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WI vs IRE, 2nd ODI – Fantasy Preview, Predictions and Top Picks

 Match: West Indies vs Ireland, (WI vs IRE, 2nd ODI)

Date: January 11, 2022 – 8 PM IST

Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The West Indies vs Ireland series will not be televised in India. However, you can catch the matches live on the online streaming platform, FanCode. Watch the second ODI from 8 PM IST onwards on Tuesday. 

West Indies vs Ireland, 2nd ODI: 

West Indies drew the first blood against Ireland and are leading the three-match ODI series by 1-0. The second ODI will take place at the same venue of Sabina Park on Tuesday, January 11. 

The Kieron Pollard-led side clinched the first match by 24 runs. Shamarh Brooks starred on his debut with an 89-ball 93 and Pollard added 69 off 66 as the hosts posted 269 on the board. Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector scored fifties for Ireland but were eventually bowled out for 245. Alzarri Joseph and Romario Shepherd picked three wickets each for the Windies. 

Both the teams have 50 points to their credit in the ICC CWC Super League and are separated by net run-rate. West Indies have played 10 games and have an NRR of -0.824 while Ireland have played 16 ODIs and their NRR reads -0.472. The two teams will be eyeing for 10 crucial points from the second ODI. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for WI vs IRE, 2nd ODI 

The Sabina Park stadium in Kingston usually offers pitches with plenty of assistance for the seamers. 39 ODI matches have been played here, with the average first innings score reading 234. The highest score registered here was 349 by Pakistan and the lowest of 99 was by Zimbabwe. Chasing can be an advantage here, as 22 out 39 games have been won by the team batting second. 

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected on January 11 afternoon, the match day, in Kingston. The humidity will be around 66% while there’s a 50% chance of rain. However, even if rain affects the match, chances of a washout are minimal.

West Indies: Expected XI and Team News 

West Indies handed debuts to three players – Justin Greaves, Shamarh Brooks and Odean Smith in the first ODI. While Brooks and Smith produced impactful performances, Greaves failed to make a mark but he’s likely to keep his spot. Romario Shepherd, who was preferred ahead of Hayden Walsh and Jayden Seales, also did well and should keep his place.

Probable XI – Shai Hope (wk), Justin Greaves, Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

Ireland: Expected XI and Team News 

Ireland will be bolstered with the return of Paul Stirling after recovering from Covid-19. Gareth Delany should make way for Stirling. Andy McBrine had retired hurt while batting in the first game and is likely to miss this match. Simi Singh could be his replacement. The rest of the playing XI is likely to remain the same. 

Probable XI – William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Gorge Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Josh Little, Craig Young 

Head to head record of WI vs IRE 

The head to head record between these two sides in ODIs is extremely lopsided with West Indies claiming 11 matches and Ireland managing one victory.

West Indies – 11 

Ireland – 1 

No Result – 1

2nd ODI: Five players to watch out for in the WI vs IRE match  

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Shai Hope: Wicketkeeper Batter, West Indies 

Shai Hope has been rock solid at the top of the order for West Indies in the fifty-over format. He has amassed 3628 runs from 84 ODIs at an outstanding average of 53, albeit at a low strike rate of 75. He has 10 hundreds and 19 fifties to his name in this format. The opening batter averages 56.5 in the last six ODIs. Hope was dismissed for just 29 in the first game but remains a key player and a solid C/VC option. He will cost you 9.5 credits.  

Alzarri Joseph: Bowler, West Indies 

Alzarri Joseph has been the leader of the West Indies bowling attack for a while. The right arm fast bowler has snared 63 wickets from just 38 ODIs at a strike rate of 30.6. He has taken three or more wickets on nine occasions. Alzarri was excellent in the last game as well, picking 3/55. He will cost 8.5 credits and can be a good VC pick. 

Mark Adair: All-rounder, Ireland 

Mark Adair has become an important member of the Irish team. The 25yr old bowler has 23 wickets to his name from 20 ODI innings at an economy of 6.23. He has scored 225 runs in this format at an average of 19 and strike rate of 103. Adair was superb in the first game, picking 3/38 and scoring unbeaten 21 with the bat. He comes at 9 credits and can be a solid VC option. 

Kieron Pollard: All-rounder, West Indies 

The West Indies skipper has a mediocre record in the fifty-over format overall but he has been superb since taking over the captaincy. Pollard has scored 206 runs since the start of 2021 in seven matches at an average of 41 and strike rate of over 100. Pollard has scored three fifties during this period and is coming off a 66-ball 69. He comes at 9 credits. 

Harry Tector: Batter, Ireland 

Harry Tector has added a lot of stability in the middle order for Ireland in the fifty-over format. He has scored 564 runs in the ODIs from 18 matches at an average of 38, including five half centuries. The fact that all of his five fifties have come in the last eight matches shows the form he’s in. Tector will cost you 8.5 in the MPL XI. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Also read: MR vs SS, BBL 2021-22 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 


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