Ireland’s Big Test in Front of Home Crowd!
Our Prediction is for West Indies to win this game!
The first game of the Ireland Tri-Nation Series would see the hosts take on West Indies at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin. The very approach for the two sides is likely to be different in the game. While West Indies would like to test their form and bench strength in these conditions ahead of the World Cup for the Irish team it is a great opportunity to play against a bigger side and make a statement about the progress they have been making.
West Indies have a wonderful record against Ireland and they have beaten them in five of the six games that have seen results. Ireland hasn’t been in the best of form in the last few games and it would be a big test for the side in front of their home crowd.
William Porterfield has a tough challenge on his hand as his side takes on West Indies in the first game of the tri-series. Their batting has struggled in the recent months and this has led to the many losses they have suffered. The skipper would want his bowlers to contain the big-hitting West Indian batsmen if they have to win this game.
Porterfield’s own batting form is a bit of a concern for the side but Gary Wilson’s return is positive news as he is one of the most experienced batsmen for the side. Paul Stirling and Stuart Thompson are two of the most important players for the side in the middle overs and they would need to hold the innings together to offer someone like Kevin O'Brien have a go at the bowlers towards the end of the innings.
Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin have looked good over the last year or so and will have to play important parts for the side in the upcoming game. George Dockrell will need to make use of his knowledge of these conditions and halt the scoring rate of the West Indians during the middle overs. Though their bowling attack is relatively inexperienced the side would want to showcase their talent against a better side.
William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker (w), Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, George Dockrell, McCarthy, Joshua Little, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin
Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, George Dockrell, WTS Porterfield, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, GC Wilson, Tim Murtagh, Lorcan Tucker, Andy Balbirnie
Jason Holder would be extremely confident about the prospects of his side going into the next game. They had done well against England in their last home series and the players showed good form. The skipper would hope his side plays as per its potential and doesn’t take the Irish side lightly who have the ability to surprise opponents in their own backyard.
Though West Indies are missing some of the key players in the batting line-up they have good strength in their batting. Shai Hope has emerges as their most dependable batsmen of late. John Campbell is a promising talent in the top order. With seasoned campaigners such as Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse and the skipper Holder himself they have a strong batting line-up going into this game.
The pace trio of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder are likely to cause trouble for the Irish batsmen in the next game. It is after a very long time that the West Indies can boast of having a top-class pace attack and they impressed in their last series. With Fabian Allen and Ashley Nurse in the mix, they have the right balance in their bowling attack going into the game.
Jason Holder (c), John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris , Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope
The weather is expected to be perfect for cricket on May 05 at Dublin with slight cloud cover. The pitch is expected to be flat and good one to bat on as we have seen in recent times at this ground. The team batting first would eye score of around 300 runs to win this encounter.
The Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin is a typical Irish ground where there is some seam movement but batting is also easy with the ball coming on to the bat easily. The smaller size of the boundaries makes it a good one to hit through the line and make big scores.
The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. While fast bowlers would get some bargain out of the pitch in the initial overs it is expected to become easy as the game progresses. The side winning the toss would in most likely want to bat first.
There is a wide gap separating the two sides as far as form and skills are concerned. West Indies cricket seems to have put its worst behind and have emerged as a fighting outfit in recent times. Ireland, on the other hand, is going through one of their lows in the last decade where their batsmen have struggled to put up good performances amidst challenges. Going purely by the form and the talent on paper we expect the West Indies to win the game easily.
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