West Indies and Ireland will lock horns in the only ODI at Belfast on Wednesday. An inspired performance against England in the recently concluded Test series would have given West Indies a lot of confidence and that might reflect in the team performance for their upoming matches. Windies will also be contesting in an ODI series against England soon. We take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both teams in order to predict the winner of this only ODI.
Home conditions – Ireland are playing at home and that’s the biggest advantage for them. Being accustomed to the conditions will give a boost to their performance and the crowd support means that Ireland go into the contest with a 50-50 chance.
Solid batting order – With Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and skipper William Porterfield in the top order, Ireland have a solid batting unit. Not to forget the likes of O’Brien brothers who have the habit of coming up with match winning performances every now and then.
Playing against a dangerous limited-over side – West Indies have talent in the team and some of the most dangerous players in the shorter format. Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell and skipper Jason Holder make this West Indian side a lethal one.
Ireland squad – Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield(c), Andrew Balbirnie, John Anderson, Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.
West Indies: Strengths
Chris Gayle is back – The Universe Boss is back in West Indian team and his fans will be looking forward to watch him in action. There have been issues between Gayle and the West Indian cricket board in the past but let’s hope the Gayle-storm makes the most out of this opportunity.
Inform Shai Hope in the team – In the form of Shai Hope, West Indies have found a match winner. His performance in the Test series was exceptional and his team mates would be expecting him to keep up that form in this match against Ireland as well as the upcoming ODI series against England.
West Indies: Weaknesses
Disappointing performances in the 50-over format – West Indies have performed below their potential in the ODI format in recent times. They weren’t a part of the Champions Trophy due to their rankings and just like the inspired performances in the Test series, they need someone to play similarly in ODIs too. Hope, the return of Chris Gayle helps West Indian cricket to get back on track.
West Indies squad – Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick Williams, Sunil Ambris, Miguel Cummins, Jerome Taylor.
Match Prediction – Ireland have a decent ODI team but few of the players in that West Indies team are in good nick – Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle to name a few. Even though Ireland are the home team, West Indies are the favorites to win the contest. West Indies Test cricket is on the rise and it’s now time for their limited over side to come up with an inspirational performance too.
Possible winner – West Indies