Last Update on: June 26th, 2022 at 02:56 pm
India is on a short trip to Ireland for two T20Is before heading to England for a full-fledged series. The two T20Is will be played at The Village ground in Dublin on June 26 and 28. This is the Men in Blues’ second trip to Ireland after their first in 2018.
India will be led by Hardik Pandya while Andrew Balbirnie will lead the Irish side. Both the teams shave announced their squads. While BCCI has announced a 17-member squad, Cricket Ireland has named a 14-member squad. The Irish skipper spoke about the series as a big opportunity to rub shoulders with the best of Indian T20 players who are fresh from an IPL season.
“It’s a huge occasion for us. They have such a number of experienced players in T20 format. They have a squad in England for the Test match and then there’s a squad that’s coming down to Ireland to play us in T20s. They are all looking to impress” said Balbirnie to TOI.
India and Ireland have played three T20Is in the past with India winning all the games. The two teams first met in the 2009 T20 World Cup. Nine years later in 2018, India won 2-0 and here they are again for another series. The Indian team management has a chance to try out various permutations and combinations as they try to seek a proper playing combination.
IND vs IRE: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of The Village Stadium in Dublin – India Tour Of Ireland 2022, 1st T20I
The venue has hosted 18 T20Is ahead of the first game between both sides. 11 matches have been won by the team chasing while seven matches were won by the team batting first. The average first innings score is 153 while the average second innings score drops down to 136.
Rain is expected to play spoilsport in both games as per Weather.com. The match starts at 4.30 pm local time which is 9 pm IST. There is a 90 per cent chance of rain during the day and almost 50 per cent in the evening.