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Mystery Pitch, Mammoth Task: India face upset alert against Ireland in T20 World Cup kickoff

Mystery Pitch, Mammoth Task: India face upset alert against Ireland in T20 World Cup kickoff

While India's match signifies the true beginning of the World Cup for many, Ireland hopes to spoil the party and etch their name in the tournament's history books.

The T20 World Cup kicks off in the United States for India today, as Men in Blue will be facing Ireland in their opening match. While India is the clear favorite on paper, Ireland is determined to cause an upset.

David vs Goliath Matchup

The gap between the two teams is significant. India, ranked number one in the world, has a much more successful track record compared to 11th-ranked Ireland.

India’s recent form adds to their dominance, having lost just two out of their last 14 T20 matches. In contrast, Ireland’s form has been inconsistent.

Ireland upset potential: History Beckons

However, the T20 World Cup is known for its unpredictability. Ireland has a history of challenging top teams, having previously defeated West Indies and even finalists like Pakistan. They also came close to beating India in recent encounters, losing by narrow margins.

India aware of Ireland Threat

India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, acknowledges the dangers of complacency. He emphasizes that Ireland is a team to be taken seriously, highlighting their recent victory over Pakistan and their experience in T20 cricket.

This cautious approach stems from India’s own struggles in opening World Cup matches, losing two out of the last three.

India’s Bowling Might

India boasts a potent bowling attack capable of dismantling any batting line-up. Depending on the pitch conditions, they have bowlers suited for every scenario – Arshdeep Singh for swing and seam, Ravindra Jadeja for spin, and Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav for pace and variations.

India’s Star-Studded batting line-up

India’s batting inspires awe with a galaxy of stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya. Their combined talent presents a formidable challenge for any bowling attack.

Ireland bowling weaponry

Despite facing a strong Indian batting line-up, Ireland has its own bowling weapons. Tall pacers like Mark Adair and Josh Little can exploit any swing or uneven bounce on the pitch. Spin veteran George Dockrell adds another dimension to their attack.

Ireland’s batting depth also shouldn’t be underestimated, with all-rounder Curtis Campher and several players capable of contributing with the bat.

Mystery of the Pitch

The match will be played on a newly laid drop-in pitch, adding an element of uncertainty. The pitch’s behavior, including bounce and spin, remains unknown. This unfamiliarity applies not just to the pitch but also to the slow outfield, a stark contrast to the belters typically seen in the IPL. India’s batsmen will need to adapt to these unfamiliar conditions.

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Vibrant atmosphere awaits

The match promises a lively atmosphere. A large Indian diaspora is expected to create a sea of blue, while passionate Irish fans will also be present, creating a colorful and energetic backdrop to the game.

Match of Great Significance

While India’s arrival signifies the true beginning of the World Cup for many, Ireland hopes to spoil the party and etch their name in the tournament’s history books. This opening match promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams possessing the potential to emerge victorious.

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