West Indies will host Ireland in the 3-match ODI series which starts from 8th January. With the return of their key players, West Indies are looking formidable and they are the favorites to win this series. Kieron Pollard will lead the side, whereas Shai Hope is named as his deputy. The Caribbean boys were whitewashed by Pakistan 3-0 in the T20I series last month.
Ireland, on the other hand, were supposed to play 2 ODIs against USA last month, but the series got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They didn’t have the greatest of series when they toured West Indies a couple of years back as they were thoroughly thrashed by the home side by 3-0. It will be interesting how they are going to perform against the mainstream West Indies side.
West Indies vs Ireland, 1st ODI
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Date & Time: January 8th at 8:00 PM IST and at 9:30 AM local time
Live Streaming: Fancode
Sabina Park hasn’t hosted an ODI since June 2017. The quick bowlers will get complete assistance in the initial one hour of play and the batters need to be watchful in that period of play. Batting will become much easier in the latter half and hence bowling first is a good option.
Probable Playing XIs for WI vs IRE:
Shai Hope, Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Akeal Hosein
William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Ben White/Joshua Little