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Ireland Tri-Nation Series 2019: Match 1, Ireland vs Windies: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Shai Hope has scored 378 runs as an opener in four ODI innings at an average of 189.

Shai Hope
Shai Hope. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ireland will be hosting Tri-Nation ODI series which involves the Windies and Bangladesh who will warm up for the World Cup starting at the end of May. This Tri-series will be played in the round-robin format with all three teams playing four games apiece before the final. The two venues in Dublin will be hosting all the seven matches of this ODI tournament. The first game will be played on Sunday between the hosts and the Windies.

Ireland nearly took down the No.1 ranked ODI team England on Friday as the debutant Josh Little bagged a 4-wicket haul. In pursuit of a target of 199 in the 45-over game, the English side was reduced to 66/5 and further six down for 101 but chased down without losing any more wickets. Ireland will be facing the Caribbean boys in the tournament opener. The visitors are keen on sorting out their bowling woes ahead of the big event.

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Match Details:

The first game of the Ireland Tri-Nation ODI Series, 2019 between Ireland and Windies will be played at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Castle Avenue, Dublin.

The match starts at 10:45 AM local time (9:45 AM GMT) (3:15 PM IST). The game can be streamed live on Rabbithole Entertainment’s YouTube channel in India.

Last five completed ODI matches:

Ireland: L, W, L, W, L.

Windies: W, L, W, L, L.


Pitch Condition/Report:

Dublin’s Castle Avenue has hosted only two matches since the last World Cup. Bangladesh and New Zealand faced twice here during the ODI Tri-series ahead of the 2017 Champions Trophy. Scores of 270 and 257 were chased down with ease in that tournament and the trend could continue on Sunday.

Average first innings score: 244 (Last four ODIs)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1

Probable Playing XIs:

Ireland:

William Porterfield (C), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson (WK), Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Mark Richard Adair, Joshua Little, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.

Bench – James McCollum, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy.

Windies:

John Campbell, Shai Hope (WK), Jonathan Carter, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.

Bench – Fabian Allen, Raymon Reifer, Shane Dowrich.


Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there an update.)

Power Picks:

Shai Hope is set to open the innings in the absence of Chris Gayle. The Keeper-batsman has a batting average of 189 in the ODI format while opening. In the four ODI innings as an opener, Hope amassed 378 runs with two unbeaten tons and a fifty. During the 2018/19 season, Shai aggregated 662 runs in 12 ODI innings with three tons and two fifties at an average of 73.55.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Shai Hope and Jason Holder’s recent success in the ODI format will make them the ideal choices for captain and vice-captains. The experience of Paul Stirling might come handy against the Windies pace-attack. Josh Little might be only one ODI old but can be a good pick for a multiplier option given the number of right-handers in the Windies line-up.

Other Captain/Vice-Captain options – Darren Bravo, George Dockrell, John Campbell, Andy Balbirnie, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell.


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Shai Hope (C)

Batsmen – Roston Chase, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Andrew Balbirnie

All-Rounders – Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Jason Holder (VC)

Bowlers – Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, Josh Little

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Gary Wilson

Batsmen – Roston Chase, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie

All-Rounders – Paul Stirling (VC), Jason Holder (C)

Bowlers – Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Boyd Rankin


Expert Advice:

Dream11 extended the deadline during the Ireland-England as it got a delayed start. The likes of Stirling, Balbirnie, Hope, Bravo and Ambris will be perfect from the batsmen’s category if the game is reduced to 40 or fewer overs due to rain.

Probable Winners:

Windies might get a tough fight from Ireland but are expected to take the first points.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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