India vs Ireland: How India might line up for 2nd T20

India vs Ireland: How India might line up for 2nd T20

Rohit Sharma's swashbuckling 61-ball 97 and 74 from Shikhar Dhawan set up India's 76-run victory against Ireland on Wednesday in the first game of a two-match Twenty20 series. However, India know that Ireland are no knock-overs.

It will be interesting to see whom among the trio of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey get a game with Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya filling up the No.6 and 7 spots.

"The middle order is something we can experiment with in T20 games", said Kohli.

The T20s against Ireland are only a precursor to the sterner tests in England, where the Virat Kohli-led side will tour next to play three T20s, three ODIS and five Test matches.

"We will look to throw in guys when the situation requires them to come in and try to surprise the opposition".

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India skipper Virat Kohli opted to not use in-form KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik in the first T20. In India Vs Ireland today's match, they'll be looking to put their best foot forward and be on their A game when they host India in Dublin.

There was a muted reception for Raina when he walked into bat, but uproar when Dhoni was next in. Peter Chase picked up four wickets for Ireland late on even as he went for 35 runs in the four overs.

Further, the top of the order is where it is most hard to bat in overseas conditions with the swinging ball; and considering this factor, the Indian management will want to give their first-choice openers game time to acclimatize to the conditions there.

This will also be a platform for the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuvzendra Chahal, who shared about 30 wickets between them during India's tour of South Africa. Low ranked but highly efficient on their day, the Irish have evolved over the years to play some fantastic, hard hitting cricket. It remains to be seen if the think tank will bench either Kumar or Bumrah against Ireland to give other pacers some much needed overs.