India vs Ireland First T20I Review:
The first T20 between India and Ireland is a wrap. Team India had a dominant performance as they defeated Ireland by 7 wickets.
Team India had a clinical performance in every department. Yuzvendra Chahal was named the Player of the Match for his economical spell.
Team India began their overseas stint with a T20 series against Ireland. The senior team is in England for the only Test match in Edgbaston. Therefore, the T20I series against Ireland is important as India went with a second-string team led by Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Indian cricket fans were excited to see how these youngsters would express themselves once given an opportunity.
However, the excitement was short-lived. The rain gods were merciless as it started raining heavily in Dublin. The players and fans were fearing a washout. The clouds luckily went away and the game was reduced to 12 overs per side. Umran Malik was handed his first Indian cap as he made his international debut.
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India won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. Ireland had a shaky start to their powerplay of 4 overs. Ireland was struggling at 22-3 in the powerplay. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, and Avesh Khan took one wicket each. It seemed like a low-scoring outing for the Irish. However, middle-order batsman Harry Tector had different plans. Tector started the counter-attack and smashed an unbeaten 64 off just 33 balls. He single-handedly carried Ireland to a fighting total of 108 runs in 12 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal was extremely economical in his three overs with figures of 1-11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was economical as well with figures of 1-16 in three overs.
Team India suffered a blow as opener Ruturaj Gaikwad got injured. Deepak Hooda was, therefore, given a chance to open with Ishan Kishan. Kishan picked from where he left against South Africa as he smashed a quick-fire 26 off just 11 balls. Team India had a small hurdle losing Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav on consecutive deliveries. However, Hooda and skipper Hardik Pandya carried their onslaught to take India home. Hardik Pandya fell in the way, and Dinesh Karthik came. With not much left in the bank, DK just strolled around, letting Hooda take the plaudits. Team India chased the target of 109 with relative ease in just 9.2 overs.
Second T20 on June 28
India decided to go with Deepak Hooda instead of Sanju Samson. The decision was surprising considering the great season Samson had for Rajasthan Royals. There is yet to be an update on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s injury. India might play Samson if Gaikwad fails to recover. Umran Malik got to bowl only one over. The 22-year-old speedster was able to hit the maximum speed of 148.
Therefore, Pandya would play the same team in the final T20 on June 28. As a result, Rahul Tripathi and Arshdeep Singh will have to wait for their chance to debut for India. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates.