Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

Virginia Santiago
June 30, 2018

As it happened The victory margin is also the joint second largest victory in T20Is, behind the record 172-run win for Sri Lanka against Kenya in 2007.

However, the 2nd wicket partnership between KL Rahul and Suresh Raina added some valuable runs for India.

Since the tour of South Africa, this is the first time a full-strength Indian team will be seen in action.

With Rahul in contention for a starting spot in the middle order, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik will be left jostling for two spots.

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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. "The guys who couldn't get a chance today will get an opportunity in the next match". The Indian side is looking good and strong.

The T20Is against Ireland are only a precursor to the sterner tests in England, where the Virat Kohli-led side will tour next to play three T20Is, three One-day Internationals (ODI) and five Test matches.

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.

Wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal snared seven wickets between them in Wednesday's win and are expected to retain their place for the clash.

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For India, there were wholesale changes in the pace bowling department.

Earlier, put into bat, India had a new look opening pair with captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul taking the crease, as the team management looked to give maximum players time in the middle before the England series. Siddharth Kaul was in the Indian squad for the home ODIs against Sri Lanka in December, but was not picked ahead of Kumar-Bumrah. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.

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.

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