1st T20I: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and spinners help India crush Ireland

first_imgIndia celebrated their 100th T20 International in style by defeating Ireland by 76 runs in the first of a two-match series in Dublin. After Rohit Sharma (97) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) had helped India post 208/5, Kuldeep Yadav took 4/21 while Yuzvendra Chahal snared 3/38 to condemn the hosts to a massive defeat.Chasing 209, Ireland never looked like they were in control. Jasprit Bumrah struck off his second delivery to get rid of Paul Stirling to rock the Irish.Next, Chahal dismissed Andrew Balbirnie, who was completely flummoxed by the leg-spinner, allowing MS Dhoni to whip off the stumps easily.(HIGHLIGHTS)If Ireland had to contend with Chahal at one end, they had to deal with Kuldeep at the other. The minnows were all at sea against Kuldeep’s left-arm chinaman, who ran through the middle-order, picking up Simi Singh, top-scorer James Shannon and SW Poynter.Chahal was a little expensive but at one point, he was on a hat-trick. The Royal Challengers Bangalore leggie eventually finished with 3/38.Bumrah returned for his second spell to remove George Dockrell.Rohit Sharma falls 3 short of record century in India’s 100th T20IOnly Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya could not get among the wickets.Handshakes all around as #TeamIndia win by 76 runs.#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/uh37qETaFnBCCI (@BCCI) June 27, 2018Ireland had won the toss and decided to bowl first on a flat pitch. Rohit, who was off-colour for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Dhawan, in fine form for Sunrisers Hyderabad, took India off to a great start.advertisementThe pair was involved in a 160-run partnership, the second best stand for India in T20 Internationals. Rohit was also involved (with KL Rahul) in India’s best T20I partnership of 165 runs against Sri Lanka in Indore late last year.After seeing off the first over which yielded just a single, the Indian openers started the onslaught with Dhawan welcoming medium pacer Stuart Thompson with a boundary and a six.The southpaw meted out similar treatment to Kevin O’ Brien’s medium pace and went on to bring up his fifty off mere 27 balls with a thunderous six off left-arm spinner Dockrell.Rohit, who up until then played the perfect second fiddle, caught up with his partner with some exquisitely-timed boundaries and a couple of sixes to get to his fifty off 39 balls, and help India reach the three-figure mark.The hapless Irish attack drastically failed to control the onslaught from the ruthless Indian openers as the score swelled to 150 runs by the 16th over.Ireland had themselves to blame as Thompson dropped Rohit twice before finally managing to latch on to one to pack back Dhawan off Kevin.Innings Break!#TeamIndia 208/5 in 20 overs (Rohit 97, Dhawan 74)Follow the game here – https://t.co/Qr2pRPJyur #IREvIND pic.twitter.com/wsYfaLESHyBCCI (@BCCI) June 27, 2018Dhawan’s departure brought in Suresh Raina (10), who started with a boundary before a short pitched delivery from Kevin brought his downfall.Joined by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11), Rohit continued his onslaught to near his third T20I century but Chase had other plans in the final over of the innings.After giving a single off the first ball, the medium pacer packed Dhoni back on the second delivery before sending back Rohit with a slower one.One ball later, Chase dismissed skipper Virat Kohli for a rare duck before Hardik Pandya (6 not out) ended the innings with a six.(With agency inputs)last_img

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