India’s tour to the UK seems to have a good beginning. In the two-match T20 Series, India clean swept Ireland by 2-0. The performance was fairly one-sided as India piled on 213 runs batting first. The 143 run victory is India’s highest margin victory (by runs) and second-joint highest of all. Further, Ireland could not comprehend the raw pace of Umesh Yadav and the new entrant in team Siddharth Kaul.
Winning the toss, Ireland put India to bat first. Touted as an acclimatizing series to England, Indian Management tried to experiment a little bit. Starting the proceedings for India, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul came in to open. With the early departure of the skipper, Suresh Raina came in at number 3. From here on, the difficulties for Ireland increased as the duo amassed a partnership of 106 runs of 57 balls. Later, Kevin O’Brien was introduced in the 13th over and scalped two wickets in quick succession to halt the run flow. Having some other plans in store, Hardik Pandya walked in and played a blistering knock of 32 runs in just 9 balls, to take India past the previous matches’ total.
An all-around performance
The performance of Indian team was superb in the batting department as the players were comfortable in hitting the ball. Talking about the bowling, debuting for India, pacer Siddharth Kaul took one wicket and was economical in his effort. He complimented Umesh Yadav very idly as the latter made an appearance in the T20 side after a gap of 67 matches. The fielding department also seemed to be at raised standards with some crucial runs being stopped by Manish Pandey and others. The fitness level and its proper channeling have surely done a lot good in the sport.
A test of bench strength for the Indian team was fairly successful one as the mainstay were out and others got a chance. Continuing his sublime touch from the IPL, KL Rahul took centre stage as Kohli departed. It would be interesting to see if the team continuous the form against the English side, who are soaring high, with recent performances.