After a miserable start to the World Cup campaign, South Africa will now take on the resurgent West Indies today at the Rose Bowl. The Proteas will be hoping for a comeback, otherwise, they might go out of contention for the semi-finals.
The West Indies enjoyed a dominating win against Pakistan but lost to Australia following a neck-to-neck tussle on the field. The return of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell has made them a formidable unit and it has been on display in this World Cup.
- Match Time: 2:30 pm PST
- Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
- Weather: Overcast conditions are expected today
- Toss: To be decided
South African team management has stirred up a new controversy regarding AB de Villiers’ return, however, Faf du Plessis and his men need to gather themselves before it’s too late. Dale Steyn’s replacement, Beuran Hendricks, might get a chance to slot into the playing XI.
West Indies, on the other hand, have looked like a well-gelled unit and it is expected to work in their favor against South Africa who have plenty of questions to answer.
Probable Playing XIs
Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder (C), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Players to Watch Out For
Quinton de Kock will be the biggest threat for West Indies considering his recent form. Rassie van der Dussen has also looked good and it remains to be seen whether he can convert his starts to a big hundred or not.
West Indies have banked on their fast bowlers to make early inroads and with the likes of Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrel and even Andre Russell. The fast bowlers will be the key for the Windies.
In the last 5 completed matches, South Africa have won three while the Windies emerged victorious on two occasions. In the previous World Cup meeting in 2015, AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 66-ball-162 demolished Jason Holder’s men by 257 runs.
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