Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

India vs Ireland India vs England Ind vs Ire Ind vs Eng Virat Kohli sports news cricket Indian Express

India vs Ireland India vs England Ind vs Ire Ind vs Eng Virat Kohli sports news cricket Indian Express

The Ireland series are a vital one for India as they will look to adapt to overseas conditions and hope to get their winning combination right before the big test starting July. The series kicks off a long overseas tour for India with the team set to play England in an nearly two-month long tour starting next month.

The team will play their first of two T20 matches against Ireland on 27 June at the Dublin stadium. India vs Ireland T20 series is crucial for Indian squad.

Rohit Sharma's swashbuckling 61-ball 97 and 74 from Shikhar Dhawan set up India's 76-run victory against Ireland on Wednesday in the first game of a two-match Twenty20 series. India is the first elite opponent they will face in limited overs cricket after a long time, which will thereby spur them further going into the series.

It will be interesting to see whom among the trio of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey get a game with Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya filling up the No.6 and 7 spots. Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni were rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in March.

While Raina also provides a sixth bowling option combined with his batting, India would also not want to drop Karthik, who is in sizzling form since March. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench, despite scoring 255 runs in 8 T20Is this year against South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at an average of 85.

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

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

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.

Date: Ireland vs India, 1st T20 worldwide will be played on June 27, 2018.

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