India thrash Ireland to sweep series

India thrash Ireland to sweep series

"We had enough positives out there to prove that we can play against teams like India, who are probably the best T20 team in the world", he continued.

India left for Dublin on Tuesday after having a practice session in London on Monday.

The openers shared a 160-run partnership and smashed 13 fours and 10 sixes between them.Despite losing a cluster of wickets towards the end, India accumulated 208 runs for five in their stipulated 20 overs, setting Ireland a tough target of 209 runs to win.

The second T20 worldwide between Ireland and India will take place on 29 June, 2018. Destructive T20 batsman Raina might get the nod ahead of Karthik despite the latter's recent showings in the shortest format of the game.

Even the absence of MS Dhoni, one of four changes to the India side from their victory in the first match on Wednesday, did not slow the tourists' progress. Since the tour of South Africa, this is the first time a full-strength Indian team will be seen in action.

Skipper Virat Kohli and the in-form KL Rahul batted together in adjacent nets against spin and pace respectively.

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At the fag end of the first half, a yellow card to Gabrin and Salman Al Faraj scored from a penalty to equalise. Both sides returned to the pitch for the remainder of the game after observing the 15 minutes compulsory rest.

On the bowling front, Kohli will be tempted to field both leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, giving them an early taste of conditions.

Rahul is expected to walk into the side after his performances in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season with Kings XI Punjab. Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru.

India had won that game at Nottingham by eight wickets with Rohit scoring an unbeaten half-century.

India can't lose the series now, so the team management has made a decision to field the players like Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Siddarth Kaul and Umesh Yadav, who missed the first outing. It remains to be seen if the think tank will bench either Kumar or Bumrah against Ireland to give other pacers some much needed overs.

Ireland likely XI for 2nd T20I: Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson (c), Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter (wk), Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase. The match will start at 8:30 PM IST on June 29.

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