Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - West Indies v Ireland 1st ODI
The 1st match of the three-match ODI series on the Ireland tour of West Indies, 2020 will be played at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados.
In the last 5 ODIs that have been played between the two teams, West Indies have won 3, Ireland have won one, while one match has been abandoned. The last couple of games between the two sides were played in the Ireland tri-nation series in which West Indies beat Ireland quite comprehensively.
The first time, they smashed 381 runs and then dismissed Ireland for just 185. However, Ireland competed well in the next match, piling up 327 runs on the board. But, they was unable to defend it as West Indies won by 5 wickets.
Shai Hope is the in-form batsman for West Indies within an average of 93.83 in the last 10 ODIs. Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard will further strengthen the team's batting line-up.
Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph are their leading bowlers. Both have the ability to bowl both first up and at the back end as well. In the absence of Holder, Keemo Paul will come in first change.
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie are the leading batsmen for Ireland. In the last 9 matches, Stirling averages 55.77 while Balbirnie has scored runs at close to 40. Mark Adair and Boyd Rankin are their top bowlers, both with strike rates in the early 30s.
Ireland would hope to run West Indies close. But, a 3-wicket defeat in the warm-up match does not augur well for them.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
West Indies - Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr
Ireland - Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
Who will win the toss? - Ireland
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Run Scorer - Shai Hope (West Indies), Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland)
Top Wicket Taker - Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Boyd Rankin (Ireland)
Most Sixes - Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Kevin O’Brien (Ireland)
Player of the Match – Shai Hope
Team Scores Batting first – West Indies 320+, Ireland 245+
Match Handicap West Indies
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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