Ireland fought hard in the first ODI against West Indies on Saturday, however, they couldn’t go on to win the match. Andrew Balbirnie and Co. conceded 269 runs in the first innings. In pursuit of the total, they could only manage to score 245 runs, thereby losing the match by 24 runs.
To stay alive in the three-match series, Ireland have to win the second ODI, scheduled to be played on Thursday at Sabina Park Stadium. In this article, we have compiled our predicted playing XI of the Ireland Cricket Team for the second ODI against West Indies. Here’s a look at it.
WI vs IRE: Ireland’s Predicted Playing XI vs West Indies, West Indies vs Ireland 2022, 2nd ODI
Openers: William Porterfield and Paul Sterling
Experienced veteran Paul Sterling has recovered from Covid-19 and is back in Ireland’s camp. Ireland’s opener is likely to be returned into the playing XI ahead of the second ODI on Thursday. He is likely to open with William Porterfield, who didn’t have a great outing in the last game. He got out on a duck and would look to make amends in the second match.
Middle-Order: Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, and Lorcan Tucker
Skipper Andrew Balbirnie played an outstanding knock of 71 runs off 94 balls in the last game against West Indies. He was the top-run scorer for Ireland in the last game and would look to continue his good form with the bat.
Harry Tector too played a valuable 53-run knock off 68 deliveries, including 5 fours and 1 six. His form should keep the team in good stead. Wicket-keeper batsman Lorcan Tucker (9 off 14) didn’t make a significant contribution with the bat in the last game but you expect him to continue donning the gloves in the next game.
All-rounders: Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, and Gareth Delany
Curtis Campher was effective with the ball in the last game. He bowled at great lengths and conceded only 47 runs in his 10-over spell for 1 wicket. However, with the bat, he got out cheaply for 9 off 14. George Dockrell played a handy 30-run cameo off 25 balls but couldn’t go on to convert that into a big score.
He bowled 3 overs with the ball and conceded 23 runs without a wicket. Expect him to be a part of the playing XI for the next game as well. Gareth Delany too didn’t have a great outing either and would look to exhibit better performance in the second one-day international.
Bowlers: Mark Adair, Craig Young, and Joshua Little
All three bowled great lengths and looked effective with the ball. Mark Adair and Craig Young starred with three wickets each. Mark Adair, in particular, was also the most economical amongst the three. Joshua Little too bowled well as he gave 46 runs in 10 overs with one wicket to his name.