The West Indies and Ireland have decided to postpone the second One-Day International (ODI) scheduled for Tuesday (January 11) due to the discovery of three new Covid cases in the visitors’ camp following the most recent round of testing. This, combined with two injuries in the squad, has left Ireland severely depleted in terms of ability to compete. The rescheduled second ODI will take place on Thursday, January 13th.
West Indies defeated Ireland by 24 runs in the first match of this series, which was closer than it appeared. Ireland had its moments in that game and will be hoping to even things up in this one. West Indies will be pleased with its victory, but it would have preferred a more dominant performance. There is a lot to unpack in this contest from a betting standpoint.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 13th, 2022 at the Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica.
Match Details to Note
Match: West Indies vs Ireland, 2nd ODI Match, Ireland Tour of West Indies, 2022
Date: January 13, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
West Indies vs Ireland Team Previews
In the previous match, the West Indies batted first and was reduced to 62 for four. That situation could have quickly deteriorated, but Shamrh Brooks and Kieron Pollard were able to form a brilliant partnership. West Indies eventually finished with a total of 269, which was about average for the venue.
West Indies has a very deep batting lineup, with Odean Smith batting at number nine. The chances of one of these players racking up a big score are always high. We believe you can count on Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, and Kieron Pollard to score runs.
The West Indies’ batting lineup is also much more profitable, and betting on them to hit more sixes in this match appears to be a fairly safe bet.
In the previous match, Alzarri Joseph and Romario Shepherd were the standout bowlers, but Jason Holder was also impressive. Akeal Hossain, the spinner, is also quite reliable, and with a number of all-rounders to contribute, West Indies should be able to put the Irish batting to the test in this next match as well.
West Indies Squad
Shai Hope (wk), Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, Odean Smith, Gudakesh Motie
Predicted XI: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Devon Thomas, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shamarh Brooks, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph
Ireland was cruising at 165 for 1 after just over 36 overs when it began to lose wickets quickly. It came close, but it had a good chance of winning. The Irish batting problem is quite old. It simply does not have the depth and relies entirely on one of its top three to perform.
The fact that Ireland did not have Paul Stirling available for this match was probably the deciding factor, but he will not be available for the next match either, so Ireland will have to learn to live with it. Although Harry Tector, Andy McBrine, and George Dockrell all delivered strong performances, it was Andrew Balbirnie who made the biggest impression.
Ireland’s lineup is similar to that of the West Indies. However, it lacks power and only one batter to bat through the inning.
Joshua Little and Mark Adair are both excellent bowlers who made an impact in the previous match. Little’s left-arm angle and ability to bring the ball back into the body will always pose a challenge to West Indian openers. Craig Young, Andy McBrine, and George Dockrell all had roles to play.
Ireland’s cricket team is good, but it is not yet at the elite level.
William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Benjamin White, Neil Rock
Predicted XI: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Neil Rock ,Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Joshua Little
West Indies vs Ireland Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will prefer to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
On the day of the game, rain is expected in Kingston. That is not unusual for the islands, and the rain is usually brief and sharp. We anticipate that all 50 overs per side will be played. Sabina Park’s pitch was quite flat. It had some pace to it, but not enough to worry the batsmen. The outfield was lightning fast, and the same should be true in this match. We believe that teams playing in these conditions should aim for 300 points, with 270 being the bare minimum.
West Indies vs Ireland Match Prediction
We will stick with the West Indies to win this match, despite the fact that the odds on them winning are quite low. Our advice is to keep looking for better odds through in-play betting as Ireland will always have its moments in the match. However, the West Indies have a more talented squad that is experienced and well-led by Kieron Pollard.
West Indies is the favourite to beat Ireland at the odds of 1.15.
- West Indies has a more powerful batting lineup.
- Ireland should not be underestimated because it has a strong bowling attack and a solid batting lineup that has improved in recent months.
- The West Indies’ batting depth, with all-rounders available until number nine, should help them win this match.