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Out: Ireland skipper Gary Wilson exits against India yesterday

Out: Ireland skipper Gary Wilson exits against India yesterday

Out: Ireland skipper Gary Wilson exits against India yesterday

Ireland captain Gary Wilson had asked for an improvement from Wednesday's 76 runs defeat to India in yesterday's second and final match of the Twenty20 series in Malahide, but the only team that improved were the classy visitors.

Despite making four changes they powered their way to 213-4, five more than in the first match, but the Ireland batsmen then let themselves down, bowled out for 70 to suffer the joint second biggest defeat in a T20 international.

It needed Boyd Rankin to hit only the second six of the innings to avoid the embarrassment of their lowest T20 total of 68 but then no-one - probably not even the players if they really admitted it - expected to beat the team that dominates the shortest format.

As Wilson said afterwards: "We were playing against the best players in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and they are in the India team for a reason.

"But our skills were definitely not as good as they could have been."

And that's what will have disappointed the skipper and management most - they barely put up a fight from the moment Paul Stirling was caught at slip to the second ball of the innings - always a devastating blow - and although William Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie took 18 off the third over, the Test captain didn't survive it, bowled middle stump behind his legs!

It was 27-3 after five overs and India, showing no mercy, introduced leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Four balls later, without a run conceded, James Shannon was caught at mid-off and the horrible collapse was well under way.

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Chahal, named man of the series, and his spin partner in crime Kuldeep Yadav shared six wickets as the Ireland batsmen looked as if they were no wiser than when they first faced them on Wednesday.

The Indian batting got off to another fast start despite Peter Chase - one of the few successes in the series - carrying on where he left off and for the second time in four balls he dismissed India captain Virat Kholi.

But that only set up a second wicket stand of 106 between KL Rahul and Suresh Raina and although Kevin O'Brien broke the stand with his first ball and Ireland hauled it back in those middle overs, India, as expected, dominated the last five, scoring 66 runs with Hardik Pandya coming in and hitting four sixes in his nine-ball innings of 32.

India hit 39 off the last two overs and finished with a total of 11 fours and 13 sixes - a tally Ireland, for now, can only dream of against any opposition.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Women took a 2-0 lead in the three match T20 series against Ireland in the first match of the day at Malahide, Sanjida Islam hitting the first ball of the last over for six to win by four wickets.

Cecilia Joyce top scored for Ireland with 60, from 47 balls, but defending 125 was always going to be difficult although Ireland took five wickets for 21 runs to take the game to the last over, when they still needed six to win.

Ciara Metcalfe replaced Ulster's Cara Murray in the only change to the side that also lost by four wickets on Thursday.

The final game is at Pembroke tomorrow (2pm).

Scores: Ireland Women 124-8 (C Joyce 60, L Delany 20) Bangladesh Women 125-6 (19.1 overs, Shamima Sultana 51, Fargana Hoque 36; L Delany 2-21, C Metcalfe 2-26). Bangladesh won by 4 wickets

INDIA

KL Rahul c and b O'Brien 70 (36)

Virat Kholi c Dockrell b Chase 9 (8)

S Raina c Dockrell b O'Brien 69 (45)

R Sharma c Stirling b O'Brien 0 (2)

Manish Pandey not out 21 (20)

Hardik Pandya not out 32 (9)

Extras (12w) 12

Total (4 wkts, 20 overs) 213

Did not bat: Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

1-22 2-128 3-128 4-169

Bowling: S Singh 2-0-32-0, B Rankin 3-0-33-0, P Chase 4-0-42-1, S Thompson 1-0-17-0, G Dockrell 4-0-30-0, P Stirling 2-0-19-0, K O'Brien 4-0-40-3

IRELAND

P Stirling c Raina b Umesh 0 (2)

J Shannon c Rahul b Kaul 2 (7)

W Porterfield b Umesh 14 (11)

A Balbirnie b Chahal 9 (7)

G Wilson b Kuldeep 15 (18)

K O'Brien c Kuldeep b Pandya 0 (2)

S Singh lbw b Chahal 0 (2)

S Thompson b Chahal 13 (9)

G Dockrell c Umesh b Kuldeep 4 (8)

B Rankin st Khartik b Kuldeep 10

P Chase not out 0 (1)

Extras (3w) 3

Total (12.3 overs) 70

1-0 2-16 3-22 4-30 5-32 6-36 7-44 8-56 9-68

Bowling: Umesh Yadav 2-0-19-2, Siddarth Kaul 2-0-4-1, Hardik Pandya 2-0-10-1, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-21-3, Kuldeep Yadav 2.3-0-16-3

India won by 143 runs


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