India will look to finish their preparation for the England tour on a high, when they square off against Ireland in the second of the two-match Twenty20 International series on June 29 (Friday) in Dublin.
Meanwhile, India is currently leading the series 1-0 post their win in the first T20I by 76 runs. However, India did their share of experiment and it is likely to continue in the second game as well. Suresh Raina came into bat at one drop while the management left out inform Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul from the playing XI.
And with only one game before the England series, we might see this experimental trend extend. On the other hand, Ireland were also in the same line with the side giving young James Shannon and Simi Singh significant batting roles. After struggling against spin in the first outing, skipper Gary Wilson urged batsmen to tackle spin bowling better.
However, India is likely to rest Jasprit Bumrah, who is suffering from a slight niggle. This might make way for the debutant Siddarth Kaul, who has been in scintillating form in the recent past. Furthermore, Rahul is likely to get shot before the all-important England series.
Ireland is likely to bring seamer Joshua Little in the playing XI, otherwise, they are likely to field the same playing XI. With a full house, it will certainly be a cracker of a game for the fans.
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Stuart Poynter (wk), Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase, William Porterfield, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine
India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav
Ireland LTWLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
There is no change likely in the pitch or conditions. It continues to be high for Ireland, in terms of weather, and the flat pitch will stay as dry as it did throughout the opening game.
Stats and trivia
- Shikhar Dhawan is 42 runs away from becoming the sixth Indian to 1,000 T20I runs.
- Since June 2010, Suresh Raina has made only international fifty in this format.