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Ireland set to host Kohli and India in Malahide T20 series


By Ian Callender

India, the World No.1 Twenty20 side, will play two internationals against Ireland at Malahide in June as another part of an exciting summer of cricket is pieced together.

The first Test against Pakistan in May promises to be the highlight but, as far as star attractions go, India remain out on their own, especially in the shortest format.

Captain Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul are both in the world's top five batsmen, with Rohit Sharma quickly catching them after last month hitting a sublime 118 from 43 balls against Sri Lanka.

It will be the Indians' first visit to Ireland since they played an ODI at Stormont in 2007 when the great Sachin Tendulkar was bowled by Roger Whelan for just four.

It was the only wicket they lost, chasing 171, and against an Ireland team which has won only three of their last 13 T20 internationals, it promises to be another couple of batting exhibitions on June 27 and 29.

The Ireland squad are currently in Dubai and today start the first of two ODIs against their hosts - the second will be played on Saturday - with Ed Joyce back after missing the recent series against Afghanistan with a knee injury.

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