IRE vs IND: Twitter Reacts As India Manage To Stave Off Ireland For A Close 4-Run Win; Wins Series 2-0
IRE vs IND: Twitter Reacts As India Manage To Stave Off Ireland For A Close 4-Run Win; Wins Series 2-0

India and Ireland met in the second T20I of the two-match series at the Malahide Cricket Club ground in Dublin on June 28, 2022. India had won the first T20I on June 26 and had a 1-0 lead coming into this match.

Hardik Pandya continued his toss-winning streak and decided to bat first this time in the second match. India made three changes for the second T20I against Ireland – Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his recovery from a calf injury and hence Sanju Samson was called up; Harshal Patel was brought in place of Avesh Khan while Ravi Bishnoi was given an opportunity in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Ishan Kishan was the first wicket to fall, for 3 runs only. Then Sanju Samson was joined by Deepak Hooda in the middle and a bloodbath followed. The duo added 176 runs for the second wicket as Ireland’s bowlers looked hapless against the two batters.

Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty
Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty

Sanju Samson scored his maiden T20I fifty and got out on 77 in 42 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes. Hooda, on the other hand, continued the carnage, as he ended up making 104 with 9 fours and 6 sixes to his name.

India finished on 225/7 in 20 overs with Ireland’s Mark Adair picking 3 wickets.

Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie Lay Foundation For A Close Finish In The End

The Irish openers came out all guns blazing as they added 72 runs inside the first 6 overs. Stirling was particularly brutal as he slammed 40 in 17 balls with 3 sixes and 5 fours. His opening partner and Ireland captain Balbirnie made 60 in 37 balls with 7 sixes and 3 fours.

But India pegged back with wickets here and there. But the Irish continued to chip away at the total with Harry Tector making 39, and then, in the end, George Dockrell (34* in 16 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes) and Mark Adair (23* in 12 balls) almost took Ireland home.

Andy Balbirnie. PC- Getty
Andy Balbirnie. PC- Getty

With 17 needed off the last over, which was bowled by Umran Malik, Ireland hit two fours but then Malik came back by bowling to his field, and in the end, with 6 needed off the last ball, Ireland managed just one run and India won a close tie by 4 runs.

Ireland finished on 221/5 in 20 overs.

The Twitterverse was all crazy after seeing such a close encounter in which the Irish team gave might India a huge scare. But it was also a brilliant debut for Hardik Pandya as India T20I captain and he showed his calmness in the end.

Here are some tweets:

 

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