Earlier this month, the Indian Cricket Team was not able to set the record for most consecutive T20I wins after losing to South Africa. But only a few days later, they set a new T20I record. India have surpassed Australia to have most T20I wins in history while chasing (55).
India recorded their 55th win chasing in T20Is when they beat Ireland in the first of the two-match T20I series being played in Dublin. The game was reduced to 12 overs per side due to rain. Batting first, Ireland put up 109 runs in 12 overs, thanks to a knock of 64 by Harry Tector alone. Chasing 110 runs to win, India finished the game in 9.2 overs. Deepak Hooda, who was promoted as an opener alongside regular opener Ishan Kishan, scored an unbeaten 47 off 29 balls while Kishan hit 26 off 11.
The series will help the national selectors list down a few names who can be a part of India’s plans for the T20 World Cup. Pace gun Umran Malik made his debut in the opening T20I but bowled only one over after conceding 14 runs. But the management is likely to give him a few more chances. The speedster, if groomed properly, can be India’s trump ground on the pace friendly wickets in Australia, where the World Cup will be held.
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