Post Match Analysis: 1st T20I: India vs Ireland

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India defeated Ireland comfortably in the first T20I yesterday.

The start was delayed due to rain in Dublin.

When it stopped raining, the game was reduced to a 12-over-per-side game.

Hardik Pandya called it right at the toss and decided to bowl first.

For Ireland, their highest scorer was Harry Tector who smashed 64 off 33 balls.

Lorcan Tucker too played a quick knock of 18 from 16 deliveries.

But, it was India who completely dominated the hosts as they ended their innings on 108/4.

India needed 109 runs to win the first match.

With Ruturaj Gaikwad suffering a calf injury, Deepak Hooda was sent in to bat as the opener.

He remained not out till the end and got support from Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya.

India chased down the target in just 9.2 overs, losing 3 wickets.

Player of the Match

Yuzvendra Chahal for his 1/11 (3)

Post Match Reactions

Andy Balbirnie, Ireland skipper said that it was never easy for them to come to the ground, do their warm-ups and then get a delayed start. Adding further he said that they were both good and bad, as they faced some quality Indian bowling in favourable conditions. Praised the Indian team and said that they need to be more good than bad against them. Also applauded Tector’s knock and said that he has been in good form of late.

Hardik Pandya, India skipper said that it’s nice to start off the campaign with a win. On Umran Malik, he said that he wanted him to settle down his nerves and felt that Malik was more comfortable with the old ball rather than new. Added that he will be getting a full opportunity in the second match. Pandya then went on to praise Harry Tector and said that some of his shots came as a surprise for him. Ended by saying that Ireland should take special care of Tector.

Next Match

India will next face Ireland tomorrow at the same venue for the second and last T20I.

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