- Match: West Indies vs Ireland, 1st ODI, Ireland tour of West Indies, 2020
- Date: Tuesday, January 07, 2020
- Time: 05:00 PM GMT
- Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
West Indies vs Ireland First ODI Match Preview
West Indies ended 2019 with a 1-2 ODI series loss against India. However, despite that loss they ran India close in their own backyard in all the games and could have easily won the series too. They showed everyone the batting power they posses and are shaping up to be an exciting team in the format.
West Indies will begin 2020 by hosting Ireland for a 3-match ODI series. Ireland didn’t have a great 2019 in terms of ODI cricket. But the last ODI series they played – against Zimbabwe at home in July – they managed a 3-0 whitewash.
Playing at home, West Indies will begin as favorites but Ireland may well run them close.
Team West Indies Form
West Indies have a star-studded powerful batting lineup with most of them being in good hitting form. The likes of Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard provide them team with great batting depth and have the ability to bludgeon any attack into submission.
Their bowling is good too with Sheldon Cottrell leading the charge and ably supported by Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph and spinner Khary Pierre.
Team Ireland Match Form
Ireland has been making steady progress in limited overs cricket. They have some dependable batting stars in Paul Stirling, skipper William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie and Kevin O Brien. Opener James McCollum is an exciting young batting talent and should be watched out for in this match and the series.
Their bowling isn’t as penetrative and would be wholly dependent on the experience of Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin and Kevin O Brien. Mark Adair is an impressive young fast bowler and can have an impact.
West Indies vs Ireland, 1st ODI: Cricket Prediction
There has been 8 completed ODIs played between West Indies and Ireland so far – 7 have been won by the Windies and only 1 was clinched by Ireland. The last time the sides clashed in an ODI was in May 2019 where West Indies registered a comfortable 5-wicket win.
The Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, is the venue for the 1st ODI between West Indies and Ireland. It is known to be a high-scoring ground in recent times with scores of 300-plus being achieved here on 7 occasions. The highest total on the venue is 364-4 by England against the West Indies. We can thus expect another high-scoring game in the 1st ODI with the total runs scored being about 580-600 runs.
West Indies have shaped up nicely as an ODI team and are a batting powerhouse. Playing at home they will have an added advantage and it unlikely that Ireland will be able to match up with them at present. West Indies are thus the expected winners of the 1st ODI.