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India VS Ireland: T20 World Cup Highlights

Cricket  •  6 Jun, 2024  •  50,496 Views  •  ⭐ 1.2

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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In an exhilarating encounter at the T20 World Cup, India clashed with Ireland in New York. This match marked India's first game in the tournament since their Adelaide appearance in November 2022 and was notable for its challenging pitch conditions. The venue, Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, was under scrutiny due to its previous record of slow scoring and dot balls. Despite this, the match turned out to be a memorable one, especially for the Indian fast bowlers and the dynamic batting of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant.


Ireland's Struggles: A Tough Start

India vs Ireland T20 World Cup Highlights: India thrashes Ireland by 8  wickets in Group A match - The Economic Times
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Ireland, having won the toss, decided to bat first on a pitch that showed uneven bounce and seam movement from the beginning. The Indian team, captained by Rohit Sharma, chose to field four seamers, including Hardik Pandya, alongside spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, which proved to be a strategic decision.
From the onset, it was clear that the pitch was going to play a significant role. Arshdeep Singh struck early, sending Paul Stirling back with a delivery that climbed unexpectedly, resulting in a top edge to the keeper. This set the tone for Ireland's innings, which struggled to gain momentum. Andy Balbirnie, the Irish captain, fell to Arshdeep's swing, leaving Ireland at a precarious 9 for 2. The conditions resembled a Test match, with Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep exploiting the seam movement effectively.

Middle Order Collapse: India's Bowlers Dominate

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Ireland's middle order crumbled under pressure from the relentless Indian bowling attack. Lorcan Tucker was bowled by Hardik Pandya with a wobble-seam delivery that nipped in, leaving the stumps splattered. Harry Tector, attempting to hook a short ball from Bumrah, could only manage a gloved edge to short extra cover. Curtis Campher's edge off Hardik Pandya found the slips, leaving Ireland reeling at 44 for 5.
Gareth Delany offered some resistance with a brisk 27 off 15 balls. His innings included a few boundaries and a six, providing a glimmer of hope for Ireland. However, it wasn't enough to steer Ireland to a competitive total. Delany's innings ended with a run-out, and Ireland were bowled out for 96, their highest T20I score at this venue. Bumrah's lethal yorker to Josh Little epitomized India's dominance with the ball, wrapping up the Irish innings efficiently.



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India's Chase: Rohit and Pant Shine

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Chasing a modest target of 97, India opened with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The pitch continued to play tricks, but Rohit and Kohli decided to take their chances early on. Despite Kohli falling for 4 in the third over, trying to hit Mark Adair over the covers, Rohit remained aggressive.
Rohit Sharma showcased his class, hitting his 600th international six in style. He brought up his half-century with a series of powerful strokes, including successive sixes off Josh Little. His innings of 52 off 37 balls, marked by both skill and luck, set a strong foundation for India. Rohit retired hurt after a blow to his right arm, leaving India at 76 for 1, but his contribution was invaluable.

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