Who will win Ire vs WI Only ODI?
West Indies are set to tour Ireland to play a one-off ODI against the hosts ahead of the limited overs leg of their tour of England. Scheduled to be played on September 13, the match will be hosted by the Civil Service Cricket Club at Stormont, Belfast. Live telecast will begin at 2:45 PM local time.
Toss will be key at Belfast. The team that wins it may not hesitate in electing to bat first as four of the last five one-day internationals played at this ground have been won by the side that has batted first. Ireland have lost the toss in their previous three ODIs here.
Read on for team analysis, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Ire vs WI only ODI....
Fast bowlers Barry McCarthy and Craig Young are injured and have been ruled out of this match. Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin are expected to be their replacements. Niall O'Brien and Paul Stirling have returned to the team after fully recovering from their injuries.
William Porterfield has scored the most runs for Ireland in one-day internationals and he will be the key man with the bat. Niall O'Brien had a good home tri-nation series in May and the team's batting will rely on him as well. George Dockrell has 71 wickets from 68 ODIs and the left-arm spinner will be the one to watch out for in this Irish bowling attack.
Ireland have struggled in the 50-over format in recent times - they have won just 4 out of the 12 one-day internationals played since the start of 2017. The team last played ODI cricket three months ago in the tri-nation series at home that involved New Zealand and Bangladesh where they failed to win a single game.
Ireland Predicted Playing 11
William Porterfield (c), Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O'Brien (wk), Gary Wilson, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin
West Indies have made a few changes in their side. While Roston Chase goes out, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have been brought back to bolster the batting. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor has also returned and is likely to play this game.
Chris Gayle is the center of attraction in this West Indian batting lineup. The big man displayed good form in the Caribbean Premier League and he can be a huge problem for Ireland if he spends a long time at the crease. Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels are the other hard-hitters in the side. Jason Holder was impressive in the home ODI series against India and he will be the go-to bowler for the Windies along with Jerome Taylor who will be raring to go after a lengthy lay-off.
West Indies have so far played 12 one-day internationals this year and despite all of them having been played on their home turf, three wins is all that they have managed to muster. Their most recent ODI series was against India in June-July which they ended up losing 1-3.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Shai Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Jerome Taylor
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Ireland: L L L L L
West Indies: L W L L W
Ireland vs West Indies Head to Head
West Indies have never faced Ireland at the Civil Service Cricket Club in a one-day international. However, the two teams have overall played five completed ODIs against each other in the past with the Windies having won four of those.
Ireland vs West Indies ODI Betting Odds
West Indies may be coming to Ireland after having lost the test series in England, but that has not affected their favorites tag for this match. Betfair has the tourists set at very short odds of 1.27 while keeping the hosts up at 3.7. Ireland might have found themselves even higher in terms of betting odds had they not beaten the Windies in the 2015 World Cup because that would have meant four defeats in four matches against the visitors. Also, only two wins from their last nine completed ODI fixtures truly justifies the higher odds for Ireland.
Ireland vs West Indies ODI Prediction
Ireland's confidence would have been boosted after recently acquiring the 'full-member' status and the William Porterfield-led side will be looking to kick off their new season with a win at home. Further boosting their morale is the fact that they have won four of their last seven 50-over fixtures at this ground in addition to having defeated the West Indies in their previous ODI encounter - at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Ireland though will miss their frontline seamers McCarthy and Young which could affect their performance with the ball. On the other hand, West Indies have been bolstered with the return of Gayle and Samuels. So they will be a lot more dangerous now. The Windies have more limited-overs specialists in their side which is why we predict them to win this solitary ODI.
Final Verdict: Back West Indies to beat Ireland in this one-off one-day international at 1.27 with Betfair.