Ireland T20I: Team India aims winning start to English summer

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In the second T20 global match against Ireland, the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya played a cameo knock of 32 off just 9 deliveries, which helped India to post a mammoth total of 213.

India left for Dublin on Tuesday after having a practice session 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.

For India, the Ireland V. India series also offers a chance to move up from their third place in the global T20 rankings.

Ireland captain Gary Wilson, who top scored with 15, admitted his batsmen rolled over too easily, but they will learn from the games which, to the delight of Cricket Ireland, were played in front of two capacity crowds of nearly 10,000.

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.

Skipper Virat Kohli and the in-form KL Rahul batted together in adjacent nets against spin and pace respectively. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench.

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.




This is the first time that India have crossed 200 in consecutive T20Is.

It's a rare occasion when the former Indian skipper had to sit out despite being in the squad.

Siddarth Kaul made his T20I debut while Umesh Yadav, Dinesh Karthik and Rahul were included in the playing eleven.

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

Match starts at 8.30 pm IST.

Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.

After Indian Premier League 2018, the Indian Cricket team joins in the T20I match with Ireland.

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