Hooda helps India defeat Ireland in rain-hit 1st T20I

Deepak Hooda
India's Deepak Hooda plays a shot during the Twenty20 International cricket match between Ireland and India at Malahide cricket club, in Dublin on June 26, 2022. - The T20 International is the first of two fixtures India play against Ireland on India's summer tour of Ireland and England. (Photo by Lorraine O'Sullivan / AFP)

Malahide (Ireland): India beat Ireland by seven wickets in a rain-hit first T20 here on Sunday.

Sent in to bat, Harry Tector slammed a 33-ball 64 laced with six boundaries and three sixes to single-handedly lift Ireland from 22 for three to past the 100-mark after rain reduced the match to a 12-over a side contest.

India then returned to overhaul the target in 9.2 overs, scoring 111 for three, riding on Deepak Hooda's unbeaten 29-ball 47.

Ishan Kishan (26 off 11 balls) and Hardik Pandya (24 off 12 balls) also chipped in with useful contributions.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/16 in 3 overs) celebrates with team after claiming a wicket. (Photo by Lorraine O'Sullivan / AFP)

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/16 in 3 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/11 in 3 overs) were the stand out bowlers.

Brief scores
108/4 in 12 overs (Harry Tector 64 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/16, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/11) lost to India 111/3 in 9.2 overs (Deepak Hooda 47 not out; Craig Young 2/18)

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