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In his return from a back ailment, renowned Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah displayed flashes of brilliance against Ireland in Malahide.

Bumrah’s last appearance for India was almost a year ago in a domestic bilateral T20I series against Australia. He will miss the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022 due to a back issue, which would require surgery and a protracted recovery period for the pacer.

Bumrah won the toss and chose to field when leading the young Indian team against Ireland at Malahide on his comeback. And he would get off to a great start by bowling a superb first over.

Bumrah’s second delivery, which came after he had given up a boundary with the previous one, moved in sharply, giving Andy Balbirnie’s bat an inside edge that caused the stumps to fall. He took the wicket of Lorcan Tucker, who had mishandled a ramp shot, making the over even better. A yorker was also hit by Bumrah in the fourth delivery of the over in addition to the two wickets.

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After giving up 13 runs in the 16th over, Bumrah would rejoin the fray. The 19th over would be his final one, and he would give up just one run. As their pace spearhead acquired some much-needed fitness in the lead-up to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in October and November, he finished with statistics of 2/24, which was a huge plus for the Indian squad.

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India only allowed Ireland to reach 139/7 thanks to the other bowlers’ strong performances. The hosts were in danger of losing at one point, but outstanding innings from Curtis Campher (39) and Barry McCarthy (51*) helped them to a respectable total.

After the game, Bumrah said, “When you are captain, you are not thinking about yourself, you are thinking about others.”

The fact that you are taking care of everyone and your performance takes care of itself maybe works in your favour occasionally.

In exchange, India would get off to a strong start thanks to the reliable performances of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Craig Young dismissed Jaiswal and Tilak Varma in back-to-back deliveries, but Ireland fought back.

With India’s score at 47/2, two runs above the DLS par score, it began to rain at the 6.5 over point. India completed a victory and seized a 1-0 series lead as it did not give up.

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