India vs Ireland 1st T20I at Dublin

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

India launched its tour with a 78-run thrashing of Ireland in the first T20I in Dublin on Wednesday. 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.

By playing the T20 tournament, India will get time to acclimatise themselves with the alien conditions of United Kingdom, where they will face England in all formats of the game right after the Ireland tour gets over.

For India, the Ireland V. India series also offers a chance to move up from their third place in the worldwide T20 rankings.

MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya came in at the fall of the next two wickets before Kohli made a decision to go in with just three balls remaining. The two T20Is is a good opportunity for the team before they take on England side. "However, our fielding was not up to the mark, which we will look to improve", the right-handed batsman remarked.

Malahide must have felt like home for India on Wednesday given they were playing in warm temperatures more commonly associated with Delhi rather than Dublin, while over half of the 9,000 crowd were supporting the tourists.

India will play their final Twenty20 against Ireland on Friday before taking on England in a three-match series starting July 3 - with all matches live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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Predicted playing XI: Kohli (c) Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Raina, Dhoni (wk), Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Umesh, Kaul.

"We had enough positives out there to prove that we can play against teams like India, who are probably the best T20 team in the world", he continued.

James Shannon provided the only Irish resistance with the bat, hitting 60 from 35 balls.

The rest of the line-up failed as Indian wrist-spinning duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared seven wickets among them. A busy period of T20 internationals sees 13 matches being played around the world over the next two weeks.

"I know 76 runs is a big margin in T20 cricket, but if we can negate the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal then that will stand us in good stead for getting a better result".

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