Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson Register India’s Highest-Ever T20I Partnership. Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson scored 176 runs off 87 deliveries in the second T20I against Ireland.
With their massive stand against Ireland on Tuesday, Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson wrote India’s highest-ever T20I partnership. In just 87 deliveries, the two stitched together a 176-run partnership to help India post 225/7. Their partnership surpassed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s 165-run partnership against Sri Lanka in 2017. Samson made 67 off 34 balls in their second-wicket stand, while Hooda made 98 off 53 balls. Hooda finished with 104 off 57 deliveries, while Samson finished with 77 off 42.
Hooda and Sanju partnership is also the largest for the second wicket and the ninth-highest in men’s T20Is overall.
Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani top the list, having put on 236 runs for the first wicket against Ireland in 2019.
In the absence of Ruturaj Gaikwad, who had a niggle in the previous match, Samson opened India’s innings.
Hooda, meanwhile, entered the batting order with the score at 13/1 after 2.1 overs.
The two then dominated Ireland’s bowlers, hitting them all over the place.
In his 55-ball attack, Hooda hit nine boundaries and six sixes, while Samson hit nine boundaries and four sixes.
Their outstanding collaboration propelled India to 225/7.
Ireland came within four runs of pulling off an upset, but fell four runs short. Andy Balbirnie (60 off 37) scored a half-century, while Paul Stirling (40 off 18), Harry Tector (39 off 28), George Dockrell (34* off 16), and Mark Adair (23* off 12) also contributed.
India now leads the two-match series 2-0.