In the second T20I match contested at The Village in Dublin, India defeated Ireland with 4 runs to win the series at 2-0.
India won the toss and elected to bat first. However, they lost their first wicket, Ishan Kishan quite early.
India went to strengthen in the second wicket after Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda put up a 176-run partnership.
Deepak Hooda’s master-class maiden century helped India survive a mighty scare including nine fours and six hits over the fence.
Hooda became the fourth Indian to hit a T20I ton with 104 off 57 balls.
Sanju Samson scored 77 off 42 balls to help India post a mammoth total of 225 for seven after opting to bat.
Skipper Andy Balbirnie contributed 60 off 37 and Paul Stirling scored 40 off 18 to help their side.
George Dockrell was 34 not out off 16 while Harry Tector made 39 off 28 to support Ireland.
Ireland needed 17 runs in the last over to win the series, Indian skipper Hardik Pandya entrusted Umran Malik with this responsibility who helped India mark their win with 4 runs.
Stirling and Balbirnie shared 72 runs for the opening wicket. This partnership was broken by Ravi Bishnoi in the 6th over by taking Stirling’s wicket.
In the post-match presentation, Hardik explained why he gave the last over to Malik. He said “I was trying to keep all the pressure out of my equation. I wanted to be in the present and I backed Umran.
He has pace, with his pace it’s always going to be tough to get 18 runs. They played some amazing shots, they batted very well, credit to them and credit to our bowlers for holding their nerves.”