2019 Ireland Tri-series is going to be played from 5th to 17th May in Ireland. The competition will feature West Indies and Bangladesh besides hosts Ireland. The opening game of the competition will see hosts Ireland take on West Indies at Clontarf Cricket Club in Clontarf. The preliminary games will be played across two venues in Ireland. Clontarf Cricket Club and Malahide Cricket Club will host the games in the tournament.
For Ireland, they will be looking to do well in their backyard. The side also did a splendid job to level the five-match one-day series against Afghanistan played in India. Captain William Porterfield will be looking to start their home season on a good note. Ireland showed resilience and determination in the recent one-day series played against Afghanistan. The side lost their first two games but made a terrific comeback to level the one-day series.
In the batting department, Andy Balbirnie topped the batting charts for Ireland in the one-day series against Afghanistan. He scored 215 runs in 5 matches at an average of 71.66. Opening batsman Paul Stirling also raised his game in the last couple of games and finished with 190 runs to his name. Kevin O’Brien and George Dockrell contributed with crucial runs for the side in the one-day series.
In the bowling department, Andy McBrine, Boyd Rankin and George Dockrell picked up crucial breakthroughs for the side in the recent one-day series played against Afghanistan. The rest of the bowling options have been lacked potency to pick up wickets for Ireland.
On the other hand, Bangladesh failed to win a single game on their recent tour to New Zealand. The side will be keen to find form with bat and ball in order to make adequate preparations for the Cricket World Cup. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza might be hoping that Bangladesh can easily adjust to the English conditions and do well in this tri-series featuring West Indies and Ireland.
West Indies has certainly has seen renaissance of sorts in limited-overs cricket. Jason Holder and co. put in splendid performance with the bat and ball to level the five-match one-day series against England. Veteran opener Chris Gayle made a terrific return to the limited-overs cricket and scored over 400 runs in the one-day series against England.
The likes of Shai Hope, John Campbell and Shimron Hetymer, West Indies certainly have the ability to win this competition. Jason Holder will be hoping that West Indies can easily adjust to the conditions in order to make steady preparations for the Cricket World Cup 2019.
2019 Ireland Tri-series Schedule
1st ODI – Ireland vs West Indies
Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 10:00 GMT
2nd ODI – West Indies vs Bangladesh
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:00 GMT
3rd ODI– Ireland vs Bangladesh
Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 10:00 GMT
4th ODI– Ireland vs West Indies
Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10:00 GMT
5th ODI– West Indies vs Bangladesh
Monday, May13, 2019, at 10:00 GMT
6th ODI– Ireland vs Bangladesh
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 10:00 GMT
Final – T.B.D vs T.B.D
Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:00 GMT