A dominant India chased down Ireland's 108/4 with 16 balls to spare for a seven-wicket win in the first T20I match in Dublin. Catch IRE vs IND highlights and cricket scores.
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In a rain-shortened, 12-overs-a-side T20I game at The Village in Dublin, India chased down a target of 109 runs with relative ease to take a 1-0 lead against Ireland on Sunday. The second and final match is scheduled for Tuesday at the same venue.
With looming rain, Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to bowl first with young speedster Umran Malik getting his India debut. Then the rain arrived, delaying the start of the match. But the pacer exploited the conditions well only to Harry Tector hit a brilliant unbeaten 64 off 33. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal took a wicket each. Ireland reached 108/4.
India's chase got off to a flier. Deepak Hooda, not Ruturaj Gaikwad, companied Ishan Kishan. And they stitched a 30-run opening stand in just 2.4 overs with Kishan hitting 26 off 11. Craig Young then claimed two in two, those of Kishan and his Mumbai Indians team-mate Suryakumar Yadav. Skipper Pandya then joined Hooda in a 64-run stand, before getting out for 24 off 12. Dinesh Karthik arrived and Hooda carried the bat, with an unbeaten 47 off 29.
India take victory by seven wickets with 2.4 overs to spare. Well played to them. We go again on Tuesday.— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) June 26, 2022
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Meaning, Hardik Pandya started his India captaincy stint with a win, just like in the IPL for Gujarat Titans. India have now won four in four against Ireland. Catch IRE vs IND highlights and cricket scores:
The player of the match is Yuzvendra Chahal for his 1/11 in three overs in chilling conditions. He admits.
"I felt like a finger spinner today. Sometimes it's hard but you have to adapt to every condition. The atmosphere is pretty chilled... I'm wearing three sweaters right now."
Joshua Little with the 10th over. Deepak Hooda hits the first ball for a four, through cover. And another four, this time a square drive. India win by seven wickets with 16 balls to spare. Hooda carries his bat, hitting an unbeaten 47 off 29. IND - 111/3 (9.2); IRE - 108/4 (12)
Conor Olphert continues. Deepak Hooda takes a single off the first, then a dot to DK. A single to square leg. And a quick single. A wide, then two singles. A dot to DK, then a wide. DK then hits the last ball for a four, past backward point. Nine from the over. India need six from 18. IND - 103/3 (9)
Joshua Little on with his second over. A dot, then a four to third man for Deepak Hooda and fifty-run stand in 28 balls. A ramp shot for another four. Slower delivery but the batter reads well in advance and guides it over the wicketkeeper. A single. Hardik Pandya clobbers the next one and gets enough to clear long off boundary for a six. A wide, then big appeal and Pandya is given out LBW. India take the review. Wild swing and misses. No bat, and clipping leg stump. Umpire's call. Hardik goes for 24 off 12. A 64-run stand in 32 balls broken. India 16 runs from the over. Dinesh Karthik is the new man. India need 15 in 24. IND - 94/3 (8)
Conor Olphert, the debutant, on. And a six over backward square leg to start his international career. Missing line and Deepak Hooda flicks it. A dot, just misses the bail over leg stump. A couple, to deep cover. Off the glove and a dot. Kicks off and surprises Hooda. Beaten for pace, again. Another dot to end the over. Nine from the over. India need 31 in 30. IND - 78/2 (7)
Spin on. And Hardik Pandya welcomes Andy McBrine with a six, over wide long on. 84m. A single, then Deepak Hooda dances down and lofts one, over long on. His first six. Biggest so far, 88m. Wide, down leg. Shuffles, but to mid on for a dot. A single, then a six for Pandya, again over long on. 21 from the over. India need 40 in 36. IND - 69/2 (6)
Craig Young continues. The wicket-taker starts with a wide, outside off. A dot to Deepak Hooda. Another one. One more, shaping away. A single to mid-on to rotate the strike, and a dot to Hardik Pandya. A single to end the over. Another good over for Young. Three runs. India need 61 in 42. IND - 48/2 (5)
Mark Adair continues. Two dots, then Deepak Hooda clears his front foot and launches over mid-wicket for a four. His first boundary in eight balls. A wide, then a four to third man. Pulls the fourth for a single. A dot to end the over. 10 from the over. IND - 45/2 (4)
Hardik Pandya, the new man, blocks the hat-trick ball from Craig Young. Ten runs and two wickets from it. No, the last ball gets belated called no ball. A free hit, and Hardik connects. Lands just inside the rope for a four at long on. 15 from the over. IND - 35/2 (3)
And Suryakumar Yadav is given out LBW off the first ball. India review. Looks out. No bat, and hitting the middle. He goes for a golden duck. IND - 30/2 (2.5)
Bowling change. Craig Young on. Guides behind point with a delicate touch. A four to start. As easy as it gets for Ishan Kishan. Then a pull shot with brute power, for six. 82m. Out of the ground. Young responds. A hint of movement and Kishan is bowled. Middle stump. Indian opener goes for 26 off 11. IND - 30/1 (2.4)
Mark Adair shares the new ball. Five from it, including one leg bye and a wide. IND - 20/0 (2)
Joshua Little with the new ball. Deepak Hooda takes the first strike. A single to third man. Then a do to Ishan Kishan. A four to four for Kishan and a six, over mid-wicket. Smallish ground and Kishan knows it. 73m six. Cuts uppishly, and four to backward point. A dot to end the over. 15 from the over. IND - 15/0 (1)
Avesh Khan with the final over of the innings. Harry Tector plays the first to long on a fifty, in 29 balls. His third in T20Is. A single for George Dockrell, and Tector severse laps the full toss for a four past backward point fielder. And a wide, outside off. Then Axar Patel drops Tector at extra cover. Running attempt, and pops out. A couple for the effort. A six, over deep cover. A couple to end the over. 17 from the over. 22/1 for Avesh Khan. Tector unbeaten on 64 off 33. Last five overs - 52/1. IRE - 108/4 (12)
Yuzvendra Chahal on with his final over. Four singles. His figures tonight, 1/11 in three overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's figures - 1/16. IRE - 91/4 (11)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar on with his third. Harry Tector hits the first ball for a four, past cover. A couple to mid-wicket, then a six over. Lofted drive with some class over cover. A dot, then a single. Tector on 47 off 26 (five fours and two sixes). A single to end the over. 14 from it. 53 runs from the last five overs. IRE - 87/4 (10)
A single and a dot to end the over. Four runs and a wicket from Yuzvendra Chahal's second over. IRE - 74/4 (9)
Yuzvendra Chahal continues. Three singles and fifty run stand. Lorcan Tucker slog sweeps the next, but finds Axar Patel at deep mid-wicket. Tucker goes for 18 off 16. George Dockrell is the new man. IRE - 72/4 (8.4)
Hardik Pandya returns for his second. A single off the third as Harry Tucker plays to point. And Lorcan Tucker hits back-to-back sixes, a hook and a slog sweep. A dot to end the 13-run over. IRE - 69/3 (8)
Yuzvendra Chahal on. Two dots to Lorcan Tucker, then four singles. 34 runs and a wicket in the last three overs. IRE - 56/3 (7)
Umran Malik gets his first India over. Two singles, then four leg byes, beating a diving Dinesh Karthik down leg. A single, then an on drive for a four. Brilliant timing from Harry Tector. Wide, down the leg. Short, and Tector pulls it for a six. First of the match. 18 from the over. IRE - 52/3 (6)
Axar Patel with his first over. Two singles, and a four, through cover. Crashes into the fence. Harry Tector follows it up with another four, this time one bounce to deep cover. A single, and also a review for a run out. Lorcan Tucker is safe. 12 from the over. IRE - 34/3 (5)
Shapes away from the new man, Lorcan Tucker. Five runs and a wicket from Avesh Khan's first over. IRE - 22/3 (4)
Bowling change. Avesh Khan on. Harry Tector beaten, then a top edge over the first slip for a four. A quick single off the third. A dot, then an inside edge. Gareth Delany caught behind. Easy for Dinesh Karthik. Delany goes for 8 off 9. IRE - 22/3 (3.5)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. Three from the over, including one leg bye and one overthrow. IRE - 17/2 (3)
Gareth Delany hits the last ball of the over, through between extra-cover and mid-off. 13 runs and a wicket from Hardik Pandya's first over. IRE - 14/2 (2)
Skipper Hardik Pandya on. Starts with a wide, outside off, and a four, over cover with Paul Stirling playing a lofted drive. Then the wicket. Caught at mid-off by Deepak Hooda. Stirling goes for 4 off 5. Harry Tector is the new man. IRE - 6/2 (1.2).
With that, Hardik becomes the first Indian captain to take a T20I wicket.
And India take the review. Original decision not out. Missing leg, and Gareth Delany lives to fight. Swung too much. IRE - 1/1 (1)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes fifth ball. Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie is gone for a two-ball duck, bowled. Top of off. Gareth Delany is the new man. IRE - 1/1 (0.5)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball. Paul Stirling to face the first ball. Andrew Balbirnie is his opening partner.
Players are out in the middle. Before the first ball, here's a quick look at the revised playing conditions - 12 overs a side game; powerplay will be from overs one to four; three bowlers can bowl two overs and two bowlers can bowl three; innings break is 10 minutes.
... an update worth sharing. It's now a 12-overs-a-side affair. Match will start at 6:50 pm local. That is 11:20 pm IST. And the cut-off time is 7:40 pm local. Still a lot of time. Stay put.
Rain back again, then stopped. There are damp spots on the pitch, reportedly.
Even better tweet
The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off! There's still no word on a start time but some positive news.#IREvIND | #BackingGreen in association with EXCHANGE22 and #ABDIndiaSterlingReserve ☘️🏏 pic.twitter.com/sNtKOE8aV3— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) June 26, 2022
...but still a good tweet!
The rain is light and the super sopper is at work, but there is no update on a start time as yet.#IREvIND | #BackingGreen in association with EXCHANGE22 and #ABDIndiaSterlingReserve ☘️🏏 pic.twitter.com/NNOfcr30F0— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) June 26, 2022
In Leicester, the warm-up match between Leicestershire and India has ended in a draw as often the case tour practice matches.
India - 246/8 d & 364/7 d; Leicestershire - 244 & 219/4.
While we wait for the rain to clear, HERE's how the Indian cricketers reacted to Chandrakant Pandit's sixth Ranji Trophy win as a coach.
More rain in Dublin. Covers are also back and the situation looks not so good.
England are chasing 296 runs to sweep the Test series against New Zealand. The Kiwis were dismissed for 326 at Tea with Jack Leach taking 10 wickets in the match. His figures in the second essay were 5/66. Tom Blundell top scored with 88 and was involved in another 100-run stand with Daryl Mitchell (56), their fourth in this series.
Rain has stopped for now. And covers are off. But expect more.
A while ago, Hardik Pandya said it's an "absolute honour to lead India. Any cricket who starts playing dreams of leading the country and I am very lucky to be leading my country."
Meanwhile, here are the playing XIs -
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Conor Olphert.
Conor Olphert is the debutant.
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik.
Hardik Pandya wins the toss and opts to bowl first against Ireland. Umran Malik is making his India debut tonight.
In the last five T20Is here at Malahide, teams batting first have posted scores of 180-plus totals, and 200-plus in each of the three matches before that. Notable was Scotland's stunning 252/3 against the Netherlands in September 2019.
Elsewhere, Indians are taking on Leicestershire in a four-day warm-up match ahead of the Test against England. The outing being a practice match, some Indians are turning up for both sides with Cheteshwar Pujara the biggest beneficiary. Shubman Gill hit a fluent 62 for the County side against a bowling attack featuring the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, etc.
India captain Rohit Sharma however is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
Hardik Pandya is India's seventh captain across formats since the start of 2021. He now has the luxury of leading a young and talented team with the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, etc. in the mix. But the key player will be Dinesh Karthik, who has risen like a phoenix.
For Ireland, the series is the start of something big in their cricket fixtures. India's tour will be followed by visits from New Zealand, South Africa and Afghanistan. Andrew Balbirnie & Co. will hope to play good cricket and test the big boys in the run-up to the ICC T20 World Cup.
This is a second-string Indian side with the senior pros currently camping in England for the rescheduled fifth Test match and subsequent limited-overs series, featuring three T20Is and three ODIs. But in Hardik Pandya, India have a go-getter captain in Hardik Pandya. Also, the team is replete with talented players.