India vs Ireland, 2nd T20I: Everything you need to know

May JohnsonJun 30, 2018

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.

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

India matched Pakistan's 143-run victory over Windies in Karachi in May, with Sri Lanka's 172-run hammering of Kenya in Johannesburg in 2007 the only bigger win in terms of runs in T20I cricket. 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.

Even the absence of MS Dhoni, one of four changes to the India side from their victory in the first match on Wednesday, did not slow the tourists' progress. He was dismissed by Peter Chase when he mistimed a pull shot.

Porterfield (14) saw his middle stump knocked back by Yadav and Shannon (two) became Siddarth Kaul's first worldwide T20 wicket.

Ireland was then skittled out for 70 in 12.3 overs, with spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav snapping up three wickets apiece.

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For India, there were wholesale changes in the pace bowling department.

With Pandya as the third seaming option, it will also be interesting to see whether medium pacer Siddharth Kaul makes his India debut after an impressive stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru.

It indicated that India's first-choice eleven was functioning properly after a break of three months, and tuning itself for the England tour.

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. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.

The first T20I between India and Ireland will be played on Wednesday, June 27, while the second and final match will be held on Friday, June 29.

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