IND vs IRE, 1st T20I: Deepak Hooda shines as India register 7-wicket win over Ireland to lead 1-0

Deepak Hooda Operated India A comprehensive 7-wicket win over Ireland was interrupted by rain in 12 overs in the first T20I at The Village in Dublin. The visitors chased down the target of 109 with ease as Hooda scored the winning run on his debut under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy with 16 balls to spare as India took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Chasing a tough target opener Ishan Kishan Gave India a great start with a quick innings of 26 runs in 11 balls. However, he failed to convert the start into a big total and was bowled by Craig Young with three fours and two sixes. Suryakumar Yadav, returning from injury, was dismissed for a golden duck as Young’s back-to-back wickets gave Ireland some hope.

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However, Hooda and Pandya mocked the chase with a solid 64-run partnership to make things easier for India. Hooda, who was promoted to open the innings, remained unbeaten on 47 off 29 balls as he made a strong case for himself in T20Is as well. World Cup Squad. He hit 2 sixes and six fours in his innings. While Pandya scored 24 runs in 12 balls in which he hit three sixes and a four. Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 5* as he also kept the gloves on for the team in the first innings.

Earlier, incessant rain delayed the start of the game and turned it into a 12 overs per side clash after Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl.

India vs Ireland 1st T20I Match Highlights

Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the Ireland captain in the very first over with an in-swing delivery that hit the top of the off-stump as Andrew Balbirnie went for a duck. Pandya took the responsibility of bowling the second over and he dismissed Paul Stirling for 4.

However, Harry Tector played an astonishing 64 not out to help the hosts post a challenging total after losing to the top three for 22 runs. Tector played some great shots against the Indian bowlers who might have underestimated him. His entertaining innings included 6 fours and 3 sixes. For India, Bhuvneshwar, Pandya, Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal shared a wicket each but the leg-spinner was the bowler’s choice for his economical figures of 1/11 in three overs. While debutant Umran Malik bowled just one over in which he conceded 18 runs.

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