Meiyappan, who turned 21 on 8 October, did a career best performance against Ireland
There should be a chance of birthday and there should be a grand performance on the field. So what better gift can be given to yourself than this. The 21-year-old bowler from Chennai has also given a similar gift to himself. While playing the match on his birthday, he not only did a career best performance but also wrote the script for his team’s victory. Born on 8 October 2000 in Chennai, the right-arm spinner did this feat for his team UAE in the match played against Ireland. Ireland team is on a tour of UAE to play T20 series. On October 8, in the second match of this series, 21-year-old spinner Palaniapan Meiyappan did what he had not done in his T20 career yet.
Ireland won the toss in the match and first put the host UAE team on the batsman. UAE’s first wicket fell early. But after that, the team showed great batting. Opener Chirag Suri scored 51 runs while scoring a brilliant half-century. Apart from him, Basil Hameed scored 39 runs in the middle order and Muhammad Usman scored 32 runs. Due to the strong performance of their batsmen, UAE scored 163 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs. In this way, he set a target of 164 runs in 20 overs to win in front of his experienced Ireland.
Chennai bowler shines in UAE’s victory
The Ireland team, adorned with batsmen like Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien, however, fell 54 runs away from achieving this target. The start of Ireland, which was once spoiled, could not get back on track again. The UAE bowlers played a big role in the poor condition of Ireland. Especially 21-year-old Meiyappan broke his back. If Aakif Raja saw 3 batsmen of the top order, Meiyappan got his name on 4 of the wickets below him. The result of this sharp bowling was that it became difficult for the Ireland batsmen to get 20 overs on the wicket. He was all out after scoring 109 runs in just 18.4 overs.
Meiyappan did career best performance
21-year-old Palaiyapan Meiyappan dismissed 4 Ireland batsmen for 25 runs in 4 overs of his quota. This is the best performance of his T20 career. Meiyappan bowled 10 of his 24 balls dot. Against him, he could collect only 2 boundaries against Ireland. Bowler Meiyappan was awarded the Man of the Match award for playing a role in UAE’s victory with this stellar performance.
The 3 T20 series against Ireland was leveled at 1-1 as the UAE won the second T20 match. Earlier, Ireland won the first T20 by 7 wickets. The last T20 of the series between the two teams will be played on October 10.
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