Our Ireland vs West Indies betting tips were difficult to compile, with a lot of factors to consider. The Caribbean side are justified favourites, but the team in green has recent form against Nicolas Pooran’s men - beating them in an ODI series earlier in the year to win their first bilateral series against a Test-playing nation.
Victory for either side will see them almost certainly qualify for the Super 12s. Defeat will spell the end of the journey down under.
The action gets underway from 9.30 am on Friday 21st October at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart - check out our full match preview below to find the best live cricket satta rates, the latest team news, and individual and collective stats key to any result!
The odds are firmly with the Caribbean side - and our Ireland vs West Indies betting tips are siding with the oddsmakers too! You can back the West Indies at odds of 1.4, while Ireland are available to bet on at odds of 2.88.
Both sides suffered surprise defeats in their opening games of the T20 World Cup - the West Indies losing to Scotland in a titanic shock, while Ireland were defeated by an in-form Zimbabwe.
Fast forward to Wednesday 19th October, and both teams bounced back with authority. The West Indies hammered Zimbabwe by 31 runs, while a late onslaught helped Ireland chase down a daunting 176/5 against Scotland to seal a six-wicket win.
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We like the look of Rovman Powell to top score for the West Indies. He’s one of the star players of the Caribbean roster, but usually comes in down the order. Given the brittle nature of the West Indies’ top order right now, we’re anticipating Powell to have a good go at the Irish bowling attack. He hit 28 runs from 21 balls in the win over Zimbabwe at a strike rate of 133.33, and we’re anticipating another performance from one of his side’s most important players! You can back him to finish top scorer for the West Indies at a tasty-looking 8.6.
From an Irish point of view, we’re sticking with Curtis Campher to top score - as we correctly predicted in their win over Scotland. He absolutely marmalised 72 runs from just 32 balls to steer his side to a triumphant victory over Gaelic rivals Scotland - smashing seven fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 225. At Pure Win, you can bet on Campher to top the run-making rankings at odds of 6.6.
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Mind games have been in full flow in the run-up to this do or die clash, with skipper Andrew Balbirnie telling reporters ahead of the match that all the pressure is on the West Indies to win!
He told the press: “I think a lot of people are going to expect them to win, they've won the competition twice and they've got some hugely experienced T20 players. There's obviously a lot of pressure on West Indies coming in as probably the group favourites and maybe starting slower than they would have liked."
He went on to describe the fearless nature his side has embraced over recent years: “We don't really fear any team anymore, that's kind of gone out of our mindset. Sometimes a team might be more skilful than us on the day, and that probably showed against Zimbabwe, but there's definitely no fear of any opposition when we go into a game. There's definitely been a bit of a shift in thinking over the past number of years with this Irish group, and that's driven from the top by the coaches and all the coaching staff.”
A momentous ODI series win earlier in the year means confidence will be coursing through the Irish camp - but the West Indies are a different prospect in the shortest format, as their record shows!
There are no new injuries to report for the West Indies’ team management!
Andy Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy.
A disastrous defeat to Scotland earlier in the week means the West Indies are in an absolute dog fight for the right to maintain their status as the most successful Twenty20 World Cup side in history.
The two-time champs were utterly dreadful against Scotland, but were much more like their usual selves in a dominant win over Zimbabwe.
They have Alzari Joseph to thank for climbing off the canvas to continue swinging - he finished with figures of 4/16 from four overs to totally dominate Zimbabwe’s in-form batting line-up.
The tall pacer used his yorker to brutal effectiveness, and was pleased with the progress he’s displaying, telling reporters in the post-match questions: “I've put a lot of work in on the yorker because if you can bowl the yorker at different stages of the game, it can really surprise the opposition. I wouldn't yet say I've mastered it, though.”
All focus is now on Ireland, according to Joseph, who understands the seriousness of the situation for his nation: “"Everyone got together and knew the value of putting in a big performance because it's essentially a final. We knew we had two finals to play in order to get to the next round."
There are no no injury issues for team management to consider!
Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
There is rain around the Blundstone Arena forecast for the next few days, but we should be fine for clear weather on Friday.
The venue is hosting its fifth match of the tournament - so far, three of the four games have been won by the team batting first.
It’ll be very tight, but we think the experience and superior quality of the West Indies will be enough to see them through!