As he did in the first T20I against Ireland, Prasidh Krishna struck in his first over in the 2nd T20I as well in Dublin. This time, moreover, the lanky fast bowler added a second wicket in his first over itself to dent Ireland in their chase of 186 and push the hosts on the backfoot at the start of their innings.
India had piled up 185 runs on the board on a pitch that wasn’t too easy to bat on.
India captain Jasprit Bumrah started off the proceedings, followed by an over of Arshdeep Singh. Bumrah, though, removed himself from the attack and introduced the tall Prasidh Krishna for the third over.
The 27-year-old Rajasthan Royals seamer who is making his comeback after a back injury was in action straightaway and on his third ball of the over, he got the big wicket of the Ireland captain Paul Stirling.
With a tall chase to go after, Stirling didn’t keep himself restrained and looked to pull a short ball from Prasidh Krishna. The connection was nowhere near what Stirling wanted and the ball went high up in the air toward fine leg, from where Arshdeep Singh came in running and took a steady catch even as wicket-keeper Sanju Samson was also in contention to take the catch.
On the last ball of the over, then, Prasidh Krishna dismissed Lorcan Tucker for a duck. Credit to the bowler for bowling two dot balls to Tucker, forcing him to attack the last ball of the over. Once again, it was a back-of-length ball on which Tucker couldn’t time his pull shot, and the catch was taken by Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Video: Prasidh Krishna strikes twice in one over
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Ireland captain Paul Stirling had won the toss and elected to bowl first with rain around.
Ireland playing XI: Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Benjamin White
India playing XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (wk), Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah (c), Ravi Bishnoi
India won the match by 30 runs, overcoming Andrew Balbirnie’s fighting 72 runs knock.