India whipped Ireland by eight wickets to record their fifth win in as many World Cup Pool B matches in the Hamilton cricket ground, earlier today.
The defending champions bowled Ireland out for a paltry 259 in 49 overs before openers Shikhar Dhawan smashed 100 and partner Rohit Sharma 64 as India chased down the target in only 36.5 overs on a batting-friendly pitch at Seddon Park.
The pair shared an Indian World Cup record opening stand of 174.
Ireland, who batted after winning the toss, owed their total to a run-a-ball 75 from Niall O’Brien, while skipper William Porterfield made 67.
Paceman Mohammad Shami finished with 3-41.
This victory ensured India, already in the last eight, finished at the top of Pool B while Ireland will likely need a win against Pakistan in their last pool match in Adelaide on March 15 to reach the quarter-finals.