WI vs IRE 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|
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.
Back 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
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|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|