India beat Ireland in the first T20I at The Village, Dublin by 82 runs. The decision to send India in backfired for the Irish as the Indian batsmen ambushed them with ease. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma did most of the damage with yet another century partnership. Balls were sent out of the fence repeatedly even as the Irish fielding let them down. The bowlers were equally guilty of bowling a wrong line and length as India ended up with 208/5 on the board. In reply, Ireland got off to a decent start and James Shannon slammed his maiden ODI fifty. However, the introduction of spinners turned the game on its head as wicket fell at regular intervals. Kuldeep Yadav (4/21) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/38) ran riot as Ireland ended up with 132, falling short by a big margin.
The first T20 in India's lengthy tour of the United Kingdom will hold monumental importance for the side as it is their 100th T20 ever since they played their first in 2006. It is also the second time that India will face Ireland in a T20 match with the previous one coming at the 2009 World T20 which India won by eight wickets. Virat Kohli and men will consider the two T20s as an opportunity to gear up for a much tougher test against England who only recently beat Australia 5-0 in the ODI series. After the limited overs matches, an even tougher task awaits in the five Test matches. This year has been Ireland's moment in the sun having played against Pakistan in their maiden Test but facing India will most definitely draw bigger crowds.
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