Team India’s young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi said that everyone is happy to see fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah back and bowling in good rhythm on his return. Jasprit Bumrah won player of the match for figures of 2/24 on his return to international cricket as the team India beat Ireland by two runs (DLS method) in a rain-curtailed first T20I in Dublin on Friday.
After winning the toss, the visiting team led by Bumrah bowled first. The skipper hit a four off the first ball but clean-bowled Andy Balbirnie (4) on the very next ball. He also dismissed Lorcan Tucker (0) in the same over after the Irish batsman attempted a fancy ramp. Reflecting on Bumrah’s comeback performance, Bishnoi said:
“It was his first match nearly after 11 months. First ball he bowled was on the legs, but after that the five balls he bowled was so good to see. Everyone was waiting for this Bumrah and it was so good to see him back in his rhythm.”
The first half saw the Men in Blue put in an impressive display with the ball, restricting Ireland to 31/5. However, Barry McCarthy (51* off 33) and Curtis Campher (39 off 33) powered the hosts to 139/7. McCarthy hit four fours and as many sixes with his big hitting. In reply, India was 47/2 in 6.5 overs when no further play was possible and the visitors were declared winners by the DLS method.
“We were a bit unfortunate that the match was curtailed by the rain. Overall, we have played good cricket. We bowled really well and got good start from our openers as well. If not for those wickets, we lost in the last over, we might have been in a very good condition,”
Openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (24) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (19) put on 46 runs in the chase before Craig Young dismissed Jaiswal and Tilak Verma (0) off consecutive balls.
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“I Was Bowling Aggressively And Trying To Get More Wickets” – Bishnoi
Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, pacer Krishna and Ravi Bishnoi himself took two wickets each. The leg-spinner was highly economical, recording figures of 2/23, while also getting the big wickets of Paul Stirling (11) and Mark Adair (16). Ireland’s batsmen found it difficult to remove him and adopted a defensive strategy.
“It must be their game play. But I was bowling aggressively and was trying to pick more wickets,” Bishnoi said in this regard.
On being in and out of the playing XI, he said that he is learning a lot with the experience. Bishnoi Said:
“I was in West Indies for the five-match series, I played in one match and didn’t played the rest four. But I was ready that whenever I will get a chance I will give my 100 per cent. I was ready for that opportunity,”
India vs. Ireland 2nd T20 match will be played at The Village in Dublin on Sunday.