Bhuvneshwar achieved a milestone in his career during the opening T20I match against Ireland at Malahide Cricket Club Ground on Sunday. He became the leading wicket taker during the powerplay overs in T20I history.
On the fifth pitch of the innings, he struck out Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie for his 34th powerplay wicket in T20I. The Indian pacer now has more wickets than Tim Southee of New Zealand and former West Indies spinner Samuel Badree, who each have 33 wickets.
Bhuvneshwar has been in great form after his return from the injury. The right-arm pacer, who represents Sunrisers Hyderabad took 12 wickets in 14 matches with a brilliant economy of just 7.34.
India managed to win the first T20I game by seven wickets, which was reduced to 12 overs per innings due to rain.
Only three bowlers could bowl two overs each during the powerplay, while two bowlers may bowl three overs.
In his whole three-over spell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket and gave up 16 runs. With seven wickets in hand, Team India was able to chase down the goal of 109 runs in just 9.2 overs thanks to Hooda’s 47 runs off 29 balls and Hardik’s effort of 24 runs off 12 balls.
Harry Tector’s unbeaten 64 earlier in the first innings helped Ireland defeat India by 108/4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, and Avesh Khan each claimed one wicket for the visitors.
India now leads the two-match series 1-0 with this victory, and the second T20I between the two teams will take place on Tuesday.