Tamil Diplomat

Five in Five for India

India’s remarkable turnaround at the Cricket World Cup continued on Tuesday with a fifth consecutive win ensuring the defending champion will top its pool heading into the quarterfinals.

India beat Ireland by eight wickets to remain unbeaten, a dramatic change after it entered the World Cup without a win in a competitive match in the previous two months on Australian soil, spanning four test matches and a limited-overs tri-series against Australia and England.

We have been here for over four months, we had to sacrifice somewhere,” India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. “I knew it (form) would be back when the World Cup started.“I’m glad all of us have stepped up. It feels good – we just have to take the momentum forward.”

Shikhar Dhawan scored 100 and Rohit Sharma hit 64 in a 174-run opening partnership as India reached 260-2, chasing down Ireland’s 259 with 13.1 overs remaining.Ireland’s push for a place in the quarterfinals will continue on the weekend against Pakistan.India will stay atop Pool B regardless of the outcome of its last group match against Zimbabwe          Ireland must now beat Pakistan in the last match of the pool round at Adelaide on Sunday, or at least take a point from that game, to have any chance of progressing.