The West Indies and Ireland will lock horns in the first game of their three-match ODI series on Saturday, January 8, at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
West Indies, led by Kieron Pollard, have a powerful lineup at their disposal. However, their recent form has not been good. They could not reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2021m when they lost 4/5 matches.
Moreover, they lost the Test series of 2 matches on Sri Lankan soil in a fairly comprehensive way. Their three-match ODI series against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi was unable to take place due to the COVID-19 case in the away team’s camp.
The West Indies have quite a few young players who got their chance in the T20I series against Pakistan last month. However, in 2021, the team has lost 5 of 9 games.
After starting the year with three losses to Bangladesh, they beat Sri Lanka in three ODIs. They then lost a three-match streak to Australia with a score of 1-2 at home.
Meanwhile, Ireland, led by Andrew Balbirnie, was scheduled to play two T20I against the United States. ODI could not take place due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ireland didn’t have a great T20 World Cup campaign, failing to make it past the group stage.
Ireland didn’t have the best of start to their ODI holiday in 2021. They started the new year with a defeat to the United Arab Emirates, then Afghanistan beat them 3-0 at Abu Dhabi. Their biggest moment in the ODI was when they beat South Africa with 43 points.
Captain Balbirnie was named Man of the Match after he made 117 102 tackles, with fourteen and two six. Harry Tector also lend him proper support with a handy 79-run. Then the pitchers came to the party, and limited the Proteas to 247 in 48.3 passes.
Can Ireland beat the West Indies?
On paper, the West Indies see the two teams as stronger, without a doubt. However, they cannot belittle Ireland.
The West Indies will come in as the favorites, but Ireland can beat the odds to help their opponents cash in.
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Predict – West Indies to win the game.
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