Ireland vs India second T20I - Ireland forced to play catch up but will be more competitive

28/06/2022 11:48:00

Andrew Balbirnie’s squad still forced to work through off-field constraints when playing against the best

Preview: Ireland vs India second T20I - Ireland shook off some of the international rust through Harry Tector and Craig Young as they look for more to follow suit in Tuesday's second T20I. via IrishTimesSport

Andrew Balbirnie’s squad still forced to work through off-field constraints when playing against the best

Expand Craig Young had most of Ireland's success with the ball when taking advantage of the swinging conditions.Expand India ran out comfortable winners over Ireland in the first T20I at Malahide.June 27, 2022 “It’s huge.Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said he believes there is widespread political support for British government plans to override the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Photograph: Lorraine O'Sullivan/AFP via Getty Images By Mon Jun 27 2022 - 14:51 Second T20 International: Ireland vs India, Tuesday 4.30pm, Malahide, live on BT Sport New season, new coach but it’s the same conversation for Ireland when it comes to playing the top teams.2 overs)(Deepak Hooda 47*; Craig Young 2-18) beat Ireland (108-4; Harry Tector 68*; Yuzvendra Chahal 1-11) In the end, the world’s number one ranked T20 side - well, minus those in the Test squad for their impending England series - were brutally efficient with both bat and ball as Ireland were blown away by India in a rain-shortened seven wicket defeat at Malahide.“When you play against players that play every day and week-in and week-out, you’ve got to be really diligent in what you can try and achieve,” said head coach Heinrich Malan after his first assignment as Ireland’s top dog ended in a convincing seven wicket victory for India.“I know there is a three-game Series coming up but these two Maori games for us in terms of what we’re trying to build and how we are trying to put people under pressure and see how they come that is just as important.There were positives in the result for Ireland no doubt; Harry Tector’s innings of 64 being the obvious one while Lorcan Tucker’s dismantling of Hardik Pandya and Conor Olphert’s economical response to seeing his first ball in international cricket launched out of the park can also be referenced.Yuzvendra Chahal bowled three incredibly economical overs for just 11 runs as some of his seamers at the other end struggled, while Deepak Hooda - only opening because Ruturaj Gaikwad spent too much time off the pitch while India were in the field - was belligerent with an unbeaten knock of 47 off 29 balls to break the back of the chase almost as soon as it started.[ Ruthless India show their class as Tector half-century comes in losing effort at Malahide ] Yet Malan’s point about regular game time is the most salient..

India’s players looked like they had been battle-hardened by a two-month stint in the world’s premier T20 domestic tournament, the IPL.After the start was delayed by nearly two and a half hours by rain, the gap between an Indian squad that has just completed a two-month stint at the world’s premier T20 competition and an Irish group that has had just four domestic T20 games was readily apparent.” While Ireland have had their disruptions, including Mack Hansen testing positive for Covid, the Crusaders fullback Will Jordan has become the latest member of the All Blacks’ squad to be struck down with the virus on Tuesday.Thanks to rain, the Irish players have played four out of a possible six interpro T20s this summer.Through no fault of the players, Ireland’s preparation continues to be worlds away from the competition at the top level.He watched in-swingers to Paul Stirling, was surprised by an out-swinger first up and then nicked another in-swinger the next delivery.It showed from the first over.His absence is likely to create an opening for one of his Crusaders teammates, Sevu Reece or the uncapped Leicester Fainga’anuku.We all know Andrew Balbirnie’s quality and record for his country, but after watching two in-swingers to Paul Stirling he looked genuinely surprised when Bhuvneshwar Kumar offered him an out-swinger..

It begged the question, when is the last time Ireland have played against someone who can move the ball both ways with such accuracy? That’s the type of quality you miss out on without regular fixtures.Bhuvneshwar Kumar caused Ireland plenty of problems with the ball in his first spell.If not, Blues playmaker Stephen Perofeta could be called in for his Test debut off the bench.Photograph: Lorraine O'Sullivan/AFP via Getty Images) (Lorraine O'Sullivan/Getty) Then with the ball, Ireland initially didn’t give the ball much chance to swing.At one point during the powerplay, TV graphics suggested that 84 per cent of Ireland’s deliveries were short or on a length, in other words not deliveries that would move in the air a great deal.“We spoke about that,” acknowledged Malan in reference to Ireland missing their lengths.We have one case and we could have a few more cases by the end of the week, we don’t know." "I am not going to put an arbitrary deadline on it but I don't think we can wait very long, I think people want to see Stormont up and running.

“We were good for most of it but missed every now and then and were made to pay for that.” Then there is the crowd factor.The noise of the Indian-dominated spectators can often be over-played, but it’s still true that Ireland aren’t tested in front of fervent atmospheres like that all too often.“We know our preparation is completely different to what it would normally be.[ Ireland vs India: Gareth Delany embraces key role to balance new seam-heavy attack ] “I’ve never played in front of a crowd like that, there was a real buzz and it was fun,” confirmed Young - Craig Young and all his 82 caps that is, not Olphert on debut.Yet after starting slowly with both bat and ball in such a frenzied environment, Ireland showed they have the ability to pull things back and still compete - Tector reverse-sweeping leg stump full-tosses with the bat, Young taking two wickets in as many deliveries with the ball.

The beauty of the second game coming so quickly is that Ireland have a chance to be even more competitive now they have started to work past all the off-field factors that force them to play catch-up with the best on the field.We are waiting to see how the Wednesday night game goes, who is going to get picked to take to the field in the 23 for the Test match.Pity the series is so short and they won’t get a chance to keep doing so against India after Tuesday evening.Latest Stories.

Read more:
Irish Times Sport »
Loading news...
Failed to load news.

Ruthless India show their class as Tector half-century comes in losing effort at MalahideIreland’s number four averaging 86 in last four T20I innings but powerplay struggles haunt Ireland

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland: Bundee Aki captains Ireland as knee injury ends Iain Henderson’s tourAll of Ireland’s uncapped players start on Wednesday morning; Will Jordan added to list of All Blacks’ Covid absentees

Protocol bill will get widespread support, says LewisNorthern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has confirmed the Second Reading of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will take place in the British House of Commons tomorrow. Brandon also believes in free lunches, that Boris is loved world wide for his humanitarian work and the Loch Ness monster, thanks Brandon Worst SoS ever.

Ireland vs India: Gareth Delany embraces key role to balance new seam-heavy attack“In that game I froze under the pressure.” Gareth Delany has come a long way since Ireland were dumped out of the T20 World Cup by Namibia last year. via IrishTimesSport