India continued their flawless run again Ireland as they defeated the hosts by a staggering 143 runs in the second T20I at the Village in Dublin to clinch the series 2-0. It was the biggest ever T20I victory for the Men in Blue who were phenomenal on all fronts as they thumped the hosts with a clinical show. After KL Rahul and Suresh Raina slammed magnificent half-centuries in the first innings, spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal which ran through the Ireland batting order to seal a comfortable win for the visitors.
KL Rahul was given a chance in place of Shikhar Dhawan, top of the order and he delivered spectacularly well with a quick fire half century. The Kings XI Punjab carried his Indian Premier League form into the game as he showed sublime control and executed his strokes well to race away to a fifty in his very first match after the T20 tournament.
Rahul was not the only one who presented a case for a permanent spot in the team as Suresh Raina scored a blazing 45-ball 69 to cement his spot in the ODI team. The southpaw looked in fine touch as he slammed five boundaries and three sixes in his innings to help India better their total from the previous game.
Hardik Pandya stole the show with the bat towards the end with his 9-ball 32. Sensational innings consisting of four sixes and a boundary. His hand in the final over propelled India to 213/4 in 20 overs.
Coming into the chase, Ireland were off to a shambolic start as they lost opener Pau Stirling on a duck. Umesh Yadav scalped his first wicket in only the second ball of the innings to put Ireland on the backfoot. He came back with another brilliant over as William Potterfield walked back after managing a paltry 14 runs.
Siddarth Kaul had his fair share of the limelight as he scalped his maiden international wicket for India. James Shannon was caught by Rahul, to become Kaul’s first victim in an India jersey. After the pacers were done, the spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep took over and ran through the Irish middle order. The duo finished with six wickets between them to hand a crushing defeat to the hosts, who narrowly escaped the lowest T20I total ever.
KL Rahul was awarded the man of the match for his sensational 36-ball 70 runs and Yuzvendra Chahal took the man of the series home with six wickets in two games.