Hardik Pandya in his first match as captain of India won the toss and invited Ireland to bat first but the game got a delayed start by 2 hours and 20 minutes due to rain, reducing the game to 12 overs per side. Ireland posted 108/4 despite losing 3 quick wickets inside powerplay with the help of brilliant fifty from Harry Tector. Among Indian bowlers both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal looked pretty impressive.
India chasing 109 runs got a cracking start from Ishan Kishan and later Deepak Hooda-Hardik Pandya's partnership ensured they win this game convincingly by 7 wickets with 16 balls to spare. In the 3rd over of the innings Craig Young applied brakes and put some pressure on India in the chase but it wasn't enough as the skipper Hardik Pandya looked in great touch while hitting some big shots.
Numbers and stats from Ire vs Ind 1st T20I:
1 - Hardik Pandya became first India captain to bowl and take a wicket in Men's T20I.
1 - For the first time Deepak Hooda opened the batting in T20 cricket.
3 - Suryakumar Yadav becomes 3rd Indian batsman after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to get out for duck against Ireland in T20Is.
5 - Yuzvendra Chahal won MoM award for 5th time in T20Is.
Most MoM awards for India in T20Is:
Virat Kohli - 12
Rohit Sharma - 11
Yuvraj Singh - 7
Yuzvendra Chahal - 5
Ravi Ashwin / Shikhar Dhawan / Kuldeep Yadav -4
34 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar holds the record for having most T20I wickets in Powerplay overs of Men's T20I.
Most wickets in powerplay in Men's T20I:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 34
Samuel Badree / Tim Southee - 33
Shakib Al Hasan - 27
64* - Harry Tector recorded his highest score (64*) in T20Is. It was his 3rd fifty in T20Is overall.
Fifties for Harry Tector in T20Is:
60 vs Netherlands in Dublin, 2019
50 vs UAE in Oman (Al Amerat), 2022
64* vs India in Dublin, 2022
98 - Umran Malik became 98th player to represent India in Men's T20I.