West Indies’ challenge to level the series
West Indies to win
It was a thriller of a contest as the South Africans as they snatched a 1-run win against hosts West Indies to take a 2-1 lead in the series. In the last two games West Indies have allowed the game to drift away from their hands after looking all set for an easy win. They would have to overcome this problem to win this game and the South Africans shall be looking to drive forward their momentum.
South Africa has been poor tourists in the last few series they have played and even in the two wins their batting line-up has been found wanting. They have a big challenge in their hands given the kind of batting strength that hosts have and with their backs to the wall West Indies would definitely fight back to level the series.
Kieron Pollard would be upset with the way his side messed up the run chase in the last game falling two runs short of the victory target. Their middle order has let the side down in the last two games and this is something Pollard would like to work on in this must-win game. He would expect his side to play with more maturity in this game.
The side would be expecting a strong start from Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons and both these players scored runs in the last game. In the middle order runs would be expected from Jason Holder, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran who got their starts but failed to convert them into big scores. Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo add depth to this line-up.
Obed McCoy and Holder did a fine job with the ball in the last game and the side would be expecting a similar start from them in this game. Fabian Allen and Russell were expensive and hence the side would be expecting them to bowl tighter lines here. In Pollard, Bravo and Kevin Sinclair they have good depth in this department.
Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair
Obed McCoy, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
Temba Bavuma’s side comes here with their confidence high. The side has now won two consecutive games and taken a lead in the series against all predictions. In the last two games it is their bowling attack that has delivered the goods for the side and a similar show would be expected from them here. Bavuma would want his team to carry this momentum forward and win this game and the series along with it.
Openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks are in good form and the side would need a good start from them here. Bavuma hasn’t looked at his best and needs to do well in the middle order along with Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram. George Linde and David Miller have been in poor form down the order and the side would need a strong show from them.
Markram and Linde were expensive with the new ball and the side would need tight spells from them in this game. Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi bowled tight spells in the last game and a similar show would be needed from them in this game. Kagiso Rabada had an off day in the last game and shall look to keep the run rate under control in the middle order along with Tabraiz Shamsi.
Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
|Q de Kock||72||51||5||2||141.18|
|R van der Dussen||32||24||2||1||133.33|
Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
|03h||21||0 mm.||0.53 k/h||From: S||0%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||0.14 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|09h||27||0 mm.||1.64 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
|12h||32||0 mm.||4.16 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|15h||34||0 mm.||5.32 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|18h||32||0 mm.||4.26 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||0.98 k/h||From: N||0%|
There are rains on the cards on July 1 at Grenada and batting conditions are likely to be challenging for the batsmen. They would have to focus on accumulating runs rather than hitting hand. The side that bats first would like to set a score of 170 runs on the board.
National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada is a small ground and has shorter square boundaries. Fast bowlers have done well here with the new ball and batsmen who get used to the pace of the surface have also done well. The odd ball can turn sharply and spinners are always in the game.
The wicket has been tough to bat on early in the game and fast bowlers have got some assistance from the pitch. In all the games played so far we have seen the track ease as the game has progressed. Hence the skipper winning the toss would not have any hesitation in bowling first on this surface.
South Africans have taken a lead in the series and this is something few would have expected them at the start of the series. The side would look to make use of this momentum and win the series in this game. West Indies for the first time in this T20 series would be under pressure. They have to now play the chase up game and level the series. The hosts would need a good start from their openers and runs in the lower middle order. It will be a close contest but the West Indies with their batting strength shall start favorites here.
West Indies to win