India are set to play a two-match T20 series against Ireland. You can hardly call two T20 games a series but technically it is an official T20 series. India will travel to Dublin to face Ireland at the Malahide Cricket Stadium in Dublin and we expect a lot of Indian fans to show up for these two games.

The first T20 will take place on 26th June and the second and final T20 will take place on 28th June. This short T20 series will be good for Team India to get them accustomed to overseas conditions as they are set to take on England in a three-match T20 series in July. They will look to use this short T20 series in Ireland to get used to the swing and bounce that they can expect when they play in England.

Ireland will be very happy to face a T20 powerhouse like India at home as it gives them their best advantage to try and stage an upset. Whether Ireland will be able to do this in front of their home crowd remains to be seen as India will be playing a pretty strong T20 squad.

The Irish love a good fight and we do not that they will be putting their best put forward as they have selected a bunch of talented cricketers that include a nice blend of experience and youth. Even if Ireland ends up with a 0-2 result, the experience of playing a dangerous T20 squad like India will do them a world of good, especially with the T20 World Cup fast approaching.

Ireland vs India T20 Series Odds

No surprises here as India go into this two-match T20 series as heavy betting favorites. India have odds of 1.20 on Parimatch to win the series while Ireland have odds of 4.00 to win the series. If Ireland end up causing an upset in the first T20, then we expect the odds for the series to shift.

While most cricket fans will predict an easy 2-0 victory for India in this T20 series against Ireland, don’t be too overconfident. India have shown in the past that they do not start well when playing their first few overseas games. Ireland’s best chance of pulling off a T20 upset over India is during the first T20 as India’s batters and bowlers will be looking to find their feet in foreign conditions.

India won the first T20 against Ireland by 7 wickets and lead the series 1-0. Former Indian player VVS Laxman will be India’s head coach for this specific series as Rahul Dravid will be in England. Hardik Pandya will wear the captain’s armband.

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Ireland vs India T20 Series Prediction

We expect India to use this two-match T20 series to give their batters and bowlers a chance to acclimatize to the weather and conditions in the UK. We expect India to play a strong side in the first T20 game and then maybe experience one or two changes for the second T20. Our prediction is India to be the dominant side in both T20 games and finish the series 2-0.

Ireland will of course look to play at full strength and hope none of their key players get injured before the T20 series. Our betting experts believe the following factors will determine how this T20 series plays out.

Irish Weather

It’s too early to predict the exact weather conditions that we can expect on the 26th and 28th of July in Dublin. If we get decent weather, then India will not have any problems and should be able to dominate with both bat and ball.

If on the other hand, we get overcast conditions for one or even both T20 games, then expect Ireland to have an edge. While India do have a great pace attack, it will neutralize their spinners and this gives Ireland the edge.

Toss Factor

The toss usually does not play a major factor in T20 games in the sub-continent but it can have a major influence in overseas conditions. If the conditions are overcast and Ireland end up winning the toss, it will give them a significant advantage over India. On the other hand, if India end up winning the toss in overcast conditions, it will make it even more difficult for Ireland to win.

Player Injuries

India have named a pretty strong T20 squad for the series against Ireland and should do well if none of their players get injured. If any of their top players have slight niggles, the selectors might end up resting them against Ireland as they would want to play a full-strength team against England.

Ireland have not played a lot of T20 cricket in recent times and hence should have most of their players fit and raring to go.

Ireland vs India T20 Betting Tips

You can bet on the outright winner of the series, the outright winner of each game, and also bet on some of the online cricket betting markets we have listed below.

Ireland vs India Top Batsman

The three Indian batters that tend to do well in overseas conditions are going to be KL Rahul (5), S Iyer (7)  and R Pant (7). Ireland will depend heavily on their captain Andy Balbirnie (5), Harry Tector (9), and Andy McBrine (11).

Ireland vs India Top Bowler

We expect the pitch at the Malahide Cricket Stadium in Dublin to offer more bounce and swing than spin. Hence we are going to name two pacers and one spinner for each team. The three key bowlers for India are going to be B Kumar (4), H Pandya (6), and Y Chahal (7). Ireland will look to Mark Adair (7), Josh Little (8), and Andy McBrine (11) to bowl economically and pick up wickets as well.

Ireland vs India Player of the Series

We are going to list out three picks for the player of the series awards for both India and Ireland. However, when you bet, keep in mind which side you think is going to win and then back one of the players from this side to win the player of the series award.

The three Indian players to watch out for are KL Rahul (5), B Kumar (5), and H Pandya (7). Ireland will look to their captain Andy Balbirnie (5), P Stirling (6), and Andy McBrine (9).

Ireland vs India Squad

The squad hasn’t been released yet. We will update this as soon as it comes out.

India vs Ireland Head To Head T20 Record

India have played Ireland on just three occasions so far in T20 cricket and have won all three games. India are a powerhouse and while Ireland do have a few good T20 players, they are still trying to find their feet in T20 cricket.

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