Dublin’s Malahide Cricket Ground is bracing itself for a potential weather disruption as the third and final T20 International match between India and Ireland is set to unfold on Wednesday, August 23. While India holds an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, the weather forecast has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the much-anticipated clash.
Rainfall Predicted Early in the Match
The weather prediction indicates that the match’s early stages might experience rainfall, which could potentially affect the schedule. However, there is a silver lining as the weather is expected to improve as the game progresses, with sunlight anticipated to break through the clouds. While the initial hour may witness rain showers, a gradual improvement is expected, reducing the likelihood of a complete washout.
Potential Impact on Overs
Should the rain continue, there might be a possibility of a reduction in the number of overs for the match. Yet, cricket enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that a total abandonment of the game is not in the cards, given the expected improvement in weather conditions.
Weather Details and Match Timings
Temperatures in the range of 18-19 degrees Celsius are projected during the match, accompanied by wind gusts reaching up to 26 km/h. The match’s scheduled commencement is at 7.30 pm IST, as both teams gear up for a face-off on the cricket field.
India’s Dominance in the Series
India’s supremacy in the series has been undeniable, with their commanding 33-run victory in the second T20I establishing their firm grip. Stellar performances from players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Rinku Singh, and an impressive bowling display by Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, and Ravi Bishnoi have been the highlights of their campaign.
Ireland’s Resilient Efforts
Despite facing setbacks, Ireland demonstrated resilience, with Andy Balbirnie’s impressive 72-run performance in the previous match. Barry McCarthy also made a mark, contributing crucial wickets.
Anticipating a Debut and Redemption
As India seeks to seal a clean sweep in the series, there is anticipation of a debut for wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma. On the other side, Ireland is determined to salvage some pride and secure a victory to conclude the series on a high note.
As cricket fans await the highly anticipated showdown, the weather remains a crucial factor that could influence the outcome. With an eye on the sky, both teams and spectators hope for an exciting match that defies the weather odds.
India: Jasprit Bumrah (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan.
Ireland: Paul Stirling (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Ross Adair, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy, Theo van Woerkom, Benjamin White, Craig Young.