India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli and Co. eye T20I series sweep vs Ireland

first_imgIndia are likely to test their bench strength when they take on Ireland in the second and final Twenty20 International in Dublim on Friday.India skipper Virat Kohli had hinted at giving other players in the squad a “go in the series” and may include Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Umesh Yadav in the playing XI at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground.Apart for changes, India may continue with middle-order experiment in the second match as well.India had shuffled their middle order in their 76-run victory over Ireland in the first T20I, allowing the likes of Suresh Raina and all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bat up the order.”Look, we’ve already announced we will experiment with the middle-order a lot. Even in the next few T20 games, even in England, we will look to throw in guys and surprise the opposition,” Kohli had said after the first match.Yuzvendra Chahal not intimidated by England’s tall ODI scoresHigh on confidence, India will look to finish off their assignments in Ireland on a winning note.India were runaway winners in Wednesday’s opening T20I, scoring 208/5 in their 20 overs, with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan contributing 97 and 74 runs, respectively before wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared seven wickets between them to restrict Ireland to 132/9.It indicated that India’s first-choice eleven was functioning properly after a break of three months, and tuning itself for the England tour.Virat Kohli plans to repeat Dublin tactics vs EnglandIndia will have an advantage from the fact that the pitch for the second T20I is expected to play much in the same fashion as on Wednesday.advertisementKohli’s mantra of giving chances to those sitting on the bench could be extended to the bowling line-up as well, where both Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul are raring to go and longing for game time.Leaving out all-rounder Hardik Pandya for three full-time pacers and two spinners still gives Kohli five bowling options, enabling him to leave out Suresh Raina and Manish Pandey and bring in both Rahul and Karthik.Nets ready.#IREvIND (@BCCI) June 28, 2018On the other hand, Ireland will need to work on their batting, which fell like nine pins to India’s wrist spin twins — Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.Barring opener James Shannon’s 60 off 35 balls, none of the Irish batsmen could apply themselves and all they could afford was the dull sweep shot against the Indian spinners.While an upset looks improbable, Ireland are more than capable of springing a surprise or two on home soil.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul.Ireland: Gary Wilson (Captain & WK), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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