Indian cricket team to play two twenty20 internationals against Ireland ahead of big England tour starting from July 3rd. Ireland to host India for first T20I match 27 June meanwhile second twenty20 game scheduled to play on June 29, 2018. The 1st t20 will begin at 8:30 PM IST.
Dublin to host both T20Is game between Ireland and India. Men in Blue to play three twenty20s, 3 One-Days and 5 tests in England, hence it will be a great opportunity for Virat Kohli team to get prepared for one of the toughest tours of the cricketing season.
Virat Kohli and Co. will look to start good against Irish team so that blue team gets better practice ahead of English tour. The biggest challenge Indian team will be facing is to familiar with conditions as ball swings quite decently in England and Ireland region.
This is the first occasion when India to play Ireland in T20 bilateral series. Both teams met just once in a twenty20 international and it was in 2009 ICC World T20 in which India registered comfortable win of 8 wickets. Ireland is coming into this game by winning just one game in the tri-series involved Netherlands and Scotland.
Team India had few changes in the original squad announced earlier as Ambati Rayudu missed the tour due to fitness Yo-Yo test. Mohammed Shami also failed to pass the test. So BCCI selectors made changes and Suresh Raina got the lucky chance to be the part of Indian team.
The squads for both the teams as follows.
India T20I Squad
Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Lokesh Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
Ireland T20I Squad
Gary Wilson (Captain), Peter Chase, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Simi Singh, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Andrew Balbirnie, James Shannon, George Dockrell, Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Thompson.
Men in Blue will definitely be favorite against Ireland in the Twenty20 series as well as in the first T20 game. However India can’t take lightly Irish side as few days back Scotland defeated England in a high score ODI game. Still Indian is favourite and they have got 65 percent win chances.
What do you think which team will win first twenty20? India or Ireland? Share your views in the comments.