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Preview: 1st T20 India vs Ireland



India will play 2 T20s against Ireland at The Village in Dublin.

These will be held on 26th and 28th June.

VVS Laxman will take over from head coach Rahul Dravid for these two matches as the latter is with the Indian test squad in England.

Hardik Pandya will skipper the Indian side and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the vice captain.

Andy Balbirnie will be the Ireland captain.

Team News

There will be some changes in the Indian squad as many regulars like Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are in England for Test match duties.

Dinesh Karthik is most likely to keep wickets in his place.

Kishan is likely to open the innings with Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Gaikwad will hope to turn things around against Ireland and book a place in the T20 World Cup squad.

Suryakumar Yadav who is back after injury is set to replace Iyer at number 3.

It will be a toss up between Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi for the number four spot.

Samson is more experienced but Tripathi might get the nod due to his exploits in he IPL.

The Dublin wicket is not known to aid spin so Arshdeep Singh might replace Axar Patel.

Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan are certainties after their superb performances against South Africa.

Umran Malik might miss out but could get a chance in the 2nd T20 match.

Ireland, on the other, have given a maiden call-up to top-order batter Stephen Doheny as Kevin O’Brien has retired.

Fast bowler Conor Olphert is the other uncapped player in the squad.

Paul Stirling is fresh from scoring runs in the T20 Blast and Ireland will be expecting a lot from him.

The last time Ireland took the field, it was way back in February this year against UAE in the final of the ICC men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier where they lost by 7 wickets.

Harry Tector was the top run scorer for Ireland in the series with 116 runs at 38.6.

Paul Stirling also made 116 at an average of 23.20 while Gareth Delany contributed 113.

Andy Balbirnie is probably Ireland’s most important player as he has been relatively consistent.

He has scored the most runs in the last 10 T20 Internationals for Ireland with 250 runs at a strike rate of 141.24.

Lorcan Tucker is behind him with 237 runs at 33.86.

Mark Adair has been the main wicket taker for the side in recent times.

Pitch report

The pitch in Dublin favors the team batting second.

Out of 14 matches played here, the chasing team has won eight times.

There have been three 180-plus first-innings totals in the last five T20Is in the Village stadium.

The highest score here is Scotland’s 252 for 3 against Netherlands in September 2019.

It is expected to be a good batting wicket.

Head to Head record

The Men in Blue have beaten the Irish team in all three of their meetings in the shortest format.

Back in 2018, India defeated Ireland 2-0 at the same venue in Dublin.

Ireland Predicted Playing XIs

Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Stephen Doheny, Andy McBrine, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little

India Predicted Playing XIs

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson/Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Umran Malik/Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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