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Toss Winner - India won the toss and chose to bat first
India beat Ireland by 4 runs
Ireland to battle India in the series decider
We predict that India will defeat Ireland.
Tournament: India tour of Ireland, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Village - Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, Ireland | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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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 T20I was reduced to 12 overs for each side. India won the toss and elected to field first in the 1st T20I. Things went as per the plan as Ireland lost their first two wickets for 6. A superb knock from Harry Tector moved Ireland’s scorecard to 108 for the loss of 4 wickets. Indian openers started the innings with a bam. 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.
With the victory, India now have 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 have 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 put 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 Balbirnie got out on a duck, Stirling managed to score just 4 runs. Balbirnie has a strike rate of 140-plus at this ground. Batting all-rounder Gareth Delany will need to step up at third place.. He has an experience of 38 T20I games with 702 runs at a strike rate of 135.26.
Harry Tector was the only Irish batter that outperformed the Indian bowling unit. 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. 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. He will lead the pace attack with Josh Little and Mark Adair. 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 ICC World T20 in mind. Indian batters are exceptional against the spin. Instead of Andy McBrine, Ireland should go for bowling all-rounder Curtis Campher. He scored a half-century on his ODI debut against England back in 2020.
Key Players: Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Mark Adair.
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Conor Olphert, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Conor Olphert, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
Hardik Pandya is on the verge of winning a T20I series on his debut as a captain. Well, looks like winning the IPL this year was not the only thing on his checklist. India tried Deepak Hooda and Ishan Kishan pair as openers. The plan worked in favor of India as Kishan scored 26 runs off 11 deliveries with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Hooda then capitalized on the opportunity to score 47 runs in 29 deliveries. Kishan’s strike rate is 156.75 in the last 6 T20Is. This means Ruturaj Gaikwad will have a role to bat in the middle order. Suryakumar Yadav’s return didn’t go well for him as he got out on a first-ball duck. But his strike rate in T20Is is above 160. So, there is no problem with having an off-game.
Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Ruturaj Gaikwad will bat in the middle order. Pandya promoted himself to number 4 to score 24 runs with 3 gigantic sixes at a strike rate of 200. Karthik and Gaikwad might see their places swapped if it comes to that stage for India. Axar Patel can also be the option for India in the middle order.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will lead the bowling attack with Avesh Khan and Umran Malik. Kumar took 1 wicket for 16 in 3 overs that included one maiden. Avesh Khan once again went for over 10 runs. So does the debutant Umran Malik. Though Malik clocked 148 KMPH he went for 2 boundaries and a six against Harry Tector. He will still get his chances in the second game. On not so spin-friendly track, Yuzvendra Chahal gave just 11 runs in 3 overs and took a wicket. With world cup preparations on the line, he will continue to be in playing 11 over Ravi Bishnoi.
Key Players: Ishan Kishan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav.
Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dinesh Karthik, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Umran Malik, Avesh Khan.
Ravi Bishnoi, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel
Unfortunately, it will be a rainy and windy atmosphere throughout the game day. In fact, the rain is predicted all week. The temperature will range between 11 and 17°C. The wind will be flowing from the southwest at 28-39 kmh. The pitch is a batting paradise because of its shorter boundaries. We have seen many big scores and successful chases at the Village.
The 2nd T20I between Ireland and India will be played at The Village, Dublin. It is a home venue for Ireland and has hosted 1 test, 16 ODIs & 15 T20Is so far. Scotland has posted the highest T20I score of 252 for 3 against the Netherlands on this venue.
In 15 T20Is, teams have successfully chased the target on 9 occasions. Even in the last five games team batting second have won 4 times. The team winning the toss should field first.
Ireland has won 2 out of 5 games played at this venue. They haven’t won a T20I against the top 8 Test-playing nations since Jan 2020. India are unbeaten in the last 5 away games. They are yet to get beaten by Ireland (4 victories in 4 games). They have scored over 10 runs in every game played against Ireland. It looks like a comfortable victory for India.
We predict that India will defeat Ireland.
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