West Indies vs Ireland, 1st T20 Match Prediction2020-01-16
National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
Can the change in the format alter the fate of Ireland cricket team as they play their first of three T20I matches after the ODI series defeat?
West Indies to win the first T20I match of the series!
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Ireland and West Indies lock horns at St George’s, Grenada, in the first of 3-match T20I series. This is after the ODI series which the hosts swept, by defeating Ireland 3-0. In ODIs series, especially the second ODI, Ireland played very well to take the game till the last over and eventually losing it by just 1 wicket and 1 ball remaining after scoring 237 runs. In the third ODI, Lewis’ century led the hosts to the whitewash. Dwayne Bravo is set to play his first T20I since 2016 as he is recalled to the West Indies T20I squad, while allrounders Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul will be missing out due to injuries.
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Evin Lewis’ ton sealed the preceding ODI series for the hosts, as they defeated Ireland in the third ODI by five wickets (DLS method). The damped pitch enabled Kieron Pollard to opt for fielding first, and after multiple rain delays, the hosts finally had the target of 197 in 47 overs, which they crossed in just 36.2 overs. The West Indies faced the real challenge in the second ODI. In the thriller game, Hayden Walsh was the savior towards the end, with his six when the hosts needed 2 runs and last two balls with just 1 wicket remaining.
The hosts have recalled Dwayne Bravo to reinforce the death bowling, while allrounder Rovman Powell is also called in with the intention of getting some quick runs towards the end of innings. His performance Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup has been exceptional, where he smashed two centuries and played an inning of 96 runs.
In the last 9 T20Is, Kieron Pollard is the top-scorer with 270 runs at the average of 45.00 and a strike rate of 134.32, followed by Evin Lewis (196 runs, strike rate 123.45). Sheldon Cottrell (10 wickets in the last 10 games) is the key bowlers for West Indies.
Key Players: Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Kesrick Williams, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis
Ireland came quite close to upset the hosts in the second ODI, which eventually won by the hosts by 1 wicket and just one ball remaining at Barbados. Though they lost the game, they put up a collective effort as Stirling scored 63 off 79, Simi Singh took 3 wickets, and McBrine (2 for 37) and McCarthy (2 for 28) also contributed with the ball. In the third ODI, Andy Balbirnie took the lead with his 71 runs innings, but he didn’t get enough support from his fellow batsmen, as Ireland’s ended up with the modest total of 203.
The hosts easily cruised to the victory by chasing down DLS target of 197 with 64 balls remaining. For Ireland, the positives are that both Stirling and Balbirnie have got half-centuries against their name.
In last 10 T20Is, Paul Stirling (386 runs, average 60.77) has been the top-scorer, followed by Kevin O'Brien (270 runs), while Mark Adair is the leading wicket-taker for Ireland with 16 wickets in last 10 T20Is, followed by Gareth Delany (13 wickets in 10 matches).
Key Players: Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien, Simi Singh, CA Young, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, GC Wilson, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
On the match day, the weather will be patchy rain possible with the daytime temperature reaching 27°c and nighttime minimum temperature are expected to be around 25°c. Precipitation of around 4.9 mm, cloud covering 78% of the sky, with the humidity around 77% is predicted.
The venue for the match is National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada.
The surface looks very good for batting throughout. It’s the first T20I on this ground. The highest total on the ground in ODIs is 418 for 6 by England against West Indies, and in reply West Indies managed to score 389. Out of 25 ODIs played here, 14 times the teams chasing have won and 9 times the teams batting first have won. The teams in the recent past have generally opted fielding first after winning the toss. It is recommended to go for bowling first after winning the toss
West Indies just got their hands on the second ODL series trophy in a matter of two months, while Ireland won their last T20 series (Tri-Nation) in September 2019 against Netherlands and Scotland. At home, the West Indies team looks solid and a lot of T20 specialists in their side make them formidable. They already have shown the dominance over Ireland, who holds 15th position in the ICC T20 rankings. Overall statistics are in favour of the hosts!
West Indies to win the first T20I match of the series!
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