West Indies vs Ireland 1st T20 Prediction

  • Jan 15, 2020
  • 22:30 IST / 17:00 GMT
  • National Cricket Stadium - Saint George's, Grenada
2020-01-15 22:30 Match starts in -48858647 secs
West Indies WI West Indies
Ireland IRE Ireland
Betting Tips
  • West Indies will look to continue their dominant form from the ODI series, in which they won all three games.
  • Evin Lewis scored 99* in the opening win and 102 in the most recent game and is one of nine players to feature in both West Indies squads.
  • Ireland struggled with the bat, scoring 180, 237/9 and 203 in their three matches, though captain Andy Balbirnie did score 71 in the most recent game.

Chance of Winning



Our Prediction

West Indies are favorites to win.

Who will win West Indies vs Ireland, 1st T20 2020?

After a 3-0 series whitewash in their ODI series, West Indies will now look to continue that form against Ireland in the first of their three T20i matches. The series starts in Grenada, at the National Cricket Stadium, St. George’s, on January 15 and the live action is scheduled to start at 13:00 local time.

West Indies have handed a recall to veteran Dwayne Bravo, who is targeting a place at next year’s T20 World Cup, while Caribbean Premier League stars Brandon King, Romario Shepherd and Hayden Walsh Jr will get further chances to cement their places.

Ireland, who are also gearing up for next year’s tournament in Australia, will need a much-improved batting performance from the ODI series. Andy Balbirnie showed the way in the most recent match, however – the captain top-scoring with 71.

WI vs IRE, 1st T20 2020: Where to watch/Live streaming

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WI vs IRE Toss Prediction

Ireland won the toss in the first two ODI matches and West Indies did likewise last time out, but the end result was the same throughout – the hosts fielding first.

WI vs IRE Weather Report

There are showers forecast all day in St. George’s, with the chance of it raining during this match hovering around the 33 per cent mark.

WI vs IRE Pitch Condition

Spinners can take wickets at St. George’s, demonstrating that there is turn and bounce to be found on an otherwise typically West Indian wicket.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for West Indies vs Ireland, 1st T20 2020...

WI vs IRE Prediction

West Indies Team News & Playing 11

WI Team News

Jason Holder has been rested for this series, as he was with the ODI series, while fellow all-rounders Keemo Paul and Fabian Allen are out injured. That will hand a seamless return to veteran Dwayne Bravo – playing his first T20i since 2016 – who can slot in to replace them in the middle order. Lendl Simmons joins the squad too, as do Rovman Powell and Sherfane Rutherford – none of whom featured in the ODI series.

WI Key Players

Evin Lewis: Comes into this series on the back of scoring 99* in the first ODI and 102 in the third to prove his form at the top of the order.

Dwayne Bravo: The veteran’s return bolsters the West Indian attack and also provides some lower-order hitting too. Hugely popular on the T20 franchise circuit, he comes into this series needing just ten more wickets for 500 in the format. No other bowler comes close.

Hayden Walsh Jr: The former USA international was handed his West Indies chances after impressing in the Caribbean Premier League, and his four wickets in the most recent ODI was are reminder of what he can do with his leg-spin.

WI Team Form

West Indies are looking to end a run of four consecutive T20i series defeats, though they have won one game apiece in the last two – against Afghanistan and then India. Playing India last time out, they failed to defend 207/5 in the first game after Shimron Hetmyer’s half-century but Lendl Simmons’ 67* from 45 balls helped them chase 171 for an eight-wicket win to level the series. In the decider, however, the Indian batsmen dominated to claim a 67-run win.

West Indies Predicted Playing 11

Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr, Romario Shepherd, Khary Pierre

Ireland Team News & Playing 11

IRE Team News

George Dockrell, Joshua Little and Harry Tector come into the Irish squad for this T20i series, while Gareth Delany could be recalled to the team after he missed the final ODI after failing to make his mark in the first two. From the most recent T20i Ireland played, against Namibia in their final match at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, Dockrell is likely to return to the team.

IRE Key Players

Paul Stirling: The big-hitting opener, who scored a half-century in the second ODI, has hit 16 50s in T20i cricket and boasts a strike rate of 137.68 in the format. Three of those half-centuries came as he top-scored for Ireland at the T20 World Cup Qualifier. 

Gareth Delany: Fell short in the first two ODIs, but he had earned his shot after scoring 50 runs and taking nine wickets during the T20 World Cup Qualifier.

Boyd Rankin: The giant seamer is fairly consistent with the ball in T20 cricket, taking 105 wickets in 93 innings but also bowling with a good economy rate with an opening bowler too.

IRE Team Form

Ireland’s last T20 internationals were in the UAE as they qualified for next year’s T20 World Cup. Though not always at their best, they managed to grab first place in their group as other results worked in their favour in the final round of fixtures and eventually finished third overall. Paul Stirling led the way with the bat, scoring 291 runs including three half-centuries, while Mark Adair finished with 12 wickets in eight matches to top the bowling charts.

Ireland Predicted Playing 11

Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Boyd Rankin

WI vs IRE Team Form in Last Five Matches

WI : L W L L L


West Indies vs Ireland Head to Head

Ireland and West Indies have not met in a T20 international  since 2014, while only three of their four previous matches reached a conclusion. The most recent matches were in the Caribbean, when Ireland toured nearly six years ago. The tourists opened the series with a low-scoring, six-wicket win, but West Indies hit back in the second and final game – they struggled to 96/9 at Kingston, but Ireland could only post 85/8 in reply despite Gary Wilson’s 35.

WI vs IRE Head to Head Stats

Matches Played WI Won IRE Won Tie No Result
4 2 1 0 1

West Indies vs Ireland Betting Odds

As they were in the ODI series, West Indies start this series as big favourites to win the opening game.

WI Bet365 Odds

  • WI to Win the Match: West Indies are 1.16 favourites to beat Ireland in the opening game of the series with Bet365.
  • WI Top Batsman: Lendl Simmons is 4.00 favourite to be West Indies top team batsman with Bet365, while Evin Lewis is 4.33 after his excellent form in the ODI series. Brandon King can be backed at 4.50, while Nicholas Pooran is an interesting outsider at 7.00.
  • WI Top Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell is 3.75 to be West Indies’ top team bowler, while Dwayne Bravo is 4.00 on his return to the team with Bet365. Hayden Walsh took four wickets in the most recent T20i and he can be backed at 4.50.

IRE Bet365 Odds

  • IRE to Win the Match: Ireland are 5.00 outsiders to win this first game of the T20i series with Bet365.
  • IRE Top Batsman: Paul Stirling top-scored for Ireland at the T20 World Cup qualifier and he is 4.00 to be their top team batsman with Bet365. Kevin O’Brien is 4.50, as is captain Andy Balbirnie, while Gareth Delany can be backed at 5.50.
  • IRE Top Bowler: George Dockrell is back in the Irish squad and is one of four bowlers, along with Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin and Craig Young, priced at 4.50 with Bet365 to be Ireland’s top team bowler in the first game of the series.

WI Betway Odds

  • WI to Win the Match: West Indies are 1.16 favourites to beat Ireland with Betway too.
  • WI Top Batsman: After his excellent ODI form, Evin Lewis has been listed as 3.75 favourite to be West Indies’ top batsman with Betway. Lendl Simmons, who is likely to open with Lewis, is 4.00 and Brandon King is priced at 5.00. Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer are all 5.50.
  • WI Top Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell is 3.60 with Betway to be West Indies’ top bowler while Hayden Walsh Jr is priced at 4.00. Dwayne Bravo can be backed at 4.50 on his return to the international fold.

IRE Betway Odds

  • IRE to Win the Match: Ireland are 4.75 to beat the West Indies with Betway.
  • IRE Top Batsman: Paul Stirling is 3.50 with Betway to be Ireland’s top batsman, ahead of likely opening partner Kevin O’Brien, who is 4.25. Andy Balbirnie is 4.33 and Gareth Delany can be backed at 4.75.
  • IRE Top Bowler: Boyd Rankin can be backed at 4.25 with Betway to be Ireland’s top bowler, just ahead of Craig Young and Mark Adair who are both 4.50. George Dockrell is 5.00 and fellow spinner Simi Singh is 5.50.

West Indies vs Ireland Prediction

West Indies were in dominant form in the first and third ODIs and they can carry that momentum into this T20i series too.

Final Verdict

West Indies to beat Ireland at 1.16 with Bet365 and Betway.

WI vs IRE Dream11 Prediction


Gary Wilson is likely to return behind the stumps for Ireland, but Nicholas Pooran remains the stand-out wicket-keeping choice at 9.5 credits.


Both batsmen feature some dangerous big hitters at the very top of the order. Evin Lewis proved his form in the ODI series and will partner Lendl Simmons in the shorter format. Both are nine credits and that could prove exceptional value. For Ireland, Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien are 9.5 credits apiece. Picking those four does not really leave room for Shimron Hetmyer (ten credits) and Andy Balbirnie (nine credits), however.


Kieron Pollard is 9.5 credits but has proved his quality with bat and ball on plenty of occasions for the West Indies. He might be overshadowed by the return of Dwayne Bravo, however. He needs just ten more wickets to be the first bowler to reach 500 in T20 cricket and at nine credits, he is excellent value too.


Boyd Rankin and Sheldon Cottrell both come in at nine credits, but both will play a key role for their respective teams with the ball. That leaves 17 credits for the final two bowlers, which is enough to fit Mark Adair – Ireland’s top wicket-taker in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier – and Hayden Walsh Jr, who took four wickets in Grenada in the final ODI, into the team too. If you need to save credits, 


While the all-rounders will always stand out, particularly when they boast the reputations of Pollard and Bravo, both bat down the order so you are looking at their bowling only. Bravo ticks that box and would be at least a good vice-captain, but Evin Lewis’ form with the bat and Hayden Walsh’s potential for wickets with the ball makes them worthy contenders too. Lewis starred in two of the three ODIs to prove his form and he can carry that into this series.

WI vs IRE 1st T20 Dream11 Team

Evin Lewis (c) Kieron Pollard Nicholas Pooran Sheldon Cottrell
Lendl Simmons Dwayne Bravo (vc)   Hayden Walsh Jr
Paul Stirling     Mark Adair
Kevin O’Brien     Boyd Rankin
Posted On 14th January 2020 04:53:05
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