Match Prediction:West Indies vs Ireland, 2nd T20I
January 18, 2020, Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
After a thrilling 1st game of the T20I series which saw Ireland edge West Indies by 4 runs after scoring 208 runs, the teams meet again on Saturday for the 2nd game, though at a different location. After serving some brilliant performances, the caravan has now moved to St Kitts.
While West Indies need to win the game to stay in the series, Ireland have a rare chance of winning a series. Though there’s plenty at stake, knowing both the sides, one thing is guaranteed- another entertaining game.
If West Indies were lucky to edge Ireland in the 2nd ODI of the series which helped them sweep the series, Ireland got their fair share of luck in the T20 series opener.
West Indies Performance in T20:
Dwayne Bravo returned after 4 years and had a chance to be the hero for his nation straightaway but he missed out on the chance. He was dismissed when West Indies needed 5 from 2 balls.
Evin Lewis scored 50 but none of the other batsmen could play till the end despite everyone getting the starts.
However, with just a pool of 13 players to choose from, West Indies might retain the same XI that featured in the first game.
West Indies predicted XI:
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams.
Ireland Performance in T20:
After a brilliant opening stand, the batting shackled a little bit as they fell from 154-0 from 12.2 overs to 164-4 in 15.4 overs. However, it might be ignored given the platform was set and the only thing in their mind at that time was to go bang. That meant there was not much contribution with the bat from anyone except the 2 openers- Paul Stirling and Kevin O Brien who scored 95 and 48 respectively.
However, bowling was a bit worry as Barry McCarthy and George Dockrell gave more than 50 runs each in their 4-4 overs. It needed a brilliant last over from Joshua Little to steer them home safely despite putting more than 200 runs on board.
Ireland predicted XI:
Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (wk), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little, Craig Young
West Indies vs Ireland, 2nd T20I Predictions
- West Indies have won only two of their last ten bilateral series since December 2017 in the T20I format – vs Bangladesh in Bangladesh, 2018 (2-1 in 3-match series) and one-off T20I against ICC World XI in 2018. West Indies lost the remaining 8 series they played in this period and were whitewashed five times. A defeat here will further extend that run.
- West Indies and Ireland have met 5 times in T20s with both sides winning twice, one game ended without a result.
- Lendl Simmons completed 1000 runs in T20Is in the last game against Ireland which interestingly was his 50th game.
- Paul Stirling became the first Ireland player and the 8th player overall to aggregate 2000 T20I runs during the first T20I.
- Ireland have not win a bilateral T20I series since beating PNG in 2016 (2-1 in 3-match series). They have lost 5 of the 7 series played since then.
- Kieron Pollard is only 34 runs away from becoming the 2nd player to aggregate 10000 runs in Twenty20 history after Chris Gayle. Pollard (9966) is currently the 2nd highest run-getter in T20s as he went past Brendon McCullum’s 9922 runs during the T20I decider against India recently.
- 412 runs were scored in the last game between the sides. It saw more sixes than fours- 27 sixes were hit in the game as compared to 26 fours.
- West Indies now have lost each of their last five T20I matches at home. West Indies’ last T20I win in the Caribbean Islands came in July 2018 against Bangladesh. West Indies never lost more than three successive T20Is at home before this streak.
- Ireland’s 93 runs scored during their first six overs in the first T20I was the most aggregated by any team in a T20I. The previous most runs scored by a team in the mandatory powerplay (1-6 overs) of a T20I was 91 runs on four different instances.
- West Indies became only the 3rd team in T20I history to have as many as six players crossing 20 runs in a match. England in the 2013 Auckland T20I and India during the 2019 Hamilton T20I achieved this feat against New Zealand.
- Ireland’s Barry McCarthy has conceded more than 50 runs thrice in T20Is. He is the 3rd such bowler.