Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya starred with the bat as India defeated Ireland in a rain-hit first T20I at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin.

1st T20I Highlights:  

India beat Ireland by seven wickets in a rain-hit first T20 here on Sunday. Sent in to bat, Harry Tector slammed a 33-ball 64 laced with six boundaries and three sixes to single-handedly lift Ireland from 22 for three to past the 100-mark after rain reduced the match to a 12-over a side contest. India then returned to overhaul the target in 9.2 overs, scoring 111 for three, riding on Deepak Hooda’s unbeaten 29-ball 47. Ishan Kishan (26 off 11 balls) and Hardik Pandya (24 off 12 balls) also chipped in with useful contributions. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/16 in 3 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/11 in 3 overs) were the stand out bowlers.

Rain delayed the start of the first T20I between Ireland and India, here on Sunday. The rain has been playing hide and seek as the toss was also delayed due to the same reason. During a brief period without rain, Hardik Pandya won the toss in his first match as India captain and opted to bowl first against Ireland, considering the weather forecast. Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav got their places back in the Indian side in place of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, who are in England with the Test squad.

India Playing XI:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik

Ireland Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (capt), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Josh Little, Conor Olphert

Brief scores:

Ireland: 108 for 4 in 12 overs (Harry Tector 64 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/16, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/11).

India: 111 for 3 in 9.2 overs (Deepak Hooda 47 not out; Craig Young 2/18).

IND Win

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