Dublin: India set themselves up nicely for the sterner tests ahead with a dominant performance as they outclassed Ireland by a whopping 76 runs in the opening T20I on Wednesday.
Dubbed as dress rehearsal for the marquee England series, the formidable Indian team outbatted the opposition scoring an imposing 208 for five, courtesy openers Rohit Sharma (97 off 61 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 45 balls).
Rohit and Dhawan put second-highest opening partnership for India and fourth overall to propel India to a massive total. In reply, Ireland could only manage 132/9 despite a breezy innings of 60 off 35 balls by opener James Shannon.
Irish batsmen didn’t have a clue how to play chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (4/21). Yuzvendra Chahal though was hit for four sixes but eventually ended with figures of 3/38.
Brief Scores: India 208/5 (Rohit 97, Dhawan 74) beat Ireland 132/9 (Shannon 60; Kuldeep 4/21) by 76 runs.