Avesh Khan: The conditions here are good for the quicks with swing, we hope to use it well and pick wickets upfront. Every match is new, and playing for India makes me proud. Learning from the mistakes from the previous match is my aim. Learning from Bhuvi upfront and from the youngsters in the nets has been good. I’m only seven matches in, I hope to play for India as much as possible. We want to adapt to the conditions and do well today.
India vs Ireland Highlights today, Sunday 26-6-2022. 1st T20I, India tour of Ireland from The Village, Malahide, Dublin.
India won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Andy Balbirnie: Probably would have bowled due to the weather. Looks like a good wicket, hope we put runs on the board. The team is excited, and we hope to put up a good show. The new coach has told us to express ourselves. Conor Olphert makes his debut.
Hardik Pandya: Looking at the conditions, we will bowl. The weather’s been all over the place. The fans coming in and playing here is exciting. I’m lucky to represent and lead my country which will be special. All are professionals in the team, so my role is to allow them to play with freedom. Umran Malik makes his debut.
India team: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Umran Malik.
Ireland team: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Gareth Delany, 4 Harry Tector, 5 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 6 George Dockrell, 7 Mark Adair, 8 Andy McBrine, 9 Craig Young, 10 Josh Little, 11 Conor Olphert.
(Last five matches, most recent first)
Head to Head In T20I’s: 3
India Won: 3
Ireland Won: 0
Match Timings: 15:30 GMT | 16:30 Local
Umpires – Mark Hawthorne, Paul Reynolds
TV Umpires – Roly Black
Match Referee – Kevin Gallagher
Reserve Umpire – Jareth McCready
Match number – T20I no. 1580
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: There was a swing with the new ball, it got better after 5-6 overs. Thought it would get harder with the moisture but didn’t. It’s good to bowl the Test-match line and length, glad it worked out. Umran and other youngsters from around the world have made their debut because of the IPL which is great. We get good support wherever we go.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the POTM for his 1 for 11 off 3 overs: It’s very difficult to bowl in the cold, I felt like a finger spinner. But I had to adapt. The atmosphere under Hardik is chill, he gave me the freedom to execute my plans. I’m wearing three sweaters so am not comfortable.
Andy Balbirnie: When you do your warm-up after getting in, you want to play. Credit to the groundstaff for readying things up and allowing a game to go on. It was high-class bowlers bowling with assisting conditions in the first innings. We weren’t as good early on. There is belief in the batting line-up. Harry has been excellent in ODIs and was great here too.
Hardik Pandya: Great to start the series with a win, fortunate we got a game. Important for our team to start with a win. Umran was kept back after I had a chat with him, he’s more comfortable with the older ball and they batted fantastically. So hope he gets an opportunity. Some of the shots Harry played had me in awe. Look forward to him developing and taking Irish cricket again.