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Two down, one more to go. India have an unassailable 2-0 lead in this three-match T20I series against Ireland and will now have their eyes on a washout. The hosts will be hoping to put on a more complete display as there have been signs that they can indeed notch up a win against the cricketing giants. The 3rd and final T20I of this series will be played on Wednesday, 23 August and will begin at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). Our build-up, however, will begin a lot sooner, so, do join us then. Take care and goodbye!
India’s skipper Jasprit Bumrah says that he is feeling good. Adds that the wicket was on the drier side and hence, they wanted to bat first. Mentions that they were constantly assessing the surface. Shares that it is very pleasing to play with this group and it is tough to pick the playing XI. Reckons that is a great headache to have and everyone is confident and eager to perform. Feels that everyone has to work their way up and have to keep the baggage of expectations aside. Adds that you are not doing justice to your game if you are playing with expectations.
Paul Stirling, the captain of Ireland says that he felt they had chances in the game but were unable to take it and there were a lot of positives for them. Adds that they let it slip with the ball in the last couple of overs and the Indian batters did bat really well. Mentions that they have a few obvious areas to work on and would look to end the series with a win.
Rinku Singh is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his crucial knock of 38 runs off 21 balls in just his 2nd T20I game. He says that he was very confident and eager to bat. Mentions that he was trying to use his Indian T20 League experience and looked to remain calm. Shares that he has done a lot of hard work and is now reaping the rewards. Ends by saying that he couldn’t be happier to get the award in the first game he batted.
The Presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the game, Paul Stirling won the toss and opted to bowl first under a fairly sunny Malahide sky. The frontline pacers couldn’t do much for Ireland and Joshua Little in particular was off his game. India started off quickly before losing a couple of wickets in succession but then came a big stand between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson worth 71 runs with the former notching up a half-century as well. The innings did slow down a bit as Barry McCarthy and Benjamin White got both the set batters out. Rinku Singh on his first-ever outing with the bat on the big stage put on a show alongside Shivam Dube and the pair of them smoked the ball to all parts of the ground to take India over the 180-run mark. Coming to the chase, Ireland were always one big stand away from really challenging the Indian total but unfortunately for the home side, that partnership never came.
Ireland were once again let down by their batting performance in the Powerplay. Skipper Paul Stirling and Lorcan Tucker both fell early without even getting off the mark and Harry Tector couldn’t do much either. Former skipper Andy Balbirnie however played a gem of an inning and had a bit of support from the likes of Curtis Campher and George Dockrell. Balbirnie fell on a valiant 72 and they lost a few quick wickets which made it improbable for the lower order to take them over the line. There were a few lusty blows from Mark Adair but the hosts were well beaten in the end.
There it is, a young Indian side has rounded off a solid display and have clinched the three-match T20I series 2-0 with a game to spare. India had the runs on the board and were able to pick up wickets at crucial times which helped them stay in front and get the job done pretty easily in the end. Prasidh Krishna was on fire in the early overs and picked up a couple of wickets and then Ravi Bishnoi picked up one more in the final over of the Powerplay. This put India in command but there was a bit of a fightback from the opposition. The likes of Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah were able to come on in the latter stages and pick up wickets in heaps with the skipper even bowling a wicket-maiden final over.
19.6 overs (4 Runs) Four Byes! Exceptional stuff by Jasprit Bumrah, he finishes the game with a wicket-maiden! Bowls the off-cutter this time, fuller in length, outside off, Joshua Little heaves across the line but connects with thin air. Sanju Samson behind the wicket misses as well and the ball trickles to the fence. India win by 33 runs and seal the series!
19.5 overs (0 Run) On a yorker length, on middle, Joshua Little jams it out back to the bowler.
Joshua Little is in next.
19.4 overs (0 Run) OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Jasprit Bumrah is producing a death overs masterclass here! Bowls this slightly on a good length, on middle and leg, Mark Adair swipes across the line again but makes contact this time. The connection is nowhere close to perfection and he ends up spooning the simplest of catches to Tilak Varma at deep mid-wicket.
19.3 overs (0 Run) An off-cutter this time, on a good length, on middle and leg, Mark Adair swings across the line but misses.
19.2 overs (0 Run) Continues to go for the yorkers but this one is on the fuller side, Mark Adair powers it back past the bowler. Arshdeep Singh at long off does well to keep the ball in play and denies a boundary.
19.1 overs (0 Run) Angles in yet another yorker, on middle, Mark Adair fails to get underneath and digs it down to long on for a run.
18.6 overs (0 Run) Keeps it full and outside off, Craig Young slices it to deep point. They do not take a single and it will be Mark Adair on strike at the start of the next over.
18.5 overs (1 Run) Fullish delivery, on middle and leg, Mark Adair clears his front leg and swats it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
18.4 overs (0 Run) Low full toss, on off, Mark Adair drills it to long off and refuses the single.
18.3 overs (0 Run) Pace on this time, on off, on a good length, Mark Adair slashes hard at the delivery but misses.
18.2 overs (6 Runs) SIX MORE! Slower delivery again, six again! Prasidh Krishna goes full this time and rolls his fingers over the ball, Mark Adair manages to get underneath and thumps it towards the sight screen for six more runs.
18.1 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Mark Adair isn’t going to go down without a fight! An off cutter, on a length, outside off, Mark Adair waits for the ball to arrive and slaps it back over the bowler’s head for a maximum.
17.6 overs (0 Run) Arshdeep Singh with another fullish delivery, just outside off, Craig Young sits deep in his crease and tries to launch it down the ground but it does not come off.
17.5 overs (0 Run) Brings his length back and takes the pace off as well, Craig Young looks to run it down to third man but misses.
17.4 overs (0 Run) Executes the yorker to perfection, on middle, Craig Young can only jam it out back to the bowler.
17.3 overs (0 Run) Comes from over the wicket and angles it across, on a length, outside off, Craig Young goes for a big heave but does not connect.
17.2 overs (1 Run) Gets the yorker in this time, at the toes, Mark Adair digs it out to long on. He wants the second but has to settle for a single.
17.1 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Clean as a whistle! In the slot, angling in, on middle and leg, Mark Adair clears his front leg and whacks it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
16.6 overs (1 Run) Low full toss, around leg, clipped to deep mid-wicket for a run.
16.5 overs (1 Run) Continues to bowl slower, on off, Craig Young tries to push it on the off side. Mishits it towards long on for a single.
Craig Young walks out to the middle now.
16.4 overs (0 Run) OUT! CAUGHT! Jasprit Bumrah joins in on the fun now and Ireland are slowly falling apart! Takes pace off and delivers it on a good length, on off, Barry McCarthy stays till and tries to swing it across the line. Gets it off the bottom part of the bat and holes out to deep mid-wicket. Ravi Bishnoi sprints and slides forward and completes the catch with ease.
16.3 overs (1 Run) Executes the yorker again, on off, Mark Adair squeezes it to long off for a run.
16.2 overs (0 Run) Swing and a miss! An off cutter, on a length, on off, Mark Adair has a swipe across the line but connects with thin air.
16.1 overs (1 Run) On a yorker length, Barry McCarthy digs it out to long on for a single.
15.6 overs (1 Run) Low full toss, on middle and leg, Barry McCarthy swats it to deep mind for a single.
15.5 overs (0 Run) Back of a length, on off, Barry McCarthy steers it to point.
Barry McCarthy is the new man in.
15.4 overs (0 Run) OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Arshdeep Singh has the last laugh and Ireland lose Andy Balbirnie now! Goes full and wide outside off, Andy Balbirnie is made to reach out to go through the off side. Does not manage to get on the end of it and only manages to get an outside edge which is pouched safely behind the wicket by Sanju Samson. Ireland are now 6 down.
15.3 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Into the wicket and at the batter, Andy Balbirnie gets into a great position and picks the bones out of it. Dispatches it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
15.2 overs (1 Run) Low full toss, just outside off, drilled to point for a run.
15.1 overs (1 Run) Fullish delivery, on off, driven to long on for a single.
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