Ireland vs India: Tourists outnumber Irish by fours in thriller T20 in Malahide

India's players celebrate by taking a wicket at Ireland's opening match against Paul Stirling on Tuesday
India’s players celebrate by taking a wicket at Ireland’s opening match against Paul Stirling on Tuesday
2nd out of twenty international players, Malahide
India 225-7 (20 degrees): Hoda 104, Samson 77; I run 3-42
Ireland 221-5 (20 degrees): Balberni 60, Stirling 40; Bishnoi 1-41
India wins by 4 games

Ireland gave world number one India a Panic in the 1920s but not a painful win over the tourists.

The second wicket partnership of 176 between Deepak Hoda (104) and Sanju Samsun (77) – a world T20 record – helped India achieve a whopping 225-7.

But the hosts sought when Andrew Balberni scored 60 times and Ireland needed six of the last ball to succeed.

Mark Adair missed India’s win by four games and took the series 2-0.

India managed a seven-point victory in Sunday’s opening match at Malahide Stadium and was expected to score another victory at Co Dublin after posting a big aggregate.

Hooda was India’s first T20 batsman with an unbeaten 47 and passed that with a superb effort along with opener Samson.

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The pair rocked together to score a new second-wicket best in the international T20s, with Hooda smashing six maximums and nine limits on 104 of 57 balls. Samson hit sixty-four and nine four times on his 42-ball hit of 77.

The wicket fell quickly towards the end of the India innings with Adair taking 3-42, while Craig Young and Josh Little each flanked with two wickets each.

Joy for Deepak Hooda after he brought his horn in Malahide
Joy for Deepak Hooda after he brought his horn in Malahide

Ireland’s top ranking struggled in the first T20, but openers Paul Stirling and Balberni got back on their feet to give the hosts hope of a shock.

Stirling was at his best with 40 passes from 18 balls, before spinner Ravi Bishnoi knocked him out to leave Ireland 72-1 after just 5.4 increases.

Gareth Delaney ran out for a duck, but Balberni, after a slow start, ensured Ireland stayed on track by accumulating seven sixes before heading out to Bishnoy.

Lorcan Tucker fell to five, but starlet Harry Tector followed Sunday’s unbeaten 64 with a valuable 39 points.

He left it to George Dockrill and managed to chase the victory goal and reached the final with 17 times required.

Imran Malik threw a tight, long streak to constrain the Irish duo and six of the last ball were needed for a famous win.

Adair continued, but the ball flew low to a frontier player – Ireland 221-5 was their second high in the T20s, but that wasn’t enough as India managed to celebrate a narrow win and success in the series.

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