IRE vs IND: 5 mini battles to watch out for in T20I series

IRE vs IND: 5 mini battles to watch out for in T20I series

Going into the series, there are several match-ups and player battles to look forward to.

Mark Adair and Ishan Kishan
Mark Adair and Ishan Kishan. (Photo by Stu Forster and Pankaj Nangia/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Ireland are gearing up to host India in a two-match T20I series on June 26 and June 28 at Malahide in Dublin. The visitors come into the series on the back of two emphatic wins over South Africa at home with the series scoreline being 2-2. This Indian side, led by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, is young and inexperienced squad with a few uncapped players in the camp.

The Irish side, led by Andy Balbirnie, come into the series on the back of a defeat to the UAE in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier final in Oman. The last time India and Ireland met was in 2018 for a two-match T20I series in Dublin which India won by a margin of 2-0. 

As always, going into any series, there are always match-ups and player battles to look forward to. In the recently concluded series between India and South Africa, there were a few mini battles, such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Temba Bavuma, and the Proteas bowlers setting a trap outside off-stump against Rishabh Pant, that caught the eyes of the fans. Similarly, we might be in for a few more mini battles that could spice up the series in Dublin.

Here are the five mini battles to watch out for in the upcoming series between Ireland and India:

1. Andrew Balbirnie vs Avesh Khan

Andrew Balbirnie and Avesh Khan
Andrew Balbirnie and Avesh Khan (Photo Source: Twitter)

Balbirnie is in a good run of form this year, scoring 236 runs in eight innings at an average of 33.71 This has been the Irish captain’s best year in terms of batting average and strike rate.

Balbirnie has been providing good starts to the team, taking on the new ball bowlers. It would make a good watch to observe how he goes about dealing with the Indian bowlers.

Avesh Khan, on the other hand, has been making strides on the international stage this year. He made his international debut in February against West Indies and has played in seven T20Is, bagging six wickets in six innings at an economy of 7.39 and best figures of 4/18, which came against South Africa earlier in the month. His battle against an in-form Balbirnie in the powerplay would be an intriguing contest.

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