Our prediction is West Indies will win the match!
Ireland team managed to get their first points in the Tri-series courtesy of the match abandoned by rain. They would not be delighted by the result because they get only very less international game schedule against top nations and don’t want to lose matches to rain. Their team will look put a fight against a strong Windies team in this match.
Skipper William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, and Kevin O Brien must take responsibility as senior players and score runs consistently. Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, and Joshua Little will form a good pace attack and they also have George Dockrell in the spin department to provide good support to the bowling attack. Ireland will take the confidence of the fact they made England team sweat for a win in their last match at Dublin. Ireland will look to win some matches in their Tri-series to attract other top nations for matches here.
Windies team had a strong start against Ireland by beating them by a massive margin of 195 runs but they were blown away by Bangladesh team in their next encounter. Shai Hope scored two back to back centuries and looking in great form and will look add more runs to his tally. Roston Chase provided good support with his well compiled half century.
Rest of the batting line-up failed and the team ended with a below-par score of 2161 runs in 50 overs. Shannon Gabriel bowled a testing spell but was not able to make an impact and ended with match figures of 1/58. All the other main bowlers were taken to cleaners and gave away runs at an economy of over 7 RPO. Their bowling unit needs to bowl well consistently to trouble the batsmen from top teams. Fabian Allen may get a chance in the playing XI.
Kevin O Brien – Kevin is the senior most batsmen in the team and he has been their best batsmen scoring in crucial matches so far. He scored a valiant fifty in their first match and will look to replicate the same here too.
Joshua Little – Little troubled the England batting line-up with his bowling and had match figures of 4/45. He needs to bring his A-game in their encounter against a brutal West Indian batting line-up.
Recent Stats (This series)
Kevin O Brien – 68 runs, 77 balls, 7X4s, 1X6s
Barry McCarthy –bowling figures of 10-0-76-2
William Porterfield (c), Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Andrew Balbirnie, Mark Adair/Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine
James McCollum, Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, George Dockrell, WTS Porterfield, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, WB Rankin, GC Wilson, Tim Murtagh, Andy Balbirnie
Shai Hope – Hope scored his second century in as many matches and he has made six centuries in the last three ODI series. He seems like the next big thing in the West Indian batting line-up.
Roston Chase – Chase had bowling figures of 1/51 in his 10 overs and had scored 51 runs with the bat earlier in the match. His all-round prowess will provide excellent depth in the playing XI.
Recent Stats (This series)
John Campbell – 179 runs (137 balls) – one match
Shannon Gabriel – 4 wickets at an economy of 6.7 RPO (BB – 3/44)
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Ashley Nurse/Fabian Allen, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder (c), Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Sunil Ambris/John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope (wk), Roston Chase
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris , Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen
Dublin pitch will aid the bowlers and fast bowlers will enjoy bowling here especially. We can expect scores in the range of 240-250 runs here. The last match was washed out by rain even without a toss. The weather forecast looks good for this match with only 10% chances of rain.
Teams chasing has won more matches in the last 2-3 years as teams feel comfortable chasing the target. The chasing teams follow a calculated assault approach to chase even big scores nowadays.
West Indies team is full of batsmen who can strike the ball hard and score runs in boundaries and sixes at will. Ireland will be looking to use the pitch and home conditions to their advantage in this match. But West Indies has a better experience and team playing XI on paper and so, we expect them to win this match!
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