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The first of the three one-day internationals between Ireland and the West Indies is set to be played on 8th January at Sabina Park Stadium, Kingston. The West Indies Cricket Team are coming into the series on the back of a 3-0 suffering in their last white assignment against Pakistan. Full-time captain, Kieron Pollard missed out on the series due to a hamstring injury.

Much to the delight of the fans, the skipper has recovered well and will be available for the ODI series against Ireland. He will lead the team, while Shai Hope will assume the vice-captaincy duties. Sadly, Shimron Hetmyer won’t be available for the series as he has failed the fitness Test, while Andre Russell continues to miss out as well.

Shai Hope
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Besides, three cricketers, namely Fabian Allan, Evin Lewis, and Anderson Phillip have been ruled out of the series as they have tested positive for Covid-19.

Interestingly, Devon Smith, who last played an international match for West Indies back in 2013, has been called into the squad. The 40-year old is likely to open the batting alongside Shai Hope. Jason Holder holds on to his place in the squad as well. He will provide a great balance to this unit. As for the bowling, Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph are likely to take the new ball, while Akeal Hosein should lead the spin-bowling unit.

Ireland vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI
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Ireland Cricket Team, on the other hand, last played an ODI series against Zimbabwe back in September. Both teams won one match each in the series, while one match got abandoned. Ireland last visited in West Indies back in 2020. They lost all three matches in the series. The fans would be hoping for a better performance this time around.

The visitors are coming in with a full-strength squad. William Porterfield should open the batting alongside Paul Sterling. The presence of skipper Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector and George Dockrell will strengthen the middle-order. As for the bowling, the likes of Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little should keep the team in good stead.

WI vs IRE Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between West Indies vs Ireland, West Indies vs Ireland 2022, 1st ODI

South Africa vs West Indies
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Teams Head to Head Records: ODIs

Stats Matches WI Win  IRE Won Draw
Overall 12 1o 1
At The Sabina Park, Kingston 3 3 0
In the last 5 matches 5 5 00

Recent venue records (Records at Sabina Park International Cricket Stadium)

STATS – ODIs

Total matches 38
Matches won batting first 14
Matches won bowling first 22
Average 1st Inns scores 233
Average 2nd Inns scores 200
Highest total recorded 349/10 (49.5 Ov) by PAK vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 99/10 (19.1 Ov) by ZIM vs PAK
Highest score chased 255/2 (45 Ov) by RSA vs WI
Lowest score defended 198/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs IND

Toss Prediction for the 1st ODI of the ODI Series

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.

West Indies:   

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Shai Hope 83 3599 52.9
Shamarh Brooks 3 64 21.3
Roston Chase 30 520 26.00
Nicholas Pooran 31 1044 47.5
Kieron Pollard 119 2633 26.3
Jason Holder 121 1894 24.9

Who will score the most runs for West Indies in the match: Roston Chase or Shai Hope 

  • Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Jayden Seales
Alzarri Joseph 37 60 28.6
Odean Smith
Akeal Hosein 9 14 23.1
Jason Holder 121 140 37.2

Who will pick the most wickets for West Indies in the match: Akeal Hosein or Alzarri Joseph

Ireland:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Paul Stirling 134 4982 38.9
William Porterfield 145 4317 31.1
Andrew Balbirnie 84 2462 32.4
Lorcan Tucker 25 392 20.6
Curtis Campher 10 359 51.3
Neil Rock

Who will score the most runs for Ireland in the match: Paul Stirling or William Porterfield

  •  Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Barry McCarthy 38 61 29.8
Simi Singh 33 37 24.5
Mark Adair 21 20 46.6
 Joshua Little 16 27 26.9
George Dockrell 96 91 37.8

Who will the pick most wickets for Ireland in the match: Simi Singh or Barry McCarthy.