Dublin, May 5, Sunday at 3:15 PM
In a bid to polish the World Cup preparations, West Indies are all set to face Ireland in the opening match of the Triangular Series 2019 at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground. Bangladesh is the third team in the series.
In the last outing at ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (ICC Trophy), It was West Indies who had an upper hand at the end. West Indies hammered Ireland by 52 runs. Despite some big players missing from the squad, the visitors are likely to dominate the match because of the poor home record of the hosts.
Ireland, on the other hand, will be hoping to take advantage of facing an under-strength West Indies side.
Both teams managed draws in their recent-most ODI series against England and Afghanistan respectively.
Head-to-head (Last five ODIs):
West Indies: 4
No Result: 1
Average 1st innings score: 263
Average 2nd innings score: 264
Highest Total: 271/5 by Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Highest Chased: 271/5 by Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Pacer Shannon Gabriel and middle-order batsman Jonathan Carter have been named into the West Indies squad.
West Indies’ Test player Shane Dowrich has earned his maiden ODI call-up.
Big guns like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer among others are missing from the WI squad because of IPL.
Raymon Reifer is an uncapped player for West Indies while pacer Shannon Gabriel returns after more than two years.
Newcomers Lorcan Tucker and Josh Little continue to find places in the Ireland squad.
William Porterfield(c), George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson(wk), Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Lorcan Tucker, Boyd Rankin
Roston Chase, John Campbell, Shai Hope(wk), Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Jason Holder(c), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell
William Porterfield(c), Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson(w), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Tim Murtagh, Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin, Lorcan Tucker, Kevin O Brien, James McCollum
Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, John Campbell, Shai Hope(w), Raymon Reifer, Shane Dowrich, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Jonathan Carter
Players to watch out for:
Paul Stirling: Played 10 matches and amassed 463 runs against West Indies with an average of 57.87.
Shai Hope: This wicketkeeper-batsman will play a key role in the upcoming match. He has played 10 matches against Ireland and scored 412 runs with an average of 58.85
Jason Holder is coming after an outstanding outing with both bat and ball for Northamptonshire in English Domestic Cup 2019. He was the leading run scorer for the side with 284 runs in 5 innings and has also bagged 7 wickets in 3 innings