India Won The 1st T20I by 2 Runs DLS method against Ireland, Play was called off due to rain.

India won the 1st T20I by 2 runs DLS method against Ireland, play was called off due to rain in Dublin.

India won the 1st T20I by two runs using the DLS method, Bumrah Shined.

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     India won the 1st T20I: Key highlights: [ 1 ] India won the 1st T20I by 2 runs DLS method.

     [ 2 ] Rinku Singh: 1st presence in the international mark.

     [ 3 ] Prasidh Krishna made his T20 debut.

     [ 4 ] Bumrah won the toss and elected to ball first.

     [ 5 ] Bumrah strike twice in the 1st over, what a come back.

     [ 6 ] Prasidh Krishna and Ravi Bishnoi clinch 2 wickets each.

     [ 7 ] Despite Losing Half the Team in 6.3 Overs, Ireland Posts Respectable Total Thanks to McCarthy

     Even though Ireland lost half of their team within just 6.3 overs, they managed to achieve a respectable total, largely due to the contribution of Barry McCarthy.

     [ 8 ] McCarthy completed his 50 in style, a last-ball six on a free hit. McCarthy complete his 50 in style, a last ball six on a free hit.

     [ 9 ] Ireland posted 139/7 at the board.

     [ 10 ] Yashasvi and Gaikwad came in the middle and were looking solid.

     [ 11 ] Craig Young strike twice- he got Yashasvi and Tilak Varma in consecutive deliveries.

     [ 12 ] In the 7th over Rain interrupt the play and could not start, India was 2 runs ahead through the DLS method.

     [ 13 ] Play called off, and India won the 1st T20I by 2 runs.

     [ 14 ] Bumrah got “Player of  The Match” award.

     [ 15 ] McCarthy got MVP award.

    The upcoming three-game T20I series with Ireland is like a test for players like Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna to show they’re ready to play in important tournaments called the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup. Also, this is a big chance for Sanju Samson. He didn’t play well in the T20Is against West Indies before, so this series is a good moment for him to score runs and do better.

      Young players from India who did well in the IPL, like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rinku Singh, and Jitesh Sharma, are excited to show how good they are. Other players who aren’t in the main group, like Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Ravi Bishnoi, want to show their skills. And Shivam Dube, who’s making a comeback, wants to make up for past performances.

   Hi there, Mr. Bumrah! Welcome!

     Usually, when there’s a T20I series happening in the same year as an ODI World Cup, it might not be that interesting for cricket fans who already have a lot to follow. But sometimes, there’s that rare occasion that deserves our full attention. And this is one of those times.

     Even though our young T20I team had a recent loss to the West Indies, this upcoming three-match series against Ireland is important for a few reasons. One big reason is how Jasprit Bumrah, after being away from international cricket for almost a year due to a back injury, performs. He couldn’t play in the T20 World Cup and the recent World Test Championship final because of that injury. Both times, India really felt his absence and his ability to inspire the team with his amazing bowling.

     With the Cricket World Cup happening soon, fans are hopeful that Bumrah will make a strong comeback. But his previous attempt to return in 2022 didn’t go well, which made him stay away from cricket for even longer. And now, he’s leading a young Indian team with new players to watch.

     A shorter format World Cup is also on the horizon, but for today, what really matters is how Bumrah performs in those four overs he’ll be bowling. Isn’t that an exciting way to start your weekend? So, sit back and relax in your comfy seats. We’re about to take you through the first T20I, or let’s call it the game marking Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback. Enjoy!

     What Bumrah said on his return:
     Returning to competitive cricket after 327 days, spending countless hours on the surgeon’s table, rehab booths and practice nets, Jasprit Bumrah sounded calm and relaxed, as though he had never been away from the game. There was neither a hint of nervousness nor over-excitement, as he captains India to the first of the three T20I series against Ireland on Friday.

     “Probably after 10-11 years, this is the first time in summer I was at home and I spoke to my mother about it. I looked at it as off-season, got a lot of time to spend with my family. You miss some important tournaments as well, but that’s something that you cannot control, so you can’t be really frustrated about it,” he said. (More from his first press conference ahead of the Ireland series)

     “I was bowling normally [in the nets]. It’s not like I am holding back. I am enjoying it quite a lot. I’ve done a lot of net sessions here. When my rehabilitation ended, I went home too and even practiced with the Gujarat team. I’ve done a lot of net sessions in a lot of places, and even played a lot of practice matches. So it’s not like I am bowling with a restriction or I am holding back.”

     The last time Bumrah captained India…

     He took five wickets, three in the first innings and two in the second and, arguably more notably, smashed an unbeaten 31 in 16 balls in a Test match. He was responsible for grizzled England veteran Stuart Broad, who had already been hit for six sixes in a T20I at the start of his career, to concede 35 runs in an over which made it the most expensive one in the history of Test cricket. But, India got their first, and thus far only, dose of Bazball in that match and ended up losing by 7 wickets. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten scores 142 and 114 respectively helped them chase down a target of 378 like it was nothing.

India won the 1st T20I: Bumrah the skipper
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      India won the 1st T20I: Looks like rain might cause some problems. Based on the weather reports, there’s a 92 percent chance of rain during the day and a 98 percent chance at night. This means that the match is very likely to be influenced by rain. (You can read our match report for the first T20I.)

   Shastri and Patil supported Tilak Varma for the 2023 WC

     In India’s previous T20I bilateral series, Tilak Varma had a remarkable debut performance and ended up as India’s highest scorer. Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri and selector Sandeep Patil both agreed that they would include the 20-year-old in their team for both the Asia Cup and the World Cup.

   “100 percent [if India should hand a debut to Tilak Varma?] I will go with Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav. Who will be in the playing XI, can be decided after looking at the balance and the opposition. But Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav will both be in my team,” told Patil to Star Sports.

     Addressing the lack of a left-hander in the middle order Shastri said, “I’m very impressed with Tilak Varma. Very, very impressed. And I want a left-hander. So, if I’m looking for a left-hander in the middle order like Yuvraj Singh and before that was Suresh Raina at five, I would really look in that direction.”

     Rinku Singh’s Thoughts on His First India Call-Up

     Rinku Singh’s impressive performance with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) caught the attention, leading to his first call-up to represent India. Initially, he was selected for the 2023 Asian Games, and now he has been chosen for the three-match T20I series against Ireland.

     After being included in the series taking place in Dublin, the 25-year-old left-handed batsman expressed his feelings, stating that it still feels like a dream. He joyfully mentioned, “Yeh sach mein sapne jaisa hai. Mujhe umeed hai ki yeh mehsoos karne ka ehsaas lamba chale, aur main jaldi uthna na pade,” with a smile.

     The Young Indian Squad: An Upcoming Talent Prasidh Krishna.

     A talented fast bowler from India, Prasidh Krishna, is making a comeback to the team after taking a break of around 6 to 7 months. His performances in One Day Internationals (ODIs) for India were truly remarkable. Unfortunately, he had to pause his journey due to an injury, which also caused him to miss the 2023 IPL.

     Across 14 ODI matches, Krishna exhibited his skills by securing a total of 25 wickets with an average of 23.92 runs per wicket. He’s shown his ability to dismiss opponents effectively. India has been keeping a close eye on his performance because he might earn a chance to be part of the team for the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup.

     Interestingly, just yesterday, he had his debut in T20I cricket, marking an exciting new phase in his cricketing career.

     In that recent T20I match, he bowled for 4 overs, conceded 32 runs, and managed to take 2 wickets.

     India vs Ireland head to head record:

    “India and Ireland have played five T20I games against each other. India has won all of these matches quite easily. The first time they won was in 2009 by 8 wickets. After that, they won by 76 runs, 143 runs, and 7 wickets in different matches. The last time they won, however, it was a close game. Ireland almost won by chasing a target of 226, but India managed to win by just 4 runs.”

India won 1st T20i: Rinku Singh debut
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India won 1st T20i: Prasidh Krishna debut
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     India won the 1st T20I: Mukesh Kumar’s Strong Death Bowling: A Result of His Journey

     Mukesh Kumar entered all three cricket formats during the Caribbean tour. Although he only captured three wickets in the T20I series, a significant discovery was his effectiveness in the final overs of the game, where he maintained an economy rate of approximately 8. His ability to handle pressure in challenging moments might have roots in his personal history.

     Mukesh’s story is like that of many young individuals from smaller towns and villages. They leave their homes to pursue their aspirations in big cities, aiming to create a better life for themselves and their families.

    “There are plenty like me who come from a small village, and leave their homes to chase their dreams in big cities. I had no clue about swing or seam till I joined the Bengal Ranji team. I only knew my tappa, what my initial coach back in Gopalganj had told me. Stick to your length,” he says.

    Toss Time
Jasprit Bumrah calls it right and opts to bowl first.

India won the 1ST T20I: Its toss time
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Playing X1- INDIA

India won the 1st T20I: Playing X1 INDIA.
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Playing X1- IRELAND

India won the 1st T20I: Ireland playing X1
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India won the 1st T20I: Ireland playing X1
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     India won the 1st T20I:  Word from the skippers
     Jasprit Bumrah: “We’ll bowl first, very happy to be here. The weather looks lovely. I feel good, looking forward to play some cricket. You realising what you were missing, very happy to be back. We expect nothing short of a fight from Ireland. As a fast bowler, I hope the pitch does something. We have two debuts – Rinku and Prasidh Krishna. Told them to just enjoy their cricket”.

    Paul Stirling: “Looking forward to going out there. We have had a good run in Scotland, let’s see what we can show today. This is the beginning of the road to 2024 and the World Cup. We’re bringing Craig Young in today, excited to see what the extra pacer can do on this track”.

 India won the 1st T20I: Time for the Match!

    “It’s time for a special moment before the game starts! Even though the sky is a bit cloudy, there’s no rain, and things are going as planned. The two teams come out onto the field to stand proudly for their national anthems. First, India’s anthem called ‘Jana Gana Mana’ is played, and after that, it’s Ireland’s turn with their anthem called ‘Amhrán na bhFiann.’”

     Alright then. The seats at Malahide are still being filled as we’re writing, but the players are ready and excited to start. None more so than Jasprit Bumrah. Oh, how he’s been waiting for this moment! And how long have the Indian fans been waiting too? There’s less than two months left until the World Cup, and just two weeks before India plays Pakistan in the Asia Cup. But for now, it’s all about these four overs. This will be his first time in action since September 2022. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

     For the Indian team, the focus is on moving forward from the recent 3-2 loss against the West Indies. Not much time has passed. As for Ireland, this is a chance for them to show their skills against a fresh yet experienced Indian lineup. Rinku Singh and Prasidh Krishna are receiving their India caps, marking a special moment for them.

   And Here We Begin!

     Both groups of players step onto the field alongside the mascots for the national anthems. Indian fans can be seen all around the venue. The Indian players gather up in their huddle, and it’s no surprise who’s holding the new ball. Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie stride down the center.

     Jasprit Bumrah, the right-arm pacer, takes his position from over the wicket (Ah, it’s so satisfying to write this after all this time). And off we go!

     Bumrah Strikes Twice in the Opening Over

     The very first ball is angled in towards the leg side, and Balbirnie expertly flicks it down the leg for a boundary. Bumrah reacts with a wry smile. But then, he bowls one that nips in sharply, clips the off stump, and beats the batsman. A roar of excitement fills the venue as Bumrah claims his first wicket for India after nearly a year.

     And the situation goes from bad to worse for Ireland. Lorcan Tucker attempts a ramp shot, but he mistimes it and sends it directly into the hands of wicketkeeper Sanju Samson. The Indian captain secures another wicket in his opening over. Ireland now stands at 4/2.

Indian wom the 1st T20I: Bumrah strike twice
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    India won the 1st T20I: Six came off that Bumrah’s over. 13/2 after three.

    Arshdeep bowled the fourth Stirling with a first boundary After four overs, Ireland are 21/2.

   Krishna Makes an Impact in His Debut Over

     Prasidh Krishna is handed the ball as he makes his T20I debut. It has been a journey to this point for him, considering he had his ODI debut in March 2021. Finally, a T20I match for Krishna, who already has 14 ODIs to his name while representing India.

   Tector Attempts Aggressive Shot on Krishna, Caught by Varma

     Tector tries to play an aggressive ramp shot but ends up finding Tilak Varma positioned at short third. With five overs completed, Ireland loses its third wicket at a score of 27.

    India won the 1st T20I: Bishnoi Joins the Action, Stirling’s Stumps Disrupted

     Now, it’s time for spin as Bishnoi steps up. The skipper, Stirling, attempts a cut shot but completely misjudges the delivery, resulting in his stumps being disturbed. Ireland loses its fourth wicket with the score at 31. The powerplay phase comes to an end.

   Dockrell Falls to Krishna Again

     And there goes another one, adding to the woes of the Irish team. This is becoming quite humiliating for them. George Dockrell attempts a shot that doesn’t have much substance, and Ruturaj Gaikwad at extra cover takes the catch. This marks the dismissal of half of the Irish team, and we’re only in the seventh over.

     Mark Adair comes in as the new batsman and he manages to edge Krishna’s bouncer, which travels past wicketkeeper Sanju Samson for a boundary. At the end of seven overs, Ireland has lost five wickets and has a total of 35 runs on the board.

   End of the Eighth Over: Ireland at 44/5

     The eighth over, delivered by Ravi Bishnoi, concludes with Ireland’s score at 44 for the loss of five wickets.

   Fifty Runs Reached!

     Shivam Dube is given the responsibility of bowling. Ireland reaches the fifty-run mark, with the score at 50 for the loss of five wickets after nine overs.

   Halfway Mark Reached

     Ravi Bishnoi is substituted by Washington Sundar for bowling duties. As the tenth over concludes, Ireland’s score stands at 57 for the loss of five wickets, marking the halfway point of their innings.

     Bishnoi Strikes After Switching Ends

     Ravi Bishnoi takes up a new end for his bowling. An LBW appeal is made against Mark Adair, who appears to have moved too far forward in his crease upon impact. India calls for a review. No bat contact is confirmed. Ball tracking reveals three red markers. Ireland surrenders another wicket. Ravi Bishnoi claims his second wicket. He shows his delight. His previous appearance in the T20Is against West Indies hadn’t been particularly memorable. As the eleventh over wraps up, Ireland’s total stands at 59 for the loss of six wickets.

     Another Tight Over by Sundar

     Washington Sundar delivers yet another economical over, conceding only four runs. At the end of the twelfth over, Ireland’s score reaches 63 for the loss of six wickets.

India won the 1st T20I: Ravi Bishnoi into the action
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    India won the 1st T20I: McCarthy Hits the First Six of the Innings

     In Ravi Bishnoi’s final over, Barry McCarthy manages to hit the first six of the innings. As the thirteenth over comes to an end, Ireland’s score stands at 72 for the loss of six wickets.

     Score Reaches 80/6 after 14 Overs

     As Washington Sundar bowls his third over, Ireland’s total advances to 80 for the loss of six wickets after 14 overs.

     Prasidh Krishna Returns for His Second Spell

     Prasidh Krishna takes the ball for his second spell. After the completion of the fifteenth over, Ireland’s score stands at 86 for the loss of six wickets.

    India won the 1st T20I: Bumrah Returns to the Attack

     Jasprit Bumrah reenters the attack. It’s a productive over for Ireland as they manage to score 13 runs from it. At the end of the sixteenth over, their total reaches 99 for the loss of six wickets. This includes a boundary and a six during the over.

     Ireland Reaches 100 Runs

     Ireland crosses the 100-run mark. A fifty-run partnership is formed for the seventh wicket. After 17 overs, their total stands at 114 for the loss of six wickets.

     Arshdeep Singh Dismisses Campher

     Replacing Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh takes the ball. He breaks the partnership by switching to round the wicket and delivering a well-aimed yorker that gets past Curtis Campher’s defenses. It’s a crucial wicket for India at this point. Ireland’s seventh wicket falls at a score of 117, after 18 overs have been bowled.

     Bumrah Finishes His Spell

     Jasprit Bumrah bowls his final over. He concludes his spell by conceding only one run. His figures read 4 overs, 24 runs, and 2 wickets. This has been a positive and confidence-boosting spell for him, which India will find reassuring as they approach the crucial 50-over season. After 19 overs, Ireland’s score stands at 117 for the loss of 7 wickets.

     Arshdeep’s Final Over: 22 Runs Conceded

     In the last over, bowled by Arshdeep Singh, 22 runs are conceded. A no ball bowled by him and a free hit for McCarthy On the subsequent free hit delivery, a full toss is powerfully struck over the long-off boundary. Barry McCarthy completes his fifty in a stylish manner. This impressive performance from McCarthy contributes to Ireland finishing their innings with a total of 139 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.

     This concludes the innings. India need 140 to win.


    McCarthy complete his half century in style:

India won the 1st T20I: 1st inning finished
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    India won the 1st T20I: Jaiswal Opens Strongly

     So here we go, Jaiswal and Gaikwad step up to begin the run chase. Mark Adair takes the ball to open the bowling. After the completion of the first over, India’s score stands at 10 for no loss.

     Josh Little Takes the Ball for the Second Over

     After two overs, India was 13 for no loss.

     McCarthy in to bowl the 3rd over IND 16/0 after 3 over.

     Josh Little’s Second Over Begins

     Josh Little is back for his second over. Ruturaj Gaikwad executes a fantastic shot through the covers, and a boundary. Gaikwad showed a class.

     INDIA SURVIVE A MIX-UP! How in the world do Ireland not have a wicket in that situation? This will be seen on social media for years to come folks. Jaiswal and Gaikwad go for the run but the latter turns back at the last moment and both batters end up a the non-striker’s end. But the throw from square leg is at the non-striker’s end too and that gives Gaikwad the chance to sprint to the striker’s end. He does so succesfully with a dive as the throw to that end comes in late as well. Garbage cricket at the end which this will go down in the records as a leg bye  

      India was 22/0 after 4 overs.

     McCarthy’s Over Continues

     Barry McCarthy continues with his bowling. Ruturaj Gaikwad seizes the opportunity to play a hook shot off a short delivery. The ball sails over fine leg for a six. At the end of the fifth over, India’s score stands at 34 for no loss.

The powerplay phase comes to an end. After six overs, India’s total reaches 45 for no loss.

     Jaiswal and Varma Depart: Craig Young strike twice-

     Craig Young takes over the bowling duties. He delivers a short ball against Jaiswal, who attempts a pull shot but ends up skying it. Skipper Paul Stirling makes the catch, resulting in Ireland claiming their first wicket.

     Tilak Varma is the new batsman. Young sends a length ball outside the leg, causing Varma to edge it behind to the Irish keeper. India loses two wickets off consecutive deliveries. A hattrick ball is coming up. Sanju Samson manages to guide the hattrick ball down to third man for a single. Unfortunately, rain interrupts play just as Ireland was getting back into the game. At this point, India’s score is 47/2 and they are two runs ahead of the DLS par total.

     India won the 1st T20I :

     India has been declared the winners of the first T20I by a margin of two runs through the application of the DLS method. The match was affected by rain, leading to the conclusion of play. With this victory, India takes the lead 1-0 in the three-match series.

     Certainly Not the Ideal Viewing, but a Positive Outcome for Indian Cricket Fans

     For Indian cricket fans, this might not have been the most ideal way to witness their team’s victory. However, it’s still a good day as India clinched the win. The fans got a chance to watch Jasprit Bumrah’s first spell in almost a year, where the Indian captain secured two wickets in a fairly solid performance, ending it with a classic economical death over (just one run conceded).

     Prasidh Krishna, who made his debut, managed to pick up a couple of wickets, as did Ravi Bishnoi. Many might have been looking forward to seeing the other debutant, Rinku Singh, bat, but that opportunity should arise soon.

     Now, it’s time for a handshake between the two captains and the officials. The focus shifts to the second T20I on Sunday at the same venue. The weather forecast seems more favorable, though Ireland’s unpredictable clouds might not stay away for too long.

Certainly Not the Ideal Viewing, but a Positive Outcome for Indian Cricket Fans For Indian cricket fans, this might not have been the most ideal way to witness their team's victory. However, it's still a good day as India clinched the win. The fans got a chance to watch Jasprit Bumrah's first spell in almost a year, where the Indian captain secured two wickets in a fairly solid performance, ending it with a classic economical death over (just one run conceded). Prasidh Krishna, who made his debut, managed to pick up a couple of wickets, as did Ravi Bishnoi. Many might have been looking forward to seeing the other debutant, Rinku Singh, bat, but that opportunity should arise soon. Now, it's time for a handshake between the two captains and the officials. The focus shifts to the second T20I on Sunday at the same venue. The weather forecast seems more favorable, though Ireland's unpredictable clouds might not stay away for too long.
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    India won the 1st T20I: Post-match comments
     Barry McCarthy, Most Valuable Player [ MVP ]: It is always good to contribute to the team, disappointed that we didn’t get a win. We were enforcing ourselves and playing strong shots. There was a little bit in the wicket. It is always nice to contribute.

     “Jasprit Bumrah [ Player of The Match ]: Felt very good, so many sessions I did at the NCA, didn’t feel I missed out a lot or was doing something new. Credit to the staff, they kept me in good spirits. You are not thinking about yourself, you are thinking about others out there. Not really nervous but very happy. There was some swing upfront so we wanted to use it. Luckily we won the toss and it was coming out fine.

     There was some help due to the weather, so very happy. In every game, you would want more. They played well, after a crisis, they played well. credit where it is due. Even when you win, there are areas to improve on. Everybody is very confident, they are very well prepared. I think the IPL also helps. It is always good, wherever we go, they support us, that helps us to keep the spirit high.”

India won the 1st T20I: Bumrah got Man of The Match
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India won the 1st T20I: McCarthy got MVP
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    India won the 1st T20I: India Triumphs in 1st T20 Against Ireland

     India secured victory in the first of three T20Is at Malahide, Dublin against Ireland, winning by two runs via the DLS method due to rain interrupting play during Ireland’s chase in the seventh over.

     The leader of India’s pace attack, Jasprit Bumrah, marked a spectacular comeback, helping limit Ireland to a below-par score of 139 for seven. In his role as captain after an 11-month hiatus, Bumrah captured 2 wickets for 24 runs. Additionally, pace bowler Prasidh Krishna (2/32) and spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/23) also clinched two wickets apiece. Ireland was struggling at 59/6 within 11 overs, but Barry McCarthy’s well-constructed innings of 51 not out from 33 balls (including 4 fours and 4 sixes) in the death overs boosted their total.

      BUMRAH: Injury Layoff Wasn’t a Dark Phase, Always Focused on World Cup Preparation

     Jasprit Bumrah, who had been out of action since September 2022 due to lower-back stress fractures, considers his injury-induced layoff as a significant period in his cricketing journey. He is now making his highly anticipated return to the field through the T20 series in Ireland. Throughout his recovery, Bumrah maintained his focus on preparing for the upcoming World Cup rather than viewing the injury setback as a negative phase.

India vs Ireland 1ST T20I
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India vs Ireland 1ST T20I
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