The 3rd and final game of the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series between West Indies and Ireland, which serves as the series decider, will be played out at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia on the 2nd of July, 2023, at 12:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
In the season opener, Windies successfully defended their score of 297 runs, limiting Ireland to 239 and securing a comfortable 58-run victory. The second ODI was abandoned due to rain, but in the limited play of 52 balls, the Windies wreaked havoc by dismissing half of Ireland’s side with just 36 runs on the board.
West Indies – Hayley Matthews (C), Shemaine Campbelle (VC), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, Qiana Joseph, Ashmini Munisar, Karishma Ramharack, Shunelle Sawh, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams
Ireland – Laura Delany (C), Ava Canning, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter, Arlene Kelly, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Aimee Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron
Players to watch out:
The 28-year-old pacer, in 21 ODIs has struck 14 wickets at an economy rate of 4.83 and accumulated 129 runs. Aaliyah got her series underway scoring 15, while with the ball has produced excellent figures of 0/27 (6) and 2/4 (2).
The 30-year-old pacer in 60 ODI bowling outings has struck 44 wickets, including the best of 4/54, while in 35 innings with the bat has been handy contributing 106 runs. Shamilia in the opener was economical (0/25 off 5) and got back among wickets producing figures of 2/14 (2) in the following game.
The 30-year-old all-rounder, in ODIs, in 46 outings with the bat has scored 910 runs, including the highest of 109, while in 30 bowling innings has struck 22 wickets. Laura got her tour underway with a fine score of 40 and can be banked on to build on her momentum.
The 21-year-old all-rounder, in ODIs, averages 26.62, scoring 213 runs, including the highest of 37 in 12 outings, while in 6 bowling innings has struck 3 wickets. Orla, with scores of 37 and 13* has had notable outings and will eye a big outing to help Ireland get the win in the decider.
The 22-yard strip at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground offers an intriguing balance between bat and ball. Batters find favorable conditions to score runs, while bowlers, both spinners and pacers, can exploit the wicket to their advantage, reflected in the average score of 196.
While the temperature is forecasted to be around 28°C with humidity at 81% and moderate winds, there is also a high chance of rain, estimated at 40%, during the match hours. The conditions may once again play spoilsport, resulting in delayed starts and interruptions.
Fantasy playing XI:
Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor, Gaby Lewis, Sophie MacMahon, Hayley Matthews, Laura Delany, Orla Prendergast, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Cara Murray
Date – Jule 2, 2023
Time – 12:30 AM IST
Venue – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Broadcast – All games of the series will be live streamed on Windies YouTube Channel, Flow Sports, FanCode, BT Sport, ESPN, SuperSport, and Sky New Zealand.