IND vs IRE: Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma given no credit as Paul Stirling claims 'toss played a crucial part' in India's win

Published - 06 Jun 2024, 12:21 AM

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The India vs Ireland match was in the fray in the 8th game of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 on Wednesday, June 5. The match between the Rohit Sharma-led side and Paul Stirling-led side was hosted by the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

India won the toss and as expected chose to bowl first. The bowlers showed their class and help from the surface meant that Ireland had a nightmarish outing. They just couldn't get going and Ireland were bowled out for just 96 runs in 16 overs.

With a small total on board and the pitch not changing in the second innings, a huge responsibility was on the shoulders of the Irish bowlers to provide a good start to their side. Mark Adair did a good job by picking an early wicket by dismissing the in-form Virat Kohli for 1.

However, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant showcased a batting masterclass and stabilized the innings with an amazing partnership of 54 runs between them. Rohit Sharma got retired hurt after scoring 52 but Pant remained not out till the end and made sure that India handed Ireland an 8-wicket loss.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, the Irish skipper Paul Stirling put the blame on the toss for the defeat of his team in the high-profile match against the India National Cricket Team. 

According to Paul Stirling, the Ireland batters should have tried to put some pressure on the Indian bowlers, which they failed to do. He signed off on an optimistic note, saying that they will look to bounce back strong when they return to the same venue for the match against Canada.

"Toss played a crucial part - stuck in to bat in overcast conditions. We needed to put a bit of pressure back on the Indian bowlers. They didn't really miss that often. Their groupings and lengths were outstanding."

"Any time in the middle is crucial for us. We'll be back here for a couple of days. Will give it a good crack against Canada."

The defeat in the T20 World Cup 2024 clash against India was the 8th one for Ireland in as many T20Is against the Men In Blue, which is a record. Also, India registered their 4th biggest win in terms of balls remaining in T20Is against Ireland.

India winning with the most balls to spare in T20Is

81 vs Sco Dubai 2021

64 vs Ban Hangzhou 2023

59 vs UAE Mirpur 2016

46 vs Ire New York 2024*

41 vs Zim Harare 2016

Most successive wins for India against an opponent (T20I)

8 vs Bangladesh (2009-18)

8 vs Ireland (2009-24)*

7 vs Australia (2013-17)

7 vs Sri Lanka (2016-17)

7 vs West Indies (2018-19)

What Happened When India and Ireland Faced Off Last Time?

It was the India tour of Ireland 2023 when the two teams were seen in action against each other last time. In the first match of the three-match T20I series, Jasprit Bumrah made his comeback to international cricket after a long injury lay-off and registered amazing figures of 2/24 to bag the Player of the Match award. First, India restricted Ireland to 139/7 and then won the match by 2 runs as per the DLS method because the rain interrupted the play.

In the second T20I, the Men In Blue once again delivered a great performance and thumped the Irish Team by 33 runs to take an unassailable lead 2-0. Batting first, India posted a great total of 185/5 on the board with Ruturaj Gaikwad (58) being the top-scorer. Sanju Samson (40), Rinku Singh (38), and Shivam Dube (22) also made good contributions.

With the ball, India were close to perfect as they ran through the Ireland batting order and restricted them to 152/8 with Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, and Jasprit Bumrah getting two wickets each while Arshdeep Singh bagged one wicket. Meanwhile, the third T20I between the teams was washed out without a ball being bowled.


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