Ireland vs. West Indies: Fourth ODI Match Preview
Ireland vs. West Indies: Fourth ODI Match Preview

Ireland need to come up with their best against the Windies on Saturday if they still want to stand a chance of reaching the Tri-Series final. They suffered a crushing 196-run defeat at the hands of the Windies in the series opener and their next match against Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

So, Ireland would need to win both of their remaining matches, and that too by big margins, on order to qualify for the final. The Windies on the other hand have shown an indifferent form so far. The first match against Ireland saw their batsmen John Campbell and Shai Hope creating a World record stand of 365 runs. However, they looked like no match for Bangladesh in the second match as they lost it by 8 wickets. So, there is still room for improvement both teams.

Ireland would want contributions from their top order batsmen in Paul Stirling and William Potterfield. Their seamers need to be more disciplined too. Being the hosts, Ireland should be able to use home conditions better. The Windies on the other hand would be hopeful of a better performance from their middle-order consisting of the likes of Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter and Jason Holder. If both teams can check these areas of concern, we might see a close game at Dublin.

Weather and Pitch Conditions: Rain is expected to stay away on Saturday. But the cold conditions may aid the seamers more, thus making life difficult for

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