India vs Ireland 1st T20 Highlights – As it Happened – India Won by 76 Runs


In the history of T20 cricket, this was the 2nd time when the Irish Cricket Team strike against the heavyweights of Indian cricket team after almost 8 big years. Ireland lost the match by 76 runs as they got all out on 132 runs. India is the top team in the T20 cricket standings whereas Ireland is not in even top 10 list. Hence, the results of such kind one-sided match were much expected by the cricket fans from the beginning of the match itself.

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India Scored 208 Runs in 20 Overs

In the limited overs format, Indian openers are always used to do a fierce start which breaks the opponent mentally as 208 runs are a whopping target to chase for any country. Indian opener Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan took the scorecard to 160 runs until Dhawan got caught by Thompson on 74 runs. Sharma continued the run machine but he failed to hit the century again and got bowled by Chase on 97 runs.

Indian team totaled 208 runs in 20 overs by losing 5 wickets. Chase was most successful bowler having taken 4 wickets by giving 35 runs in 4 overs.

Ireland Scored 132 Runs/9, in 20 overs, NO ALL OUT

Ireland team didn’t have the dream start they were expecting to be, but the opener Shannon successfully scored half-century against the top class bowlers of the world.

Kuldeep Yadav took the highest wicket from the Indian side, he gave just 21 runs in 4 overs and picked 4 wickets, it was a remarkable performance by him.

India vs Ireland 1st T20 Man of The Match

Kuldeep Yadav: “This is my first trip to the UK and it has started well. I think the wicket was good to bat on and it was turning a little bit but wrist spinners exploit even that little bit of turn in the wicket. We bowled variations and tried to bowl in the right areas. We talk a lot during the games when we bowl. First Chahal bowled and he told me that pitch is little slow. England is playing good cricket but if we use variations nicely it will be difficult for England too.”

Post Match Interview

Gary Wilson: They are a world-class side and their lads at the top played beautifully. I expected it to be a good wicket, I did not expect it to spin as it did in the second innings. We could have bowled spinners in the powerplay. You can always do things differently when things don’t go your way. Simi had a very good tour of Netherland so we pushed him up the order. We are going to have a chat to tackle their spinners. Shannon had a good match so that is one positive we can take from this match.

Virat Kohli: I can’t complain about anything today. The opening combination was excellent. The last over bowled by Ireland was terrific. Great effort by Rohit and Shikhar to put us in a good position. And good strikes from MS, Raina and Pandya in the end. Bowlers did a clinical job too. We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order. We are going to be flexible in the next few T20s. We will look to throw in guys when the situation requires them to come in and try to surprise the opposition. It presents the opportunity for the batsmen who couldn’t get the opportunity to bat. The guys who couldn’t get a chance today will get an opportunity in the next match. The guys had a great time in IPL but they need to get time in the middle here too. The team management decided to give a go to everyone in the squad. The guys are fine with this decision. We are looking to give everyone game-time and want them to portray the qualities they possess because many guys go on tour and never get an opportunity to play.

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