Dublin: After comfortably clinching a win in the opening match, India will look to continue their dominant run and seal the two-match T20I series against Ireland when the two sides play the second match here at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground on Friday.
India will be heading into the match on the back of 76-run victory in the opening T20I in Dublin. A terrific opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and some smart bowling by the spinners saw India take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The openers shared a 160-run partnership and smashed 13 fours and 10 sixes between them.
Despite losing a cluster of wickets towards the end, India accumulated 208 runs for five in their stipulated 20 overs, setting Ireland a tough target of 209 runs to win.
In reply, Ireland kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, as India restricted them to 132 for 9 in 20 overs.
On a related note, after the Ireland series, the Kohli-led side will head to England for three-match T20I series, three-match ODI series and five Tests, beginning July 3.
The two squads are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar,
Ireland: Gary Wilson (capt/wk), Andy 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.