Fans Went Berserk After India Won The T20I Series Against Ireland

It was a proper humdinger between team India and Ireland to cap off the series that showcased some thrilling power-hitting across both T20Is, with the visitors clinching a close 4-run win on Tuesday and take the series 2-0.

Ireland showed a much greater fight today than they did a couple of days ago and even threatened to project an upset – even though this was a second-string Indian team – as they came very near to India’s total of 225, falling short by just four runs!


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Team India skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat first. Ishan Kishan got out as early as in the third over but then opener Sanju Samson and number 3 Deepak Hooda proceeded to create a new record with their blistering power-hitting: The pair created the record for the highest partnership for any wicket for India in the shortest format, surpassing the 165-run stand by Rohit and KL Rahul from 2017 vs Sri Lanka, finishing with 176 off 87 balls.

Both brought up their maiden T20I fifties; Hooda went on to convert it into three figures (104 off 57 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes) score while Samson fell for 77 off 42 balls, walloping 9 fours and 4 sixes. They took India to over 200 in the 17th over, however, the next set of batters couldn’t give the visitors a desired flourish – India scored only 12 runs in the last two overs – to finish with 225/7.

What at halfway stage looked like a comfortable win was suddenly made interesting by Ireland openers Paul Stirling(40 off 18) and Andrew Balbirnie (60 off 37) with their 72-run opening stand in 34 balls.

Although the hosts lost 5 wickets in space of 8 overs, Harry Tector, their best batter from the first T20I held the innings with his 39 off 28. Ireland needed 37 off three overs but George Dockrell (34 off 16) and Mark Adair (23 off 12) not only kept the hosts alive, but, in fact, brought them on the brink of victory with 7 needing off the last two balls.

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Umran Malik, fortunately for India, nailed his yorker on the penultimate delivery when the batters sneaked a bye, and then on the last ball hit the full length at a high pace not giving enough room for Adair to get under it and saved India.

Twitter went into madness as the game got close. Netizens applauded Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled a great 18th over, conceding only 9 runs, the staggering partnership between Hooda and Samson, Ireland’s great fight, and also praised young Umran Malik for keeping his nerve in the last couple of balls.

Here are some of the best reactions to thrilling finish to Team India-Ireland encounter:


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Jatin Khandelwal

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