India vs Ireland final Match Highlights:
- India won by 143 runs
- They dismissed Ireland for 70
- India made 213-4 batting first
- India won the series 2-0
With India Vs Ireland final match, India sealed a one-sided series 2-0 with a 143 win over Ireland on Friday. After a comprehensive defeat in the first T20, India put in an even stronger performance in the second match yesterday. Resting several key players made no difference to the Indian side’s performance that scored 200+ once again. Their bowlers went one above the batsmen, as they dismissed the Irish for under 100 to give India an easy win, one that hardly saw them break a sweat. They also created a new record in the progress with the 143 run victory becoming their biggest win in T20 internationals and the second biggest win by runs in the history of T20s.
Dublin hosted both the sides for the second time in three days as the India V. Ireland series played out its last match. As the national anthems of the countries were played out one thing was clear, both the teams commanded an impressive following. The stadium was wrapped in a sea of blue and green with supporters of both the sides coming out in numbers to watch a rare occasion for the city of Dublin.
In the India Vs Ireland final match, India rested main players in a quest to give the fringe players some playing time before the England series starting next month. A determined set of players who wanted to put in good performances to catch the eyes of the selectors succeeded superbly in their task. Batting first India suffered an early setback with Kohli departing early once. KL Rahul and Suresh Raina were in total command from there on with Rahul smashing his way to a 36 ball 70 that will surely put him in good contention for a starting berth come the English series. Raina’s 69 started dulling off towards the end, moving India further from the 200 run mark before Pandya stepped out to hit a 9 ball 32 to take India to 213. Defending couldn’t have been easier for the Indians as the spinners once again wrecked havoc, taking 6 wickets between them to bowl out Ireland for a petty 70.
India captain Virat Kohli: “For us, the opposition doesn’t really matter if we play to our strengths.
“Obviously the pitches will play a part but we know if they come hard, we have the batting power to go hard as well.”
Ireland captain Gary Wilson: “I don’t think the wicket would have been any different whether we had batted first or if we had bowled.
“There’s plenty of lessons to learn, from batting both and bowling. When you look at it, we were playing against the best 14 or 15 players in the IPL