Having lost to Australia in their World Twenty20 opener, West Indies would not have the luxury of experimenting against Ireland here tomorrow, as they need a win at any cost to book a berth in the Super Eight stage.
West Indies bowler R Rampaul in action during the third ODI cricket match in Ahmedabad. PTI Photo/Shirish Shete
Although the Windies start as favourites, especially with Chris
Gayle in smashing form, the William Porterfield-led Irish side has a penchant for springing a few surprises at the big stage.
And West Indies would make the mistake of taking Ireland lightly, only at their own peril.
The Darren Sammy-led West Indies, despite losing to Australia by 17 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method here last night, showed that it has got the team to go the distance.
Ireland, who registered a thumping win over England in last year’s World Cup, and beat Pakistan in 2007, can be wildly unpredictable. They won both their warm-up matches but lost to Australia in their league match.