Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad quick Siddarth Kaul received his maiden India cap ahead, as the visitors made four changes to the side that won the first T20I between the two teams. The match can also be streamed live on the SonyLiv app.
Expect both Rahul and Karthik to feature in the second T20 with murmurs that opener Rohit Sharma could be given a rest.
Ireland replaced Stuart Poynter with William Porterfield to strengthen the batting with skipper Gary Wilson taking over the wicket-keeping duties but at halfway it looked mission impossible for their hopes of squaring the series.
KL Rahul (70 off 36) and Suresh Raina (69 off 45) did the bulk of the damage in the first 17.3 overs after Virat Kohli (9) fell cheaply for the second game running, before Hardik Pandya (32no off 9) nailed four sixes in a brisk but devastating innings as India racked up their fourth-highest T20I score.
"We know what William can do as he has done it before in T20 cricket, but we wanted to go with Shannon", Smyth added. Rohit Sharma's stint in the middle order ended in a blob. It presents the opportunity for the batsmen who couldn't get the opportunity to bat.
After the win on Wednesday, the India skipper has said: "We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order".
Wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal snared seven wickets between them in Wednesday's win and are expected to retain their place for the clash. The likes of Kaul and Umesh may get the nod after their productive IPL seasons.
India likely XI for 2nd T20I: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal. The likes of Kohli, Rahul and the opening duo had a hit at the nets at the Merchants Taylor School while Umesh and Bhuvneshwar along with Pandya honed their bowling skills.