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T20 WOrld Cup – India dominates Ireland

T20 WOrld Cup – India dominates Ireland

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India begins their World Cup journey with a dominant 8-wicket win over Ireland as Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya shine in a stellar display of cricketing prowess. A match report.

India kicked off their World Cup campaign in stunning fashion with an emphatic 8-wicket victory over Ireland. The Indian pacers delivered a masterclass, restricting Ireland to under a hundred runs before Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant swiftly guided the team to victory. Hardik Pandya’s exceptional bowling, claiming three crucial wickets, left fans in awe.

Opting to field first on the challenging Nassau County International Cricket Stadium pitch in New York, Rohit Sharma’s decision paid off immediately. Arshdeep Singh led the charge, dismissing Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie early on. Hardik Pandya, fondly dubbed “Kung fu Pandya,” joined the wicket-taking spree with the key scalp of Lorcan Tucker. Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh added to Ireland’s woes, while Pandya continued his magic, snaring Curtis Camper’s wicket with a well-directed delivery.

Pandya’s stellar performance, a contrast to his recent IPL form, injected hope into the supporters of India. Arshdeep Singh and Bumrah contributed with two wickets apiece, while Mohammad Siraj and Axar Patel chipped in with one each. Patel’s spectacular catch off his own bowling was a highlight moment. Despite a late flourish from G. Delany, Ireland could only muster a modest 96 runs, thanks to India’s exceptional bowling display.

In pursuit of the paltry target, India’s top order appeared untroubled. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli opened confidently, though Kohli fell early to Mark Adair’s delivery. Rishabh Pant, displaying resilience after a harrowing accident, combined with Rohit Sharma to steer India towards victory. Pant’s explosive 36 and Sharma’s composed 52 laid the foundation for success.

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However, Sharma’s departure due to a shoulder injury cast a momentary shadow. Surya Kumar Yadav briefly tried to finish in style but fell cheaply, followed by a brief stint from Shivam Dube. Ultimately, it was Pant who sealed the win with a spectacular shot, wrapping up the match in just 12.2 overs with only two wickets down.

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