India vs Ireland, 2nd T20I: Everything you need to know

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

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. With Jasprit Bumrah injuring his thumb during the first T20I, Kohli might be tempted to give the pacer a rest and bring in either Umesh or uncapped Siddharth Kaul.

While Rohit Sharma (97 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) were the stars with the bat, the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged seven wickets between them.

Virat Kohli believes a flexible batting order will help keep India's opponents guessing while the team is in Ireland and England. However, India know that Ireland are no knock-overs.

For India, there were wholesale changes in the pace bowling department. Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru.

Predicted playing XI: Kohli (c) Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Raina, Dhoni (wk), Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Umesh, Kaul.

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

After the win on Wednesday, the India skipper has said: "We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order". However, Rohit missed a well-deserved century. Dhoni and Raina are the other current' members from that playing eleven nine years ago. The Indian cricket team have a full-strength squad to pick from, with captain Virat Kohli back in the team after nursing a neck injury.

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.

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.

  • Rosalie Stanley