India Prevail In High-scoring Affair In Dublin, Take Series 2-0

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India Prevail In High-scoring Affair In Dublin, Take Series 2-0Hooda and Samson added 176 for the second wicket

Craig Young had his 50th T20I commemorated with a special cap but it was really India who were on a celebration spree in Dublin. Deepak Hooda brought up his maiden T20I hundred and Sanju Samson coasted to his maiden T20I fifty as the pair added 176 for the second wicket, setting up India’s mammoth total of 225/7 in a high-scoring second and final T20I against Ireland.

Chasing the fourth highest total in T20Is, Paul Stirling helped Ireland put 50 on the board inside four overs and taking a cue from that, the match went all the way to the last over. With Ireland needing six to win off the final ball, Umran Malik and India finished on the right side of a hot-and-cold 20th over, handing Ireland a narrow loss by four runs.

Hooda, Samson compile record stand

India’s intentions were clear as early as the toss, when captain Hardik Pandya opted to bat on an “alright” wicket. Even though the visitors lost Ishan Kishan to a wild slog outside off, Hooda and Samson ensured that India, who have been called upon by head coach Rahul Dravid to bat with intent, did exactly that. The duo added 176 off only 86 balls, the highest second-wicket partnership in all T20Is and the highest ever by India for any wicket.

Was it the flat pitch, good batting or just average bowling?

A bit of all three. The hard pitch with true bounce allowed India’s batters to play on the up and through the line, although Ireland were guilty of bowling either too full or too short, and were carted on both sides of the wicket. Hooda hit 9 fours and 6 sixes in his innings; Samson chipped in with 9 fours and 4 sixes, three of which came off Mark Delany.

Who broke that stand then, and how?

Mark Adair. To be honest, Ireland struggled for answers for much of that partnership and it took a good leg-stump yorker from Adair to dislodge Samson on 77 (42b). Hooda, though, kicked on past his fifty to score a century, getting there off 55 balls and becoming only the fourth India batter to ton up in this format.

A timely innings before the T20 WC

The crowd cheered when Pandya announced Samson’s inclusion at the toss. He’s been in India’s green room for far too long, as has been Hooda. But what better time to take the opportunity than in the lead up to a T20 WC, especially with a new regime in place.

Hooda, who used a review to overturn an on-field lbw decision and was dropped on 33 by Stirling, powered to a fifty off 27 balls while Samson did the same off 31 balls – both batters getting to the milestone for the first time in T20 Internationals.

Not the finish India wanted…

The visitors motored through the middle overs, adding 111 runs between overs 9 and 15. All of it came through the Samson-Hooda stand, but once Ireland found a way through that in the 17th over, they were able to keep a lid on scoring. Only 24 runs came in the last three overs and as many as five wickets fell. Young picked two of them off consecutive deliveries, which included the crucial wicket of Dinesh Karthik via an outside edge to keeper.

Stirling stirs a storm

In no way did Ireland crumble under the pressure of a 200+ run-chase. In fact, the hosts started on the perfect note, nicking 18 runs off the first over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Stirling, in particular, was responsible for that kind of a start, hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes in his 18-ball 40 before he was bowled by Ravi Bishnoi’s googly.

Ireland go down fighting

Even after Stirling’s departure, Ireland kept finding the boundaries and kept India on their toes. That they scored their highest total in a home T20I is proof enough. Captain Andrew Balbirnie, who was stumped off a no-ball by Bishnoi, went on to score a 34-ball fifty, his sixth in the format and helped his side total 100 runs in the ninth over itself. His dismissal to Harshal Patel in the 11th over proved to be another speed-breaker but Harry Tector and George Dockrell stepped up this time, adding 47 off 21. It took old-horse Bhuvneshwar’s dismissal of Tector and Umran’s final over to deliver India over the line, but only just. There wasn’t much between the sides on the day.

Brief Scores: India 225/7 in 20 overs (Hooda 104, Samson 77; Adair 3-42) beat Ireland 221/5 in 20 overs (Balbirnie 60; Bishnoi 1-41, Malik 1-42) by 4 runs

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