India's 100 per cent track record against Ireland continued as they registered a win over the hosts in the first of the two-match series on Sunday night. The two teams will now face off at the same venue on Tuesday and the Men in Blue would want to complete a series win, while also looking to try several combinations with an eye on Mission T20 World Cup.
On the other hand, the home team would want to make the best of this opportunity to compete against a top-quality opponent like India. They did have a couple of positives from the first game, especially with the way Harry Tector played, the Irish would look to build on it and try and challenge the Hardik Pandya-led side.
Prior to their encounter in the second T20I, here is a stat-based prediction of which way this match could go and who might have the edge in crucial moments of this match.
1. Toss Prediction
Hardik Pandya won the toss in his first match as India captain. He also broke India's string of toss losses as Rishabh Pant had failed to win a single toss in the five-match T20I series against South Africa. So predicting Hardik to call it right at the toss one more time on Tuesday.
2. Win Possibility
As the visitors showed in the first T20I, they are the better team of the two. Despite losing two wickets in two balls in their run chase, there was never a sense of panic in the Indian dressing room as they were pretty relaxed and confident of their own abilities. India will once again be favourites to win the game and maintain their cent per cent winning record over Ireland.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is India. They are the number one ranked T20I team in the world at the moment and despite this being a side without several of their biggest stars, they have enough quality and experience to beat this opponent.
4. Powerplay Score
The first T20I was reduced to 12 overs a side due to rain. As per the revised playing conditions, the powerplay was now reduced to the first 4 overs. India made 45/2 in these overs which corresponds to a run rate of 11.25. Based on this scoring rate, India would have scored 67.5 had the powerplay lasted 6 overs. So predicting India's powerplay score to easily go past the 50-run mark. Ireland, on the other hand, scored 22/3 in their 4 overs. A 6 over equivalent of a scoring rate of 5.5 means they would have ended up with 33 runs. Predicting their powerplay score to end at fewer than 50 runs.
5. Average Score
Ireland scored 9 runs an over in the first T20I. In a 20-over game, that would have meant 180 runs. Adding that to the average score at this venue in the last 5 complete T20Is means an average first innings score of 171.33 in the last 6 T20Is. In case of a full match, teams would want to cross the 170-180 mark given the smaller dimensions of the ground.
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