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Ireland v India, 2nd T20I: Ireland give a scare, but Hooda stars in India's series win

India's Sanju Samson
India's Sanju Samson

India registered a narrow four-run win over Ireland to complete a 2-0 series triumph over the host at the Malahide in Dublin on Tuesday night.

After opting to bat, India posted 225 for seven in their 20 overs and Ireland in response were restricted to 221 for five in their 20 overs.

Earlier, India was well served by a record 176 run second wicket stand between Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda. Both Samson and Hooda destroyed the Irish bowlers with their big-hitting. Samson finally fell for 77 off 42 balls with nine boundaries and four sixes. Hooda went on to score his first hundred in T20Is as he finished on 104 off 57 balls with nine boundaries and and six sixes. Hooda became the fourth Indian to score hundred in T20Is. Towards the end India lost wickets as they finished on 225 for seven in their 20 overs. For Ireland the most successful bowler was Mark Adair (3-2).

In their response, Ireland started briskly as captain Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling put on 72 for the opening wicket. Stirling fell for 40 off 18 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. But Balbirnie carried the innings forward as he finished on 60 off 37 balls with three boundaries and seven sixes. Ireland had useful partnerships all through the innings. Harry Tector made 39 off 28 balls (5x4). George Dockrell (34 n.o.) and Adair (23 n.o.) tried to apply the finishing touches, but it was not to be. Ireland finished on 221 for five in their 20 overs.

Hooda was named player of the match and player of the series. 

Match Summary
India: 225-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Ishan Kishan-2.1 ov), 2-189 (Sanju Samson-16.2 ov), 3-206 (Suryakumar Yadav-17.3 ov), 4-212 (Deepak Hooda-17.6 ov), 5-217 (Dinesh Karthik-18.5 ov), 6-217 (Axar Patel-18.6 ov), 7-224 (Harshal Patel-19.5 ov)

Ireland: 221-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-72 (Paul Stirling-5.4 ov), 2-73 (Gareth Delany-6.3 ov), 3-117 (Andy Balbirnie-10.3 ov), 4-142 (Lorcan Tucker-13.4 ov), 5-189 (Harry Tector-17.1 ov) 


Result: India won by four runs 

Playing XIs
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (captain), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Conor Olphert, Lorcan Tucker (wicket-keeper)

India: Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Ravi Bishnoi

Match Details
Toss: India, elected to bat
Venue: The Village, Malahide, Dublin
Start time: 15:30 hrs Ireland time
Match officials: Jareth McCready, Roly Black (On-field Umpires); Paul Reynolds (TV Umpire); Mark Hawthorne (Reserve Umpire); Kevin Gallagher (Match-referee)

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