The Indians got much-needed time in the middle and laid the groundwork for the visitors’ back-to-back win in their second T20I match against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.
Half a century by opening Ruturaj Gaikwad (58) and helpful contributions in between by Sanju Samson (40), Rinku Singh (38) and Shivam Dube (22*) took India to the 185/5 challenge.
Andrew Balbirnie then led the Irishman’s chase with a score of 51–72 but did not receive much support as the captain each had two goals. Jasprit Bumrah (February 15), Prasid Krishna (February 29) and Ravi Bishnoi (February 37) restricted the hosts to 152/8, and India won by a comfortable margin of 33 runs. Here’s what the players on both sides said after the match:
“I feel fine. Today (the pitch) was a little drier. We thought the game would be slower and therefore hit first… It’s hard to pick a typical squad, it’s painful. Everyone is excited, everyone is confident. ..In the end, everyone has to work their way up. If you play with too many expectations, you will be under pressure. That expectation aside. You’re not doing 100% justice to yourself if you play with too many expectations.”
“We had our chances. We didn’t make the most of it. We had the positives during the 40 rounds. I think we let them take the lead in the last few rounds. their batter has come on and is hard to beat. to keep going. We can turn the tide and hopefully win (in T20I Tuesday).”
“I’m feeling very good. I’ve been trying to do what I did in IPL. I’m very confident and try to stay calm….I’m feeling very good. I’ve been playing for 10 years. I’ve done my best and it has paid off. I’m very happy to receive the ‘Player of the Match’ award.”
“They (India) are a highly skilled bowling unit. I’m a bit disappointed. We are playing good cricket. Hopefully we can perform better in the last match. the Irish hitter) is trying to beat the first ball. Hopefully we can cross the line on Wednesday…We feel we can beat them if we play better.”