Republic Of Ireland vs West Indies Match Preview
Ireland and West Indies will play in the 27th match of the World Cup at the PCA in Mohali
Gayle needs to get going with the bat
Ireland take on West Indies in the 27th game of the World Cup 2011 and the game will be played at the PCA Ground in Mohali. The points table in Group B is interestingly poised and will need the two sides to do their best to get going in this game – a loss here for either side here will prove dangerous with respect to the qualification for the quarter-finals.
Ireland have played three games so far, losing to Bangladesh and India but beaten England. They have a game against South Africa and the other minnows Netherlands in the group remaining and that means that if they lose this one, they will be left with the onerous task of defeating South Africa.
On the other hand, West Indies will play India and England after this game. Defeating India in India will be difficult while England could be unpredictable given the manner in which they have played in this competition so far.
This brings us to the original line on how important this game is for both the sides. And to add to that, this is a day match to be played on a ground which does help the pace bowlers, making it imperative to choose right on winning the toss.
Make no mistake, West Indies are still the better side on paper, but in the past they have shown enough inconsistencies to be wary of another of those performances to go with their previous game against Bangladesh. West Indies had bowled Bangladesh out for 58.
Where the Irish side should be able to take advantage of the situation is that the West Indians have so far gone into games with three bowlers only and with a requirement for the part-timers to do the rest of the job. If Ireland can go after the remaining bowlers, especially with Kevin O’Brien batting down the order, things could get exciting for the side.
On the other hand, West Indies’ batting has barely been tested so far. The ideal scenario for them to go with the win would be for them to bat first and score as many runs as possible before getting a full shot at the Irish batsmen. That should also make the game interesting from the viewers’ perspective.
Chris Gayle has not had a big knock in the tournament so far and will look to wind up once before getting to the quarters. At the other side, Trent Johnston is struggling with his injury and could be one missing out.