No ton for Rohit; Peter Chase takes four
The crowd waited long to see Virat Kohli bat. He kept pushing himself down the order. Finally he came out to bat at No.5, played one dot ball and then holed out of the next. That followed a crazy (in this game) sequence when Peter Chase got Dhoni, Rohit and Kohli out in a space of four deliveries. He ends with a four-fer.
Rohit, who could have become the second batsman to score three T20I hundreds (behind Colin Munro) fell for 97. India still have 208. Surely that’s beyond Ireland? Don’t write off anything in sport!
Dhawan falls after 160-run stand
Some respite for Ireland and Kevin O’Brien as Thompson finally gets one to stick at long-on. Dhawan falls for a gentle 74. !
Rohit Sharma is on his way to another t20 hundred but he has been helped by some grade 1 profligacy from the hosts. Notably from Stuart Thompson who dropped the Indian opener when on 66. Must say, the quality of cricket on display (from the side in lime green) has been quite shoddy. India batting in fourth gear and still will get 200.
Rohit, Dhawan continue to pummel Ireland
Different bowlers are delivering the ball at different speeds, Rohit and Dhawan are just hitting them all to the boundaries. This is getting painful for Ireland. But not as painful as what the Germans must be going through. They are OUT OF THE FOOTBALL WORLD CUP! No. This is not a joke!
Steady from spin
Perhaps that’s the way to go for Ireland? George Dockrell has given just 13 from his two over but Simi Singh has been heaved away once into the stands by Rohit Sharma in a 12-run first over.
Rohit glides along
Rohit takes his time (like always) but then he stands tall to play a square cut, you know he is in the mood. Shikhar Dhawan meanwhile has been on a rampage, showing particular liking for someone straight over the bowlers’ arm. Four sixes for him in the powerplay. While Rohit has 24 off 21 in the powerplay, Dhawan is striking at 200. He has 30 off 15. India have 59 in 6!
Dhawan lays in to Stu Thompson
Not sure why Rankin wasn’t asked to bowl the third over after a fine first over. Dhawan, fresh of a century before lunch on Day 1 of a Test, deposits one into the stands behind both long on and long off. 17 runs off the third. Pressure now on Ireland, who’ve struggled with the ball in T20 cricket.
The anthems are done. Boyd Rankin has the ball. Here are Dhawan and Rohit!
A good one-run first over from Boyd Rankin but India pick up 10 from the second bowled by Chase. A leg by for four and then Rohit gets a thick inside edge for another four.
Stat Alert: 100 T20Is for India
India is the seventh side to play 100 T20Is – their win% of 62.63 is bettered only by Afghanistan's 66.67%.
MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina are the two players to feature in both maiden match in 2006 & the 100th match.#IREvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 27, 2018
No KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik or Umesh Yadav
All those runs in the IPL don’t merit Rahul a place in the starting XI. Dinesh Karthik’s Nidahas Trophy heroics in India’s last T20I is not enough as well. Well… well… well. Why don’t you send us what you make of those calls? Tweet to @kaushik_cb
@kaushik_cb its really unfair to leave out Karthik from the playing eleven after stupendous innings in the nidahas trophy final he deserves his chance ahead of pandey as a finisher
— Sairam Yalamarthy (@satyasairam_y) June 27, 2018
Meanwhile, here are the teams:
Ireland (Playing XI): Gary Wilson(c), Paul Stirling, James Shannon, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Stuart Poynter(w), Kevin O Brien, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
This is what Kohli had to say:
We have played the format enough, we played IPL for two months, so we don’t need to practise much as we are used to it. Weather is something that we took time in getting used to. The wind is very cool so it a good change from heat back home. My neck is absolute fine, I was 70% a month ago but now I am fit and fine
Toss – Ireland elect to bowl
Understandable selection in a T20 game from Gary Wilson. See what the opposition and the pitch does and use the advantage of a target to plan your batting.
Ireland confirm that they’ve left out Andy McBrine and William Porterfield. Murali Kartik doesn’t remember to ask Virat Kohli the same question.
Life in Indian cricket is always a little frenetic. To that effect, the last one month (the IPL final was held on this day, a month back) has been rather quiet despite a two-day Test match in Bengaluru against Afghanistan.
Now Kohli & Co. are on the road. To the UK, where they had quite a forgettable time back in 2014. The five Tests against England beginning on August 1 are going to be the highlight but keep an eye out on those three ODIs – India and England are perhaps the two best sides heading into the World Cup year.
But before we get to that, there’s a small matter of 5 T20Is to play. And it begins with a two-match series against Ireland. A good start will go a long way in getting India going on the tour.
Portentously, It’s a nice and sunny day in Dublin. So far, so good!
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