The three-game T20 International series between India and Ireland begins on Friday 18th August. All matches in this series will be played at The Village, Malahide in Dublin. Previously, Team India played four T20 International matches here. In 2018 and 2022, the Indian team played a series of 2-2 matches here on the Ireland tour. This time the team is contesting the three-game series for the first time. If we look at Malahide’s numbers, it’s very interesting and excellent from the Indian team’s point of view. The mood on the field is also favorable for the batsmen. That being said, the weather can add some excitement to fans.
Dublin pitch mood
Speaking of the pitch, it’s mostly considered batsman-friendly. An example of this is last June’s game where the Indian team scored 225 runs thanks to Deepak Hooda’s Century. In response, Ireland’s team also scored 221 runs thanks to Harry Tector’s excellent batting performance. In the end, Team India won the game by just 4 runs. That being said, given the four games Team India played here in 2018 and 2022, it seems that the pitch on this ground is helpful for the batsmen. In three of the last four games between the two teams here, the Indian team scored over 200. In such a situation, runs are counted here, but bowlers get help in the second inning. As the game progresses, the role of the spinners also becomes important.
Toss to become the boss in Malahide!
A total of 16 games were played on this pitch, four of them by Team India. If we talk about the stats related to throwing this floor, then they are quite interesting. Team India has won three out of four games here as first. By the way, as far as the overall record goes, the teams that won the toss in Dublin only won the game 5 times, while the team that lost the toss won the game 11 times. It gets more interesting when you know that the team batting first has won 7 games here and the team batting second has won 9 games. Overall stats show that it’s not about winning the toss, but what decisions you make after winning the toss that can be helpful. Incidentally, since chases also happened here, hitting first or hitting later may not change this particular factor.
The weather can spoil the game
We would like to tell you that the yellow rain warning is already in place ahead of the first T20, which takes place in Dublin on August 18th. According to various weather reports, it can also rain here at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. IST) and according to the weather report on the AccuWeather website, there is a 67% chance of rain at the start of the game. While Weather25.com reports that there could be 82 to 87 percent rainfall at the selected time.