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India vs Ireland, Ireland Playing XI vs India, 2nd T20I (Predicted)- IRE vs IND 2nd T20I. Ireland is all geared up to tie the 2-match T20I series against India at The Village, Dublin on 28th June from 9:00 pm. India won the first T20I by 7 wickets and 16 balls in hand. Due to the rain interruption, the 1st T20I was reduced to 12 overs for each side. India won the toss and they elected to field first in the 1st T20I. Things went according to the plan as Ireland lost their first two wickets for 6.

India vs Ireland
India vs Ireland (Credits: Getty)

However, a superb knock from Harry Tector moved Ireland’s scorecard to 108 for the loss of 4 wickets. Indian openers started the innings aggressively. It was the 3rd over when they lost back-to-back wickets. But skipper Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda dominated the Irish bowling attack to chase the target in just 9.2 overs.

Harry Tector (Image Credits: Twitter)
Harry Tector (Image Credits: Twitter)

With the victory, India now has won all 4 T20Is against Ireland. They are on the verge of being unbeaten in the T20I series for the fifth time. They have won 9 out of 11 T20Is played this year. On the other hand, Ireland has 5 victories and 4 losses in 9 T20Is played this year.

It was clearly seen in the 1st T20I that the Ireland team lacks the resistance to fight against the top Test-playing nations. But a 12-over game doesn’t judge your overall performance. Most likely, Ireland will go with the same team for the second T20I. Skipper Andrew Balbirnie will open with Paul Stirling. Both openers failed to score big in the first game.

While Andrew Balbirnie got out on a duck, Paul Stirling managed to score just 4 runs. Andrew Balbirnie has a strike rate of 140-plus at this ground. Batting all-rounder Gareth Delany will need to step up at the third place. He has an experience of 38 T20I games with 702 runs at a strike rate of 135.26.

Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie[photo: AFP]
Harry Tector was the only Irish batter that outperformed the Indian bowling unit. Harry Tector played an unbeaten knock of 64 runs in 33 balls that included 6 fours and 3 sixes. This was his second consecutive half-century score. Harry Tector has scored 174 runs in his last 4 T20Is.

Wicket-keeper batter Lorcan Tucker scored 18 runs in 16 balls in the 1st game. He will be in the playing 11 as Ireland doesn’t have an option for him on the bench.

Ireland can try uncapped Stephen Doheny who finished the domestic season with 158 runs at an average of 52.67 in the Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy. Except for Craig Young, Ireland’s bowling attack couldn’t handle the Indian batting lineup. Young took back-to-back wickets of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav in his 1st over and finished the game with 2 wickets for 18 runs in 2 overs.

Craig Young
Craig Young Photo Credit: (Twitter)

He will lead the pace attack with Josh Little and Mark Adair. Mark Adair has 59 wickets in 40 T20Is. The debut game for Conor Olphert didn’t go as per the plan.

But Ireland will expose him more to international cricket keeping the forthcoming 2022 ICC World T20I in mind. Indian batters are exceptional against the spin attack. Instead of Andy McBrine, Ireland should go for bowling all-rounder Curtis Campher.

India vs Ireland, Ireland Playing XI vs India, 2nd T20I (Predicted)- IRE vs IND 2nd T20I

The hosts need to put in place a good strategy in order to go past the Indian lineup. Their efforts were clearly seen in the first T20I, but they were not enough to tackle the visitors. Skipper Andrew Balbirnie might continue with the same combination, that is set in the conditions, in order to avoid any unforeseen risk.

Andrew Balbirnie

Andrew Balbirnie
Andrew Balbirnie. Image-Sky Sports.

Swashbuckling batter Andrew Balbirnie will be one of India’s biggest threats in the upcoming 2-match T20I series. The Irish opener has been terrific at the top of the order for his side and has led from the front with the bat. The skipper of the Ireland team since 2019, Andrew Balbirnie so far has represented Ireland in 68 T20Is where he has 1,429 runs at an average of 23.81.

But the most impressive part of Andrew Balbirnie’s batting is his scoring rate at the top of the order. Known for giving his team strong starts, Andrew Balbirnie gets the runs quickly and has had a strike rate of over 126. He was dismissed for a 2-ball duck by veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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