India are using their two T20 matches against Ireland to prepare for a long and gruelling tour against England who are in prime form. The first of the two T20 matches took place on June 27 at Dublin and India kick-started their tour on a winning note.
Dhawan & Sharma Create Fireworks
Ireland won the toss and sent India into bat and there was fireworks immediately as S Dhawan and R Sharma dispatched the Irish bowlers with relative ease. Dhawan (74) hit 5 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 164 while Sharma fell just short of a century (97) which included 8 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 159.
Captain Kohli promoted S Raina, MS Dhoni and H Pandya ahead of himself but there wasn’t much they could do as they had less than 3 overs left. India set Ireland a score of 208 which was always going to be difficult to chase down considering the quality of the Indian bowling attack.
Wrist Spinners Leave Ireland In A Tizzy
The two opening seamers in B Kumar and J Bumrah made it difficult for Ireland to get off to a good start. Bumrah took two wickets but it was the two wrist spinners that left Ireland in a tizzy and dismissed them for just 132. Y Chahal picked up 3 wickets but was expensive in his four overs while K Yadav picked up 4 wickets at just 5 runs per over. This was K Yadav’s first trip to the UK and he is quite ready to accept the challenge of playing against a marauding English T20 and ODI squad.
India Will Continue To Experiment With Batting Order
India will the second T20 against Ireland on Friday and captain Kohli says that they will continue to experiment with the batting order.
In a statement, Kohli said “Look, we’ve already announced we will experiment with the middle order a lot. Even in the next few T20 games, even in England, we will look to throw in guys and surprise the opposition. It presents an opportunity for those lower down the order to go in and bat at the top. In the next games, we will play the guys who did not play today. We’re going to give everyone a go in this series. The management and me as captain decided it.”