Ireland mount strong fight back but India Seal Series wins

The Pursuit of Ireland

Ireland made a strong start to the chase, with Stirling and Balbirnie sharing 72 runs for the opening wicket with just 34 balls. Stirling went hammer and claws of the world.

Stirling took Bhuvneshwar Kumar to task, hitting the bowler for a six-and-three boundary to pick up 18 points from the opener. Stirling then hit skipper Hardik Pandya for a six. The opening pair continued their attacking display to score Ireland’s 50 unbeaten in just four overs.

Leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi broke the dangerous 72-point opening position in the sixth, cleaning up Stirling.

In his next over, Bishnoi stumped Balbirnie through Ishan Kishan but it turned out to be a huge ball step. Balbirnie took the opportunity and hit every Indian bowler from every part of the pitch to keep Ireland level with the asking rate.

He was particularly harsh on young pace sensation Malik, dispatching the pacemaker’s short deliveries over the fence as Ireland raised their 100 in nine overs for the loss of two wickets. Balbirnie landed his sixth T20 International 50 on 34 balls and continued his assault for some time before being caught by Bishnoi wide of Harshal Patel.

But Tector, Dockrell and Mark Adair (23 on 12 balls) kept Ireland in the chase until the last ball the hosts needed a six to win the game and draw the series. Adair, however, could only manage one run as Malik answered his captain’s call.

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