Ireland hammered by India in Malahide

Before departing to England earlier this week the Indian skipper felt not playing county could be a blessing in disguise as a break from the game has refreshed him completely

The dress rehearsal before the England series which will see India take on England in all three formats of the game; the two T20 internationals against Ireland are the lull before the storm.

The Indian team is now playing a two-match T20I series versus Ireland at the Malahide Cricket Ground in Dublin. The match will be played at The Village, Dublin.

Perhaps it was a marker of this crucial impending assignment that India made a decision to stay on and practice in London on Monday.

Suresh Raina was then sent in when Ireland eventually ended India's second-highest opening T20I stand.

Porterfield (14) saw his middle stump knocked back by Yadav and Shannon (two) became Siddarth Kaul's first global T20 wicket.

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For India, the two T20Is against Ireland will mark the onset of a long English summer for Virat Kohli & co, and perhaps it was a marker of this crucial impending assignment that India chose to stay on and practice in London on Monday, reports PTI. Virat Kohli said that Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested to make way for Umesh Yadav and Kaul.

Wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal snared seven wickets between them in Wednesday's win and are expected to retain their place for the clash. Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru. Indian opener Rohit Sharma top scored with 97, batting through to the final over before being bowled trying to go for the big hit that would have brought up his century. 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.

Earlier, put into bat, India had a new look opening pair with captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul taking the crease, as the team management looked to give maximum players time in the middle before the England series. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.

After it leaves Ireland, India has three T20I matches against England before facing the Englishmen in both ODIs and Test series.

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