Team India once again thumped Ireland by a mammoth 143 runs clinching the T20I series 2-0. Spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav once again tormented through the Irish batting line-up picking up 6 for 37 together and bundled out the hosts for 70 in 12.3 overs. Chasing a daunting total of 214, Ireland never seemed to be in the game. Umesh Yadav, in his T20I comeback game, picked up Paul Stirling and William Porterfield in successive overs. Debutant Siddarth Kaul too picked up his first international wicket in form of James Shannon. Post the quick bowling spell, the wrist spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep took over and picked wickets in quick succession. Irish middle order tumbled like a pack of cards as most batsmen could not even muster double digits scores. Both Kuldeep and Chahal took 3 wickets each, giving away 16 and 21 runs respectively. Skipper Garry Wilson's 15 off 18 balls was the highest score for the Irish team. Earlier, in the first innings, Hardik Pandya 9-ball 32 blitzkrieg towards the end of the inning helped India post a mammoth 213 for 4 in the second T20I at The Village, Dublin. In the final two overs, Pandya clobbered 4 sixes to help India get past 200 for the second time in the series. After winning the toss, Ireland skipper once again out India to bat first. Surprising everyone, KL Rahul came out to open for India with skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli departed early after scoring just 9 runs but Rahul (70) and Suresh Raina (69) looked sublime with the bat sharing a 102-run partnership for the 2nd wicket. Although Rohit Sharma departed for a duck, Pandya stole the show with his terrific hitting towards the end. For Ireland, Kevin O'Brien was the most successful bowler who picked 3 wickets for 40 runs. (Highlights: India vs Ireland)
Highlights between India vs Ireland 2nd T20I, straight from The Village, Malahide, Dublin
23:25 IST: Thank you for joining on our coverage of the second T20I between Ireland and India.
23:24 IST: India beat Ireland by 143 runs, win T20I series 2-0
23:21 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav wraps it up for India. Picks up his third wicket. Easy stumping for Dinesh Karthik. IRE 70 all-out
23:17 IST: OUT! Chahal picks up his third wicket. Ireland are 9 down. Chahal cleans Thompson up wit ha beautiful ball. Thompson steps out but misses the googly. IRE 68 for 9 after 11.5 overs
23:11 IST: OUT! Dockrell departs after scoring 4 runs. Second wicket for Kuldeep Yadav. Simple catch for Umesh Yadav at long on. IRE 57 for 8 after 10.1 overs
23:08 IST: 10 overs are up! Ireland struggling at 56 for 7. Dockrell (4) and Thompson (10) are at the centre for Ireland. Ireland require another 158 runs from 60 balls.
23:01 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav cleans up Ireland skipper Garry Wilson (15) with a beautiful delivery. Picks up a wicket in his first over. IRE 44-7 after 8.3 overs.
22:58 IST: OUT! Simi Singh also departs for a duck. Wickets tumbling like a pack of cards for Ireland. Trapped right in front of the stumps. Chahal picks up his second wicket. IRE 36-6 after 7.2 overs.
22:53 IST: OUT! Another wicket goes down for Ireland. Out at deep third man. That was a simple catch for Kuldeep Yadav. Hardik Pandya now strikes with the ball. Kevin O'Brien departs for a duck. IRE 32-5 after 6.3 overs.
22:50 IST: Bowled! Powerplay overs are done! On the final ball of his first over Chahal picks up a wicket. Perfet leg-spinner from Chahal. Balbirnie walks back after scoring 9 runs. IRE 30-4 after 6 overs.
22:46 IST: Hardik Pandya gives away 4 runs in his first over. IRE 27-3 after 5 overs.
22:39 IST: OUT! Siddarth Kaul gets his first international wicket. James Shannon trying to clear the in-field balloons the ball in the air. KL Rahul takes a simple catch. IRE 22-3 after 3.4 overs.
22:31 IST: OUT! What a comeback from Umesh Yadav. Knocked him Over says the commentator. After getting dispatched for a boundary and a six, Umesh gives a terrific reply to William Porterfield. He departs after scoring 14 runs. IRE 16-2 after 2.4 overs.
22:29 IST: Three runs from the first over of Siddarth Kaul. IRE 4-1 after 2 overs.
22:25 IST: Debut for Siddarth Kaul. He is sharing the new ball with Umesh Yadav.
22:24 IST: End of the first over. Ireland are 1-1.
22:20 IST: OUT! Brilliant start from India and Umesh Yadav. Wicket on the second of the first over. Dream start for Umesh Yadav in his comeback match. Simple catch for Raina at first slip. Stirling departs for a duck. IRE 0-1 after 0.2 overs
IND 213 for 4 in 20 overs. (Rahul 70, Raina 69 for India. Kevin O'Brien takes 3-40)
22:08 IST: 21 runs in the final over helps India post 213 for 4 in 20 overs. Hardik Pandya finishes of with 32 off 9 balls.
22:06 IST: SIX! SIX! One handed sis from Pandya on the third ball. Fourth ball goes straight over the side screen. Peter Chase is gutted. IND 208-4 after 19.4 overs
22:02 IST: SIX! SIX! Consecutive sixes from swashbuckling Pandya. First one is a beautiful flick of the wrist and the second one goes goes between long-on and deep mid-wicket. IND 190-4 after 18.5 overs
21:59 IST: Brilliant yorker from Peter Chase. Ball hits the bottom of the bat and Pandey's bat is broken. New bat please!
21:58 IST: Two overs to go! 18 overs are up and India are 174 for 4. Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey are at the centre.
21:55 IST: OUT! Plan has worked for Ireland. That was a slower off-cutter from Kevin O'Brian, Raina launches into it but hits it straight down the throat of deep mid-wicket fielder. Kevin O'Brian gets his third wicket. Raina departs after scoring 69 off 45 balls. IND 169-3 after 17.3 overs.
21:53 IST: 17 overs completed! India looking to up the scoring rate now. 10 runs collected by Raina(68*) and Manish(10*) in the last over from Paul Stirling. IND 167-3 after 17 overs.
21:44 IST: Fifty for Raina! Flick towards short fine leg and the ball beats the fielder . This is fifth T20I fifty for Raina IND 143-3 after 14.5 overs.
21:42 IST: Huge stumping appeal from Garry Wilson of the bowling from Kevin O'Brian. Square-leg umpire refers it to the TV umpire. Final decision is Not out. Raina was just Inside the line. But it was a brilliant take from the wicket-keeper down the leg side.
21:38 IST: Brilliant over from Josh Dockrell! Just 4 runs from the over. Boundaries drying up for India now. IND 135-3 after 14 overs.
21:32 IST: OUT! Second-ball duck for Rohit Sharma. Ball goes straight into the hands of back-foot point. Kevin O'Brian now has 2 wickets in 3 balls. IND 128-3 after 12.3 overs.
21:30 IST: OUT! That was a soft Dismissal! First ball from Kevin O' Brian and Rahul hits it straight into his hands. Rahul walks back after a quick-fire 70 off 36 ball. IND 128-2 after 12.1 overs.
21:26 IST: SIX! KL Rahul is on fire! Another six and it's the sixth one from the right-hander. Full outside off stump from George Dockrell. Its was in the arc for Rahul and he dispatches it for a maximum down the ground. IND 123-1 after 11.1 overs.
21:21 IST: SIX from KL Rahul ! What a way to bring up his fourth T20I FIFTY! Short ball from Rankin, pull over fine-leg and the ball is in the stands. Rahul continues his red-hot form. IND 107-1 after 10.1 overs. IND 107-1 after 10.1 overs.
21:18 IST: Hundred up for India! Flick from Raina towards deep mid-wicket and with a double India are 101-1 after 10 overs. RR of India is 10.10 at the moment.
21:14 IST: Good over from Paul Stirling finishes off with a boundary! Final ball was a full-toss and Raina wasted no time. Inside-out and the ball reaches the boundary in no time. IND 92-1 after 9 overs.
21:11 IST: Expensive over from Simi Singh. 2 sixes and a boundary. Raina and Rahul collect 20 runs from the over. IND 83-1 after 8 overs.
21:07 IST: Bigg SIX from KL Rahul. The ball has gone out of the stadium and into the trees. New Ball please! Simi Singh has his head down. IND 70-1 after 7.2 overs.
21:05 IST: Six singles to finish the 7th over from George Dockrell. IND 63-1 after 7 overs.
20:59 IST: Powerplay overs are Done! Scoreboard reads 57 for 1. Quick single by Rahul to finish of the Peter Chase over.
20:54 IST: Fifty on the board for India after five overs! Expensive over from Stuart Thompson. Two sixes collected by Raina in his first over. IND 50-1 after 5 overs. KL Rahul batting on 21(14) alongside Suresh Raina who is on 16(8).
20:50 IST: SIX! Sublime from Raina. Inside-out and Raina times it to perfection. Six over extra-cover boundary. What a way to welcome Stuart Thompson. IND 39-1 after 4.1 overs.
20:47 IST: SIX! First of the match. Short ball from Boyd Rankin, Rahul waits for it and pulls it out of the fine-leg boundary. IND 33-1 after 3.4 overs.
20:42 IST: Suresh Raina is IN at number 3 position. No signs of Rohit Sharma.
20:41 IST: OUT! Virat Kohli departs after scoring 9 runs. Short ball from Peter Chase, top-edge and the fine leg fielder Dockrell takes a brilliant catch. IND 22-1 after 2.4 overs.
20:36 IST: FOUR! First boundary for Virat. Push towards mid-wicket. The ball beats the fielder and races away towards the fence. IND 19-0 after 1.4 overs.
20:33 IST: Two boundaries in the first over from Simi Singh. IND 12-0 after 1st over.
20:31 IST: FOUR! First boundary of the match. Fourth ball of the over. Rahul dances down the ground and it's a four down the vacant long-off region.
20:30 IST: Rahul and India are off the mark. Simi Singh drifts down the leg side. Gentle push from Rahul and India open their account with a single. IND 1-0 after 0.2 overs
20:30 IST: Surprise! Surprise! India's new opening pair of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are the centre. Off-spinner Simi Singh will start the proceedings for Ireland.
20:25 IST: Both teams are at the centre along with match officials for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from the first ball.
20:15 IST: Suresh Raina trying to middle the ball.
20:10 IST: Umesh Yadav makes a comeback to T20I cricket after a gap 6 years. He last played against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on Aug 7, 2012.
20:07 IST: Ireland XI: Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, James Shannon, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson (capt and wk), Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase
20:05 IST: Four changes in the Indian camp: KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul are in the the playing XI. Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah sit out.
20:00 IST: Ireland win the toss, opt to field against India in the second T20I.
19:50 IST: Pitch report! Even covering of light grass all over the pitch. Win the toss, bowl first says Murali Karthik at the pitch report.
19:45 IST: Siddarth Kaul is now the 305th player to represent India in the T20Is.
19:40 IST: Excellent News! Debut for Siddarth Kaul.
19:35 IST: It's bright and sunny here at the The Village, Malahide
19:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the second T20I between India and Ireland.
Boyd Rankin and Paul Stirling also managed to keep things moderately tight too. As far as the batsmen were concerned, James Shannon, who is not very experienced in international cricket, did well against a strong bowling attack to score a 35-ball 60 with five fours and four sixes. In the end, Ireland fell well short on all counts as Kuldeep Yadav, the Player of the Match, claimed 4 wickets 21 and got India a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. "They played the fast bowlers well, but struggled against the spinners, because they were not using their feet properly. We (he and Yuzvendra Chahal) varied the pace. Maybe they are not used to it," said Yadav. "I did not expect it to spin like it did in the second innings," Yadav said after the game. Now that India have started their much-anticipated tour of the United Kingdom on a bright note, Kohli said that the touring party will experiment with their middle-order batting. The 29-year-old believes that a flexible batting order will help keep India's opponents guessing while they are in Ireland and England.
India can't lose the series now, so the team management has decided to field the players like Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Siddarth Kaul and Umesh Yadav, who missed the first outing. "We're going to give everyone a go in this series. The management and me as captain decided it. There're no mysteries and we're looking everyone to give game time," said Kohli at the post-match ceremony. Another run-fest is on the cards at the warm and sunny Malahide on Friday and Ireland will have an excellent opportunity to notch up a win against a top team, while India would be hoping to make light work of their lower-ranked opposition.