Ireland vs West Indies T20 World Cup 11th Match Preview

Ireland vs West Indies T20 World Cup 11th Match Preview:

Ireland vs West Indies Preview: Ireland vs West Indies is the 11th match of ICC Twenty20 world cup 2012. The final match in Group B of the World Twenty20 takes place on Monday and it’s all to play for as Ireland take on the West Indies at the RPS Colombo. West Indies and Ireland face off with one of teams staying back to enter Super Eight and the other going home from ICC World Twenty20 2012. A loss to Australia for West Indies on Saturday night has made this match interesting. Unlike other final Group games where Super Eight contestants were already decided, this one is a big one. Australia won by 17 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method after heavy rain curtailed their run chase. On paper, West Indies are the hot favourites to clinch the game at R Premadasa Stadium. However, in a T20 challenge Ireland cannot be taken lightly.

Ireland:

The first two matches in this group saw these teams take on Australia at this venue. Ireland were in trouble against the Aussies from the word go after losing Will Porterfield first ball and they eventually struggled to a total of 123/7 in their 20 overs. In reply, Australia crashed off the chase in 15.1 overs to leave the Irish with the prospect of having to win this match to stay alive. Ireland are the best of the ‘minnows’ – and we include Bangladesh in that – and they have solid players who always put in a shift. The danger men with the bat are Ed Joyce, who played for England in 50-over cricket, the O’Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, and Paul Stirling. With the ball pacer Boyd Rankin and spinner George Dockrell are class acts. Both have ambitions to play for England. Will Porterfield, the skipper, is a weak link in the opening berth. They are no strangers to causing an upset. They stunned England in the last World Cup with a ferocious batting display.

West Indies:

West Indies played their first game of the tournament on Saturday and they lost to Australia by 17 runs under the D/L method. West Indies batsmen looked in good touch piling on 191/8 with 50′s for Gayle and Samuels. Many peoples concern about West Indies overall prospects is the lack of strength in their bowling attack and that theory was backed up as Australia were well in front of the original run rate at 100/1 in 9.1 overs when the rain came. West Indies were at their infuriating worst in a 17-run defeat by Australia. With the bat, hey showed why they have been so well-backed for glory, smashing an impoising 191 from their 20 overs, but then lost all discipline with the ball. Granted they could count themselves unlucky that rain arrived to make Australia’s task a hell of a lot easier, but it looked as though they felt sorry for themselves. There was some dreadful bowling, notably from Ravi Rampaul and Marlon Samuels. There was not much evidence of smart captaincy from Darren Sammy, even if he did bowl economically. Surely Dwayne Bravo should have bowled earlier and been given two overs?

Squad for ICC World Twenty20 11th Match:

Ireland Team:

WTS Porterfield*, AR Cusack, GH Dockrell, DT Johnston, NG Jones, EC Joyce, TJ Murtagh, KJ O’Brien, NJ O’Brien†, WB Rankin, MC Sorensen, PR Stirling, SR Thompson, AR White, GC Wilson†

West Indies Team:

DJG Sammy*, DJ Bravo, S Badree, DM Bravo, J Charles, FH Edwards, CH Gayle, SP Narine, KA Pollard, D Ramdin†, R Rampaul, AD Russell, MN Samuels, LMP Simmons, DR Smith

For more cricinfo: ICC World T20 Sri Lanka 2012

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