Ireland vs India 1st T20I: Rohit, Dhawan take India past 50

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Destructive T20 batsman Raina might get the nod ahead of Karthik despite the latter's recent showings in the shortest format of the game. Paul Stirling was in particularly good form, hitting half-centuries in both the games against Scotland on his way to a series aggregate of 176 runs. All good signs, but Graham Ford, the coach, knows that there are concerns. The second and last match of the tournament will be played on the same ground after two days. If India win their matches against Ireland and England and other results go their way then they can get a major boost in the worldwide standings. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.

"We are trying to find answers but we are starting from nearly nowhere; we are not a settled team, we don't know what our best combinations are", he said after the tri-series.

Preview: It's the dress rehearsal before the 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.

The team will play their first of two T20 matches against Ireland on 27 June at the Dublin stadium. The Irish have a history of upsetting the applecart of higher-rated teams, and India should be wary of the threat.

It indicated that India's first-choice eleven was functioning properly after a break of three months, and tuning itself for the England tour.

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It will be interesting to see whom among the trio of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey get a game with Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya filling up the No.6 and 7 spots.

Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni were rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in March. There are spin options in Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar too, and it might be tricky for the team management to leave players out.

Irrespective of the scope of team changes, on the strength of their batting and bowling, India will be firm favourites going into this second game. It should be entertaining all right.

It also confirms that Rahul will bat in the middle-order whenever an opportunity presents itself, and it could be as early as the next game, keeping the England series in mind.

Rahul is expected to walk into the side after his performances in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season with Kings XI Punjab.

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