Irish pledge extreme attack against India

Ireland's giant-killing cricketers have vowed to play aggressively in Sunday's World Cup match against India as they effort to add the host nation to their list of scalps. The non-Test-playing nation provided the upset of the tournament to stun England by three wickets on Wednesday and all-rounder John Mooney said they would take on the same courageous approach in Bangalore."Our expectations going into the India game will be the same and we will go all out. Every game we play, we play to win," said Mooney, who took four wickets and scored a crucial 33 not out against England.

"As it was against Bangladesh, it will be the same against India too."It didn't happen in the first outing, but we went out with the same attitude against England and the approach will be the same against India."Ireland, who lost a close opening match against Bangladesh, have two points from as many games and a win over India would be a main step towards reaching the quarter-finals. They owed their victory to dominant batsman Kevin O'Brien, who hammered a 50-ball hundred - the fastest in World Cup history - as they overhauled England's imposing 8-327.

India, with three points after two matches, including a dramatic tie against England, may be struggling to find the right bowling combination but O'Brien said the hosts had the resources to keep pressure on his team."A couple of bad matches won't make them a bad bowling attack. I've seen the likes of Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh and they're very good bowlers," said O'Brien, who turned 27 on Friday."It's going to be a tricky game on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it as it's not every day that you play in front of 50,000 screaming fans."

India need to back up their batting with tight bowling and fielding against Ireland, who showed the depth of their batting against England as lower-order batsmen Alex Cusack and Mooney made essential contributions. The hosts' batting looked formidable in their two matches so far, with Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli cracking centuries against Bangladesh and Sachin Tendulkar scoring 120 against England. But India's bowling has left a lot to be desired despite trying out different combinations as they conceded 283 runs against Bangladesh and could not defend 338 against England in the tied match.


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