Indian openers and spinners won the game for India
Team India played the first game of their England and Wales tour, the start was promising and optimistic as the visitors beat Ireland by 76 runs. Winning the toss, the men in green invited Indians to bat first and from there on the game started drifting away from the hands of Ireland.
Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma tore through the Irish bowling attack. Shikhar Dhawan lead the attack whereas Sharma was settling in slowly. However with time, the Indian openers were almost going at a run rate of 10 runs/ over. Kevin O’Brien got the wicket of southpaw for 74 (45). The openers added 160 runs in 16 overs, until Dhawan got out.
The death overs were inclined towards the hosts way as they lost 4 wickets and all four were taken by Peter Chase, the most unfortunate one was that of Rohit Sharma as he was cleaned up for 97 (61). Skipper Virat Kohli got out for a second-ball duck, whereas Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni got out for 10 (6) and 11 (5) respectively. The wickets of Virat and Dhoni can be credited to the wind as they both had hit it well enough but only to be caught.
Hardik Pandya played only the last ball of the match and made the most of it as he hit a helicopter shot straight for six and India now had 208 runs on the board. The Irish batting looked never looked like being in the chase as spin twins Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared 7 wickets together and the other 2 were taken by Jasprit Bumrah.
The hosts were outplayed in all departments as they could only manage 139/9 in their given 20 overs. The only positive from the Irish batting display was that of opener Jamesh Shannon, he scored 60 (35, 5 fours and 4 sixes)