IND Vs IRE 1st T20I: Jasprit Bumrah led India, break Irish batting’s backbone

Jasprit Bumrah

The Indian team currently on tour to Ireland for a T20I series, have started the 3-match series with a tremendous bang after the winning toss and bowling first. Captain of the team, Jasprit Bumrah bowled Ireland opener Andrew Balbirnie in only his 2nd delivery after an year-long hiatus.

The 29-year-old became suspect to a recurring back injury and he went on to miss all the big events for India. He was ruled out of the Asia Cup (September) last year and today he made his first appearance since then.

Jasprit Bumrah took the opening wicket after getting smacked for a 4 in the first delivery. He did not bowl his trademark, nowadays trending, Toe-crashing yorker but in fact swung one inside of opposing batter, Balbirnie. The Irish wasn’t really expecting that after hitting an invitational leg-sided ball to the boundary rope.

Then in the 5th ball of the over, 1st down Lorcan Tucker nipped Bumrah’s ball to Sanju Samson’s gloves to remove 2 Ireland batters for 4 runs in 1st over. Then Prasidh Krishna, Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh joined the party.

The started removing Irish batters one by one with the hosts being 59/6 in just 10.3 overs. However, Curtis Campher and Barry McCarthy stopped the flow of Indian bowlers. Campher departed for 39 off 33 and went back to the pavilion after putting up a reliable performance in an otherwise poor batting display.

But the innings Barry McCarthy played deserves an applaud. He crushed and smashed visting bowlers in the death overs, hitting 4 sixes and fours with a strike rate of 156. As a result, Ireland have set a target of 140 for India.