West Indies vs Ireland 1st ODI Betting Tips 08/01/2022

January 8, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed
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West Indies vs Ireland 1st ODI Betting Tips 08/01/2022

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

The 1st ODI between West Indies and Ireland will be played on Jan 8 (Saturday) at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. The match is to begin at 8 pm IST.

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Ireland have had multiple problems ahead of this series. First, they ended up losing a T20I to the USA last month, which was embarrassing for them considering that they have much more experienced and full ICC members.

Even though they won the follow-up game, it was by a slim margin and the pain of the first match had their captain Andrew Balbirnie admit that they haven’t quite been up to the standard of a Test-playing nation. Even before that, they were unremarkable averages in the T20 World Cup.

Form concerns aside, they are now even missing their star batter Paul Stirling and all-rounder Shane Getkate, both of whom are in isolation following positive Covid tests.

Light both in terms of bodies and minds, the Irish were shellacked by Jamaica in a tour match, which appears to be a sign of things to come on this tour.

Ireland batted first and were 69 for 5 at one point before recovering to post a respectable 234, thanks to number seven batter George Dockrell’s 82. With the ball, the Europeans found early breakthroughs but couldn’t capitalize as Rovman Powell’s unbeaten and boundary-laden 82 coupled with Andre McCarthy’s 48 got a bulk of the job done.

West Indies

West Indies were last in action in Pakistan where they got whitewashed in the T20I series and would have fared just as bad in the ODIs, had a Covid outbreak not (ironically) saved them from that anguish.

Like the Irish, the hosts are also missing a bunch of regulars. Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, and Anderson Phillip have the virus whereas Andre Russell was overlooked. Shimron Hetmyer was also snubbed due to fitness issues and also caught flak from coach Phil Simmons for not meeting the team’s standards.

Captain Kieron Pollard, who missed the Pakistan tour due to being hamstrung, is fit again and back to lead the side. Also back is Jason Holder.

Meanwhile, the Windies fans will be excited about the anticipated debut of young pacer Jayden Seales, who has already impressed in both other formats.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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West Indies are big favourites for this fixture. Parimatch has Windies priced at 1.13 and Ireland at 5.40. Paripesa has Windies available for 1.16 and Ireland for 5.55. Lastly, Sportsbet has Windies priced at 1.17 and Ireland at 5.10.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Total runs in the match over 420.5 runs @ 1.87

The average combined ODI score at Sabina Park stands at 428.6 runs. The spread for this game has been set at 420.5 – probably due to both the teams missing players due to various reasons. We think there is a good chance of this spread being covered, especially if the Windies bat first. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Shai Hope to score more than 35.5 runs @ 1.87

Over the last 12 months, Shai Hope has scored 310 runs in ODIs played at home at an average of 62.0. He also opens for the Windies and is a bit conservative in style, as in he is not someone who takes too many chances a la Nicholas Pooran. His career ODI strike rate of 74.77 gives that away. Therefore, we’d take a shot at him contributing more than 35.5 runs here. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


This is a mismatch and unless the home side suffers a big upset or a meltdown akin to a popsicle melting in the scorching summer heat, they should win this one.

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