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4.6 overs (0 Run) Hurls it fuller, at the stumps, Ruturaj Gaikwad blocks it out without much fuss.
4.5 overs (1 Run) Shaping away, on a hard length, around off, Sanju Samson plays it late and steers it towards short third man. The fielder there parries it towards deep backward point and keeps it to one.
4.4 overs (0 Run) Keeps it at the stumps, on a good length, Sanju Samson gets behind the line and defends it solidly.
4.3 overs (1 Run) Into the wicket again, on off and middle, Ruturaj Gaikwad gets into a good position and pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
4.2 overs (1 Run) Angling at the pads, on a good length, Sanju Samson nudges it towards fine leg and gets off the mark with one.
Sanju Samson is the new batter in.
4.1 overs (0 Run) OUT! CAUGHT! Barry McCarthy joins in on the act now and Tilak Varma departs early yet again! McCarthy bends his back and bangs it in short, on middle, Tilak Varma swivels in the crease and goes for the pull. Gets the elevation but not the distance. Skies it high in the air towards deep square leg where George Dockrell keeps his eyes on the ball all the way through and makes a tough catch look easy. India are now 2 down inside the Powerplay.
3.6 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Up and over! Young goes short but errs in line slightly as he offers width outside off, Ruturaj Gaikwad stands tall and thumps it over point for a boundary.
3.5 overs (1 Run) Around off, on a good length, Tilak Varma drops it in front of cover and opens his account with a single.
Tilak Varma walks in at number 3.
3.4 overs (0 Run) OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! The Yashasvi Jaiswal show is over and it is Craig Young who has drawn the first blood as he did in the first T20I! Lands it on a back of a length, on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal does not manage to get in a position as he would have liked. But still goes through with the pull. Does not manage to clear the man at deep square leg. Curtis Campher does exceptionallly well to balance himself on the boundary and pulls off a brilliant catch.
3.3 overs (1 Run) Back of a length, outside off, Ruturaj Gaikwad slaps it hard off the back foot towards deep point for one.
3.2 overs (1 Run) Leg bye? Fuller and swinging into the pads, Yashasvi Jaiswal tries to help it fine but misses. The ball rolls off his pads on the leg side for a leg bye.
3.1 overs (1 Run) Another delivery wide outside off, Ruturaj Gaikwad cuts it hard to deep point and takes a single.
2.6 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Nicely done! Serves it short of a good length, on off, Yashasvi Jaiswal opens the face of the bat and steers it past short third man for four more runs.
2.5 overs (1 Run) Sloppy! On a hard length, around off, Ruturaj Gaikwad punches it sweetly off the back foot. A fumble at cover allows the batters to cross for a single.
2.4 overs (0 Run) Much better from McCarthy! Angling away, on a good length, on off, Ruturaj Gaikwad waits back in his crease and keeps it out on the leg side.
2.3 overs (1 Run) A bit outside off, on a length, Yashasvi Jaiswal whacks it along the ground to deep backward point and rotates the strike.
2.2 overs (1 Run) On the off stump line, on a fuller length, Ruturaj Gaikwad tries to push it on the off side. Mishits it to deep square leg for a single.
2.1 overs (1 Run) Tailing in, at the stumps, on a length, Yashasvi Jaiswal accounts for the inward movement and clips it in the vacant mid-wicket region for a single.
1.6 overs (1 Run) Continues to bowl short, outside off, wide as well, Yashasvi Jaiswal slaps it to deep backward point and retains the strike with a single.
1.5 overs (6 Runs) SIX! High and handsome! Little persists with the shortish length, on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal picks the length early and latches onto the pull shot. Deposits it over deep backward square leg for a biggie.
1.4 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Yashasvi Jaiswal has his first boundary now! Shortish delivery, on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal swivels in the crease and pulls it over mid-wicket for four more runs.
1.3 overs (1 Run) Offers width, short and wide outside off, Ruturaj Gaikwad frees his arms and cuts it hard to deep point for a single.
1.2 overs (0 Run) Pulls his length back and bowls it on a hard length, Ruturaj Gaikwad stays on the back foot and pushes it back to Little.
1.1 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Joshua Little is welcomed with a boundary! Starts with a bit of a loosener, drifting onto the pads, Ruturaj Gaikwad does not miss in putting it away. Helps it past short fine leg and picks up a boundary.
Joshua Little to operate from the other end.
0.6 over (0 Run) A dot to end a tidy first over! Honing in at the stumps, on a good length, Yashasvi Jaiswal hangs on the back foot and pats it to the right of the bowler.
0.5 over (1 Run) Fullish delivery, slanting in, on the pads, Ruturaj Gaikwad drives it to the left of mid on and gets off the mark with a single.
0.4 over (0 Run) Good away shape again, around off, on a length, Ruturaj Gaikwad presents a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
0.3 over (0 Run) Goes slightly fuller and serves it in the channel on off, Ruturaj Gaikwad lunges forward and defends this away going delivery.
0.2 over (1 Run) Yashasvi Jaiswal and India are underway! Shaping in, on middle and leg, on a length, Yashasvi Jaiswal clips it off his pads wide of mid-wicket and opens his account with a single.
0.1 over (0 Run) Starts off on a length, outside off, a hint of inward movement, Yashasvi Jaiswal shoulders arms and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
All in readiness now for the play to begin! The two umpires are out in the middle as the Irish team can be seen in a huddle before taking their places on the field. It will be the pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal to open the innings for India. Just a bit of sawdust being put on around the bowler’s run-up area. Mark Adair has the new ball in hand and is ready to get it swinging. Let’s play…
Just a few minutes away from the start of the game but first, the two sets of players will line up for their respective national anthems. It will be the national anthem of India first, followed by the national anthem of Ireland.
PITCH REPORT – Andrew Leonard is pitchside and says that the ground staff has done a stellar job after the storm on Friday. Rohan Gavaskar joins him and says that the pitch looks much drier and the sun is out which is a sign for plenty of runs. Goes on to say that the likes of Jasprit Bumrah will enjoy bowling on this surface.
Jasprit Bumrah, the captain of India, says that they would have batted first anyway. Mentions that the weather is better and will look to put runs on the board. Shares that the body is good and is happy to get game time. States that he was careful at the beginning in the 1st T20I due to the wet outfield. Ends by informing that they are going with an unchanged team.
Ireland’s skipper Paul Stirling says that they will bowl first and hopes to put in a good performance out there. Adds that they have shown some fight and they take pride in it. Says that in T20 cricket, sometimes the aggression works and sometimes it doesn’t. Mentions that the surface looks good and it generally is a high-scoring game in Malahide. Informs that they are going in with the same team.
India (Unchanged Playing XI) – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (WK), Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah (C), Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.
Ireland (Unchanged Playing XI) – Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (C), Lorcan Tucker (WK), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Benjamin White.
TOSS – The flip of the coin lands in the favour of Paul Stirling and Ireland have opted to BOWL first.
Despite the win, it was not a perfect game for India, but they will be more than pleased to see the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna. The visitors had Ireland in dire straits, but they let them off the hook slightly towards the end. In reply, they stuttered a bit, but Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad had done enough to put their side ahead of the DLS par score before the rain arrived. Will India wrap up the series here with an even better performance? Or will we see Ireland level the series? Let’s find out together. Toss and team news coming up shortly.
After being put into bat in overcast conditions, the hosts, Ireland, were off to a shaky start before vital contributions from Curtis Campher and Barry McCarthy took them to a respectable total. With the ball, Craig Young stood out, and Ireland will feel that had it not rained, their pacers would have put India in some serious trouble. As Paul Stirling’s men look to force a series decider, the batting unit will have to step up.
Hello and a warm welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our coverage of the 2nd T20I of the three-match series between Ireland and India at The Village in Malahide. First things first, the first T20I of the series was cut short by rain; however, the weather for the second T20I is much better, and we ought to get an uninterrupted contest.
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