India vs Ireland, 2nd T20I: Deepak Hooda’s maiden century helps India beat Ireland by 4 runs to pocket series 2-0 | Cricket News – Times of India


MALAHIDE (Eire): Deepak Hooda hit a master-class maiden century as India survived a mighty scare earlier than defeating Eire by 4 runs in a nail-biting high-scoring second T20 Worldwide to brush the two-match sequence on Tuesday.
Hooda scored 104 off 57 balls to grow to be solely the fourth Indian to hit a T20 Worldwide ton, whereas Sanju Samson contributed 77 off 42 balls to energy India to a mammoth 225 for seven after opting to bat.
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Eire took the chase to the final over with skipper Andy Balbirnie (60 off 37), Paul Stirling (40 off 18), Harry Tector (39 off 28) and George Dockrell (34 not out off 16) shining vivid however they finally fell brief as rookie India pacer Umran Malik defended 17 runs within the closing over.
Opting to bat, Hooda confirmed he belonged to the large stage along with his scintillating stroke play, each off the entrance and backfoot.
Whereas Hooda was elegant and comfortable on the frontfoot, he was equally good on the backfoot, dispatching the ball over the midwicket boundary for a number of sixes.

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Hooda embellished his knock with 9 fours and 6 hits over the fence.
He was ably supported by Sanju Samson, who, opening the batting rather than injured Ruturaj Gaikwad, performed second fiddle however grabbed his alternative with each fingers.
Each Hooda and Samson’s strokeplay down the bottom had been a deal with for the eyes.

Eire made a rollicking begin to their chase, with Stirling and Balbirnie sharing 72 runs for the opening wicket off simply 34 balls. Stirling went hammer and tongs from the world.
Stirling took Bhuvneshwar Kumar to activity, hitting the bowler for a six and three boundaries to choose up 18 runs from the opening over.
Stirling then clobbered skipper Hardik Pandya for a six. The opening duo continued their attacking show to notch up Eire’s 50 for no loss in simply 4 overs.

Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi broke the dangerous-looking 72-run opening stand within the sixth over, cleansing up Stirling.
In his subsequent over, Bishnoi had Balbirnie stumped by Ishan Kishan however it turned out to be an enormous no ball.
Balbirnie utilised the possibility and clobbered all of the Indian bowlers to all elements of the bottom to maintain Eire at par with the asking charge.
He was notably extreme on younger tempo sensation Malik, dispatching the pacer’s brief deliveries over the fence as Eire introduced up their 100 in 9 overs for the lack of two wickets.

Balbirnie notched up his sixth T20 Worldwide 50 off 34 balls and continued his onslaught for a while earlier than being caught by Bishnoi off Harshal Patel.
However Tector, Dockrell and Mark Adair (23 not out off 12 balls) saved Eire within the hunt until the final ball from which the hosts wanted a six to win the match and draw the sequence. Adair, nonetheless, might handle only one run as Malik lived as much as his captain’s name.
Earlier, India didn’t have the most effective of begins as they misplaced Ishan Kishan (3) early. The left-handed opener as soon as once more wasted a chance, nicking a Mark Adair supply to Lorcan Tucker behind the stumps within the third over.
Hooda and Samson joined fingers and the duo batted effortlessly, albeit handing two troublesome possibilities, to share 176 runs off simply 85 balls to put the inspiration for India’s enormous complete.
It was a one-way visitors after Kishan’s dismissal as Hooda and Samson toyed with the Irish bowlers and didn’t allow them to quiet down.
Apart from a troublesome likelihood which Paul Stirling dropped at further off within the eight over, Hooda performed an ideal knock.
Samson too was handed a life within the ninth over when leg-spinner Gareth Delany dropped a troublesome caught-and-bowled likelihood.
Samson too performed some pleasant strokes, notably off the backfoot throughout his half-century knock. He, nonetheless, was cleaned up by Adair within the seventeenth over.
Hooda introduced up his maiden T20I century off 55 balls with a single to affix the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina within the elite membership of solely 4 Indian centurions within the format.
As soon as Hooda departed on the group rating of 212, Surya Kumar Yadav (15) and skipper Hardik Pandya (13 not out) tried to speed up the scoring however failed as India misplaced three wickets for the addition of simply 14 runs within the final two overs.


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