||India Vs Ireland
| Match Basics
|2nd T20: India Vs Ireland
|Date: 29th June, 2018
|Venue: The Village, Malahide, Dublin
|Umpires: Alan Neill, Roly Black
|Toss won by: Ireland , elected to field first
| Scorecard Summary
|India’s Innings: 213/4 (20 Overs, RR: 10.65)
|Batting: KL Rahul 70 off 36 balls, Suresh Raina 69 off 45 balls, Hardik Pandya 32* off 9 balls, Manish Pandey 21 off 20 balls.
|Bowling: Kevin O’Brien 3/40 in 4 overs, Peter Chase 1/42 in 4 overs.
|Target: 214 runs from 20 overs.
|Ireland’s Innings: 70 all out (12.3 Overs, RR: 5.6)
|Batting: Gary Wilson 15 off 18 balls, William Porterfield 14 off 11 balls.
|Bowling: YS Chahal 3/21 in 4 overs, Kuldeep Yadav 3/16 in 2.3 overs, Umesh Yadav 2/19 in 2 overs, Siddharth Kaul 1/4 in 2 overs, Hardik Pandya 1/10 in 2 overs.
|Result: India won by 143 runs
|Man of the Match: Lokesh Rahul
|Highlights & Analysis
|India Vs Ireland: 1st Innings
- Irish captain, Gary Wilson chose to bowl first as the pitch had more grass on it which could aid the fast bowlers in getting quick wickets.
- Both teams included new players in their squad as India were looking to clean sweep and Ireland intended to draw the series.
- Siddarth Kaul was rewarded for his IPL performances as he received his maiden IPL cap from none other than MS Dhoni.
- Virat Kohli promoted himself up the order as he and KL Rahul opened the Indian innings. Simi Singh was given the new ball by the Irish captain.
- Rahul got off to a blasting start but Kohli stuttered against Rankin and fell to Peter Chase in the very next over as Ireland drew first blood.
- Suresh Raina joined KL Rahul. Both batsmen continued the onslaught as India crossed 50 runs in 5 overs.
- Peter Chase was given the last over of the power play. And, the pair barely survived his over as Chase continued to hit the right lengths.
- After the power play, both batsmen continued scoring at 10 runs per over as India crossed a 100 runs in 10 overs and KL Rahul reached his half century.
- Post his half century, Rahul went more aggressive as his strike rate increased to 200+. This is when Keven O’Brien came into the attack.
- And, the Irish pacer struck straightaway by taking the wicket of KL Rahul followed by Rohit Sharma who departed after one ball on a duck.
- Manish Pandey joined Raina. After a few overs, Raina also reached his well deserved half century in only 34 balls.
- But, he also couldn’t convert it into a century as after a solid partnership of 36 runs he became Kevin O’Brien’s 3rd victim.
- India were now 4 wickets down with 169 runs on the board. Hardik Pandya was sent in at this point with the tactic to finish strong and get above 200 in the last 3 overs.
- This plan worked as the destructive all rounder struck 32 runs of only 9 balls to take India to a total of 213 runs.
India Vs Ireland: 2nd Innings
- Irish batsman had to bat out of their skins in order to chase 214 runs and draw this T20 series.
- Stirling and Shannon opened the innings while Umesh Yadav was given the new ball by Virat Kohli.
- Umesh struck in his very first over by removing Stirling as India got a dream start.
- Shannon joined Porterfield. Both added only 12 runs to the total after which Umesh Yadav removed Porterfield and Ireland lost their 2nd wicket in 3 overs.
- Shannon departed in the very next over as the debutante, Kaul got his very first international wicket.
- Balbirine joined Wilson. But he could only last 1 over as Chahal wrapped him up in his very first over followed by Kevin O’Brien who became a victim of Hardik Pandya.
- At this point, Ireland were 5 wickets down and India Vs Ireland had become a one sided affair with the Irish still needed 178 runs from 13 overs.
- However, things didn’t get any better for them as Chahal got his 2nd wicket as he pinned Simi Singh lbw.
- Spin was introduced from both ends as Kuldeep Yadav came into the attack. And, the leg spinner struck straightaway as he shattered the stumps of Gary Wilson.
- Some retaliation was shown by the lower order batsmen but one after the other they succumbed to the spinners and Ireland got all out in 13 overs.
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KD Karthik (Wkt.)
V Kohli (Cpt.)
GC Wilson (Cpt.) (Wkt.)
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