India 'A' bundle out Ireland 'A' for 182
Abu Dhabi, May 2 (UNI) RP Singh and SS Paul took three wickets apeice as India 'A' demolished Ireland 'A', bundling them out for a paltry 182 in their second round group C match of the EurAsia Cup here today.
The Indians were at their precisive best as they did not allow the Irish batsmen to settle and develop a partnership. The Irish team was eventually bowled out in 43.3 overs with R P Singh and S S Paul scalping three wickets each.
Ireland, who chose to bat first after winning the toss, had no answers to the Indian attack and lost their five top order batsmen for just 82 runs within 20 overs.
It was Paul who initiated the collapse when he bowled opener JAM Molins (13) in the fifth over. Molins' partner CM Armstrong (13) followed him in the next over after being bowled by a Reetinder Singh Sodhi delivery.
The early loss of openers did the damage as the Irish failed to recover and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Indian bowlers held sway throughout the innings and young spinner Piyush Chawla, already being seen as the next big thing in Indian cricket, joined in scalping the wickets of next two batsmen in quick succession.
JF Mooney stood tall among the ruins and made a gutsy 41 and also shared an 86-run sixth wicket partnership with KJ O'Brien (36) to restore some respectability to the score.
But just when the duo looked like steadying the ship for Ireland, RP Singh struck and trapped Mooney leg-before to end the stand.
Mooney's fall triggered another collapse and no Irish batsman managed to stay put at the wicket and the Europeans lost their last four wickets for just 10 runs.
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