Bowlers did clinical job to defeat Ireland: Kohli

By Agency Published on Jun 28, 2018 02:21 PM IST

Dublin: India set themselves up nicely for the sterner tests ahead with a dominant performance as they outclassed Ireland by a whopping 76 runs in the opening T20 International here.

Dubbed as a dress rehearsal for the marquee England series, the formidable Indian team outbatted the opposition last night, scoring an imposing 208 for five, courtesy openers Rohit Sharma (97 off 61 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 45 balls).

In reply, Ireland could only manage 132/9 in 20 overs despite a breezy innings of 60 off 35 balls by opener James Shannon. Irish batsmen didn't have a clue how to play chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (4/21 in 4 overs).

"I can't complain about anything today. Opening combination was excellent. The last over bowled by Ireland was terrific. Great effort by Rohit and Shikhar to put us in a good position," said Indian skipper Kohli.

"And good strikes from MS, Raina and Pandya in the end. Bowlers did a clinical job, too. We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order. We are going to be flexible in the next few T20s. We will look to throw in guys when the situation requires them to come in and try to surprise the opposition. It presents the opportunity for the batsmen who couldn't get the opportunity to bat," he explained.

"'The guys who couldn't get a chance today will get an opportunity in the next match. The guys had a great time in IPL but they need to get time in the middle here too. The team management decided to give a go to everyone in the squad. The guys are fine with this decision. We are looking to give everyone game-time and want them to portray the qualities they possess because many guys go on tour and never get an opportunity to play," Kohli pointed out.

Man of the Match Kuldeep Yadav, said, "This is my first trip to the UK and it has started well. I think the wicket was good to bat on and it was turning a little bit but wristspinners exploit even that little bit of turn in the wicket. We bowled variations and tried to bowl in the right areas. We talk a lot during the games when we bowl. First Chahal bowled and he told me that pitch is a little slow. England are playing good cricket but if we use variations nicely, it will be difficult for England, too."