West India and Ireland are set to take on each other in the third and final ODI at Sabina Park Stadium on Sunday. The three-match series is currently levelled at 1-1 with both teams winning one game each. It will be a must-win game for both sides as one can expect it to be a cracker of a contest.
West Indies began their series on a positive note with a 24-run win in the first ODI. Ireland bounced back brilliantly on Thursday as they beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the second one-day international. West Indies, once again, batted first in the second ODI but didn’t off to a great start.
They lost the first three wickets for just 43 runs, courtesy of a sensational spell from Craig Young. Andy McBrine then accounted for the wickets of Kieron Pollard and Roston Chase to leave West Indies in all sorts of trouble.
However, some valuable contributions from Shamarh Brooks (43 off 64), Romario Shepherd (50 off 41), and Odean Smith (46 off 19) helped the team reach a total of 229 runs in the first innings. For Ireland, Craig Young and Andy McBrine starred with the ball. Young picked 3 for 42 in 8 overs, while Andy McBrine claimed 4 wickets while giving away just 36 runs in his 10 overs.
In pursuit of the total, all the top-four batsmen made valuable contributions to the bat. Porterfield made 26 off 29 deliveries, while Sterling also looked good for his 15-ball 21-run cameo. Andy McBrine scored 35 off 45 deliveries. And a crucial 54-run unbeaten knock from Harry Tector meant Ireland chased down the score comfortably, helping the team level the series 1-1.
Given that a lot of Irish players are unavailable due to Covid-19, you don’t expect a lot of changes to take place in their team. West Indies, on the other hand, are likely to take the field with the same playing eleven.
WI vs IRE: Weather Forecast and Pitch Report at The Sabina Park Stadium, Jamaica, West Indies vs Ireland- 2022, 3rd ODI
The pitch at Sabina Park has an equal amount of assistance for both the batsmen and the bowlers. The bowlers can reap rewards if they manage to consistently bowl at good lengths.
The batsmen too can score big knocks once they spend the initial period and get set in the middle. The first ODI of the series was also played at this ground. West Indies scored 269 runs in the first innings. In pursuit of the total, Ireland were bowled out for 245 runs in the second innings. The team that wins the toss will look to bat first on this surface.
The second ODI on Thursday is expected to have overcast conditions. Rain is likely to interrupt in short intervals between the match. The temperature is likely to range between 21 and 29 degrees Celsius.