India thrive on imperfect pitch as Ireland find no fairytale in New York | Andy Bull

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A testing surface meant Ireland struggled against India’s pace in what was hardly the desired advert for the game in the US

Whatever game the teams are ­playing out here in New York City, it surely isn’t the same one they have in the Indian Premier League. India beat Ireland by eight wickets on Wednesday, in a match that included all of 193 runs. Which is just a little more in two innings than teams were averaging in one during the IPL season just gone. So, after two matches and four innings in New York, the fans here are still waiting to see a team make as many as a hundred, never mind one of the individual players. So far the top score is Rohit Sharma’s 52, off 37 balls.

“When you look at T20 cricket you want to see runs, and boundaries, don’t you?” complained Ireland’s coach Heinrich Malan afterwards. “When you play a game you want the best surface you can get and unfortunately what we’ve seen over the last couple of games hasn’t lived up to that.” India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour agreed that “it was a challenging wicket”.

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Written by Andy Bull at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/05/india-ireland-t20-world-cup-match-report under the title “India thrive on imperfect pitch as Ireland find no fairytale in New York | Andy Bull”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.