West Indies vs Ireland – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is West Indies vs Ireland taking place? Tuesday, January 7th (5pm UK time)

Where is West Indies vs Ireland taking place? Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

What is the expected weather for West Indies vs Ireland? 27c with sunshine and cloud but no rain forecast

What channel is West Indies vs Ireland on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream West Indies vs Ireland? This match will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for West Indies vs Ireland? Tickets for this match can be purchased here!

LAST MEETING
West Indies beat Ireland by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

WEST INDIES

  • West Indies come into this three-match ODI series that will be followed by three T20 matches off a narrow 2-1 one-day series loss against India which will give them confidence based on the quality of opposition, despite losing.
  • The Windies beat Ireland twice in Dublin back in May in a tri-nation series involving Bangladesh, so they will be even more confident in home conditions of beating them in this series starting in Barbados
  • All-rounder Jason Holder has been rested for the first two matches as they look to manage his workload but they otherwise have a strong squad at their disposal led by skipper Kieron Pollard and their recent upturn in form against Afghanistan and India will boost their confidence significantly.

IRELAND

  • Ireland kick off this Caribbean tour motivated to get some positive results and they will take heart from a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe in the last series they played in this format of the game back in July in Belfast.
  • Ireland will be led by new captain Andy Balbirnie who has been one of their batting stars in recent times and he was in great form the last time these two teams met in May in Malahide as he walloped 135 from just 124 balls to help Ireland to a total of 327/5 - but that ultimately proved a little short.
  • Despite being replaced as captain, William Porterfield remains in the squad but they have started to bring in some younger talent as veteran Tim Murtagh has been left out and their hopes will rely heavily on key men such as Balbirnie, Adair, Rankin and Stirling.

THE PREDICTION

Ireland competed well with West Indies and Bangladesh in a tri-nation series back in May in Ireland but this will be a much sterner challenge. West Indies have gone through something of a rebuilding phase in recent times and they look to have turned the corner under Kieron Pollard and head coach Phil Simmons. They mean business in white ball cricket these days, especially with the T20 World Cup later this year, and with good competition for places they should have far too much quality with both bat and ball for the tourists in this opening game.

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