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Deepak Hooda & Sanju Samson: From U19 cricket to record partnership at Malahide against Ireland

Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson

Malahide, June 29: Deepak Hooda played a spectacular knock of 104 runs as India managed to defeat Ireland by just four runs in the second match and clinch the two-match T20I series 2-0 on Tuesday night (June 28).

For the visitors, it was the 176-run partnership between Hooda and Sanju Samson that guided their team to a total of 225 runs.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Hooda, adjudged as the Player of the Match and the Series, expressed great delight to see his childhood friend Sanju Samson doing well.

"Sanju is a childhood friend, we played U-19 together, I am happy for him as well. Ireland is very good, I enjoyed it a lot. Fans are superb here, I never feel like playing outside India. Yeah, the wicket is different, thanks to all the fans for the support," said Hooda.

The right-hander smashed 104 off 57 deliveries to become only the fourth Indian to hit a T20 International century.

His knock was decorated with nine fours and six hits over the fence. "I am coming from a good IPL, I was trying to follow up the same performance here as well. I like playing aggressively.

“Batting up the order, I have the time, I try to play according to the situation," he added.

Talking about the match, top knocks from captain Andrew Balbirnie (60), Paul Stirling (40) and Harry Tector (39) went in vain as India snatched the match from Ireland in the last over, winning the last-ball thriller by four runs.

With this, India have won the series 2-0. Ireland though will walk away with a lot of positives as they were in the match till the very last ball and gave India a scare with their batting.

Hooda, Samson stand

Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda on Tuesday (June 28) registered the highest T20I partnership for India with 176 runs off 85 deliveries here at The Village in Dublin.

With this milestone, the duo broke the record of the 165-run stand of India skipper Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul against Sri Lanka in Indore in 2017.

Deepak Hooda

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (1st wicket) are in the third spot with 160 run partnership stand against Ireland in Dublin, 2018.

Hooda and Samson achieved this feat during the match against Ireland, smashing 104 and 77 respectively to guide their team's total to 225/7 in the second match of the twomatch T20I series.

The duo was the top scorers for the visitors. For Ireland, Mark Adair bagged three wickets while Craig Young and Josh Little settled two wickets respectively.

They smashed the Irish bowlers all around the ground as they register a partnership of 176 runs off 85 deliveries.

Hooda and Samson also achieved another landmark as they topped Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan's 167-run stand against South Africa at Cape Town in 2020 to register the highest-ever partnership by any pair for the second wicket in T20Is.

On their way to this unique record, Hooda and Samson's stunning partnership became the ninth highest in all men's T20Is.

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Story first published: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 11:45 [IST]
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