Ireland vs India. After losing the toss in the first T20I against Ireland in Dublin, when Indian captain Virat Kohli said that he wanted to bowl first after winning the toss, then he might not have thought this kind of result in the match. India defeated Ireland by 76 runs in the first match of UK tour. Team India made a great start on the nearly three-month-long UK tour.
Earlier, Team India’s opening pair Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided India the start of what was expected. Shikhar Dhawan completed his half-century on just 27 balls, while Rohit Sharma also kept the scoreboard active.
Dhawan and Rohit provided India a 160-run partnership in 16 overs for the first wicket. Indian score was looking like Everest. But soon Shikhar Dhawan was sent back to the pavilion by Kevin O’Brien after scoring 76, while Rohit Sharma was approaching his century.
Captain Kohli sent Suresh Raina on number three and Raina played one or two good shots. India could have scored more runs but after the dismissal of Dhoni,s Rohit and captain Kohli in the last over of the inning, India could have scored only 208 runs in 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma (97) missed his third T20I International century by 3 runs while captain Kohli got out on a duck.
Ireland’s team struggled from the start. Jaspreet Bumrah, who started the process of getting Paul Stirling out early in the inning, got up early after the arrival of Yuvvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Ireland batsman James Shannon certainly played a 60-run inning, but the rest of the batsmen failed against the Indian bowlers. Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal took three wickets each and played an important role in India’s victory. Ireland’s team could score only 132 runs after losing 9 wickets in 20 overs.