Ireland T20I: Team India aims winning start to English summer

30 June, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Before departing to England earlier this week the Indian skipper felt not playing county could be a blessing in disguise as a break from the game has refreshed him completely

Sony Six and Sony Six HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India.

Match starts at 8.30 pm IST.

KL Rahul (70 off 36) and Suresh Raina (69 off 45) did the bulk of the damage in the first 17.3 overs after Virat Kohli (9) fell cheaply for the second game running, before Hardik Pandya (32no off 9) nailed four sixes in a brisk but devastating innings as India racked up their fourth-highest T20I score.

The Indian team is now playing a two-match T20I series versus Ireland at the Malahide Cricket Ground in Dublin.

For Ireland, skipper Gary Wilson, former captain William Porterfield and all-rounder Kevin O'Brien are the ones to have T20 experience against an Indian team.

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Neither team is a lock to win its next game, of course, but it's easy to see why England won't be that disheartened by its loss. How both sides approach the match will be a good indicator of their respective philosophies and team culture.

"We know what William can do as he has done it before in T20 cricket, but we wanted to go with Shannon", Smyth added.

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But by then, India was well on the way to going 1-0 up in a two-match series, with Rohit Sharma (97) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) sharing an opening stand of 160 in 16 overs. After the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Ireland bowlers did well to claw back.

Rahul is expected to walk into the side after his performances in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season with Kings XI Punjab. Moreover, he also mentioned that the players in the squad, who didn't get an opportunity in the first contest, will get a chance in today's encounter.

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.

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Ireland, who are ranked 14 places below India, were never really in the hunt after losing a wicket in the second over and finished on 132 for nine.

Kaul is also yet to make his T20I debut, while Yadav played his only T20I back in 2012.

Perhaps it was a marker of this crucial impending assignment that India made a decision to stay on and practice in London on Monday.

Skipper Virat Kohli and the in-form KL Rahul batted together in adjacent nets against spin and pace respectively.

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