India began their big tour of Ireland and England with a massive win, as the Men in Blue defeated the Irish team by 76 runs in the first T20I match at The Village, Dublin.
Ireland put India to bat first and both the Indian openers gave a brisk start and added 160 runs for the first wicket. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored 97 and 74 respectively and helped their team to set a target of 209 runs for Ireland.
In response, Ireland looked clueless against the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav (4/21) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/38) and could manage only 132 runs in 20 overs. Second and last T20I will be played on June 29 at the same venue.
All the key stats and facts from the first T20I match between Ireland and India at The Village, Dublin :
4 - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became the 4th pair to add 1000 or more runs in T20I format.
Pairs to add 1000 runs in T20I cricket -
David Warner & Shane Watson: 1154
Martin Guptill & Kane Williamson - 1151
Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan - 1103
William Porterfield & Paul Stirling - 1046
4/21 - Kuldeep Yadav's bowling figures of 4/21 are his career best as well as best bowling figures by a chinaman bowler in T20I cricket. The previous best was 4/23 by Lakshan Sandakan against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2017.
100 - This was 100th T20I match for Indian team and they are the seventh team to play 100 or more T20Is. Pakistan was the first team to play 100 T20I games.
160 - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan's 160 runs partnership is the second best partnership for any wicket for India in T20I format.
Highest partnership for India in T20Is -
165 - Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul vs SL at Indore, 2017
160 - Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan vs IRE at Dublin, 2018
158 - Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan vs NZ at Delhi, 2017
6056 - Shikhar Dhawan completed 6000 runs in T20 cricket and he is the sixth Indian player to achieve this feat after Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni.
10022 - Rohit Sharma became the 13th player to score 10000 runs in international cricket. He has scored 10022 runs in 285 matches with 22 hundreds and 58 fifties.