In the end, Ireland fell well short on all counts as Kuldeep Yadav, the Player of the Match, claimed 4 wickets 21 and got India a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Rohit Sharma inspired India to a 76-run thrashing of Ireland in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Malahide. 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. The Indian team will then face England test who just hammered Australia in a 5-match ODI series. The series kicks off a long overseas tour for India with the team set to play England in an nearly two-month long tour starting next month.
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.
Their last encounter in T20Is came when India defeated Ireland by 15 runs during the 2009 ICC World T20 in England.
Ireland have won the toss, and have elected to field in their first T20I against India here.
Kohli will be playing his first match for India since the country's second T20I against South Africa in February earlier this year, a match which India lost.
While Raina also provides a sixth bowling option combined with his batting, India would also not want to drop Karthik, who is in sizzling form since March. Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni were rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in March. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench. Playing at home might be an advantage but here also they have a dismal record.
Ireland: Gary Wilson (capt/wk), Andy Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.
For India, the Ireland V. India series also offers a chance to move up from their third place in the global T20 rankings.