Ireland hammered by India in Malahide

The second T20I match of India tour of Ireland, 2018 is scheduled today.

The games will mark the onset of a long summer for the Indian team, with sterner tests against England to follow this short series in Malahide on the outskirts of Dublin.

Nevertheless, Raina provides a sixth bowling option as well. The two teams have played just one T20I in the past, during 2009 T20 World Cup which India won by 15 runs. India would also not want to drop Dinesh Karthik, who is in sizzling form since March.

Ireland will return to action in August when they host Afghanistan in three T20Is and three ODIs in August, with India now off to Old Trafford for Tuesday's first Twenty20 global against England, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (401) from 5pm. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench, despite scoring 255 runs in 8 T20Is this year against South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at an average of 85.

Wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal snared seven wickets between them in Wednesday's win and are expected to retain their place for the clash. He played only 4 dot balls in the innings.

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Kaul is also yet to make his T20I debut, while Yadav played his only T20I back in 2012.

It's a rare occasion when the former Indian skipper had to sit out despite being in the squad.

Ireland replaced Stuart Poynter with William Porterfield to strengthen the batting with skipper Gary Wilson taking over the wicket-keeping duties but at halfway it looked mission impossible for their hopes of squaring the series. A busy period of T20 internationals sees 13 matches being played around the world over the next two weeks. McBrine, 25, is an offspinning allrounder who has already played 30 ODIs and 19 T20Is, though his last T20I was in March 2017.

All eyes will be on Kohli's selection of his pace unit as it will be interesting to see if India go with their trusted duo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar in Ireland as they will be wary of the workload their all-format bowlers will have during the England series.

  • Lawrence Cooper