For India, the Ireland V. India series also offers a chance to move up from their third place in the worldwide T20 rankings. Dhoni didn't have much to do in the previous match as he batted in the dying stages of the Indian innings.
India left for Dublin on Tuesday after having a practice session in London on Monday. Virat Kohli's side were given the ideal preparation for more onerous tasks later on their tour when they made the most of warm conditions to post 208 for five off their 20 overs in the first of the two-match series. Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni were rested. KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik took their place in the side.
Ireland captain Gary Wilson, who top scored with 15, admitted his batsmen rolled over too easily, but they will learn from the games which, to the delight of Cricket Ireland, were played in front of two capacity crowds of nearly 10,000. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench.
Ireland was then skittled out for 70 in 12.3 overs, with spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav snapping up three wickets apiece. The weather is very sunny like the first match. The two teams have played just one T20I in the past, during 2009 T20 World Cup which India won by 15 runs. Dhoni and Raina are the other current' members from that playing eleven nine years ago.
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).
Ireland likely XI for 2nd T20I: Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson (c), Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter (wk), Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase.
The first T20I between India and Ireland will be played on Wednesday, June 27, while the second and final match will be held on Friday, June 29.
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