Ireland Tri-Nation Series, 2019
Venue: The Village, Malahide, Dublin
Date & Time: 11 May 2019
RR: 6.3 | West Indies need 76 runs in 60 balls at 7.6 rpo
Kemar Roach to bowl with the other new ball.
Time for the first ball then. The Irish opening batsmen, James McCollum and Paul Stirling are out in the middle on a Malahide Cricket Club ground which is basking in beautiful sunshine. Surprise, surprise! Where will Porterfield bat now? Meanwhile, the Windies fielders are taking their positions as well. Sheldon Cottrell has the first new ball in his hand. Let's play!!!
The two teams are out in the middle for their respective national anthems. First up is the West Indies one, followed by the Irish anthem.
Windies skipper, Jason Holder tells us he is happy to be bowling, expecting moisture on the surface early on and some help for the pacers. When asked what they need to do post their loss to Bangladesh, Holder feels that improvement is needed, that's all and that they were a few runs short in the previous game, and that they need to maximise the last few overs with a set batsman being in. Informs that they have one change, Fabian Allen comes in for Shane Dowrich.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that he want to bat first because he thinks the surface will be decent to bat on but might slow down due to the amount of cricket played. He informs that it has not been the best of weeks with the two losses but they have worked hard and come back for this game. Signs off by informing that they have two changes, James McCollum and Boyd Rankin come in.
West Indies XI - Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen (IN FOR SHANE DOWRICH), Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.
Ireland XI - William Porterfield (C), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, James McCollum (IN FOR LORCAN TUCKER), Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson (WK), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin (IN FOR BARRY McCARTHY), Tim Murtagh.
TOSS - Ireland win the toss and elect to bat first.
Hello and welcome to the fourth ODI of this tri-nation series in Ireland. The only team without a win so far in this series, the hosts Ireland will be playing West Indies in a repeat of the initial game of the tournament. Back then, the hosts got thrashed by whopping margin of 196 runs courtesy the record opening partnership between John Campbell and Shai Hope of 365 runs. The former did miss his team's previous game against Bangladesh which they lost and it remains unknown if he will return today. On the other hand, Ireland, though they are not in the World Cup are a proud team and they will need 2 wins in their 2 games so that they can have a shot at being in the final. Their opposition today, the team from the Caribbean are not exactly a team that is consistent. When it rains, it flows for them and the two games of theirs so far have shown us exactly the same. The home team would hope that today is an off day for their much more experienced and much more fancied rivals, otherwise it looks tough for them to stop the West Indies from getting their second win on the board. The toss is not too far away...
West Indies Team Squad -Darren Bravo,John Campbell,Sunil Ambris,Chris Gayle,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Jonathan Carter,Raymon Reifer,Roston Chase,Shai Hope,Shane Dowrich,Ashley Nurse,Kemar Roach,Shannon Gabriel,Sheldon Cottrell
Ireland Team Squad -James McCollum,William Porterfield,Joshua Little,Kevin O'Brien,Paul Stirling,Andy Balbirnie,Gary Wilson,Lorcan Tucker,Andy McBrine,Barry McCarthy,Boyd Rankin,George Dockrell,Mark Adair,Tim Murtagh
It's time for the second round of this preparatory tri-series in Ireland. The home side, as expected, is at the bottom of the points table and will be once again up against West Indies who handed them their fifth biggest defeat in ODI history (by runs) in the last meeting. The Irish would have ideally liked to get out there on the field against Bangladesh and leave that loss behind but unfortunately, that match was entirely washed out. Their bowling was thoroughly exposed by the West Indian batsmen in the first match of the series while their batting had too little to offer when chasing a gargantuan total. There won't be too much of a change in the personnel for them and the same unit will have to find ways to present a fight. On the other hand, West Indies failed to build on their roaring win and suffered a thumping loss against Bangladesh. The middle order which wasn't tested in the match against Ireland flopped miserably against the better bowlers of Bangladesh and that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Similarly, the West Indian bowling department was given a reality check by the Bangla batters and the Caribbean team has plenty to ponder upon heading into this match, and more importantly the World Cup. Now, let's switch our attention towards the more important issue - WEATHER! The sun is expected to play hide and seek with the clouds, however, the radar doesn't show any rain. Hoping that turns out to be true.