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|Hayden Walsh Jr||46||67||4||0||68.66|
|Mark Richard Adair||7.5||0||51||1||6.51|
|Mark Richard Adair||13||24||0||1||54.17|
|Hayden Walsh Jr||8.0||0||47||0||5.88|
There was a time not too long ago when Ireland was considered to be more or less the equal of West Indies in cricketing circles. Since then, though, Ireland has failed to continue its rise up the rankings and the West Indies is seeing a return of its biggest stars to national colors.
In fact, we think the current group of West Indian players has the talent to challenge any team on its day. The home side won the first match pretty comfortably in the end but would have liked to be a bit more clinical in execution.
Ireland, on the other hand, needs to improve its batting very quickly if it has to compete on this tour at all.
West Indies vs Ireland 2nd ODI is going to be played at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados on the 9th of January 2020.
A very good bowling performance by the West Indies was the force behind its victory against Ireland in the first match. Alzarri Joseph picked up four wickets, all of who were top-6 batsmen. The other bowlers bowled quite well and there was never a time when the Irish batsmen threatened to put up a big total.
The West Indies chose an interesting playing eleven as they preferred to play Keemo Paul one of the regular bowlers. That is not something that has happened too often in the past where Keemo Paul has been seen as a T20 specialist.
His presence adds more depth to an already formidable batting lineup as well.
Perhaps with the fifth bowler’s quota being taken out from Roston Chase and Kieron Pollard, the West Indies management thinks it can afford to play Keemo Paul in the lineup regularly.
The West Indian batsmen knocked off the chase of 181 in just over 33 overs. Evin Lewis top-scored with 99 not out while a number of other batsmen got starts. The lineup of Shai Hope, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, and Kieron Pollard is good enough to score over 300 regularly.
The batsmen are going to be lining up to face the Irish bowling attack and we think at least a couple of centuries lie ahead in the series.
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Ireland has not been able to win a single match on this tour so far seeing as it lost the first-class fixture as well. Things have been difficult for Ireland in white-ball cricket and it does not look like they are about to get any easier.
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie are the mainstays of the Irish batting. If these two don’t score many runs then it is going to be difficult for Ireland to post a competitive total. We do think Ireland can score more runs than it did in the first match, though.
Paul Stirling, Andre Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, and Lorcan Tucker are all decent batsmen. This is not the most powerful of lineups and it should not try to be either. If Ireland tries to beat the West Indies at its own game, it is never going to succeed.
The best chance for Ireland lies in a plan where they build the inning and then try to explode towards the latter third of the overs.
The bowling was also quite disappointing and most of the wickets came because of batsmen errors rather than anything special by the bowlers. Barry McCarthy and Boyd Rankin were decent and Simi Singh managed to pick up two wickets but it does not seem likely that Ireland is going to win any matches because of its bowling.
PR Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie, WTS Porterfield, Kevin O'Brien, Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Richard Adair, WB Rankin, Barry McCarthy.
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There are some showers predicted in Georgetown on match day and so we could have a shortened match. Hopefully, these showers will be short and not affect proceedings too much. The pitch in Barbados was very good for batting and the same can be expected for this match.
The fast bowlers could get something out of the surface with the new ball but overall the batsmen should be dominant. A score of around 260-270 seems the minimum that teams batting first will be aiming for.
We have no hesitation in backing the West Indies again for this match. They have a full-strength team with a very talented batting lineup and a bowling attack that has shown itself to be very capable as well. Ireland will need to improve dramatically in every aspect to be able to pull this upset off and we just don’t see it happening.
Bet on the West Indies to win.
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