India Ireland T20I 2018
India thrashed Ireland by 76 runs in the first T20I © AFP

India blew Ireland away in the 1st match of the 2-T20I series, at Malahide. Rohit Sharma (97 in 61 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes) and Shikhar Dhawan (74 in 45, 5 fours, 5 sixes) smashed the Irish bowlers into pulp, adding 160 for the opening stand in 16 overs. India finally put up 208 for 5 before Kuldeep Yadav (4 for 21) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3 for 38) restricted Ireland to 132 for 9. For the hosts, only Peter Chase (4 for 35) and James Shannon (60 in 35, 5 fours, 4 sixes) put up a show of any sort. Here are some statistical highlights from the match.

100 T20Is for India. India became the 7th team to do this, after Pakistan (128), New Zealand (111), Sri Lanka (108), South Africa (103), Australia (101), and England (101). West Indies have played 98. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have featured in India’s 1st and 100th T20Is.

1 T20I for India on Irish soil now. The two teams had met only once before, at Trent Bridge in the 2009 World T20. India had won by 8 wickets with 27 balls to spare.

1,509 runs for Raina. He became the 3rd Indian (after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma) and 16th overall to the 1,500-run mark.

1,949 runs for Rohit Sharma, 5th-most in T20I history. Rohit leapfrogged past Mohammad Shahzad (1,906) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1,889), and is currently behind only Martin Guptill (2,271), Brendon McCullum (2,140), Shoaib Malik (1,989), and Kohli (1,983).

1,103 runs in partnerships between Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan for the first wicket, in 34 innings. They became the 2nd opening pair to reach the 1,000-run landmark, and are only 5 behind David Warner and Shane Watson. No other opening pair has even 900.

2 pairs have added more runs than Rohit and Dhawan’s 1,103 irrespective of partnerships: Warner and Watson (1,154) and Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson (1,151). Paul Stirling and William Porterfield have 1,046.

1,024 runs for Gary Wilson, joint 2nd-most for Ireland. Only Stirling (1,152) has more. Porterfield also has 1,024.

60 highest score for James Shannon, in his 7th T20I. His previous highest was 31, against Netherlands at Rotterdam earlier this month.

4/35 best figures for Peter Chase, in his 3rd T20I. In fact, he had not taken a single wicket in his first 2 matches.

4/21 best figures for Kuldeep Yadav, in his 9th T20I. His previous best was 3/52, against Sri Lanka at Indore in 2017-18.

6 Kohli’s batting position in the match. He has never batted this low in his career. In fact, he has batted at No. 5 only once, that too back in 2010.

3 catches by Stuart Thompson, the joint-most by an Irish outfielder in a single match. The others to have done this are George Dockrell (twice), Trent Johnston, and Paul Stirling.