India and Ireland during the playing of their national anthem. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

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The ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup match between India and Ireland took place on June 5 at the Nassau International Cricket Stadium in New York, USA. India won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision that soon proved advantageous as the Indian bowlers dominated the Irish batting lineup.

Ireland’s innings began on a shaky note with early dismissals that set the tone for their struggle. The opening pair of Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling fell cheaply to Arshdeep Singh, leaving Ireland at 9 for 2 by the third over. Balbirnie managed just 5 runs from 10 balls while Stirling could only muster 2 runs from 6 balls.

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Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant with the ball, picking up 2 for 6 off 3 overs. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Lorcan Tucker attempted to stabilize the innings but was bowled by Hardik Pandya after scoring 10 runs off 13 balls. The middle-order further collapsed as Harry Tector scored a meager 4 runs off 16 balls before being caught by Virat Kohli off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling.

Curtis Campher offered a brief resistance with a quick 12 runs off 8 balls, including a boundary and a six, but his efforts were cut short by Pandya, who ended up being the most successful bowler with figures of 3 for 27 in his 4 overs. George Dockrell and Mark Adair were dismissed soon after, contributing 3 and 3 runs respectively.

Gareth Delany was the standout performer for Ireland, scoring 26 runs off 14 balls with a strike rate of 185.71, including 2 fours and 2 sixes. However, his dismissal via a run-out by Mohammed Siraj marked the end of Ireland’s hope for a competitive total. Joshua Little added 14 runs off 13 balls towards the end, but it was insufficient to build a respectable score as Ireland were bowled out for 96 in 16 overs.

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Skipper Rohit Sharma produce an entertaining of knock of 52 before he retired hurt, it included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

The Indian bowling attack was highly effective, with Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah leading the charge. Arshdeep took 2 wickets for 35 runs in his 4 overs, while Bumrah was particularly economical, conceding just 6 runs and taking 2 wickets in his 3 overs. Hardik Pandya also impressed with his all-round performance, claiming 3 wickets for 27 runs. Mohammed Siraj and Axar Patel chipped in with a wicket each, further restricting the Irish batting line-up.

Chasing a modest target of 97, India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma played a commanding knock of 52 runs off 37 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes. Sharma’s aggressive batting set a solid foundation for the chase before he retired hurt, ensuring India was well on course for victory.

Virat Kohli was dismissed early for just 1 run off 5 balls by Mark Adair, but Rishabh Pant steadied the innings with an unbeaten 36 runs off 26 balls, featuring 3 fours and 2 sixes. Suryakumar Yadav fell for 2 runs, caught by George Dockrell off Benjamin White’s bowling, but by then India was already within striking distance of the target.

Shivam Dube remained not out on 0 as India comfortably reached the target, finishing at 97 for 2 in 12.2 overs with a run rate of 7.95.

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Andy Balbirnie of Ireland is seen here bowled by Arshdeep Singh for 5. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Ireland’s bowlers struggled to defend the low total. Mark Adair managed to claim the wicket of Kohli, finishing with figures of 1 for 27 in his 4 overs. Joshua Little was the most expensive, giving away 42 runs in his 4 overs without any success. Barry McCarthy and Curtis Campher were also unable to make significant inroads into the Indian batting lineup, with McCarthy conceding 18 runs in 2.2 overs and Campher 4 runs in his solitary over. Benjamin White, however, managed to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav, finishing with 1 for 6 in his single over.

India’s comprehensive 8-wicket victory over Ireland highlighted their dominance in both batting and bowling. The Indian bowlers set up the win by restricting Ireland to a low total, and the batsmen ensured a smooth chase to secure a convincing win in the T20 World Cup encounter.