In the first T20I of the ongoing two-match series between Ireland and India, the Hardik Pandya-led side won the contest, with the skipper and all-rounder Deepak Hooda setting up the visiting team’s seven-wicket victory.

In the game, which was reduced to 12 overs after rain delayed the start for more than two hours, Ireland lost early wickets before Harry Tector came up with a counterattack to help the hosts reach a respectable total.

Tector, who struck six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 64 off 33, helped the Irish side finish with 108/4 in 12 overs.

In response, the tourists were 30/2 after losing Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav off successive deliveries. Before the home side could capitalise further, Hooda and Pandya joined hands and took the game away from Ireland.

The pair formed a crucial stand of 64 runs for the third wicket before Joshua Little got rid of the Indian skipper for 24 to break the partnership. But it was too late for Ireland as India finished the proceedings in 9.2 overs, with Hooda playing an unbeaten knock of 47 from 29 deliveries.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

.@HoodaOnFire was the pick of the #TeamIndia batters and was our top performer from the second innings 💥#IREvIND

— BCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2022

India take victory by seven wickets with 2.4 overs to spare. Well played to them. We go again on Tuesday.

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— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) June 26, 2022

Perfect start 🇮🇳 Onto the next one 💪

— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) June 26, 2022

Ireland vs India was worth the wait ✨💥

The 12-overs-per-side clash delivered serious entertainment.#IREvIND

— ICC (@ICC) June 26, 2022


— Deepak Hooda (@HoodaOnFire) June 26, 2022

🏏👏 CLASSY KNOCK! Promoting Deepak Hooda up the order has paid off well as he guides us past the finish line.

📸 AP • #IREvIND #IREvsIND #DeepakHooda #TeamIndia #BharatArmy

— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) June 26, 2022

One of the positives for Team India from the 1st T20I was Deepak Hooda. Opened for the first time in T20s & scored 47*. His versatility as a batsman makes him an asset for any team in T20s. Good finisher too, can bowl a couple of overs & a brilliant fielder

— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) June 27, 2022

#TeamIndia go 1️⃣-0️⃣ in the series. 💪🏻

Deepak Hooda’s quick fire 4️⃣7️⃣* (29) help the #MenInBlue chase down the target comfortably in 9.2 overs. 🙌🏻🤩#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IREvIND

— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) June 26, 2022

Deepak Hooda, opening for the first time in T20 format – scored unbeaten 47 runs from 29 balls including 6 fours & 2 sixes. He has been in fantastic form in recent times.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 26, 2022

Deepak Hooda has improved his batting a lot since IPL 2022.
Maybe Gautam Gambhir has played a big role in improving his game.@HoodaOnFire @GautamGambhir

— Abhimanyu (@abhimanyusrt) June 26, 2022

India have defeated Ireland in the 1st T20i by 7 wickets. An unbeaten 47 from Deepak Hooda, and good 20s from Kishan and Hardik.

— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 26, 2022

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