Rohit steers India to easy win, Uganda notch first win

India captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with an impressive half-century before retiring hurt to guide his team to an eight-wicket victory over Ireland in their opening T20 World Cup group match in New York.

After 14 wickets had fallen for 157 runs in the first match on the temporary drop-in pitch when South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets, India bowled Ireland out for 96 with four overs to spare.

Rohit helped allay fears the pitches imported from Adelaide were too helpful to the quicker bowlers by easing his way to 52 from 37 balls with three sixes and four fours ahead of one of the most anticipated games of the tournament against Pakistan on Sunday.

After Rohit won the toss on an overcast morning, Ireland were immediately in trouble as they slumped to 6-46.

Only Gareth Delaney offered any real defiance in the face of an attack in which fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was again virtually unplayable, capturing 2-6 from his three overs and beating all the batsmen in the air or off the pitch.

Delaney, batting at No.7, scored 26 from 14 balls including a four and six from consecutive balls from left-arm paceman Arshdeep Singh before he was run out. Only three other Ireland players reached double figures.

After Virat Kohli had been dismissed for one, Rishabh Pant (36 not out) batted with typical impudence, scoring the winning runs with a reverse sweep for six.

Bumrah, named man of the match, said the ball had initially seamed around with pace and bounce.

"Once the seam goes down the pitch does settle down," he said. "You have to be prepared to bowl in all conditions."

Uganda, meanwhile, dismissed Papua New Guinea for 77 but had to work extra hard for victory after losing their first three wickets by the start of the third over in reply.

The African nation then slipped to 5-26 before rallying to reach 7-78 with 10 balls remaining.

Riazat Ali Shah's 33 was more than double the highest score by any other batter in the match, but he was out with Uganda three runs away from victory.

He had two big reprieves - chopping an inside edge just over his stumps before he'd scored with Uganda on 3-8 and again when he was on nine and the total 5-35 when Charles Amini put down a regulation catch in the ninth over.

Uganda rallied to set up victory with a 35-run sixth-wicket partnership between Riazat and Juma Miyagi (13) before a runout added an extra element of tension at the end.

"First win of a World Cup is a special win for us," Riazat said. "It was not easy to bat on this wicket ... our plan was just to stay in and take our time."

with AP