With the series already done and dusted, Team India will look to try out some fringe players when they clash with Ireland in the 3rd T20I at The Village in Dublin on Wednesday, August 23. The Men in Blue were the stronger of the two teams in the first two matches. After a rain-affected opening match of the series, Jasprit Bumrah and his team. produced a stellar performance in the second game to seal the three-match series with one game to spare.
Batting first, India scored 185/5 in their 20 overs riding on important contributions from Ruturak Gaikwad (58), Sanju Samson (40), and Rinku Singh (38*). In reply, Ireland could only manage 152/8 and lost the match by 33 runs. Bumrah once again starred with the ball, taking two wickets for 15 runs in his four overs. Meanwhile, rain played spoilsport in the first game, but the weather played out brilliantly during the second encounter. It was bright and sunny and ideal for a game of cricket.
However, much to the dismay of the fans, the same is unlikely to happen in the third and final T20I of the series. The Dublin weather forecast suggests the skies may open up during the game, with a 51 percent chance of rain. Cloudy conditions will continue with heavy to very cloudy skies. The temperature will be between 18 to 19 degrees Celsius. However, it will be cold and chilly and the actual feel will be around 17 degrees Celsius.
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They Never Looked Out Of Practice – India’s Head Coaches On Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna
The Ireland series marked the much-anticipated return of India’s fast bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and the legendary Krishna. In the first two matches, both looked in good touch and picked up four wickets each. For the tour of Ireland, India’s head coach Sitanshu Kotak said that both the fast bowlers were never seen missing from practice. However, he added that the pair needed more playing time ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup.
“They were at the National Cricket Academy for their RTPs (return to play) and strength and all,” Kotak told reporters on the eve of the third T20I. “They are very smart; they never looked like they did not get a game, or were out of practice. They looked ready in practice.”
“It is just that these guys need more game time before the World Cup. They will get three games in this series and (also) a few matches in the Asia Cup,” he added.