India look to kick off English summer on winning note


After it leaves Ireland, India has three T20I matches against England before facing the Englishmen in both ODIs and Test series.

Virat Kohli-led India kicked off their England tour preparations with a dominant 76-run win over Ireland here on Wednesday in the first of the two Twenty20 internationals (T20Is). The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.

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. We are going to be flexible in the next few T20s.

The dress rehearsal before the England series which will see India take on England in all three formats of the game; the two T20 internationals against Ireland are the lull before the storm.

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After thrashing Ireland in the 1st T20I, Team India is all set to face the Irish side in the final and T20I at Dublin.

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For Ireland, skipper Gary Wilson, former captain William Porterfield and all-rounder Kevin O'Brien are the ones to have T20 experience against an Indian team. Moreover, he also mentioned that the players in the squad, who didn't get an opportunity in the first contest, will get a chance in today's encounter.

India likely XI for 2nd T20I: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal.

India left for Dublin on Tuesday after having a practice session in London on Monday.

Skipper Virat Kohli and the in-form KL Rahul batted together in adjacent nets against spin and pace respectively.

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.

Overall, India and Ireland have played only four times, in three ODIs (the other two during 2011 and 2015 ODI World Cups) and a T20I in 2009 during the World T20 in England.