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Ireland's Craig Young. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ireland's Craig Young. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ireland's Craig Young. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Craig Young is expecting another test of fire at Malahide tonight and knows Ireland’s bowlers will have no room for error as the Boys in Green attempt to level their T20 international series with a first win over India.

The home attack took a hammering in front of a noisy crowd on Sunday as Ireland lost a rain-reduced clash by seven wickets but experienced seamer Young is used to fine margins in the shortest form and he isn’t disheartened.

“We put up a fight there and I think there’s a lot we can take from that going into the second game,” he said.

“You’ve got to get the line and length right every time against these guys – if you miss the spot then they will blast it over your head. I missed mine with the first few balls, but then bang-bang I got the line right and had two wickets.

“It might have been nice to bowl first but in a 12-over game the pitch isn’t going to change much. We know Malahide always has a little in it for the bowlers.”

Young was full of praise for YMCA batter Harry Tector who produced the standout performance with a blistering 64 not out from 33 balls in Ireland’s total of 108-4.

“Harry’s innings was class. He’s right up there with the best I’ve played with,” Young said. Tector’s effort caught the eye of Indian captain and IPL winner Hardik Pandya, who cheekily suggested the 22-year-old Dubliner may find himself playing in the world’s richest T20 tournament one day.

“He played some fantastic shots,” Pandya said. “I’ve given him a bat as well. So maybe he can score some more sixes and maybe get an IPL contract. I wish him luck.”

Irish coach Heinrich Malan would’ve been delighted with Tector’s ninth half-century in the past year, as it settled any arguments as to who bats at No 4 in the T20 side, behind Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie and Gareth Delany.

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