IND vs IRE, 1st T20I: Speaking after winning his first match as India captain, Hardik Pandya said it was great to start the series with a win in Dublin on Sunday.
Hardik Pandya after India beat Ireland in 1st T20I: Brilliant to start the series with a win (AP Photo)
- Great to start the series with a win: Hardik Pandya
- India beat Ireland in rain-hit first T20 match in Dublin
- Hardik backs Umran to do well in next match
India captain Hardik Pandya was happy after his youth team’s seven-wicket win over the tour of Ireland in the rain-hit first T20I in Dublin on Sunday. India chased down the target The tourists took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series with an absolute ease of 109 in the form of Deepak Hooda’s winning run on his debut under Hardik’s captaincy.
“Great to start the series with a win, lucky we got a game. It is important for our team to start with a win. Umran was held back after talks with him, he is more comfortable with the old ball And he batted fantastically,” Hardik Pandya said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Fast bowling sensation Umran Malik had a forgettable outing with the ball as he conceded 14 runs in the only over he bowled on his international debut. However, skipper Hardik backed his young teammate saying that he hopes Umran gets another chance to prove himself in the second T20I.
“Hopefully he gets a chance. Some of the shots played by Harry left me in awe. Look forward to seeing him develop and take on Irish cricket again,” Hardik said.
Hardik, leading India for the first time, won the toss and elected to bowl in a rain-hit game which was reduced to 12 overs. After being dealt a blow by the Indian fast bowlers in the powerplay (four overs), Ireland made a spectacular comeback on the back of a half-century from Harry Tractor.
Tector hit an unbeaten 64 off 33 balls, including six fours and three sixes, as Ireland posted 108 for four. However, Hooda made a comeback in the team as the make-shift opener scored an unbeaten 47 to help India chase down the target and beat Ireland by seven wickets in the first T20I in Dublin on Sunday. .