Ireland T20I: Team India aims winning start to English summer

Kristopher Nichols
June 30, 2018

Apart from Rahul, who sat out the first game, India also brought in Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and, for his debut, 28-year-old pace bowler Siddarth Kaul.

India ended their short tour of Ireland with their biggest T20I victory ever, in terms of runs, as they thrashed the hosts by a massive 143 runs in the second Twenty20 Internationals at The Village in Dublin on Friday.

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien saw Pandya take his final over for 21 but the all-rounder did pick up three wickets, having Rahul caught and bowled and Rohit Sharma (0) pouched at backward point in his first over, before Raina pulled him to cow corner towards the death.

Before a full tour - consisting three T20Is, as many ODIs and five Tests - against England, India will be warming up in Dublin in the said two-match series against the minnows.

Overall, India and Ireland have played only four times, in three ODIs (the other two during 2011 and 2015 ODI World Cups) and a T20I in 2009 during the World T20 in England. In the first match, India has won against Ireland by 76 runs. The likes of Kohli, Rahul and the opening duo had a hit at the nets at the Merchants Taylor School while Umesh and Bhuvneshwar along with Pandya honed their bowling skills. However, India know that Ireland are no knock-overs.

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On the bowling front, Kohli will be tempted to field both leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, giving them an early taste of conditions here. However, Rohit missed a well-deserved century.

Going into the first T20I, Kohli and the team management will have a sweet dilemma over the selection of the playing XI.

Ireland replaced Stuart Poynter with William Porterfield to strengthen the batting with skipper Gary Wilson taking over the wicket-keeping duties but at halfway it looked mission impossible for their hopes of squaring the series.

Rahul is expected to walk into the side after his performances in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season with Kings XI Punjab.

Time: Ireland vs India, 2nd T20I will begin at 8:30 pm (IST).

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