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India holds on for 4-run win against Ireland in 2nd T20

India holds on for 4-run win against Ireland in 2nd T20

MALAHIDE, Ireland (AP) — Pacer Umran Malik held his nerve on the final ball as India beat Ireland by four runs in the second and last Twenty20 international on Tuesday.

India scored 225-7 after choosing to bat first and Ireland gave the visitors a scare by reaching 221-5 in reply.

Deepak Hooda hit 104 in 57 balls, including nine fours and six sixes, for India. He shared a second-wicket stand of 176 with Sanju Samson, whose 42-ball 77 had nine fours and four sixes.

Mark Adair took 3-42 in four overs of fast-medium pace. Josh Little (2-38) and Craig Young (2-35) claimed the other wickets.

Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie got Ireland's chase off to a good start with 72 runs in 5.4 overs.

Stirling scored 18 runs in the first over, clobbering Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-46) for a six and three fours after two dot balls. He hit an 18-ball 40, with five fours and three sixes, before he was bowled by legspinner Ravi Bishnoi (1-41).

Ireland was still competitive at the halfway stage with 107-2 but lost Balbirnie in the 11th over, out for a 37-ball 60. Ireland needed 17 runs off the last over and six from the last ball to win but Malik (1-42) restricted Adair to a single and India swept the series 2-0.

Ireland kept the same side from the first T20 which it lost by seven wickets. India replaced Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan and an injured Ruturaj Gaikwad with Bishnoi, Harshal Patel and Samson.

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