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Cricket World Cup: We had to fight all the way, admits Singh

By Ian Callender

Man of the match Yuvraj Singh, who became the first bowler to take five wickets and score 50 in a match in this World Cup, was impressed by the Ireland bowlers and admitted that India had the best of the pitch after their victory in Bangalore.

“They bowled really well according to the situation,” said Yuvraj. “They put a lot of pressure on us. The wicket was a little better batting second because during the day (light) it was spinning more and under the lights it didn’t spin as much. The wicket was slow but it was a good game.”

He also said that Ireland deserve to be on the world stage.

“They beat Pakistan at the last World Cup, in this one they chased 327 against England and they have been really outstanding. Their game has been up and their fielding today was outstanding. The partnership between the two left handers (William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien) was very good and they can put big teams under pressure so they should be playing a lot of cricket at this level.”

Yuvraj, however, refused to go the extra mile. When asked should the ‘minnows’ be in the next World Cup he said: “It’s not my call.”

India captain MS Dhoni said Ireland made India fight all the way.

“Everyone got a chance to bat, everyone was under pressure, it was very good exposure for our batsmen, the No. 7 batsman (Yusuf Pathan) is important. We are showing signs of improvement in bowling, and fielding will be the same. Our exceptional fielders can get better, our slow fielders will remain the same.”

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