India vs Ireland Second T-20I Malahide 28 June Match Report 2022

Deepak Hooda registered his maiden ton as India beat Ireland in a last over thriller in the second T20I to register a clean sweep on Tuesday.

The hosts went in with an unchanged XI, while the visitors included Ravi Bishnoi, Harshal Patel and Sanju Samson for Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan and Ruturaj Gaikwad respectively.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India lost Ishan Kishan early for three as he attempted a slog off Mark Adair into the leg side and found an outside edge to wicket keeper Lorcan Tucker.

The pair of Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda featured in a 176 run stand for the second wicket before the former was cleaned up by a yorker from Adair for a sparkling 77.

At the other end, Hooda reached a 55-ball hundred with a single off Little. His swashbuckling innings ended when he sliced an attempted big hit to McBrine at covers.

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The Men in Blue lost few wickets in the end, but managed to reach an imposing total of 225/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

For Ireland, Mark Adair was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/42, while Josh Little and Craig Young bagged 2 wickets each.

Chasing 226, openers Paul Stirling and skipper Andy Balbirnie got Ireland off to a magnificent start.

The duo added 72 runs for the opening wicket before Ravi Bishnoi broke the partnership by dismissing the dangerous Stirling bowled for a 18 ball-40.

Gareth Delany (0) was run out by a direct hit from Hardik while attempting a risky run towards mid off. Leg spinner Bishnoi could have had Balbirnie stumped in the eighth over, but the batter survived as spinner had overstepped.

However Harshal Patel finally dismissed the Irish skipper, caught at deep point by Bishnoi for a sparkling 37 ball-60. His innings comprised off 3 fours and 7 sixes.

Umran Malik claimed his maiden wicket, by claiming Lorcan Tucker (5) caught, as the batter sliced an attempted big hit to substitute fielder Yuzvendra Chahal.

The visitors looked set for a comfortable win, before a late fight back from middle order batsman George Dockrell and Mark Adair brought the equation to 38 off 18 balls.

However Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the much needed breakthrough by dismissing Harry Tector (39), caught at long-on by Hooda.

With 17 needed off the final over, young pacer Umran Malik held his nerve, as Ireland fell 4 run short of the victory target.

India 225 for 7 (Hooda 104, Samson 77, Adair 3-42) beat Ireland 221 for 5 (Balbirnie 60, Stirling 40, Tector 39, Dockrell 34*, Bishnoi 1-41) by four runs

Deepak Hooda was adjudged the Player of the Match for his blistering knock.

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