Bumrah was playing his first T20I since February 2022, after being ruled out of the home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka due to a stress fracture in his back. But he showed no signs of rustiness, bowling with his usual pace and accuracy.
His first wicket came in the third ball of his over when he rapped Balbirnie on the pads with a delivery that kept low. Balbirnie reviewed the decision, but it was upheld by the umpire.
Bumrah then dismissed Paul Stirling in the fourth ball of his over, caught at mid-off by Deepak Hooda. And in the last ball of the over, he bowled Harry Tector for a duck.
Bumrah’s early wickets put Ireland on the back foot, and they were eventually bowled out for 108 in 18.2 overs. India chased down the target in just 7.2 overs, winning by 10 wickets.
Bumrah’s performance was a reminder of why he is considered one of the best bowlers in the world. He is a master of swing and seam bowling, and he is also very accurate. He is a key bowler for India in all formats of the game, and his return to the team is a big boost for them.
Here are some of the reactions to Bumrah’s performance:
- “Bumrah is back! What a spell that was. He is the best bowler in the world, and he showed it today.” – Virender Sehwag, former Indian cricketer
- “Bumrah is a nightmare for batsmen. He is so accurate and bowls such good line and length. He is a wicket-taker in any format of the game.” – Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian cricketer
- “Bumrah’s return is a big boost for India. He is a match-winner, and he can win games for India on his own.” – Ravi Shastri, former Indian head coach
Bumrah’s performance was a huge success, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the rest of the series against Ireland.
India VS Irland: 1st T2O Match Summary
IND won by 2 runs By the DLS method
With the rain having the ultimate say in Malahide, the match officials are speaking with Jasprit Bumrah and Paul Stirling. The opening T20I had to be postponed due to the ongoing rain. A 2-run victory for India (DLS).
The game may have ended without a proper conclusion, but it was shaping up to be a good one, as the Irish bowlers had just begun to make inroads into the contest. Craig Young’s double blow just a couple of balls before the rain came had sparked the home side’s fire, but Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad had done enough early on to maintain their side ahead of the DLS score.
Earlier in the game, Jasprit Bumrah returned to the national team and led from the front with the ball, taking two early wickets. At 59/6, India had Ireland on the ropes but couldn’t deliver the decisive blow. A remarkable 57-run stand between Curtis Campher and Barry McCarthy resurrected the Irish innings. McCarthy completed the hat trick with a late blitz and a half-century.
That’s all we have from this game, as India leads the three-match T20I series 1-0 following a rain-soaked contest in Malahide. The next game in the series will be played on Sunday, August 20 at the same location, and perhaps we can get a complete game in. That contest will start at 7.30 p.m. IST (2 p.m. GMT), but you can see our build-up much earlier. Take care and farewell until then.