India thrash Ireland to sweep series

Kohli and Co. gear up for Ireland T20Is

Ireland will return to action in August when they host Afghanistan in three T20Is and three ODIs in August, with India now off to Old Trafford for Tuesday's first Twenty20 global against England, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (401) from 5pm. The 29-year-old believes that a flexible batting order will help keep India's opponents guessing while they are in Ireland and England.

Perhaps it was a marker of this crucial impending assignment that India made a decision to stay on and practice in London on Monday. After the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Ireland bowlers did well to claw back.

Despite the victory, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, talked about chopping and changing in the T20I format.

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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.

On the bowling front, Kohli will be tempted to field both leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, giving them an early taste of conditions. 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. Despite touring England in 2011 and 2014, this is the Men in Blue's first visit here since 2007 when they played a solitary ODI at Belfast.

India were runaway winners in Wednesday's opening T20I, scoring 208/5 in their 20 overs, with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan contributing 97 and 74 runs, respectively before wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared seven wickets between themselves to restrict Ireland to 132/9.

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Switzerland also advanced after a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica and will next face Sweden on Tuesday in St. Serbia was eliminated, finishing third in the group behind Switzerland.

Sony Six and Sony Six HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India.

Rahul is expected to walk into the side after his performances in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) season with Kings XI Punjab.

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.

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Neymar has been frustrated with the play of the national team, and he dropped to his knees and sobbed after the Costa Rica match. Sweden and Germany are both on the same number of points, with the same for and against and the same goals scored.

The match begins at 8.30 pm IST.

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