India vs Ireland 1st T20: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave a solid start to team India in their first T20I against Ireland at The Village, Dublin. In the first of the two T20Is, Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl first. After winning the toss, Wilson said “India chase well but we have to look at our own game. We’ve had four games and a game against Sussex, the prep has been good. Hopefully, we can cause an upset.” Ireland chose to rest Porterfield and McBrine.
As for Kohli, “We would have bowled first as well. But on the outside, the sun is out and the wicket will play well. Not a bad thing. We practised in London, and the guys have played IPL cricket as well. If it was Test cricket, time could have been a problem. The weather is something we’ve got to get used to. I was 70% a month ago and feeling good now.” India had left out KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik Umesh Yadav, Sid Kaul and Washington Sundar.
The series is supposed to provide Indian team with the preparation needed for their two-month-long tour of England where they will play three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. The match will also mark the return of India’s limited-overs specialists in blue colours.
Ireland, on the other hand, have been playing against top nations mostly in world events. Their big moment arrived earlier this year when they made their Test debut against Pakistan. Ireland is known for pulling off upsets and are hosting India only for the second time in their international cricketing history – and the first time in a T20I series. Led by Gary Wilson, the Irish team will leave no stone unturned to make life tough for India.