“Didn’t expect Ireland to put up such a fantastic chase, this is brilliant”- Twitter lauds Irish team for giving India a scare in 2nd T20I

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The India vs Ireland T20I series is in the history books. As expected, the Men in Blue whitewashed the home team by 2-0. However, both matches were closer than expected. Ireland’s batting surprised the Indian team as they scored decent totals in both the games.

Speaking of their efforts in the second T20I of the series, Ireland almost chased down a 226-run target to stun the Indian cricket team. A half-century from captain Andy Balbirnie and a blistering start from veteran opener Paul Stirling set up a platform for the other batters to chase the target. The Irish team eventually fell short by just four runs. They finished with 221/5 in their 20 overs.

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In a chat with the host broadcasters after the match, Harshal Patel, who went for 54 runs in his spell of four overs, was quoted as saying as follows:

“We were comfortable (at the halfway mark). Most of the time when you get 225 you defend it. They played really well and came after us with some really good shots. It was a belter, but we held our nerve to finish the game. (On Umran Malik’s last over) He held his nerve brilliantly.”

During the same chat, Harshal also admitted that the Indian bowlers were surprised with the way the Irish batters mercilessly attacked them. The equation was down to 8 runs off 3 balls, when Umran Malik conceded only three singles and helped the Men in Blue win the match.

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Fans on Twitter lauded Ireland for their stupendous batting performance

Scoring 200 against India is a big thing for any T20I team. The Irish team is not among the top teams in the T20I format, but they almost chased 226 runs against the Men in Blue. Here’s how fans on Twitter reacted to their performance:

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