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Post Match Analysis: 2nd T20I: India vs Ireland

India vs Ireland, Six Sports

India survived the Ireland scare to maintain their clean record of 100 per cent wins.

Umran Malik helped defend India 17 runs in the last over.

Winning the toss, Hardik Pandya decided to bat first in the second T20I.

It was a Deepak Hooda show at Malahide as he scored his maiden ton and became the fourth male player to do so.

Together with Sanju Samson, he stitched a huge partnership for the second wicket.

The rest of the Indian batters couldn’t do much although the conditions and pitch were ideal for batting.

Ireland put pressure on India in the last four overs of the match but by then the damage had been done.

India finished off at 225/7 in their 20 overs.

Ireland had to make 226 to level the series.

The hosts did not disappoint as they too made full use of the conditions.

Openers Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie together stitched 100 runs for Ireland.

Then Harry Tector once again batted brilliantly and lastly, it was George Dockrell and Mark Adair who smacked Indian bowlers to all parts.

Hardik Pandya decided to give Malik a go in the final over and his move proved a success.

India just managed to pull off a win by the skin of their teeth.

Player of the Match

Deepak Hooda for his 104 (57)

Player of the Series

Deepak Hooda

Post Match Reactions

Andy Balbirnie, Ireland skipper said that they don’t get these types of games often. Mentioned that they played really well and expressed themselves fully. Added that the plan was to use the Powerplay overs to the maximum and they did just that. Felt disappointed at not having won the game. Said that this is how they want to keep playing even for the upcoming T20I World Cup. Mentioned that they now will be hosting New Zealand and hoped that they can continue playing with the same mindset and fashion.

Hardik Pandya, India captain said that he wasn’t too worried and his focus was on reducing pressure and more on the game. Added that he backed Umran Malik because he knew that it would be difficult for the batters to hit him with the kind of pace he has. He also said that they came here to play a game of cricket and Ireland gave them just that. Pandya went on to appreciate the Irish players and said that they played some really good shots as well. He then went on to credit the Indian bowlers as well. Ended by saying that he feels very proud when he represents India and wants to win more series and games for the country. He also thanked all the fans who came out and supported the team. Pandya was also happy with the performances of Hooda and Malik.

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