Just like how ICC’s official Twitter handle said, the IND vs IRE 1st T20 match was worth the wait. Though Ireland put up a spirited fight but even bad weather could not stop Hardik Pandya from winning his first international game as the Indian captain. India proved too strong for the home team and won the match by 7 wickets.
Due to the bad weather in Dublin, the match was first postponed and later both the teams played for only 12 overs. Where India won the toss and chose to field first, Ireland batter were restricted for only 108 runs. Later by surprising everyone, Deepak Hooda came to open with Ishan Kishan and made a strong statement by scoring 47 not out from just 29 runs.
Where Ishan Kishan made 26 off 11 balls, skipper Hardik Pandya made 24 off 12 balls and finished the game in just 9.2 overs. to win the rain-hit opening T20I by seven wickets on Sunday.
Indian bowling side also kept their best foot forward and vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now the record holder for most powerplay wickets in T20Is (34). Breaking the past records of Samuel Badree’s tally of 33, Bhuvi achieved this milestone with his haul of 1/16 in the IND vs IRE first T20I.
On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal who took 1 wicket and gave just 11 runs was named the man of the match. While talking during the post-match presentation, Yuzi said that bowing in such cold weather was tough but being an international player, he is capable for doing anything. He also said that new captain, Hardik Pandya gave him full freedom and said ‘you bowl the way you always do’.
Now the next T20I between India and Ireland will be played on Tuesday, June 28 at the same venue, The Village, Dublin and the match will begin at 9 pm. Cricket lovers can enjoy the match at Sony Six and Sony Six HD in India. The online streaming will be available on Sony Liv mobile application or on their website sonyliv.com.