Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - West Indies v Ireland 1st T20I
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series on the Ireland tour of West Indies, 2020 will be played at the National Cricket Stadium, St George's in Grenada.
Ireland may have lost the ODI series 3-0 but that will not be their prime point of concern. A victory in the ODIs would certainly not have hurt but the team would be focusing on the T20 format given that we are in the World Cup year.
Andrew Balbirnie, who was named the skipper of all the three formats after the resignation of William Porterfield, will continue to lead the side. Porterfield has not found a place in the T20 squad.
Same is the case with all rounder Shane Getkate who did not do himself any favours in the T20 World Cup Qualifier. Pacer Stuart Thompson has also been dropped from the T20 side to accommodate all-rounder Josh Little.
West Indies, on the other hand, will not want to make to many changes to the way in which they are playing. Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the team.
The big news for them is the inclusion of Dwayne Bravo who recently came out of retirement. This series will go a long way in deciding whether or not he will be a part of the team's World Cup mix.
Evin Lewis will continue to open the batting and will have a new batting partner in Lendl Simmons while Brandon King is likely to bat at 3. Kesrick Williams will make the side for the T20s.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
West Indies - Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams
Ireland - Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
Who will win the toss? - Ireland
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Run Scorer - Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Top Wicket Taker - Kesrick Williams (West Indies), Simi Singh (Ireland)
Most Sixes - Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland)
Player of the Match – Nicholas Pooran
Team Scores Batting first – West Indies 180+, Ireland 150+
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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