Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

Having been handed a 76-run defeat in the first T20I, it is unlikely the challenge will get any easier in the second outing for the hosts, even if India decide to test their bench.

"We had enough positives out there to prove that we can play against teams like India, who are probably the best T20 team in the world", he continued.

The third-ranked T20I team are expected to thrash their 17th-ranked opponents but the short series will provide India much-needed time to get their combinations right. As part of the full-strength Indian side, the three had featured in the T20 series against South Africa.

While Rohit Sharma (97 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) were the stars with the bat, the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged seven wickets between them. Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru.

For India, the two T20Is against Ireland will mark the onset of a long English summer for Virat Kohli & co, and perhaps it was a marker of this crucial impending assignment that India made a decision to stay on and practice in London on Monday, reports PTI. Siddharth Kaul was in the Indian squad for the home ODIs against Sri Lanka in December, but was not picked ahead of Kumar-Bumrah.

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Going into the first T20I, Kohli and the team management will have a sweet dilemma over the selection of the playing XI. That means all 15 members of the India squad - except for the injured Washington Sundar - got a game in Dublin. Dhoni and Raina are the other current' members from that playing eleven nine years ago.

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.

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.

Ireland likely XI for 2nd T20I: Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson (c), Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter (wk), Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase.

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