India vs Ireland 2nd T20I at Malahide

by Steven Clarke June 30, 2018, 0:29
India vs Ireland 2nd T20I at Malahide

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien saw Pandya take his final over for 21 but the all-rounder did pick up three wickets, having Rahul caught and bowled and Rohit Sharma (0) pouched at backward point in his first over, before Raina pulled him to cow corner towards the death.

This Indian victory was even more comprehensive, though, and, in terms of runs, only Sri Lanka's 172-run success over Kenya in 2007 was greater in the format's history. The first match was comprehensively won by the Men in Blue by a massive margin of 76 runs. With Jasprit Bumrah injuring his thumb during the first T20I, Kohli might be tempted to give the pacer a rest and bring in either Umesh or uncapped Siddharth Kaul. The former trio also missed the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru recently.

While Rahul has been a constant part of the T20I squad, Ajinkya Rahane's omission from the ODI squad means that he is once again a contender for the number four spot when the three-match series against England begins on July 12. The Indian side is looking good and strong. India instead, opted to go with Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina in the middle-order. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench.

The spinners' Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have picked up 3 wickets each and destroyed the opposition batting line-up.

Ireland will return to action in August when they host Afghanistan in three T20Is and three ODIs in August, with India now off to Old Trafford for Tuesday's first Twenty20 global against England, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (401) from 5pm. However, the pace department is an area of concern, as the second-choice fast bowlers have not enjoyed enough game time. He played only 4 dot balls in the innings. Umesh Yadav who played well in IPL is expected to be in the Playing XI.

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

Ireland captain Gary Wilson announced that top-order batsman William Porterfield returned in the place of wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter.

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