak that included
victories over Sri Lanka and New Zealand
and culminated in a defeat of England
in the final.
This time, Pakistan opened with a
lopsided 76-run loss to archrival India
in Adelaide, and then slumped to a 150-
run defeat to the West Indies. Both times,
Pakistan struggled badly chasing a total.
It s no surprise that the squad of 1992
has come into focus this week for Mis-
bah s squad.
"The important lesson is never give
up. That s what Imran Khan usually says
about 1992," Misbah said. "Even when
the team was in difficult times, they
never gave up. They just kept trying. At
last they just managed to do what they
really wanted to do in that World Cup."
While he didn t mind drawing lessons
from the past, Misbah said it was crucial
for his team to be focused on the now---
and that is Zimbabwe at the Gabba. He
diplomatically described his team s per-
formances in the high-pressure games
so far as "average."
"We need to win the next game, espe-
cially," Misbah said.
Pakistan is coming to terms with a
reworked bowling attack in the absence
of pace bowler Junaid Khan and after
veteran off-spinner Saeed Ajmal ruled
himself out of the tournament rather
than undergo testing on his bowling
action. There s more responsibility on
new-ball bowlers Mohammad Irfan and
Sohail Khan and on the leg-spinners of
veteran allrounder Shahid Afridi.
They ll need to get on top early against
Zimbabwe, which scored around the
280-mark in losses to South Africa and
West Indies and beat the United Arab
Emirates by four wickets while chasing
285. Skipper Elton Chigumbura hasn t
given up hope of his team reaching the
quarterfinals, and thinks Pakistan might
be vulnerable after consecutive defeats.
The Zimbabwe bowlers will have to
recover from the recent onslaught from
Chris Gayle, who clobbered a record 16
sixes and a World Cup-high of 215 in
a 372-run partnership with Marlon
Samuels as the West Indies posted 372-
2 in Canberra on Tuesday. (AP)
Misbah to Pakistan:
No need to panic
Clarke defends key
bowling changes in loss
Links Archive February 28th 2015 March 2nd 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page