06 March, 2011
On a dry pitch, MS Dhoni chose to bowl against Ireland at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. "It will help the spinners more in the afternoon than in the evening," Dhoni said.
India played to their batting strength, and went in with an unchanged side. Ireland made one change, bringing in Andrew White for Gary Wilson.
India: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (wk/capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Munaf Patel
Ireland: 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Alex Cusack, 7 Andrew White, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Boyd Rankin