West Indies vs Ireland, 3rd T20 Match Prediction2020-01-21
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
Can Ireland seize the series after leading the three-match T20 series by 1-0
West Indies to win the second T20I match to level the series.
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The three-match T-20s between West Indies and Ireland is nicely set up in favour of visitors. As Ireland is certain they are not going to lose the series from here. Visitors won in the thriller first game and they got lucky in the second game as they managed just 147 runs in the first inning before the game called off during early chase. On the other hand, Windies would be dejected on missing out the chance to level the series following a stunning defeat. Windies skipper Kieron pollard was remarkable in the previous game, picked four wickets. For Ireland, Paul Stirling has been in stupendous form this series, scored 112 runs from last two games. There would be lost at stake for Windies whereas it would be a good opportunity for Ireland to win the game and create the history of winning their first series-win against a test playing nation.
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Earlier in the tour, West Indies had saved their second ODI against Ireland with the great difficulty and went on to whitewash the ODI series. The hosts faced the first defeat in initial T20 game of the series, as the T20 World Champions fell four runs short while chasing visitors total of 208. After being asked to field first, Cottrell and his fellow bowlers could not break the opening partnership till the 13th over, by which the hosts already crossed 150 runs. Cottrell (Economy of 9.25), Pierre(Economy of 15.00) and Williams (Economy of 16.00) and Pollard (Economy of 11) together conceded more than 150 runs in their 12 overs, while Bravo (2 for 28) and Walsh (1 for 25) bowled well under circumstances. Simmons gave a fitting start as he scored 22 in just 14, and Lewis went on for his half-century, but wickets at regular intervals and 200 plus target proved to be too much at the end, despite grabbing 27 in the over 18. It’s not a big defeat for the hosts, but the upcoming second T20 game is crucial and a must-win. With the top-class T20 specialists, hosts can assure their supporters a fitting come-back.
In the second T-20 which was washed out due to rain during an early chase by Windies, the host had a better chance of levelling the series. To restrict visitors below 150, Pollard was the most successful of the pack, returning with 4/25, while Cottrell finished with an impressive 2/10 in his four overs.
In the last 9 T20Is, Kieron Pollard is the top-scorer with 301 runs at the average of 43.00 and strike rate of 139.35, followed by Evin Lewis (251 runs, strike rate 135.32). Sheldon Cottrell (18 wickets in last 14 games) is the key bowlers for West Indies, as he gets support from Kesrick Williams (11 wickets in 7 matches).
Key Players: Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis
After a high-scoring thriller in the first T20 game, which they won by four runs and some fortune in the second game, Ireland will harbour hopes of securing a rare T20I series victory when they take on West Indies in the third match in St Kitts.
In the shortest white-ball format, Ireland did what they couldn’t do in the preceding ODI series. In the first T20, Paul Stirling's match-winning innings of 47-balls, 95 powered the team to the imposing victory, as the team posted 208 runs batting first. He was well supported by O'Brien (32 balls 48 runs), as the duo added 154 runs batting first. Though, it was not easy for their bowlers to defend the total against the team that boasts of Pollard, Pooran, Hetmyer, Simmons, Lewis and Bravo. Joshua Little’s 3-for and Craig Young’s 2-for also kept the run-flow in check as together they gave away just 60 runs in their 8 overs. Young gave just 3 runs in the penultimate over, taking Pooran’s wicket, to keep 13 runs to defend for Little in the last, which he did successfully at the end, conceding just 8. One more win will get them the trophy, but it won’t come so easily for the visitors.
However, In the second T20, Visitors failed to deliver the likewise performance of the initial game. Gareth Delany (44 from 22) and Andrew Balbirnie (36 from 32) played some impact knock.
In last 10 T20Is, Paul Stirling (445 runs, average 49.44) has been the top-scorer, followed by Kevin O'Brien (318 runs), while Mark Adair is the leading wicket-taker for Ireland with 27 wickets in last 17 T20Is, followed by Gareth Delany (11 wickets in 10 matches).
Key Players - Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, Simi Singh, CA Young, 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 a maximum 25° and minimum temperature are expected to be around 17°c. Precipitation of around 2.0 mm, cloud covering 93% of the sky, with the humidity around 77% is predicted.
On this pitch, the highest total is 182/6 by England against West Indies, while the lowest recorded total is 45. The highest chased on this surface is 147, while lowest defended is 112.
The venue for the match is Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts.
In 9 T20Is played here, 5 times the teams bowling first have won, three-match was abandoned and two times the teams batting first have won. It is recommended to opt to field first after winning the toss.
Ireland’s efforts finally gave them the desired results, as they are ecstatic after winning the first game of the 3-match T20I series against West Indies, which is also their first success of the tour. However, Windies bounced back remarkably well in the second game, their bowlers did a splendid job. Now, the hosts have all the reasons and resources to bounce back to defeat Ireland in the third T20 game and level the series.
West Indies to win the second T20I match to level the series.
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