West Indies vs Ireland Second ODI Preview and Prediction: Will the West Indies Seal a Series Victory?

Kieron Pollard in action for the West Indies vs Ireland.
Editor’s note: This match has been postponed to Thursday after injuries and covid-19 cases in the Irish squad.

Although the next ODI World Cup is still over a year away, every match matters thanks to the introduction of the ODI Super League and both Ireland and the West Indies will be hoping to pick up valuable points in the race to qualify for the World Cup in India in 2023, with the West Indies having the chance to wrap up the series in this match. Read on for our West Indies vs Ireland Second ODI Preview and Prediction.

West Indies vs Ireland Second ODI Preview and Prediction

Series So Far

Ireland came into this series after their tour of the USA never really got underway due to a succession of covid outbreaks in both camps which ultimately limited the action to just two T20s. The West Indies endured similar frustration in Pakistan as three scheduled ODIs were cancelled for the same reason. But this series got started without a hitch, despite some players being absent after catching the virus, and there was plenty to enjoy about the cricket.

The West Indies ultimately came away as deserved victors with Shamarh Brooks and Kieron Pollard doing the majority of the damage with the bat. Brooks was no doubt disappointed to fall seven runs short of a century on debut, but it was nonetheless a very positive outing for the Barbadian. Ireland batted well in stretches, with Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector the pick of their batsman, but the middle order failed to contribute the runs required as they felt 24 short of the target.

Expected Teams

The West Indies should be unchanged from their victory in the first match. That will see Shai Hope opening the batting with Justin Greaves, with keeper Nicholas Pooran coming in at three and Brooks batting at four. All-rounder Roston Chase will bat at five with captain Kieron Pollard coming in at six. Jason Holder will bat at seven, with the team rounded out by the quicks Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph and spinner Akeal Hossain.

For Ireland, Paul Stirling should be able to return which will give the team a welcome boost at the top of the order. Expect Balbirnie to partner him, with Andy McBride to come in at three provided he has recovered from his concussion scare. That will leave Tector to bat at four, with Curtis Campher and Lorcan Tucker in at five and six. All-rounder George Dockrell will bat at seven, with Neil Rock, Mark Adair, Craig Young and Josh Little making up the rest of the lower order.

Prediction

Ireland are generally a competitive ODI side and they could be more than that if given the opportunity to test themselves against the world’s best sides more often. But without that match practice, they are likely to remain in danger of being out-gunned against the likes of the West Indies. The return of Stirling should help Ireland, but their hosts have a deeper and more experienced batting line-up and that should once again prove to be the difference between the sides.

Prediction: West Indies win.

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