India Ireland T20 2018
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India will embark on their long tour of United Kingdom. This will include 3 T20 Internationals, 3 ODIs, and 5 Tests in England, but before that they will play 2 T20Is against Ireland, both at Malahide, on June 27 and 29. Ireland, who made their Test debut earlier this year, had a sub-par show in the T20I tri-series in Netherlands (which also featured Scotland) earlier this month. Here is a statistical preview of the first T20I of the series.

99 T20Is for India till date. India will become the 7th side to play a hundred T20Is, after Pakistan (128), New Zealand (111), Sri Lanka (108), South Africa (103), Australia (100), and England (99). West Indies have played 98.

1 T20I between India and Ireland till date. They had met at Trent Bridge in the 2009 World T20. India had restricted Ireland to 112 for 8 (Zaheer Khan had 4 for 19) and chased down the target with 27 balls to spare, for the loss of 2 wickets. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 52 from 45 balls. India have also played Ireland thrice in ODIs and have won all of them.

0 T20Is played by India on Irish soil, though they have played 4 ODIs (3 of which were against South Africa), all of them in 2007.

1 T20I between India and Ireland till date. They had met at Trent Bridge in the 2009 World T20. India had restricted Ireland to 112 for 8 (Zaheer Khan had 4 for 19) and chased down the target with 27 balls to spare, for the loss of 2 wickets. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 52 from 45 balls.

1 catch needed by MS Dhoni (49) to reach the 50-catches mark in T20Is. Dhoni will be the first wicketkeeper to the landmark. Nobody else has even 35.

17 runs needed by Virat Kohli (1,983) to reach the 2,000-run mark. Kohli will become the first non-Kiwi and third overall — after Martin Guptill (2,271) and Brendon McCullum (2,140) — to reach there. Kohli is currently at fourth spot, behind Guptill, McCullum, and Shoaib Malik (1,989).

1 and 56 runs respectively needed by Suresh Raina (1,499) and Dhoni (1,444) to reach the 1,500-mark. Whoever reaches there first will be the 3rd Indian (after Kohli and Rohit Sharma) and 16th overall to the landmark.

116 runs needed by Shikhar Dhawan (884) to reach the 1,000-run mark. Dhawan will become the 6th Indian and 48th overall to the landmark.

10 bowlers have taken more T20I wickets than George Dockrell (58), who is tied at 11th spot with Nathan McCullum and Dale Steyn. A wicket will help Dockrell go past the pair. Kevin O’Brien has 54 wickets.

1 uncapped player in the Indian side — Siddarth Kaul. He may add to the list of the 74 Indian T20I players.