Amit Kumar

It would be great to see, Will the Irish coffee smell sweet or taste bitter to Dhoni’s boys when they confront Ireland in their Group B tie at M Chinnaswami Stadium, Bengaluru?

After registering a scintillating win against England, Ireland are on cloud nine, and would like to repeat what they did to England at the same venue on Wednesday.

Ireland are aware of playing conditions as they trampled England at the same ground.

Dhoni and company should not forget the 2007 World Cup, when they couldn’t qualify for the second round, as they were defeated by minnows Bangladesh.

Hats-off to Kevin O’Brein, the fastest century scorer in the World Cup history, who gave his team a sizzling victory by thrashing Britishers by three wickets with five balls to spare. England had never dreamt of such an overcome by minnows Ireland. This Irish should be the main envy for the Indians.

India have played two matches in the event so far and are on the third rank in the Group B table and have three points in the bag.

There are significant dangers lurking on India’s bowling line-up. The thrilling tie between India and England could have been avoided if the bowling attack was consistent. Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh showed a great batting performance which resulted in a big first innings total for India.

Piyush Chawla, who failed to show his performance against England and was one of the dissapointing tie, has to be replaced by young R. Ashwin.

“Tubunator” Harbhajan Singh will be the main spin attack bowler for India.

With experienced batsmen like Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar followed by the strong batting line up including captain MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, India holds strong possibilities of turning the game to its stride.

Dhoni can go with two pace bowlers in the form of S Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan, who can achieve initial success for the team.

India (possible):  Virender Sehwag,  Sachin Tendulkar,  Gautam Gambhir,  Virat Kohli,  Yuvraj Singh,  MS Dhoni (capt & wk),  Yusuf Pathan,  Harbhajan Singh,  Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin,  Munaf Patel.

Ireland (possible): 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Alex Cusack, 7 Andre Botha/Gary Wilson, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Boyd Rankin

Bengaluru statistics: This would be the first time when India will play Ireland at this venue. So there would be more extravaganzas in the crowd.

Success Mantra: Kick the Irish attitude back in their hut and break the proud of defeating English, as we are not that cons that can be easily put on the cobs.

Dhoni's boys shouldn’t worry as India have a great batting line up which can trouble opponents. Now it’s time to rock Bengaluru.

Bengaluru pitch is totally meant for batting, so it totally depends on toss. If Dhoni wins the toss then without any doubt he should opt for batting. The team can take the help of experienced Bhajji and young turner Piyush Chawla, who will get a good turn on the pitch and can trouble the batsmen.

We have part time spinners like Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj Singh who make the possibilities of taking wickets.