Ireland T20I: Team India aims winning start to English summer

1st T20I Preview India Keen On Winning Start To English Summer

Team India will look to start their English summer on a positive note

Starting today India begin their tour of Ireland with the first T20 global of the two-match series set to be played at 8:30pm IST. In the first T20I against Ireland, batting first, India posted a healthy total of 208 in 20 overs.

Their last encounter in T20Is came when India defeated Ireland by 15 runs during the 2009 ICC World T20 in England. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.

In KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul, India have four in-form players to unleash at Ireland.

The T20s against Ireland are only a precursor to the sterner tests in England, where the Virat Kohli-led side will tour next to play three T20s, three ODIS and five Test matches.

"We know what William can do as he has done it before in T20 cricket, but we wanted to go with Shannon", Smyth added.

"The middle order is something we can experiment with in T20 games", said Kohli.

The third-ranked T20I team are expected to thrash their 17th-ranked opponents but the short series will provide India much-needed time to get their combinations right. If skipper Kohli wants to try his bench in the second T20I then pacer Umesh Yadav might also earn a spot in the Playing XI.

"We will have the same positive mindset we had for the first game and I definitely expect us to get closer to India".

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.

India's first-wicket partnership underpinned their innings, Rohit and Dhawan finding and often clearing the boundary rope easily as they put Ireland's bowlers to the sword.

Fast bowler Chase then cleaned up Rohit, who fell three runs short of a record-equalling third T20 worldwide hundred, and was handed his fourth wicket when India captain Virat Kohli was pouched at deep midwicket.

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