While the first half of the match offered great entertainment with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan going hammer and tongs, the second innings proved to be rather boring with the hosts managing just 132 in reply to India's 208.
However, the 2nd wicket partnership between KL Rahul and Suresh Raina added some valuable runs for India. KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik took their place in the side. As part of the full-strength Indian side, the three had featured in the T20 series against South Africa.
While Rohit Sharma (97 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) were the stars with the bat, the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged seven wickets between them.
For India, there were wholesale changes in the pace bowling department. However, India know that Ireland are no knock-overs. Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru.
The visitors eased to a 76-run victory in the first of the two-match series at Malahide on Wednesday.
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Predicted playing XI: Kohli (c) Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Raina, Dhoni (wk), Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Umesh, Kaul. Siddharth Kaul was in the Indian squad for the home ODIs against Sri Lanka in December, but was not picked ahead of Kumar-Bumrah. It remains to be seen if the think tank will bench either Kumar or Bumrah against Ireland to give other pacers some much needed overs. The live match India vs Ireland is televised on Sony Six.
India had won that game at Nottingham by eight wickets with Rohit scoring an unbeaten half-century. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.
Ireland replaced Stuart Poynter with William Porterfield to strengthen the batting with skipper Gary Wilson taking over the wicket-keeping duties but at halfway it looked mission impossible for their hopes of squaring the series.
In the second T20 global match against Ireland, the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya played a cameo knock of 32 off just 9 deliveries, which helped India to post a mammoth total of 213.