India and Ireland are locking horns with each other in the opening T20I of their three-match series on August 18, 2023, at Malahide, Dublin. This series marked the highly anticipated return of the premier Indian fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah to international cricket after an 11-month absence due to a back stress fracture. Leading the Indian team as captain, Bumrah made a strong start by winning the toss and opting to bat.
The match also witnessed the T20I debuts of Rinku Singh and Prasidh Krishna. Bumrah showcased his brilliance right from the beginning, taking two wickets in the very first over. Ireland faced further challenges as debutant Prasidh Krishna also secured two wickets, leading the hosts to a struggling position at 59/6.
Curtis Campher (39) and Barry McCarthy (51*) then collaborated for a crucial 57-run partnership for the seventh wicket, boosting Ireland’s total to 139/7 in their allotted 20 overs. India’s opening pair comprised Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who added 46 runs for the first wicket during the powerplay. However, their lack of familiarity with each other became evident, nearly resulting in a wicket during the second over.
In the scenario, Yashasvi Jaiswal played the ball behind square on the leg side and attempted a quick run while Gaikwad hesitated and turned back. As Jaiswal raced through to the non-striker’s end, a throw at the bowler’s end missed the stumps, leaving both batsmen at the same end.
Gaikwad then hurriedly made his way to the batting end as the fielder aimed to deliver the ball to the keeper. Fortunately for Ruturaj Gaikwad Gaikwad, an errant throw worked in his favor. He managed to dive and secure his wicket just in time, surviving the confusion and close call.
Here is the video of the comedy of errors:
— Devendra (@Devendr73132721) August 18, 2023