After blockbuster knocks from Indian openers, spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal spun their web around the Irish batsmen as India thumped the hosts by a mammoth 76-run margin in the first T20I in Dublin. The whole Ireland batting line-up collapsed as both Chahal and Kuldeep shared seven wickets amongst them. Kuldeep's 4 for 21 in the match is now his best ever performance in the format. Chahal too picked up 3 for 38 in his four overs. Chasing a huge total of 209, Ireland never looked comfortable against brilliant Indian bowling line-up. Jasprit Bumrah drew the first blood picking up Paul Sterling in the second over of the game. Post the power-play overs, Virat brought on spinners and they worked their magic to perfection. The spin duo crushed the entire Irish middle-order picking wickets at regular intervals. The host team collapsed like a pack of cards. Only James Shannon's 60 off 35 balls was the positive for the Irish team as no other batsman was able to go past the score of 15. In the end Ireland could only muster 132 for 9 in 20 overs falling short by 76 runs.
Earlier, riding on a 160-run stand between openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, India posted a target of 209 in 20 overs. Both Shikhar and Rohit pounced on the Irish bowlers from the word go. Both the openers clobbered the bowlers all-around the park dealing in boundaries and sixes. After power-play overs, India were 59 without loss. Continuing the fine form, Dhawan reached his fifty in 27 balls. Following Dhawan, Rohit Sharma too slammed his 15th T20I fifty. Sharma then continued whacking the ball all-around before getting out on 97. Although India lost Raina, Dhoni and Virat in the same over but reached 208 in their designated quota of 20 overs. Peter Chase was the most successful bowler for Ireland picking up 4 wickets for 35 runs. (Highlights: India vs Ireland)
Highlights of India vs Ireland 1st T20, straight from The Village, Dublin
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23:43 IST: India beat Ireland by 76 runs in the first T20I match in Dublin. Lead 2-match series 1-0.
23:40 IST: It's over! Ireland could only manage 132-9 in 20 overs.
23:34 IST: OUT! Cleaned up by a missile yorker from Bumrah! Picks up his second wicket. Dockrell walks back after scoring 9 runs. IRE 126-9 after 17.1 overs
23:27 IST: OUT! Kuldeep picks up his fourth! Poynter had no idea about that one. Cleaned up by Kuldeep. IRE 123-8 after 15.5 overs
23:24 IST: OUT! Kuldeep strikes again! Third wicket for the chinaman. Thompson trying to dispatch the ball over long-on boundary hands a simple catch to Hardik Pandya. IRE 114-7 after 15.1 overs
23:21 IST: FOUR! Brilliant shot from Thompson! Brute force from the southpaw. Dispatches Pandya for a boundary over long-off. IRE 113-6 after 14.5 overs
23:19 IST: Bowling change for India! Hardik Pandya is back. IRE 104-6 after 14 overs. Ireland require another 105 runs from 36 balls
23:11 IST: OUT! Another one for India! Chahal removes Garry Wilson on the score of 5. Wilson steps out but misses the ball completely. That was a simple stumping for MSD. IRE 96-6 after 12.4 overs.
23:10 IST: OUT! Chahal has the final laugh! Tossed up again but this thime Kevin miss-times the ball. Dhawan with a simple catch. IRE 96-5 after 12.3 overs.
23:08 IST: SIX! Now Kevin O Brian is after Chahal. It was in the arc for the Irish. Ball is lost. New balls come in. IRE 94-4 after 12.1 overs.
23:04 IST: OUT! Trying to sweep Kuldeep Yadav, James Shannon is trapped in front! He is out after scoring a brilliant 60 off 35 balls. IRE 85-4 after 11.3 overs.
23:00 IST: SIX! Brilliant way to start the over. Shannon is reading Chahal with ease now. IRE 78-3 after 10.1 overs. Ireland require another 131 runs from 59 balls.
22:57 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav in action! Simi Singh is out after scoring 7 runs. Simple catch to Virat Kohli in covers. IRE 72-3 after 9.3 overs
22:53 IST: That's FIFTY for Shannon off 29 ball! A double to reach his maiden half-century. IRE 72-2 after 8.5 overs
22:52 IST: SIX! Shannon is reading Chahal really well now. Brilliant timing on that one. Shannon moves on to 49 of 28 balls. IRE 70-2 after 8.4 overs
22:45 IST: Huge shout from Chahal on the final ball of the over but umpire says NOT OUT! Flat wrong'un from the leggie, Shannon trapped in front but umpire adjourns it not out. Mab be there was height on it. IRE 52-2 after 7 overs
22:43 IST: Chahal STRIKES! Flighted delivery from Yuzi Chahal, Balbirnie steps out but misses the ball completely. Dhoni does the rest! That was easy for him. Second wicket falls for the home team. IRE 45-2 after 6.3 overs
22:41 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off stump from Bhuvi and Shannon cuts it away for four. Shannon batting brilliantly at the moment. He has scored 30 off 21 balls. IRE 43-1 after 6 overs.
22:36 IST: Skipper Virat Kohli continuing with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is into his third over. IRE 36-1 after 5 overs
22:35 IST: SIX to finish the over! First six for Ireland! Brilliant timing on that one from Shannon. Just a flick of the wrists. First over from Hardik Pandya leaks 13 runs. IRE 36-1 after 5 overs
22:30 IST: After Chahal, Rohit joins the party! Drops a sitter! Shannon balloons the ball in the air but Sharma misjudges the catch. Bumrah is furious! IRE 22-1 after 3.3 overs
22;20 IST: Bumrah draws first blood! Sterling walks back after scoring 1 run. Trying to pull a short ball off Bumrah, Sterling only manages a top edge. Simple take for Kuldeep Yadav. IRE 4-1 after 1.2 overs.
22:18 IST: Watchful start from Ireland. 4 runs from the fist over of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. IRE 4-0 after 1 overs.
22:15 IST: Ireland openers Stirling and Shannon are at the centre. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling for India.
India set a target of 209 against Ireland in the first T20I at Dublin
22:01 IST: Final ball and it's a SIX! Pandya with the helicopter shot over bowlers head and the ball crashes into the advertising hoardings. What a way to finish the innings. IND 208-5 in 20 overs
22:00 IST: Virat walks in and goes back! Out for a duck! Yet again trying to hit the ball out of the park skipper puts the ball straight down the throat of deep-mid wicket.
21:56 IST: OUT! OUT! Dhoni and Sharma get out on successive balls! Trying to whack the ball out of the ground, Dhoni hands a simple catch to deep-mid wicket. On the very next ball Rohit Sharma gets cleaned up by Chase.
21:54 IST: SIX! Muscled by MSD. Powers Rankin straight down the ground for a SIX.
21:51 IST: FOUR! First ball boundary for MS Dhoni. Pulls and Pulls it hard. Rankin pitches it short and ball reaches the fence in no time. IND 192-2 after 18.2overs
21:48 IST: Still no Virat Kohli. MS. Dhoni walks to the centre.
21:47 IST: First wicket for Peter Chase in the match. Trying to up the scoring rate Suresh Raina fails! Hands a simple catch deep mid-wicket fielder O'Brien. IND 186-2 after 17.5 overs
21:45 IST: SIX! Stand and deliver for the HITMAN! Terrific shot straight down the ground off Chase. Sharma moves up to 92 off 55 balls. IND 183-1 after 17.3 overs.
21:42 IST: Rohit Sharma inching towards T20I ton. 3 boundaries to finish of the 17th over from Thompson. Sharma batting 85 off 53 balls. IND 174-1 after 17 overs.
21:36 IST: Gabbar walks back after scoring 74 off 45 balls. Trying to dispatch the ball over long-off, Dhawan only manages bottom of the bat. Brilliant running catch from Thompson.IND 160-1 after 16 overs.
21:33 IST: Another life for Rohit Sharma! Tries to sweep the ball off Kevin O Brien. Top edge but fielder again drops the catch. Ball lands wide of long-on. IND 155-0 after 15.3 overs.
21:30 IST: India looking unstoppable at the moment! 15 overs are up and the scoreboard reads 148 without any loss. Dhawan batting on 69 (42b) along with Sharma 73 48 balls. Five overs more to go!
21:27 IST: FOUR! FOUR! to end the 14th over from Stirling. Rohit is showing his class at the moment. IND 133-0 after 14 overs
21:23 IST: India cruising after 13 overs with 122 on the board. Dhawan batting on 59 off 37 balls along with Rohit Sharma 57 off 41 balls.
21:10 IST: SIX and 50 for Shikhar Dhawan! India reaches 100-run mark too. What a way to reach the landmark. Down the ground a clears the rope over deep mid-wicket. Reaches fifty off 27 balls. IND 100-0 after 10.1 overs.
21:08 IST: SIX! What a beautiful shot from Rohit Sharma. Clears his left-leg and dispatches it straight down the ground foe a massive blow. IND 92-0 after 9.4 overs.
21:06 IST: Indian openers are on a roll here. Collecting boundaries in almost every over . Another boundary to finish off the 9th over. 84-0 after 9 overs.
20:54 IST: SIX! Dhawan dances down the ground off the final ball from Chase and the ball ends over the fence. IND 59-0 after 6 overs. Dhawan batting on 30 off 15 balls along with Rohit on 25 off 22 balls.
20:47 IST: 50 up for India in no time. Kevin O Brien gives away 13 runs in his first over. Both openers are dealing in boundaries at the moment. It's a blazing start. 6 fours and two sixes till now. IND 50-0 after 5 overs.
20:46 IST: Dhawan and Rohit are on fire. 9 runs in the fourth over off Boyd Rankin. IND 37-0 after 4 overs
20:43 IST: Stuart Thompson goes for 17 runs in his first over. Six and a four to finish off the second over. Shikhar Dhawan on the charge here!
20:38 IST: 10 runs to finish of the second over from Peter Chase. IND 11-0 after 2 overs
20:36 IST: 4 runs! First boundary for India. Down the leg side. IND 7-0 after 1.3 overs.
20:34 IST: Full toss from Peter Chase and Rohit Sharma tucks it for a double. IND 3-0 after 1.1 overs.
20:33 IST: Brilliant bowling from Boyd Rankin. Just 1 run from the first over. IND 1-0 after 1 over.
20:31 IST: First runs for team India. Flick off the pads from Rohit Sharma for a single. IND 1-0 after 0.3 overs.
20:30 IST: First ball. Right on the money from Boyd Rankin!
20:29 IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are at the centre. Boyd Rankin to open bowling for Ireland.
20:25 IST: Both teams are at the centre along with the umpires and match officials for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from the first ball.
20:10 IST: Ireland (Playing XI): Gary Wilson(c), Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Stuart Poynter(w), Kevin O Brien, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase. Born in Punjab, playing for Ireland. What a moment for Simi Singh!
20:07 IST: India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal. Manish Pandey has been chosen over in-form Dinesh Karthik. Umesh Yadav too sits out.
20:01 IST: Ireland skipper Gary Wilson wins the toss and opts to bowl first against India.
19:52 IST: Here are some interesting facts for you ahead of the toss.
India will become seventh nation to play 100 or more T20I matches. Pakistan leads the chart with a total of 128 T20I matches played.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli needs just 17 more runs to become the fastest man to accumulate 2000 runs in T20Is.
This will be the first bilateral series between India and Ireland. Both teams have clashed only once before during ICC World Twenty20 at Nottingham in 2009 where India registered a comfortable 8-wicket win.
19:51 IST: Players are on the field. Warming up ahead of the series opener.
19:50 IST: Here's the pitch for you! Looks a belter of a track. It's bright and sunny here in Dublin.
19:45 IST: Fans are in the park. Tickets are sold out. Full house expected at the The Village, Malahide, Dublin.
19:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the first T20I match between Ireland and India.
With a set opening combination in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, and Kohli at No. 3, Lokesh Rahul seems a likely candidate for the No. 4 spot in the absence of Ajinkya Rahane. It will be interesting to see who among the trio of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey will get a game as Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya fill up the No. 6 and 7 spots. Since Dinesh Karthik is going through a purple patch and Raina can come handy as a bowler, it is highly likely that Manish Pandey would sit out of the game. On the bowling front, Kohli will be tempted to field both leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, giving them an early taste of conditions.
The pace department will most likely be led by the established duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah even as Umesh Yadav will be eager to be back in the shortest version for India for the first time since 2012. With Pandya as the third seaming option, it will also be interesting to see whether medium pacer Siddarth Kaul makes his India debut after an impressive stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL). For the hosts, skipper Gary Wilson, former captain William Porterfield and all-rounder Kevin O'Brien are the ones to have T20 experience against an Indian team. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.