India captain Virat Kohli fails again in poor start to tour of Ireland and England

Sudhir Gupta 29/06/2018
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India captain Virat Kohli. Image: BCCI/Twitter.

India captain Virat Kohli failed with the bat for the second straight match as his tour of Ireland and England began on a poor note.

Kohli got out for naught in the first T20 against Ireland in the death overs after openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had added 160.

The Indians made four changes to the team for the second match on Friday, with Kohli batting with KL Rahul at the top of the order. However, that move did not work out as Kohli looked tentative during his short stay at the crease which ended at nine from eight balls.

Kohli failed to get any timing on three successive balls from pacer Boyd Rankin in the second over, even getting a leading edge.

Then in the third over bowled by Peter Chase, Kohli looked to force the issue and tried to pull the pacer only to get a top edge to square leg, where George Dockrell took a fine catch.

Kohli wanted to get some runs under his belt in English conditions before the tour of England but that hasn’t happened after his neck injury ended a proposed county stint. His last substantial innings in a competitive match was 48 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL on May 14.

Also, his T20I form has taken a bit of a hit. In his last nine T20I matches, Kohli has scored just one fifty. He has failed to reach double figures in his last three T20I innings.

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India 'A' batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw smash centuries against West Indians in tri-series

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India 'A' batsman Hanuma Vihari.

India ‘A’ batsmen continued to pile on the runs in the tri-series in England as they piled on 354 for six against West Indies ‘A’ on Friday.

Opener Prithvi Shaw (102 off 90 balls) registered his second List A century of the tour while middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari cracked 147 from 131 balls with the help of 13 fours and five sixes as the Indians scored their second 300-plus score in three matches batting first.

India ‘A’ were reduced to 28-2 in Northampton before Shaw and Vihari added 160 runs for the third wicket.

Contributions lower down the order from Deepak Hooda (21), Vijay Shankar (28) and Ishan Kishan (21) took the team past the 350-run mark.

Shaw’s return to form at the top of the order is encouraging. After scoring a century and a fifty in the warm-up matches, Shaw managed seven and 27 in the first two matches of the tri-series. His ton against the Windies will keep the diminutive batsman on the radar of the senior team management as Virat Kohli’s team are in England for nearly three months.

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Watch as Virat Kohli and members of team India explore Dublin

Sudhir Gupta 29/06/2018
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Kohli and co enjoy 'sunny Dublin. Image - Virat Kohli/Twitter.

After garnering a resounding victory by 76 runs over Ireland in the first T20I on Wednesday, Virat Kohli and his team India members took in the sights of Dublin during their break on Thursday.

Led by a fine 97 off 61 balls by Rohit Sharma, the visitors posted 208-5 in their 20 overs before restricting the hosts to 132-9 after Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared seven wickets between them.

On Thursday, Kohli and his team took to exploring the beautiful Irish capital city.

The Indian skipper posted an image of him enjoying the sunshine in Dublin along with KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya.

Meanwhile, Dhawan posted another image on Twitter where he could be seen relaxing with Rahul and Dinesh Karthik.

The Indians will complete their Ireland leg of their 11-week long tour of the UK on Friday when they take on the hosts in the second and final T20 clash at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin.

After completing their engagements in Ireland, team India will fly back to England for the start of an extensive summer.

Kohli and his men will take on England in three T20Is and as many ODIs to start with before ending their grueling tour with a five-match Test series which will culminate in the second week of September.

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