Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan help India beat Ireland in Dublin T20
Jun 30 2018
India achieved a comfortable victory in the first T20 worldwide against Ireland on Wednesday.
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.
It's the dress rehearsal before the actual test but India would do well not to let the guard down when they take on a lowly but effervescent Ireland in a two-match T20 rubber, starting tomorrow. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.
"We will have the same positive mindset we had for the first game and I definitely expect us to get closer to India".
However, the 2nd wicket partnership between KL Rahul and Suresh Raina added some valuable runs for India.
While the opening slot is set for Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, the likes of KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, and Dinesh Karthik will be vying for the middle-order spots in the absence of Ajinkya Rahane and injured Kedar Jadhav. The Indian cricket team have a full-strength squad to pick from, with captain Virat Kohli back in the team after nursing a neck injury.
After the win on Wednesday, the India skipper has said: "We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order". 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.
India left for Dublin on Tuesday after having a practice session in London on Monday.
Kaul is also yet to make his T20I debut, while Yadav played his only T20I back in 2012.
Kohli was dismissed cheaply for 9 by Peter Chase, but Rahul's continued his form, scoring a fine 70 off just 36 balls - in an innings which included six sixes and three boundaries.
Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will operate in tandem at the expense of young and talented Washington Sundar as Kohli would want his wreckers-in-chief to get a taste of the conditions early in the tour.