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Toss Winner - West Indies Women won the toss and chose to bat first
West Indies Women beat Ireland Women by 58 runs
West Indies Women's quest for early lead against Ireland
West Indies Women to win!
Tournament: Ireland Women tour of West Indies, 2023 | Format: ODI | Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, West Indies | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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West Indies Women will take on Ireland Women in the first game of the 3-match ODI series at home. It will be a very important game being part of the ICC Championship, where West Indies are now ranked ninth. They lost the last series 0-3 against England Women. Ireland Women are ranked tenth, and they come here with a series loss against Pakistan Women.
Ireland Women have a poor record against West Indies Women. They have defeated them only once in the past hosts. It will be a big challenge for their players as they play ODI cricket after 8 months. West Indies Women have a strong batting line-up, and it will be interesting to see if the Irish Women can beat them.
Hayley Matthews would be under a lot of pressure going into this game. They were whitewashed by the English Women the last time they played ODI cricket. This game is a part of the ICC Women's Championship Standings, where they are in the ninth spot. Matthew would like her players to do well in this series and start with a win.
Haley Matthews is the best batter on the team, and she needs to put up a big opening wicket stand with Rashada Williams. Stafanie Taylor is back in the side, which is a big boost, and she will look to add runs with Shemaine Campbelle and Chinelle Henry in the middle order. The side will also need runs down the order from Cherry Ann Fraser and Shabika Gajnabi.
The bowling attack needs to deliver a good performance in this game. Good spells with the new ball from Shamilia Connell and Chinelle Henry can put the side in a commanding position. Aaliyah Alleyne, Karishma Ramharack, and Afy Fletcher will have an important role. Matthews adds to the depth of their bowling.
Hayley Matthews (c), Rashada Williams (wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Cherry Ann Fraser, Afy Fletcher, Stafanie Taylor, Shabika Gajnabi, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell
Cherry Ann Fraser, Shamilia Connell, Hayley Matthews, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Qiana Joseph, Shemaine Campbelle, Zaida James, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams
Laura Delany's side takes the field in this format after eight months. They had lost all three games during their last tour in Pakistan, and Delany would like to start the series with a win. It will be a tough battle against West Indies Women, and the Irish skipper would expect a committed effort from her players.
They will look for a good start in this game from Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul, as they have done well in the last couple of years. Amy Hunter will look to anchor the innings and add runs in the middle order with Orla Prendergast and Delany. The side has depth in its batting and shall hope to see quick runs from Eimear Richardson, Georgina Dempsey, and Mary Waldron.
Orla Prendergast and Jane Maguire must get early breakthroughs for the team's success as West Indies batters can play their strokes. Arlene Kelly and Cara Murray must bowl tight spells in the middle overs. The side would also like a good show in the supporting role from Eimear Richardson, Dempsey, and Delany.
Laura Delany (c), Mary Waldron (wk), Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Arlene Kelly, Cara Murray, Amy Hunter, Arlene Kelly, Georgina Dempsey
Eimear Richardson, Gaby Lewis, Ava Canning, Arlene Kelly, Sophie MacMahon, Laura Delany, Mary Waldron, Leah Paul, Amy Hunter, Orla Prendergast, Cara Murray
We expect clouds over St Lucia and the ball to move slightly off the surface. Batters must get their eyes in before they start playing their strokes. It won't be an easy wicket to bat on, and we expect the side batting first to have a score of 250 runs in mind.
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, is a ground where batters have always loved to play their shots as its small size and the fast pitch make it an ideal place for stroke making. There isn't much for the fast bowlers, but spinners have done well at this venue over the last many years.
The wicket will help the bowlers early in the game, and batting conditions shall improve as the game progresses. We don't expect this to be a high-scoring game. The side winning the toss will likely opt for bowling first and aim to dismiss the opponents for a small total.
Ireland Women don't have a good track record against West Indies Women. Their bowlers shall face a tough challenge in this game and must do well. West Indies play at home, and they have a very strong batting line-up. It will put them ahead of Ireland Women in this home game.
West Indies Women to win!
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