India hammer 200-plus totals in successive T20Is for the 1st time

first_imgKL Rahul slammed his fourth T20 International half-century as India continued to dominate Ireland in the final match of the two-T20I series in Dublin. The stylish Bangalore batsman was brought in at the expense of Shikhar Dhawan but he did not disappoint, racing away to a 36-ball 70.The 26-year-old Rahul enjoyed a sensational IPL campaign for Kings XI Punjab, smashing 659 runs off 14 matches.He did not play in the first T20I against Ireland on Wednesday. Skipper Virat Kohli, however, promised to give every player a chance in Dublin.INDIA VS IRELAND – 2ND T20IConsequently, Dhawan was rested and in came Rahul – one of four changes. Kohli walked in to open with Rahul and fell cheaply once again to Peter Chase, eight runs short of the 2000-run mark in T20Is. However, Rahul had got off to a breezy start which included two sweetly timed boundaries off Simi Singh in the first over. He was unstoppable thereafter and in the company of Suresh Raina, took the Ireland bowling attack to the cleaners.India, thanks to some fireworks from Rahul and Raina, blazed past the 100-run mark in the 10th over. And this was also the first time that India scored over 200 runs in successve T20Is.In the first match on Wedesday, India had scored 208/5 after Rohit Sharma’s scintillating 97.There was the same fluent bat movement, the same elegance and the same assured footwork from Rahul that saw him amass all those runs for KXIP. And Ireland had absolutely no answer to Rahul’s mind-numbing strokeplay.advertisementIndia are desperately looking for two middle-order options in the ODI side and Rahul’s classy innings should now put him in good stead. He looked good for his second T20I hundred at one stage but he was done in by a Kevin O’Brien’s spongy bounce. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina, who got through to the ODI side for the England tour at Ambati Rayudu’s expense, scored his first fifty since his comeback to the Indian team earlier in the year. He was dismissed by a Kevin O Brien slower ball after scoring 69 runs from 45 balls.Raina was not at his fluent best for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL but his powerful pull shots against Ireland on Friday should give the Indian camp a reason to smile.Ireland were bowled out for 70 runs in just 12.3 overs, as India won the match by 143 runs, the second biggest win by runs in T20I history. India also claimed the series 2-0.last_img

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