West Indies have made a great start to the ongoing ODI series against Ireland. Kieron Pollard and Co. won the first ODI after beating Ireland by 24 runs. Another win in the second match on Thursday will help them seal the three-match series. West Indies would look to replicate a similar performance and win the second one-day international on Thursday.
It will be interesting to see what changes they make into their playing XI for the much-anticipated contest. Here’s a look at our predicted playing XI of West Indies Cricket Team for the second ODI against Ireland.
WI vs IRE: West Indies’ Predicted Playing XI vs Ireland, West Indies vs Ireland 2022, 2nd ODI
Openers: Shai Hope and Justin Greaves
Shai Hope got the start in the first game as he scored 29 off 44 deliveries. However, he couldn’t convert that into a big score. He would be keen to play a big knock on Thursday and give West Indies a strong start. His partner Justin Greaves scored 7 runs off 24 balls. He struggled to hit the straps in his debut one-day international. West Indies, however, would look to give him a longer rope in limited over’s cricket.
Middle-Order: Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks
Nicholas Pooran’s inconsistency with the bat is a big concern for the team. However, there is no question about his talent. He is an experienced player in the team and the team would expect him to show consistent performances with the bat. He made 13 off 34 in the last one-day international.
Shamarh Brooks made his one-day international debut in the last game against Ireland. In his very first game, he played a match-winning 93-run knock off 89 deliveries, a knock which was laced with 9 fours and 3 sixes. West Indies would expect him to replicate similar performances in the next two games as well.
All-rounders: Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, and Odean Smith
Both Roston Chase and Jason Holder couldn’t make a significant contribution with the bat, getting out cheaply in the first ODI. With the ball, Holder picked one wicket, while Chase went wicket-less. Both are pretty effective, especially at home conditions and you expect them to perform better in the next game. Skipper, Kieron Pollard, however, played an outstanding 69-run knock off 66 balls, including 4 fours and as many sixes.
Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith brought West Indies back into the game after picking the wickets of well-set batsmen i.e., Andrew Balbirnie and Harry Tector. Shepherd managed to pick 3 wickets for 50 in the match, while Smith claimed 2 for 26.
Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein
Alzarri Joseph was brilliant, especially in the latter part of the innings. Joseph bowled great yorkers and managed to trouble the batsmen with his pace. He picked 3 wickets for 55 runs in 10 overs. Akeal Hosein should continue to open the bowling for West Indies. He has been a consistent performer for West Indies in white-ball cricket for quite some time now. West Indies spinner picked 1 for 35 in 10 overs in the last game.