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Ireland vs India, 1st T20I
A short trip to Ireland for a two match T20I series will provide the Indian team some much-needed acclimatization time ahead of their two-month long tour of England. It isn’t often that a Test series against England is preceded by a host of limited overs assignments but India have that luxury this time round as they play five T20Is (two against Ireland and three against England), three ODIs against England before their five-Test series.
While some of India’s Test regulars who are part of the T20I and ODI squads will look at the upcoming games as an opportunity to fine tune their skills and get their game in order for the tougher assignments in store, the entire limited-overs contingent will also embrace the matches as a chance to prove their credentials ahead of the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England and Wales this time next year.
The prime-time slots for Ireland, in terms of playing against the top-ranked teams, have been mostly limited to world events, but their big draw event happened earlier this year when they hosted Pakistan for their Test debut. A series against India, albeit in the shortest format, will be their biggest ever hosting opportunity and the team will be keen to prove that they aren’t push-overs. They are hosting India for only the second time in their international cricketing history – and the first time in a T20I series – and they’ll approach the two matches eager to prove that their are able competitors.
When: Wednesday, June 27 at 4:00 PM Local time (8:30 PM IST)
Where: The Village, Dublin
What to expect: It has been close to three years since a T20I has been played at Malahide. A total of 160 has been scaled only twice here, which happened in the game between Afghanistan and Hong Kong in the World T20 Qualifier in July 2015 when the latter chased down a target of 162. With warm conditions on the match day, the pitch could be drier than usual.
Ireland: “Our deliberations were around finding a side that was competitive now, but with an eye on the future,” Andrew White, the chairman of selectors, had said after announcing the Ireland squad for the two matches. Gary Wilson will continue to lead Ireland while the selectors recalled offspinner Andy McBrine and left-arm pacer Joshua Little in place of Barry McCarthy and Craig Young.
India: With a host of proven performers to choose from, the Indian think-tank will have some selection headaches ahead of the two games. Their middle-order options include Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik and it might come to a toss up between these three for one spot. Umesh Yadav is also part of the squad, having last played a T20I in August 2012, but it remains to be seen if he gets a look in straightaway.
Did you know?
– This will be the first bilateral T20I involving Ireland and India. They have played only one T20I before this – during the 2009 World T20 in which India registered an eight wicket win.
– Virat Kohli needs 17 runs to become the first Indian and the third player overall to reach the 2000-run mark in T20Is for men. He’ll also become the fastest to the mark should he get there within the next nine matches. Brendon McCullum, the first to 2000 runs, got there in 67 matches while Martin Guptill took 73 matches to the milestone. Kohli also holds the record for being the fastest to the 1000 runs in T20Is.
– If Umesh Yadav makes it to the final XI, it will be his first appearance after missing 64 T20Is – the most missed by a player for India. His only game in the format came in Pallekele in Aug 2012.
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.
England vs Australia, Only T20I
Australia have welcomed some fresh faces who were not part of the one-day squad. Batsman Nic Maddinson, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson and seam-bowling all-rounder Jack Wildermuth have joined the party which should at least add some fresh energy while Aaron Finch will lead the side with Alex Carey taking the gloves from 50-over captain Tim Paine. It looks a more dynamic set of players than the rather pedestrian group which contested the ODI series.
The tourists are in excellent form in T20I cricket with a far more impressive recent record in the format than England’s. Australia, who head to Zimbabwe for an T20I tri-series also involving Pakistan after this match, won the Trans Tasman Tri-Series during the winter, defeating England twice in the group stage, and have been victorious in their last six consecutive games and nine of 13 in total since the 2016 World T20. In contrast, England have lost four of their last five matches in this format.
What to expect: The sun has been baking the UK for the past few days and the pitch at Edgbaston is expected to be hard and true with some pace which should allow the batsmen to fill their boots. The sun is set to be shining for the match as well.
Assistant coach Paul Farbrace confirmed that Jos Buttler will open the batting for just the second time at the international T20 level which means Alex Hales at three and Jonny Bairstow likely to fit into the middle order. David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan should make up the seam-bowling attack with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali – plus Joe Root if necessary – providing the spin.
Batsman Glenn Maxwell should return to the side after missing the final two ODIs with a shoulder injury while D’Arcy Short, so explosive for Hobart Hurricanes during the last Big Bash, will likely partner Finch at the top of the order. Given the batting-friendly conditions expected, leggie Mitchell Swepson may play alongside Ashton Agar in a dual spin attack.
Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Travis Head, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jhye Richardson, Nic Maddinson, Jack Wildermuth, Mitchell Swepson
England (From): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Curran, Jake Ball, Chris Jordan
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