West Indies vs Ireland – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is West Indies vs Ireland taking place? Wednesday 15th January, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is West Indies vs Ireland taking place? National Cricket Stadium, St. George’s, Grenada

What is the expected weather for West Indies vs Ireland? 28c but showers are expected throughout the day

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 11 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

WEST INDIES

  • West Indies earned a 3-0 whitewash over Ireland in their ODI series and will now look to carry those efforts into the T20 series against the same side but the Windies may feel under some pressure.
  • The hosts have only won one of their last seven T20 series’ with India proving too good for them in their most recent series and they will be eager to get back to winning ways as they build towards the T20 World Cup.
  • Dwayne Bravo has returned to the fold for the Windies after coming out of T20I retirement and could make his first appearance since 2016 if selected but he will not line-up alongside Jason Holder who is rested while Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul are out with injuries.

IRELAND

  • Ireland suffered defeat in the final ODI game of the series to make it a whitewash against the West Indies but they by no means embarrassed themselves and will take plenty of positives into this T20 series.
  • The Irish have named a mixture of youth and experience in their squad for this series with the likes of Boyd Rankin, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling likely to be key to their side’s chances.
  • Highly-rated Josh Little will get another chance to impress and he is joined in the squad by fellow youngster Harry Tector who will hope to get another chance batting in the middle of the order.

THE PREDICTION

West Indies earned a whitewash over Ireland in the ODI series but have plenty of improving to do as they turn their attention to the T20s. The hosts played well in patches across the three games but failed to really dominate in any of those contests. Ireland have a solid foundation to build on from those matches and although they will make a few changes to their line-up, the crux of the side will remain the same. However, they are likely to fall short in this opening game with West Indies possessing too much power with the bat and more quality with the ball.

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