Ireland and West Indies are set to lock horns with each other in what will be the series decider on Sunday at Sabina Park Stadium. Ireland lost the first game but came back strongly and beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the second T20 international. The bowling unit performed admirably in the second T20 international.
Craig Young set the tone with an outstanding spell in the first half of the innings. He picked the top three wickets and left West Indies in all sorts of trouble at 43 for 3. Joshua Little also bowled well for his 2 for 42 in 10 overs, however, it was Craig Young, who was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland. He accounted for the wickets of Pollard and Roston Chase and finished with 4 wickets for just 36 runs in 10 overs. Ireland, as a result of that, restricted West Indies to 229 runs in the first innings.
Irish openers, Paul Sterling (26 off 29) and William Porterfield (26 off 29) played valuable cameos with the bat but couldn’t convert them into big scores. Andy McBrine also contributed with the bat as well as he scored 35 runs off 45 deliveries, including 4 fours and 1 six.
All three got out but Harry Tector didn’t. He played an unbeaten 54-run knock and guided the side home to level the series 1-1. Ireland would be keen to continue the winning momentum and win the series on Sunday.
West Indies, however, is expected to come hard at them. The poor form of their top-three batsmen would be their main concern as of now. The likes of Shai Hope, Justin Greeves, and Nicholas Pooran are yet to fire in the series but have the potential to wreak havoc on their day.
Shamarh Brooks has been the standout batsman for the team. He scored a match-winning 93 in the first game and followed it with a vital 43 in the last match. Besides, Kieron Pollard and Roston Chase will also have the onus to score runs in the middle-overs. Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith played outstanding knocks while batting at lower down the order in the last game to take the team to a competitive score on the board. They will be the men to watch out for in the next game.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, and Jason Holder. Hosein picked 2 wickets in the last game, while the other two went wicketless. Jason Holder, in particular, has disappointed in the last two games. The team would expect him to build pressure and take crucial wickets early on in the innings. The presence of Roston Chase, Shepherd, and Odean Smith give Kieron Pollard a lot of options in the bowling department. West Indies would be hoping that they notch a big total on the board if they get to bat first.
WI vs IRE Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between West Indies vs Ireland, West Indies vs Ireland 2022, 3rd ODI
Teams Head to Head Records: ODIs
|Stats||Matches||WI Win||IRE Won||Draw|
|At The Sabina Park, Kingston||5||4||1||–|
|In the last 5 matches||5||4||1|
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 3rd 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: Akeal Hosein or Alzarri Joseph
Who will score the most runs for Ireland in the match: Paul Stirling or Harry Tector