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West Indies vs Ireland, free match prediction 20 Jan 2020

20 Jan 2020 | 03:30 | Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
140/1 in 11.0 12.73
138/10 in 19.1 7.20

West Indies Vs Ireland betting odds

WINDIES

1.14

IRE

4.95

Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner West Indies beat Ireland by 9 wickets

Can West Indies level the series & salvage pride?

  • The only bilateral series between these sides earlier ended as 1-1 stalemate at the Caribbean soil
  • West Indies has lost 4 T20I series since 2019 and are yet to win or level a series till now
  • Ireland currently leads the T20I series by an unassailable 1-0 margin

West Indies will win the match & level the series 1-1!

  • Tournament: West Indies vs Ireland 2020
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
  • Toss: To Bowl

Match Preview

West Indies are in a kind of must-win situation after the second T20I match against Ireland was washed away due to rain. West Indies will look to continue their improved performance in limited-overs and level the T20I series in this match.

Ireland, on the other hand, will be looking to achieve their maiden series win over West Indies and it will be a big boost for their team going into the T20I World Cup later this year. A loss in this match would be a big setback for West Indies whereas one of their greatest achievement in the international arena for Ireland.

Both teams have a lot in stake to play for in this match and we can expect a cracking contest between them.

Teams Preview

West Indies Preview

West Indies played just 2 overs before the rain came to abandon the match. Lendl Simmons looked to bat aggressively keeping the DLS target in mind but was dismissed in the first over. Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmeyr, Nicholas Pooran, and Kieron Pollard are in good form with the bat and are raring to go. Presence of Dwayne Bravo and Shane Rutherford will add depth to the team due to their all-round skills.

Sheldon Cotrell and Dwayne Bravo were good with the ball controlling the run flow effectively the last match. Spinners Khary Pierre and Hayden Walsh were leaking a lot of runs giving away 53 runs in their combined 4 overs. Skipper Kieron Pollard stepped in to take 4 wickets with the ball in the last match and restrict Ireland to just 147 runs.

KEY PLAYERS:

Kieron Pollard – Pollard is leading the team from the front with both bat and ball. He is giving crucial runs and overs with the bat and ball respectively. His all-round excellence is adding great value to the team and inspires the other players to perform well.

Sheldon Cotrell – Sheldon Cotrell had brilliant figures of 4-0-10-2 in the previous match and dismissed the dangerous Paul Stirling in the powerplay itself. He is the most consistent bowler of the West Indies team for the last 2 years.

West Indies Predicted Playing XI:

Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh/Kesrick Williams, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Romario Shepherd

West Indies Key Players From Previous Game Of West Indies vs Ireland 2020

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
L Simmons 10 5 1 1 200
S Hetmyer 4 5 0 0 80
E Lewis 2 3 0 0 66.67
Bowlers O M R W Econ
K Pollard 4.0 0 25 4 6.25
S Cottrell 4.0 0 10 2 2.5
R Shepherd 4.0 0 38 1 9.5
Bowlers O M R W Econ
K Pollard 4.0 0 25 4 6.25
S Cottrell 4.0 0 10 2 2.5
R Shepherd 4.0 0 38 1 9.5

West Indies Actual Playing XI:

Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis

Ireland Preview

Ireland batsmen struggled to build partnerships and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Andrew Balbirnie (36 runs), Gareth Delany (44 runs), and Harry Tector (31 runs) played vital hands to help their team post a decent total of 147 runs. Their lower middle order failed miserably as all batsmen below No. 5 failed to get double-digit scores.

Paul Stirling took the scalp of Lendl Simmons in the first over before rain gods washed away the game. Craig Young and Joshua Little bowled impressively in the first match. Spinners Simi Singh and George Dockrell need to contain the big-hitting West Indian players in the middle overs.

KEY PLAYERS:

Gareth Delany – Gareth Delany has 63 runs at a strike rate of 186 this series and played a brilliant knock of 22-ball 44 in the last match after coming in early to the crease. We can expect more runs from his bat in this match too.

Simi Singh – Simi Singh has been impressive throughout this tour with good performances in ODIs and T20Is so far. He will look to sign off with a match-winning or series-clinching performance here.

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (wk), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Craig Young

Ireland Key Players From Previous Game Of West Indies vs Ireland 2020

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
G Delany 44 22 1 5 200
A Balbirnie 36 32 4 0 112.5
H Tector 31 23 0 2 134.78
Bowlers O M R W Econ
P Stirling 1.0 0 11 1 11
S Singh 1.0 0 5 0 5
B McCarthy 0.1 0 0 0 0
Bowlers O M R W Econ
P Stirling 1.0 0 11 1 11
S Singh 1.0 0 5 0 5
B McCarthy 0.1 0 0 0 0

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, Simi Singh, CA Young, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, GC Wilson, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Weather Conditions

St. Kitts is having a good rain last 2 days but the weather looks better on the match day and we hope we could get a match if the outfield and pitch are fit to play.

Venue Details

Warner Park has a good pitch that might contain a lot of moisture due to rain over the last 2 days. There could be very little support for spinners in this pitch. We can expect average scores over 160 in this pitch.

Toss: To Bowl

Teams will look to bat second as the match might be affected by rain interruptions and DLS score considerations.

Winning Prediction

West Indies are under pressure to win this match and level the series. They bowled impressively in the last match but were unlucky as the rain halted the play. Ireland did not have a good outing last match but will be high on confidence after their win and will look to come out all guns blazing as they are not under any pressure in this match.

West Indies will win the match & level the series 1-1!

Author: Dhinesh Kumar