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Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Team India got his team off to the finest quality start by dismissing Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie in the first over of the rain-delayed game.

Bhuvneshwar set a significant achievement in the game’s shortest format with this dismissal.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Credits: Twitter

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a speedster for Team India, continued his outstanding T20 performance, winning Player of the Series against South Africa following a good IPL season with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). In the first game against Ireland on Sunday in Dublin, the senior bowler also got off to a strong start.

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Bhuvneshwar received the new ball as is traditional, and the seasoned bowler did not let down as he picked up a key dismissal in the form of Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie. It was a fast bowler’s pitch in the purest sense. Early on, Bhuvneshwar caused Balbirnie some trouble with his swing. On the second ball, Bhuvneshwar got his wicket, pitching on the off-stump line and just enough to take them off the pole.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar overtook New Zealand pacer Tim Southee:

Ireland lost a significant wicket in the first over, and Bhuvneshwar made significant progress in T20 cricket with that win. With that wicket, Bhuvneshwar improved his total of powerplay wickets to 34, the most for a bowler in T20Is, surpassing Tim Southee of New Zealand and Samuel Badree of the former West Indies, both of whom had 33 wickets in the first six overs.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

On Sunday evening, Bhuvneshwar bowled a sparing performance, allowing just 16 runs in his three-over, one of which was a maiden. Despite Harry Tector’s stunning 64* off just 33 deliveries, Bhuvneshwar and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/11 in 3 overs) were instrumental in keeping Ireland to 108 in 12 overs.

India now leads the two-match series 1-0, with the second Twenty20 International scheduled for Tuesday.

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