T20 Goliath West Indies up against Ireland (David)!
West Indies will win the match !
West Indies whitewashed Ireland by 3-0 margin in the ODI series. Every T20I match will lead to the buildup of T20 world Cup in Australia later this year. West Indies are the defending champions in the T20 format, but they are having a difficult time in the T20I format off late with a string of losses. But Skipper Kieron Pollard has infused energy and momentum into the West Indian team and return of Dwayne Bravo will boost their morale.
Ireland has qualified for the T20 World Cup after qualifying from the ICC qualifiers at UAE. Both teams will look to win this match and strengthen their squad going into the World Cup.
West Indies team is moving in the right direction after Kieron Pollard took over the captaincy stint. Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran were good with the bat in ODI series and are expected to continue their good form. Brandon King, Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer will form the core of the middle order with their skipper. Dwayne Bravo returns to the team after 2016 and is expected to resolve their death bowling issues mainly. Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams will the lead pacers in the team with Shane Rutherford on standby. Impressive young spinners Khary Pierre and Hayden Walsh will look to make a mark in this series.
Evin Lewis - Lewis had a brilliant ODI series with scores of 102, 9, & 99* in the 3 ODI matches. He will look to continue his good form into the T20Is too and score quick runs at the top of the order.
Hayden Walsh - Walsh has 6 wickets at an economy of 4 RPO in the ODIs and also contributed with a crucial of 46* in the second match. As a wrist spinner, he will be a big X-factor for the West Indies team.
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (Wk), Kieron Pollard(C), Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cotrell, Kesrick Williams
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Kesrick Williams, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis
Ireland team will be dejected after their performance in the ODI series. Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie came up with 50+ scores but were not enough to secure a win for their team. Kevin O Brian, Lorcan Tucker, and Gareth Delany must contribute more to the team with the bat in hand. Joshua Little joins the likes of Boyd Rankin and Barry McCarthy as the pace bowlers in the playing XI. Mark Adair and Craig Young will be reserve bowlers in the squad. Simi Singh and George Dockrell will take over the spin bowling duties of the team.
Andrew Balbirnie - Balbirnie scored 71 runs in the last ODI despite wickets falling around him consistently. No other batsmen crossed 25-run mark to support him in the batting in that match.
Simi Singh - Simi Singh was very impressed with his bowling in the ODIs with 6 wickets at an economy of just 4 RPO. His match figures read as follows in the three matches: 1/29, 3/48 & 2/44
Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy
Kevin O'Brien, Simi Singh, CA Young, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, GC Wilson, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
Grenada weather looks dark and cloudy and we might have some interruptions and DLS equations in the match like the final ODI played here.
National Stadium has a good pitch where the ball is expected to come onto the bat nicely. We can expect scores of 160-170 runs in this match.
Chasing is the best option in the T20Is and with rain threat looming and DLS equation making it`s presence captains will look to bowl first.
West Indies are unmatched in terms of experience and power-hitting in the T20s especially. But, they have a fairly young bowling attack which is yet to make a mark in international stages. Ireland team will take this as an opportunity to fine-tune their squad ahead of the big World Cup and make the world notice them with some inspiring performances.
We expect West indies to win this match.
West Indies will win the match !