India vs Ireland: Ravi Bishnoi struck early with a sharp googly to dismiss Paul Stirling, one of the most destructive T20 openers in the world, as India dominated Ireland in the first T20I in Malahide on Sunday.
Bishnoi, who has gained a reputation for bowling more googlies than leg-breaks, fired in a quick delivery that turned into the stumps sharply. Stirling went for an expansive shot on the off-side but misread the googly and left a big gap between his pad and bat. The ball crashed into the off-stump, leaving Stirling stranded for 11 runs.
The wicket of Stirling was a big blow to Ireland, who were struggling at 27 for 2 after five overs. The hosts never recovered from the early setback and reached a total of 139/7 in 20 overs.
The match had an exciting start as India’s skipper, Jasprit Bumrah, making a comeback after 10 months, grabbed two wickets in the inaugural over. His efforts were complemented by another returnee, pacer Prasidh Krishna, who managed to send Harry Tector back to the pavilion.
Ireland: Paul Stirling (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker (w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Benjamin White.
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (w), Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah (c), Ravi Bishnoi.
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