Interview with India captain Hardik Pandya

Dublin: The Indian team led by Hardik Pandya, who has gone to Ireland, is playing in 2 T20 matches. The first match took place in Dublin yesterday. The match was reduced to 12 overs due to rain. India won the toss and elected to bowl Batting first, Ireland were bowled out in the first over by skipper Balbir Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Paul Stirling 4, Gareth Dylani 8 out. Harry Dector, Lorson Tucker added a better Audi run. Tucker was caught for 18 runs. At the other end, Harry Dektar hit a fifty off 29 balls. Ireland scored 108 for 4 in the allotted 12 overs.

Harry Dectar 64 (33 off 33 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes, Dockrell 4) Sahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Awesh Khan, Hardik Pandya each took one wicket in the Indian bowling. Yadav was unbeaten on 24. Pandya hit 24 off 12 balls with one four and three sixes. India won by 111 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 9.2 overs. Deepak Hooda 47 (6 fours, 2 sixes) Ireland bowler Kirik Young took 2 wickets.

Hardik PandyaSahal, who took one wicket for just 11 runs in 3 overs, won the man of the match award. The 2nd and final T20 match will be played at the same venue tomorrow. After the win Captain Hardik Pandya said: It is better to start the series with a win. It is very important for us as a team to start with success. Very happy with this. Umran Malik was waiting for his chance. Bowls better on the old ball. They batted brilliantly. Some shots played by Harry amazed me. I hope he will develop Ireland cricket again, he said.

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