Ireland was defeated by team India in the first T20I clash which was played in Dublin. The match was initially delayed by rain and was further played with a reduction of 8 overs on each side. The 12-over innings of the hosts ended at 108 runs with the help of Harry Trector, who scored 64 runs against the Indian pace attack which consisted of Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Avesh Khan. The spin unit had Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal too. Skipper Hardik bowled 2 overs, taking the wicket of opening batsman Stirling. Hardik Pandya became the first Indian captain to claim a wicket in the format of T20Is.
Hardik Pandya stated that the series is headed with a positive star and the team work is important for the new captain. Hardik Pandya backs pacer Umran Malik for his debut game and suggests Umran to bowl with an older ball.
Umran Malik, the young gunner was handed only one over in his debut and the unfortunate debut went in vain as he conceded 14 runs in the only over he was offered to bowl.
Hardik Pandya clearly stated the Indian management’s plan and guidance for Umran Malik. The skipper stated that the pacer’s strength is bowling with an old ball, which means, he shall be given the ball after initial overs are used by the swing makers. Hardik also confirmed Umran’s name in the second T20I game of this series and promises to give a better opportunity to Umran Malik.
“Great to start a series with a win. For us as a team it’s very important to start with a win. Quite happy with it. He’s been fantastic for his franchise (Umran Malik). But I felt, also had a chat with him, he’ll be more comfortable with the older ball. Ireland batted fantastically, had to go back to our main bowlers. Maybe next game he’ll have a full chance. Some of the shots he played were mindblowing (Tector),” said skipper Pandya.