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West Indies vs Ireland, 2020 – 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Andrew Balbirnie will be making his debut as Ireland's T20I skipper.

Hayden Walsh Junior
Hayden Walsh Junior. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details

The first of the three-match T20I series between West Indies and Ireland will be played at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada.

The match starts at 13:00 local (17:00 GMT) (22:30 IST). It can be streamed live on the Fan code App in India.

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Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

Two out of the three games in the ODI series between West Indies and Ireland were highly one-sided. The visitors got close in the second ODI but couldn’t hold onto their nerve under pressure. Thus, it resulted in a whitewash for them. However, they’d hope that things would get different with a change in the format. T20s can be quite unpredictable at times and it is much easier to pull off upsets in this format of the game.

Yet, they have to remember that they are up against the mighty West Indies. They could be the 10th ranked team but they are capable of giving any team a good run for their money. Kieron Pollard and co. were highly competitive against India. Now, with Dwayne Bravo also back in the mix of things, they are further bolstered and their aim would be to find the best combination as soon as possible.


Weather Report

Once again, rain is in the forecast in Grenada on Wednesday. There was an interruption during the third ODI and it could be the same this time as well. At the scheduled start of play, there is a 50 per cent chance of precipitation and it reduces as the afternoon progresses.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada will be making its T20I debut. None of the CPL 2019 games was played here. But from what we’ve seen in the third ODI, it is a decent batting surface. With the conditions around, bowlers will also get some assistance.

Average first innings score: N/A

Record of chasing teams: N/A


Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

West Indies

Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Sherfane Rutherford/Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell.

Bench: Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford/Khary Pierre.

Ireland

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

Bench: George Dockrell/Craig Young, Simi Singh/Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little.


Top Picks:

Nicholas Pooran is your top pick amongst the keepers. Evin Lewis has been in red-hot form and must be in both your Dream11 Fantasy teams. The comeback man Dwayne Bravo is also a good option. You must have Boyd Rankin from Ireland in your side.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer

Vice-Captain Options – Paul Stirling, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Nicholas Pooran (C)

Batters – Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien Paul Stirling (VC)

All-Rounders – Dwayne Bravo, Sherfane Rutherford

Bowlers – Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh, Boyd Rankin

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Nicholas Pooran

Batters – Evin Lewis (C), Lendl Simmons, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling

All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo (VC), Simi Singh

Bowlers – Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Boyd Rankin


Expert Advice:

Nicholas Pooran must be the only keeper in both your Dream11 Fantasy teams and there are no two ways about it. He is much more reliable compared to the likes of Lorcan Tucker and Gary Wilson and moreover, has been in good form as well.

Probable Winners:

West Indies is predicted to win this game and take a 1-0 lead.

*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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