Heartbreak for Ireland as India win a last ball thriller
Hooda's century and Samson's 76 just edged out Balbirnie, Sterling and Dockrell's efforts
Saif AL Imam ShotaEditor
India won the second match of the two match T20I series by a whisker to take the series 2-0. India barely managed to keep Ireland at bay, as they won against the hosts by 4 runs.
The duo went on to smash every bowler that came in their way. A ground with small boundaries also helped to their cause. They formed a partnership of 176 of 85 deliveries, making this the highest ever partnership for India in a T20I game.
Deepak Hooda scored his maiden century and became the fourth Indian to cross the 100 run mark in the shortest format of the game. Sanju Samson finally showed his worth in the international arena, as he scored his maiden fifty.
India only scored 13 runs in the final 2 overs, and lost 5 wickets. But Hooda's 104 and Samson's 77 had already given India a massive total. India finished with s total of 225/7. The match looked as good as over.
Ireland came in with the same aggressive mindset as the visitors. The openers Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie took the charge and scored 72 runs within 5.4 overs. Ravi Bishnoi provided the first breakthrough for the visitors as he cleaned up Stirling. Gareth Delany was run out soon after and India were back on top of the situation.
But the skipper kept on going. Balbirnie, alongside Harry Tector kept Ireland in the game. Harshal Patel, who had a rough day in the office, got the important wicket of Balbirnie for 60. Wicketkeeper Tucker was removed by Umran Malik, who got his debut wicket, and India were finally looking to assert their dominance.
However, the hosts weren't going down without a fight. Harry Tector, alongside the new man George Dockrell, started to bring down the equation. The counterattack from the Irish was still on. Tector holed out to long on in the 18th over, but Dockrell and Adair always kept Ireland in the hunt.
In the end, Ireland needed 17 runs of the final over to win. Umran Malik was entrusted with the responsibility to defend those runs by captain Hardik Pandya. Umran started off well, but Adair picked up 2 boundaries as well. In the final delivery 6 runs were required for the Irish to create a massive upset. In the end, Umran kept his composure and took his side to victory. Ireland fell short by 4 runs.