Ireland vs West Indies ODI series 2020 – 1st ODI
Ireland Tour of West Indies History
This is going to be forth visit of Ireland in Caribbean islands, though one of them was part of world cup, which was arranged in 2007, Ireland’s debut in world cup. This is going to be visitor’s first tour, which includes more than just one ODI, prior this visit, Ireland team toured West Indies twice, but played just one-off ODI only.
Victory brings points:
Ireland is at the least risk, as the team will lose the point only, if it will not win a single match. The visitors need to win at least one match to increase their point, and if they want to raise their position ahead of 10th ranked team, Afghanistan, then they need to whitewash the host and win the series with three-nil, anyhow Ireland is famous to make upset in world cup till date. On the other side, the home team needs to win the series without a single lose, if the host doesn’t want to lose their points, and if the home team will win the series with three-nil, then the host will raise their position from 9th to 8th, ahead of Sri Lanka.
Bridgetown weather for tomorrow looks partly cloudy, and pretty clear for match to play. Teams prefer to choose either batting or fielding depending on the pitch and weather, and it might be same for tomorrow as tomorrow is the first instance, where the ODI is going to play in month of January at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
History Between the Teams:
Both teams came across each other 10 times and West Indies has upper hand, as got victory 7 times, whereas, Ireland had just one instance to celebrate victory, which was in 2015 World cup, the other two encounter couldn’t find any result. Ireland didn’t win a single match out of three encounters, played in Caribbean land.
ODI History at Kensington Oval:
West Indies doesn’t have much impressive record at the venue, as the team played 31 ODIs and won only 13 ODIs, on the other hand, Ireland played here just ODIs and they have equal record for victory and loss, which was in 2007 World Cup.
Tentative XI for both the Teams:
As, the pitch usually favors batting, but as well fast bowlers. Spinners didn’t get much chances to put their impression, yet. So West Indies might come with just one spinner.
West Indies Eleven: E. Lewis, S. Ambris, S. Hope, S. Hetmyer, N. Pooran, K. Polard, R. Chase, K. Paul, H. Walsh Jr, S. Cottrell, A. Joseph
The visiting team also wants to come with their best, and might come with their pace battery with one spinner.
Ireland Eleven: J. McCollum, P. Stirling, A. Balbirnie, W. Porterfield, G. Wilson, KJ O’Brien, S. Singh, G. Delany, B. Rankin, C. Young, M. Adair