Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal once again proved their worth by taking three wickets each as ruthless India demolished Ireland by 143 runs – to clinch the two-match Twenty20 International series 2-0 at The Village in Dublin on Friday (June 29).
Asked to bat first, the Men in Blue rode on the fifties each from KL Rahul and Suresh Raina – to post a massive 213 for four. In reply, the hosts were all out for a mere 70 in 12.3 overs.
Rahul (70 off 36) and Raina (69 off 45) took the game away from Ireland after Virat Kohli (9) fell cheaply for the second game running.
Towards the end of the Indian innings, Hardik Pandya smashed 32 off just nine balls help India to rack up their fourth-highest T20I score.
Ireland crumbled in reply, with skipper Gary Wilson (15), William Porterfield (14), Stuart Thompson (13) and Boyd Rankin (10) the only players to reach double figures.
The massive-win helped India create quite a few records.
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This was the first time, India scored over 200 runs in successive T20Is. In the series-opener, Virat Kohli and his men had scored 208 for five after Rohit Sharma’s scintillating 97.
So far, the Men in Blue have scored 200-plus total in T20Is on 11 instances, sitting joint top with South Africa. The two teams are followed by Australia (10), England (7) and Sri Lanka (7).
The 143-run win is also India’s biggest win in terms of runs in the shortest format. This was also the first time, India won a game by a margin of 100 or more runs in T20Is.
Interestingly, their previous biggest win was against Sri Lanka in 2017 when they had thrashed the Islanders by 93 runs.
Ireland’s total of 70 is the lowest total by an opponent against India in T20Is. England’s 80 in the 2012 World T20 was the previous lowest total against India.
Eye on England tour:
Brimming with confidence, India will now be eyeing a similar show in England.
The Men in Blue will start the long tour of England with the three-match T20I series. The series gets underway on July 3 at the Old Trafford.
With form on their side, India will be looking to give their sublime best against the Three Lions who too are looking in scintillating form at the moment. After the T20Is, the teams will take on each other in three One-day Internationals and five Tests.