Clinical India humiliate Ireland by 143 runs for biggest T20 win

India take on Ireland in a two-match T20I series at the Malahide Cricket Ground Club in the lead-up to the much-anticipated full tour against England next month.

India warmed up for their tour of England with a routine 76-run victory over Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday in their 100th-ever T20I game.

Virat Kohli believes a flexible batting order will help keep India's opponents guessing while the team is in Ireland and England. The match can also be streamed live on the SonyLiv app.

With a set opening combination in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, and Kohli at No.3, Lokesh Rahul seems a likely starter for the No.4 spot in the absence of Ajinkya Rahane.

Ireland captain Gary Wilson announced that top-order batsman William Porterfield returned in the place of wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter.


KL Rahul (70 off 36) and Suresh Raina (69 off 45) did the bulk of the damage in the first 17.3 overs after Virat Kohli (9) fell cheaply for the second game running, before Hardik Pandya (32no off 9) nailed four sixes in a brisk but devastating innings as India racked up their fourth-highest T20I score. We are going to be flexible in the next few T20s. While the first half of the match offered great entertainment with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan going hammer and tongs, the second innings proved to be rather tiresome with the hosts managing just 132 in reply to India's 208.

With Pandya as the third seaming option, it will also be interesting to see whether medium pacer Siddharth Kaul makes his India debut after an impressive stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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

Earlier, put into bat, India had a new look opening pair with captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul taking the crease, as the team management looked to give maximum players time in the middle before the England series.

Porterfield (14) saw his middle stump knocked back by Yadav and Shannon (two) became Siddarth Kaul's first global T20 wicket. So it is clear that India will win the match like the previous match against Ireland.


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