Date & Time: Sunday, January 12, 18:30 IST
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada, West Indies
Ireland seek consolation win
After a one-sided affair in the first ODI, Ireland has showed some fight in the second as they dragged the West Indies to the final over of the innings. Ireland’s batting seems to be an area of concern as they failed to handle Joseph pace in both the games. On the other hand, The West Indies too wasn’t great with the bat. They had to work hard in both the games. Now it will be interesting to see how these batting units perform in Grenada.
West Indies possible XI:
Shai Hope(w), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Romario Shepherd, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell
Ireland possible XI:
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie(c), William Porterfield, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker(w), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Boyd Rankin
The surface in Grenada has seen a 400+ score when The West Indies played England in the previous year. For today’s match, it might just be the same if the rain gods stay away.
He is in great form so far in the tour where he chipped in with a couple of 4-wicket hauls. Expect him to continue his good form in today’s match as well given the way Irish batsmen struggled against him.
In the two matches played in the tour, he has picked four wickets so far. Adding to it, he has also scored handy runs down the order which helped them to drag The West Indies in the second ODI.
He is the only Irish batsman to have scored a half-century in the tour. In the first game too, he looked good in the short time he spent at the crease. He has PPM of 62.5 in the tour.
He is yet to come up with his best with the bat, but he is scoring handy points behind the stumps. After a couple of failures with the bat, expect him to bounce back in the third given his impressive form leading into the series.