After the first T20I was shortened by rain, the teams arrive in Dublin in clear and beautiful weather.

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Big picture – Batters eye game time as India aims to win the series. Image credit-Business Standard

When: August 20, Sunday, 3 PM local time, 7:30 PM IST

Where: The Village, Dublin

What to expect: It is expected that the sky will be Clear on match day and there is high chances of getting a full game.

In the first T20I in Malahide, which was hampered by rain, Jasprit Bumrah’s return was the primary topic of conversation. However, the spotlight now rapidly changes to the batters from the two teams.

Before play was suspended due to rain, India batted 41 balls, with the openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal taking 39 of them. With the upcoming T20 World Cup less than a year away, players like Gaikwad, Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, and Sanju Samson will be eager to provide standout performances if they have the opportunity. Samson, who is also vying for the Asia Cup, will aim to win over the selectors with the team that will be revealed on Monday.

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Ireland’s bottom order contributed to their modest 139 total in the opening T20I. Curtis Campher scored 39 of the top six’s 64 runs, but if they want to tie the series on Sunday against India’s elite bowlers, they will need to lift their game. In the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier in July, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, and Lorcan Tucker all scored runs, so it will be expected of them to contend today.

Form guide

(last five completed T20Is; most recent first)

Ireland LLWWW

India WLWWL

In the spotlight – Gaikwad and McCarthy

Before the game was delayed by rain, Ruturaj Gaikwad survived a mix-up with Jaiswal in the second over of the chase to remain unbeaten on 19. He had a productive IPL season, scoring 590 runs with a strike rate of 147 over 15 innings. Gaikwad will be aiming to earn some huge scores before leaving for the competition because the team management has appointed him the captain for the Asian Games, which will start in the end of September.

In the first game, Barry McCarthy demonstrated his batting brilliance by leading Ireland from 59 for 6 with an unbeaten 51 off 33 from the number 8 position. In the most recent T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier, the all-rounder finished with nine wickets from five games, tied for the second-highest total for Ireland.

Team news

Ireland are unlikely to make changes to their playing XI despite the loss in the first game.

Ireland (possible XI): 1 Paul Stirling (capt), 2 Andrew Balbirnie, 3 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Mark Adair, 8 Barry McCarthy, 9 Craig Young, 10 Josh Little, 11 Ben White

While there was 3 for 38 in the victory against West Indies in the fourth T20I, Arshdeep Singh hasn’t been as productive lately as he had been in the beginning of his international career. He returned 1 for 35 in that match. However, McCarthy hit two sixes and a four in the penultimate over of the first T20I against Ireland, and India does have Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar in their lineup.

India (possible XI): 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Tilak Varma, 4 Rinku Singh, 5 Sanju Samson (wk), 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Arshdeep Singh/Avesh Khan, 9 Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Jasprit Bumrah (capt), 11 Prasidh Krishna.

Pitch and condition

The average first-innings score in Malahide is 161. Teams batting first have lost 10 out of 17 T20Is here. It is expected to be sunny and pleasant throughout the day.

Stats and trivia

Balbirnie has scored 286 runs in 13 T20Is at a strike rate of 138 most for a batter at Malahide.

India has won only six times in men’s T20I by a margin of fewer than five runs. Two of those have come against Ireland.

The opening game saw the most left-handers India has ever fielded in a T20I with six players.

In a T20I match against India, Barry McCarthy’s undefeated 51 on Friday is the highest score by a better at No. 8 or lower.

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