It was a comprehensive win for team India over the minnows Ireland.
India had a terrific start to their innings after Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl first,
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were all over the Irish bowlers, it was Dhawan who played a good hand in the first few overs.
Dhawan was the one who brought the momentum in the Indian innings and Rohit was the one who capitalised on it in the final few overs.
The first 16 overs were all about Dhawan and Rohit as they built their 3rd highest opening partnership in T20 Internationals.
On the other hand, Ireland was bad in bowling and fielding. The Irish fielders dropped Rohit and Dhawan many times which hurt them.
Dhawan reached his fifty but still, he went on banging the visitors with his superb stroke play and at the other end Rohit also got into his groove of hitting sixes.
India was in commanding position by the end of 15 overs. But Ireland got a sigh of relief when Thompson took Dhawan’s catch, which ended his marvellous innings of 74 runs.
Suresh Raina batted at number 3, and along with Rohit Sharma carried on the onslaught for India. But Raina perished early, he couldn’t stay till the end and walked back to the pavilion after scoring just 10 runs.
MS Dhoni was promoted up the order, he along with Rohit made sure that India went past the 200 run mark.
But it was Peter Chase who turned things around in the last few overs. He picked up MS Dhoni for 11 runs and on the next ball, Rohit Sharma was out. He missed his 3rd T20 hundred by just 3 runs, Hit Man was out after scoring a blazing 97.
Skipper Virat Kohli was also dismissed, on a duck.
In 20 overs India scored 208 runs with the loss of 5 wickets.
For Ireland, it was a mere struggle in the first 15 overs, but they pulled things back decently in the last over. Peter Chase was the one who bowled that last over and picked up 3 wickets in that.
Overall it was a good performance from Chase, he picked up 4 wickets; Kevin O Brien picked up 1 wicket while other Irish bowlers struggled to make an impact.
The Ireland Chase:
The chase of 209 runs wasn’t a great one for the home team, after conceding 208 runs with the ball. Ireland managed only 132 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
India bowled superbly; Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.
For Ireland, James Shannon scored some runs and rest were out very cheaply. Shannon made full use of his dropped chances and scored his maiden T20 fifty. He impressed everyone with his fluent 60 runs.
But sadly the other Irish batsmen didn’t step in and they lost the First T20 International match by 76 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav was the star for India with the ball. He picked up 4 wickets and with him, Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 3 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah took 2 wickets to his name.
Instead of Rohit Sharma or Shikhar Dhawan, the man of the match award was given to Kuldeep Yadav because of his excellent bowling performance.