India Vs Ireland 1st T20I Preview
After an ordinary performance in the tri-series, Ireland will host a two T20I series against Men In Blue. The dark horses in the major tournaments had poor records in their recent outings. The team faced 2 thrashes in their last tri-series. On the other side, Indian team may consider it as a practice session prior to their English outing.
Indian team are making their 1st International outing after their T20I series against Bangladesh in March. The Indian Premiere League has been a huge boost for the young talents like KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Chahal. If they continued their form, it will be a cake walk for the Kohli boys to succeed in Ireland.
Hosts are aiming for a upset for the well built Men In Blue. But it will not be a breeze for the Green and Whites as the recent records doesn't favors. Gary Wilson and boys have to make some new tactics and unexpected performances against the visitors.
Strirling will be the key batsmen for the side along with some notable backups from captain Wilson and Andrew Balbernie. Kevin O Brien is not having the same old form. Disappointing performances from the right hander caused many important games for the Irish side.
Managing the Indian batsmen's will be a tougher task for the Ireland bowlers. KL Rahul had an exceptional IPL tournament along with the skipper Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. MS Dhoni whom seemed to be in great touch in the IPL will give an experienced contender in the middle order. Dinesh Karthik's presence along with Hardik Pandya will surely be a nightmare for the Ireland bowlers.
Indian team dominates in the bowling order, comparing Peter Chase, Stuart Thompson led Ireland pace attack. Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar are having good records in T20I's. Young Simi Singh will be the spin strength for the Ireland team. Stirling's medium paces must do something special in the series. When Chahal, Sundar and Siddharth Kaul in the spin department, India displays a clear dominance in every aspect of the game.
India's last bout against the team in T20Is was at the 2009 World Cup. India was victorious in the match for 15 runs. As Indian team are making their first appearance at Dublin, we can expect a leisure trip from Kohli and team.
India Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya,MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Ireland Predicted XI: Gary Wilson , George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin/Peter Chase, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson
Match Date: 27 June 2018, Wednesday, 20:30 IST, 15:00 GMT, 16:00 LOCAL
Match Venue: Malahide Cricket Club Ground or The Village, Dublin, Ireland