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Captain Dhoni does Ireland big favour with India win

By Ian Callender

India captain MS Dhoni steered his side to a four-wicket victory over West Indies yesterday and gave Ireland a great confidence boost ahead of their game against Zimbabwe today.

The West Indies, who Ireland defeated in the opening game in Group B, had the world champions struggling at 134 for six, still needing 50 to win, but Dhoni kept his cool to finish 45 not out and ensure that an Ireland victory in Hobart would promote them to third place in the group with two matches, against India and Pakistan, to come next week.

The top four in the group qualify for the knock-out quarter-finals.

West Indies, who will be hot favourites to win their final group game against the UAE, can finish no better than six points, while Ireland went into today's game already on four points, having also beaten UAE.

Still hoping to make his debut in the tournament was World Cup rookie Craig Young who has been the surprise absentee from Ireland's opening three games, after impressing in the build-up, but the Bready bowler was under no illusion of a guaranteed place.

"This is international cricket, at a World Cup, so you have to be absolutely nailed on and that's the way it's been," he said.

"I want my place back and I will do anything it takes. But I don't want to come back for just one match and if I get the chance I want to put in a performance which puts Max (Sorensen) and John (Mooney) under pressure.

"The most important thing is to get the win but, personally, I can't wait until I get at it."

Young admitted that he is not the best watcher and says he will be suffering nerves when he gets the call.

"A bit of nerves never hurt anyone and I'll be more than ready if I get the chance."

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