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India matched Pakistan's 143-run victory over Windies in Karachi in May, with Sri Lanka's 172-run hammering of Kenya in Johannesburg in 2007 the only bigger win in terms of runs in T20I cricket.

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.

Since the tour of South Africa, this is the first time a full-strength Indian team will be seen in action. India instead, opted to go with Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina in the middle-order. However, India know that Ireland are no knock-overs. "The guys who couldn't get a chance today will get an opportunity in the next match". Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni were rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in March.

Nevertheless, Raina provides a sixth bowling option as well. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench.


Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will operate in tandem at the expense of young and talented Washington Sundar as Kohli would want his wreckers-in-chief to get a taste of the conditions early in the tour. If India win their matches against Ireland and England and other results go their way then they can get a major boost in the global standings. Since the 2017 Champions Trophy, India have played 32 ODIs and 18 T20Is, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah handling the new ball in 26 ODIs and 9 T20Is, respectively.

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

Going into the first T20I, Kohli and the team management will have a sweet dilemma over the selection of the playing XI. It remains to be seen if the think tank will bench either Kumar or Bumrah against Ireland to give other pacers some much needed overs.

Ireland replaced Stuart Poynter with William Porterfield to strengthen the batting with skipper Gary Wilson taking over the wicket-keeping duties but at halfway it looked mission impossible for their hopes of squaring the series.

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