[caption id="attachment_722838" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Kuldeep-Yadav-finished-with-figures-4-1-21-4-AFP.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-722838" alt="Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures 4-1-21-4 AFP (file image)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Kuldeep-Yadav-finished-with-figures-4-1-21-4-AFP.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures 4-1-21-4 AFP (file image)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> comfortably defeated <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/ireland/">Ireland</a> by 76 runs in the first T20 International, at Malahide. 209 was always going to be a tough chase for Ireland, but James Shannon fought hard with his innings of 60 off 35 balls after being dropped twice. He got his maiden half-century in just 29 balls. His innings included 5 fours and 4 sixes. However, he was dismissed by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kuldeep-yadav/">Kuldeep Yadav</a> in the 12th over. <p></p> <p></p>Ireland lost <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/paul-stirling/">Paul Stirling</a> for 1 in the second over of the chase, off Jasprit Bumrah. Stirling, trying to pull from outside off, top-edged to Kuldeep at mid-off. Shannon added 40 with Andrew Balbirnie (11) for the second wicket, but right after the Powerplay overs the Indian spin duo of Kuldeep and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/yuzvendra-chahal/">Yuzvendra Chahal</a> took over. <p></p> <p></p>Chahal dismissed Balbirnie in his first over, stumped by a mile by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">MS Dhoni</a>. Kuldeep started with a wicket-maiden and dismissed the well set Shannon leg-before for 60 in his second. The Irish batsmen failed to pick Kuldeep as he finished with impressive figures of 4-1-21-4. <p></p> <p></p>The spinners shared 7 wickets among them with Chahal picking 3 for 38. Among pacers, Bumrah picked up 2 for 19 in his 4 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar went wicketless but only conceded 16. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hardik-pandya/"> <p></p></a> <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, India posted a huge 208 after being put to bat by Ireland. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma</a> (97) and<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shikhar-dhawan/"> Shikhar Dhawan</a> (74) added 160 for the opening wicket. Rohit was unlucky to miss on his 3rd T20I century by 3 runs. Peter Chase starred had figures 4-0-35-4. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>India</strong> 208 for 5 in 20 overs [Rohit Sharma 97(61), Shikhar Dhawan 74(45); Peter Chase 4-0-35-4] beat <strong>Ireland</strong> 132 for 9 in 20 overs [James Shannon 60(35); Kuldeep Yadav 4-1-21-4, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-38-3] by 76 runs. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Player of the Match:</strong> Kuldeep Yadav.