Strong South Africa looks to build on the first warm-up win against Sri Lanka whereas West Indies are looking to get a win under their belt before the mega event.
Our prediction is that South Africa will defeat the West Indies based on recent performances.
South Africa and West Indies will go head to head in the 5th warm-up game of ICC Cricket World Cup at County Ground in Bristol on Sunday. There is no restriction in warm-up games as to who should feature in the XI, any eleven players from the squad can come out to bat.
South Africa won their first warm-up game against Sri Lanka more convincingly by 87 runs. In the unofficial warm-up game, Australia has defeated West Indies very comfortably with seven wickets in hand. West Indies will be looking for some clinical performance to get things on track before world cup match begins.
On the other hand, with the likes of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn returning to the side, South Africa will be looking to find the right balance and put on a good show in all departments. Although they have found some young talent they seem to lack X factor in the unit to go all the way.
The South African will be keen to check out the form of Hashim Amla. Arguably, he is one of the finest batsmen in ODI but he hasn’t had the best of times of late. Skipper Faf du Plessis and de Kock have been in decent form and they will be keen to continue the momentum. In the last year, De Kock has scored 742 runs in 16 innings at an average of 46.37 and Du Plessis with 741 runs in 16 innings at an average of 61.75
David Miller and JP Duminy need to show some consistency in the middle order if the Proteas want to go long way in the tournament. Chris Morris who has made it to the WC squad at the last moment will need to prove his skill with both bat and ball.
On the bowling front, both Kagiso Rabada and AL Phehlukwayo have been in sensational form for Proteas in last one year in ODI. K Rabada has claimed 31 wickets in last 18 innings and AL Phehlukwayo took 28 wickets in last 17 innings. Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, and Imran Tahir will be the other bowling options for South Africa for this game.
Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, AL Phehlukwayo.
Skipper Jason holder needs to inspire his batsman & bowler to put up more intense shift as they looked pretty motiveless in an unofficial warm-up game. There is good enough young talent like Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis who can deliver top class batting performance.
In the batting department, Shai Hope is a key player for West Indies. He has scored 1227 runs in last 20 innings at an average of 71.17 and will be keen to continue his momentum. West Indies is expected to open with veteran Chris Gayle who on their day can decimate any opposition. Also, a lot would depend on all-rounders like Andre Russell, Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite.
Bowling unit will be lead by Shannon Gabriel. He is in decent form with 46 wickets in last 20 innings. Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, and Ashely Nurse will be other bowling options for this game and they will fight for the playing XI in world cup matches.
Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, ST Gabriel
The weather forecast for this game on Sunday is mostly cloudy and a shower is expected in the afternoon time.
The team winning the toss should bowl first on the deck and plan the chase accordingly on a batting paradise.
South African team looks very balanced side as they also got some experienced players like Steyn and Amla back in the side. On the other side, West Indies is a very good T20 side, but they need to find some momentum in 50 overs format. Considering it is batting friendly pitch, their batsman needs to put up sufficient runs on the board to complement their bowlers.
Our prediction is for South Africa to win their second warm-up match and continue their winning momentum into the World Cup.
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