Ireland will be keen to establish itself in the big league. However, India is ranked much higher compared to Ireland, and this could be the deciding factor of the match. The experience and talent of the Men in Blue will pose a major problem to the Irish side.
The Village, Malahide, Dublin will decide who will win the first T20I. It appears as though Indian team will win as the team is far superior in batting and bowling. However, how well the team copes with the bounce and pace will determine the outcome of the first T20I.
Virat Kohli is the captain of the Indian team. The other team members include Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul, and Umesh Yadav.
The Irish team also has fair share of good players, but after losing the matches in the recently concluded Tri-series in the Netherlands, the team’s morale will be low. The Irish squad has players like Gary Wilson, Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O Brien, William Porterfield, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Stuart Thompson, and Craig Young.
The first T20I between India and Ireland may see India winning. Here are some reasons why India could win this encounter:
Virat Kohli is an aggressive and strategic captain
Dinesh Karthik, a right handed batsman and a wicket keeper, will offer the keen eye behind the stumps
Rohit Sharma will be looking to cement his place in the team with one more stellar performance
Both Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav are good bowlers and capable of taking wickets to cripple the Irish batting lineup
You can expect Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav to also take wickets
MS Dhoni’s experience will be of great help and his ability to bat in the death overs makes a huge difference to the team
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an all-rounder and has the ability to transform the game with his performance