Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson shared 176 runs for the 2nd racket in the 2nd T20I.© Twitter
Deepak Hooda played a spectacular knockout with 104 runs as India beat Ireland by just four runs in the second and won the two-match T20I series 2-0 on Tuesday. For visitors, it’s a 176-time partnership between Hooda and Sanju Samson guided their team a total of 225 runs. At the post-match introduction ceremony, Hooda, rated Player of the Match and the series as a whole, expressed his delight at seeing his childhood friend Sanju perform well.
“Sanju is a childhood friend, we played under-19 together, I’m happy for him too. Ireland is so good, I love it. The fans here are amazing, I’ve never felt like that before. like (I’m) playing outside of India.” Yeah, wicket is different. Thank you to all the fans for their support,” Hooda said.
The right-hander beat 104 out of 57 deliveries to become the fourth Indian man to hit the T20 International record. His shot is adorned with nine four-legged hits and six hits over the fence.
“I come from a good IPL, I am also trying to follow the same performance here. I like to play aggressively. Let’s play in order, I have time, I try to play according to the situation” , he added.
Talking about the match, captain Andrew Balbirnie (60 years old), Paul Stirling (40) and Harry Tector (39) was in vain as India won the match from Ireland in the last leg, winning the final thriller by four runs.
With this, India won this series with a score of 2-0. Ireland though will go away with a lot of positivity as they were in the game until the last ball and terrified India with their batting.
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