West Indies take on Ireland in the second one-day international on Thursday at Sabina Park Stadium. The hosts have managed to take a 1-0 lead in the series after winning the first match by 24 runs on Saturday. West Indies batted first in that match but didn’t make a great start.
The likes of Joshua Little and Mark Adair bowled at great lengths and also got the reward in the form of Justin Greaves (7 off 24) early in the innings. Nicholas Pooran (13 off 34) too struggled to hit the straps. Shai Hope (29 off 44) got a steady start but, unfortunately, couldn’t convert that into a big score. West Indies had lost four wickets for just 62 runs in 19 overs. Ireland, at that stage, were all over West Indies.
However, Kieron Pollard then joined hands with Shamarh Brooks and led the team’s recovery. The duo mixed caution with aggression and added 155 runs for the fifth wicket and took the team to a competitive score. Playing his first one-day international, Shamarh Brooks scored a match-winning knock of 93 runs off just 89 balls. Kieron Pollard too supported him brilliantly as he contributed 69 runs off 66 balls, a knock which was laced with 4 fours and 4 sixes.
Ireland, however, made a good comeback as they only conceded 52 runs in the last 50 deliveries and picked 6 wickets. West Indies, eventually, managed to score 269 runs in the first innings. As for Ireland, both Mark Adair and Craig Young both picked three wickets each, while Andy McBrine claimed 2 for 52.
Ireland, in pursuit of the total, made a strong start. They lost William Porterfield in the second over of the innings, however, that was the only wicket West Indies took until the 37th over. Andrew Balbirnie played a sensational knock of 71 runs off 94 deliveries. The likes of Andy McBrine (34 off 50) and Harry Tector (53 off 68) supported him brilliantly.
It looked like Ireland would chase the total down easily but Romario Shepherd got the crucial wicket of Balbirnie in the 37th over. Odean Smith then sent Harry Tector back to the hut in the very next over to help West Indies get back into the game. Ireland’s batting unit, thereafter, fell like a pack of cards. Wickets kept falling at short intervals and Ireland found themselves bundled out for 245 runs.
For them to win the second ODI, the lower middle-order needs to contribute as well. In a big boost for them, Paul Sterling has recovered from Covid-19 and has joined the camp. He is likely to play the second ODI on Thursday.
West Indies aren’t expected to make any changes in the bowling XI. The likes of Romario Shepherd (3 for 50), Alzarri Joseph (3 for 55), and Odean Smith (2 for 26) bowled well and the West Indies would expect them to replicate those performances in the next two games as well.
WI vs IRE Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between West Indies vs Ireland, West Indies vs Ireland 2022, 2nd ODI
Teams Head to Head Records: ODIs
|Stats||Matches||WI Win||IRE Won||Draw|
|At The Sabina Park, Kingston||4||4||0||–|
|In the last 5 matches||5||5||00|
Recent venue records (Records at Sabina Park International Cricket Stadium)
STATS – ODIs
|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 2nd ODI of the ODI Series
The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.
Who will score the most runs for West Indies in the match: Nicholas Pooran or Shamarh Brooks
Who will pick the most wickets for West Indies in the match: Romario Shepherd or Alzarri Joseph
Who will score the most runs for Ireland in the match: Paul Stirling or Andrew Balbirnie