West Indies vs Ireland – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is West Indies vs Ireland taking place? Thursday, January 9th (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? 29c with sunshine and cloud but rain could hit later in the contest

What channel is West Indies vs Ireland on? West Indies vs Ireland will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream West Indies vs Ireland? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

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 have plenty of room for improvement, particularly with the bat, despite their comfortable victory over Ireland in the opening ODI game of the series and will be keen to put in a better display in this second match.
  • The Windies bowled Ireland out for 180 although they did not remove the entire side until late in the innings. It was a solid bowling performance on the whole as they managed to keep the run rate down on what proved to be a good pitch.
  • Evin Lewis was the key man with the bat as he fell desperately short of earning a century after finishing on 99* and with Jason Holder set to come back into contention for the third and final ODI, the pressure may be on for others in the team to perform or risk losing their place.

IRELAND

  • Ireland put in a valiant effort with the ball but their struggles with the bat ultimately saw them fall well short of a competitive total and they will be keen to improve as they face the West Indies at Kensington Oval once again.
  • The Irish will be frustrated after they were bowled out for 180 with all of the top four in the order scoring at least 15 runs but all fell for less than 20 with none of them able to kick-on after playing themselves in.
  • Ireland managed to take five wickets but owing to their low total, it was never likely to be enough as the Windies surpassed their total with 100 balls to spare but the efforts of Simi Singh will give them hope heading into this second game after he ended with figures of 2-44 from his 10-over spell.

THE PREDICTION

West Indies proved too good in their opening ODI with Ireland but have plenty to work on ahead of game two. They will be disgruntled at losing five wickets in their pursuit of what was a total that should not have posed them any problems and had it not been for Evin Lewis’ classy knock, the Windies could have found themselves in trouble. That will be a big area to improve in this second contest and although Ireland can provide some decent competition again, they are unlikely to improve sufficiently to cause any real issues for the hosts.

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