Can Ireland give a fight against Hosts West Indies?
We expect West Indies to win this match!
Ireland team makes their first tour to West Indies to play a bilateral ODI & T20I series matches.
West Indies have been impressive recently after Kieron Pollard took over the captaincy stint. West Indies took a lot of positives from the recent ODI series against India despite losing it by 2-1 margin. They will look to continue their good work and build a strong team towards the future.
Ireland comes into this series after defeating Zimbabwe by 3-0 margin but they would love to put up some impressive performances against top nations. Ireland will consider this as a great opportunity to win some matches against an established team like West Indies in the international arena.
West Indies ODI team is looking good with a good mix of youth and experience. Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran were in sublime form against a strong Indian bowling line up and made runs for fun. Skipper Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, and Shimron Hetmyer too contributed with the bat and helped West Indies score 280+ runs in all three matches.
West Indies' bowling unit was not able to maintain pressure in the last series. Sheldon Cotrell and Alzarri Joseph are expected to take the new ball and will form a destructive pair with their deadly pace and swing on Caribbean pitches. All-rounders Keemo Paul and Roston Chase along with Spinners Kharre Pierre & Hayden Walsh will form the rest of the bowling attack of the team.
Shai Hope – Shai Hope made 467 runs in the 6 matches against Afghanistan & India recently with 2 centuries and 2 fifties. He is going through a purple patch in the ODIs and we can expect him to continue his good form in this series too.
Sheldon Cotrell – Cottrell consistently troubled the Indian batsmen with his accurate bowling in the powerplay. We can expect him to have a bit of effectiveness and bit in Caribbean conditions.
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hayden Walsh, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cotrell, Alzarri Joseph, Roston Chase
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Hayden Walsh Jr, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul
Ireland is a team that is on a rise in the international arena and this will be their first full tour in the Caribbean. Experienced players Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie will be expected to do the bulk of scoring for the team. Kevin O Brian, James McCollum, and William Porterfield will make their batting line up a well experienced one.
Mark Adair, Barry Mccarthy, and Boyd Rankin will be the pace bowlers in the team and will enjoy bowling o the pacy pitches here. Simi Singh and Paul Stirling will share the spin bowling duties for the team. Andy McBrine and Craig Young will wait in the wings outside the playing XI.
Paul Stirling – Paul Stirling is the experienced player in their lineup and he has two fifties in the last three matches and will look to continue his good form. He will also serve as a handy spin bowler for the team.
Boyd Rankin – Rankin is the experienced bowler having played over 70 ODIs and will need to lead the bowling attack in the Caribbean conditions. Rankin will share the new ball with the Mark Adair in this series.
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie (c), William Porterfield, Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Simi Singh, James McCollum, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Boyd Rankin
Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, WTS Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, WB Rankin, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie
Bridgetown has a cool and breezy climate with around just 20% chances of rain.
Kensington Oval is one of the lively pitches which have a good pace and bounce for the pace bowlers. We can expect average scores in the range of 240-250 runs here.
West Indies team is a good chaser of the game as no score is big enough for them. We expect both teams to chase down the total.
West Indies have a good batting and bowling attack when compared to Ireland. Ireland is one of the upcoming teams and they recently got the Test status too. West Indies will be a tough team to beat in their home conditions will the strong XI they form.
We expect West Indies to win this match!