Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

Ireland vs India - Highlights & Stats

When is India v/s Ireland 2nd T20I? Dhoni didn't have much to do in the previous match as he batted in the dying stages of the Indian innings.

Perhaps it was a marker of this crucial impending assignment that India chose to stay on and practice in London on Monday. Since the tour of South Africa, this is the first time a full-strength Indian team will be seen in action. Virat Kohli's side were given the flawless preparation for more onerous tasks later on their tour when they made the most of warm conditions to post 208 for five off their 20 overs in the first of the two-match series.

Joining Dhoni on the sidelines were Shikhar Dhawan and, as expected, the two opening bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India would also not want to drop Dinesh Karthik, who is in sizzling form since March. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench.

It's a rare occasion when the former Indian skipper had to sit out despite being in the squad.

Ireland replaced Stuart Poynter with William Porterfield to strengthen the batting with skipper Gary Wilson taking over the wicket-keeping duties but at halfway it looked mission impossible for their hopes of squaring the series. Despite touring England in 2011 and 2014, this is the Men in Blue's first visit here since 2007 when they played a solitary ODI at Belfast.

KL Rahul (70 off 36) and Suresh Raina (69 off 45) did the bulk of the damage in the first 17.3 overs after Virat Kohli (9) fell cheaply for the second game running, before Hardik Pandya (32no off 9) nailed four sixes in a brisk but devastating innings as India racked up their fourth-highest T20I score.

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. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.

India Vs Ireland today's match starts at 8:30 pm IST and will be shown on Sony Six.

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