Hello and welcome to our live coverage of ICC World Cup 2015 Pool B match between defending champions India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) at WACA ground in Perth today. India registered a convincing 9-wicket victory.
India now have three wins in a row. All three have been convincing ones. They got off their campaign with a 76-run success over Pakistan (February 15) followed by 130-run thrashing of South Africa (February 22). And chasing for the first time today, they were not stretched by UAE. They romped home with 187 balls remaining (biggest margin in World Cup for India). In the end all three easy victories.
All the Live updates of the match are here (Times in IST)
4.30 PM: That's it from us today. Thanks for tuning in. Tomorrow, two matches - England Vs Sri Lanka (3.30 AM IST) and Pakistan-Zimbabwe (9 AM IST)
India's next match is against West Indies on March 6 (Friday) from 12 PM IST. Same venue here at Perth
4.27 PM: R Ashwin is Man-of-the-match
4.26 PM: India have notched up their third win in a row. They are unbeaten, the second team after New Zealand to keep to a clean record so far. Kiwis have won four in four.
4.22 PM: INDIA WIN. Rohit hits a boundary off Mohamamd Tauqir to end the game. India 104/1 in 18.5 overs. Rohit 57 not out. Kohli unbeaten on 33. After 45-minute break, India needed just 7 minutes to wrap up the match. Here is the full scorecard
4.20 PM: At the end of 18th over, India 100/1. Just 3 more to win
4.19 PM: Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden obliges Indian fans at WACA with a selfie
4.16 PM: Rohit hits a boundary in the first over after resumption and gets to his half century, 24th in ODIs (1st in World Cup). Indai 94/1 in 17 overs
4.15 PM: Players are back on the field. And immediately India have taken the batting powerplay. They want to finish the game early. 15 to get
3.32 PM: DINNER BREAK - India will return after a 45-minute interval to knock off the remaining 15 runs. Now they are 88/1 in 16 overs
3.28 PM: India need 20 more runs to win. 83/1 in 15 overs. Could be the last over before supper break
3.25 PM: UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has come on to bowl his offspin. There is a stumping appeal against Rohit. Third umpire says not out
3.20 PM: Krishna Karate to bowl now. India 66/1 in 13 overs
3.19 PM: Indian fans partying at the ground
3.15 PM: At the end of 12 overs, India are 61/1. 42 more to win. 15 minutes remaining for supper break. Looks like India's victory will be after that
3.08 PM: India need less than 50 to win from here. 54/1 in 10.3
3.06 PM: 50 up for India in the 10th over
3.00 PM: Rohit hits consecutive FOURS off Naveed in the 9th over. He adds another boundary on the last ball of the over. India 46/1 in 9
2.53 PM: Virat Kohli has joined Rohit in the middle
2.49 PM: WICKET - A one-handed stunner from Rohan at point. Shikhar is dismissed for 14 by Naveed. India 29/1 in 6.3 overs
2.26 PM: Rohit hits the first boundary of the Indian innings. India 4/0 after 1 over.
2.23 PM: India begin their chase. Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a magnificent 137 in the previous match against South Africa, opened the innings with Rohit Sharma, who is yet to get a big score in the tournament.
2.16 PM: India will be back in 10 minutes for the run chase. Could be over before the original innings break (3.30 PM IST). Excellent bowling effort by India, Ashwin in particular. Umesh and Bhuvneshwar rattled the opposition early on with bouncers. Pace and bounce was too much to handle for UAE.
2.14 PM: This is the lowest team score in a World Cup against India. The previous 109 by Sri Lanka in 2003
2.11 PM: WICKET - UAE 102 all out in 31.3 overs. Umesh gets the final wicket, of Anwar. Full scorecard
2.10 PM: Umesh to Anwar - Edged and ball goes between keeper and slips for a FOUR. 100 up for UAE
2.05 PM: Shaiman Anwar hit 106 in last game Vs Ireland. He is batting on 31 today. He and Guruge have added 23 runs in 6 overs for the last wicket. UAE 94/9 in 30
2.03 PM: Dhoni has brought back Umesh to finish off the innings. His 1st spell 1/7 in 5 overs
2.02 PM: Ashwin finishes his 10-over spell. 4/25, his best ODI effort
2.00 PM: Last wicket pair of Anwar and Guruge still battling. Can they take UAE past 100? Now it is 90/9 in 28.5
1.47 PM: WICKET - Jadeja strikes again. Captain Mohammad Tauqir is bowled for 1. UAE 71/9 in 24 overs
1.43 PM: WICKET - Ashwin cleans up Naveed. UAE 68/8 in 22.3 overs. Ashwin with his 4th scalp. Ashwin with his ODI best figures of 4/16
1.41 PM: DROPPED by Raina at slip. Should have been 8 down. Rain fails to hang on to an easy one from Naveed off Jadeja. UAE 67/7 in 22 overs
1.40 PM: SIX - first one of the match. Mohammed Naveed deposits the first ball he faces into the stands. That travelled 90 metres
1.38 PM: WICKET No. 7. Ravindra Jadeja into the attack and he strikes with first ball. Raina is busy at slips, his third catch. Amjad Javed gone for 2. UAE 61/7 in 21.1 overs
1.29 PM: DRS time. Bhuvneshwar bets Rohan Mustafa LBW but the batsman reviews. No change in decision. The ball would have hit the stumps. English umpire Michael Gough was spot on. UAE 52/6 in 19.5 overs
1.15 PM: WICKET - Make it 5 now. Ashwin has his third, second catch for Raina. UAE 44/5 in 16.4 overs. Khurram Khan the latest batsman to head back to the pavilion
1.05 PM: WICKET - Second one for Ashwin. UAE reeling at 41/4 in 14.5 overs. Swapnil Patil c Shikhar Dhawan (at first slip) b Ashwin 7
1.00 PM: After 14 overs, UAE 36/3
12.46 PM: WICKET - R Ashwin into the attack and he strikes immediately. UAE 28/3 in 10.2 overs. Krishan Karate at legslip by Suresh Raina
12.40 PM: Umesh continues, he is into his 5th over. UAE 28/2 after 10 overs (powerplay ends)
12.30 PM: After 7 overs, UAE 16/2. No boundaries so far. Bhuvneshwar and Umesh have been impressive
12.27 PM: UAE batsmen are clueless against Umesh's pace. He is consistently bowling 140kph plus. Umesh 3-2-1-1. UAE 13/2 in 6
12.22 PM: Another WICKET via a bouncer. This time from Bhuvneshwar. Dhoni takes another catch. UAE 13/2 in 5 overs. Amjad Ali gone
12.19 PM: Umesh working good pace here, bowls a maiden. One of the deliveries was at 146.7 kph
12.15 PM: Support for Team India at the WACA
12.13 PM: India's strategy seems to be bouncing out UAE batsmen. After two overs, UAE 12/1
12.08 PM: India have the first WICKET - Umesh Yadav strikes in 2nd over with a bouncer. Berenger goes for pull shot, only manages to top edge to Dhoni. UAE 7/1 in 1.4 overs
12.02 PM: In Auckland, Kane Williamson hits a SIX off Pat Cummins to bring the curtains down on a low-scoring thriller. New Zealand win by 1 wicket. Mitchell Starc was exceptional with 6/28 in 9 overs. Few more runs and it could have been different. Full Scorecard here
12.00 PM: We are under way in Perth. Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India. UAE's batsmen are Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger
11.53 AM: Meanwhile in Auckland, New Zealand are 8 down chasing 152. Live Scorecard here
11.43 AM: PHOTO - Captains MS Dhoni and Mohammad Tauqir at the toss
11.42 AM: Video of Indians training earlier today at WACA
11.38 AM: India have one change, Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in for the injured Mohammed Shami
11.30 AM: UAE WIN TOSS, BAT FIRST
11.25 AM: India are on top of Pool B with 4 points. Take a look at the Points Table here
11.18 AM: India and UAE have met twice before (first time today at World Cup) and the former has won both
11.15 AM: We are 15 minutes away from the toss. As we wait, read the match preview here
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
United Arab Emirates: Mohammed Tauqir (captain), Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Andri Berenger, Asanka Guruge, Khurram Khan, Krishna Chandran, Mohammed Naveed, Swapnil Patil (wicketkeeper), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa.
Match starts at 12.00 PM IST